Weekly Feature



2017-12-07 / Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 7

Holiday Spirit Event — Featuring more than 400 Santas on display, along with arts and crafts vendors, large basket raffle, and a visit from Old St. Nick, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Center for Learning, 4035 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus — Presented by Starry Night Theatre and based on actual events, the play is adapted from the 1991 film of the same name, and features Christopher Fire, Vanessa Stipkovits, Greg Blarr, Carla Kwasniak and Madison Swartz, under the direction of L. Don Swartz and DJ Swartz. Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, and continues at 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; $. 743-1614, www.starrynighttheatre.com

The Nutcracker — With the New York City Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Screening Room, in the Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive, formerly the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Separate entrance outside the mall between Macy’s and JC Penney’s; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

fri. 8

The Christmas Trip — By Connie Stofko and Kathleen Weber, presented by the Towne Players and directed by Kathleen Weber. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda; $. 837-7370

Krampus Christmas Happy Hour — Event will feature a viewing of Christmas decorations, refreshments featuring German food and drinks, and the history of Krampus, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., Buffalo; $25. To reserve, visit ironislandmuseum.com or call 892-3084.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — In this hilarious Christmas story, Grace and Bob Bradley struggle to produce their church Christmas pageant after the bossy grand dame of congregation (Betsy Ross) breaks her leg just before rehearsals begin, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 15 and 16; and 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, at the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport; $. kenancenter.org

A Christmas Carol — In the early 1980s, Alleyway Theatre Artistic Director Neil Radice founded “A Christmas Carol” as an annual event, and this is the season’s 35th year of presenting the holiday classic. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8-23, at the Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

CAM’s Holiday Bash! — The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will host its 11th annual event, where you can celebrate the holidays in the central gallery of the CAM, dance to live music by Penelope, and enjoy refreshments, basket raffle, door prize and a 50/50 drawing, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; $10 for public, free to CAM members and NU faculty, staff and students. www.castellaniartmuseum.org

Movie Trivia Night: Home Alone Holiday Edition — With David Schwartz and Ben Bordonaro, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Screening Room, in the Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive, formerly the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Separate entrance outside the mall between Macy’s and JC Penney’s; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

Friday Night Christmas Hike From Niagara Falls, NY, to Niagara Falls, Canada — During this 16th annual event, enjoy a winter evening hike around Goat Island and walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada to see the holiday lights. You’ll stop for a warm drink and snack after, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Meet in Prospect Point parking lot (next to the Rainbow Bridge). Bring three quarters and either a passport or enhanced license for the bridge. Bad weather will cancel the hike. Call 694-4346 or 405-7121 by noon Thursday, Dec. 7, with questions.

fri. 8 & sat. 9

JoAnn’s Classical Christmas — The program will feature soprano Aundi Marie Moore, Benjamin Mekinulov sharing the stage with his father, Roman Mekinulov, the BPO’s principal cellist, in Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos,” and the BPO Chorus led by Adam Luebke, performing seasonal pieces by Rutter, Bach and Handel with the BPO, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

Cirque Musica Holiday: Believe — Experience holiday music performed live by a symphony orchestra and the renowned cast of Cirque Musica performers, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino’s Events Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; $. 1-877-873-6322, www.senecaniagaracasino.com

fri. 8, sat. 9 & tues. 12

Home Alone — An 8-year-old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidently left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Chris Columbus directs Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara and John Heard in the 1990 John Hughes comedy, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Screening Room, in the Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive, formerly the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Separate entrance outside the mall between Macy’s and JC Penney’s; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

sat. 9

A Polish Holiday — Carols, song and dance performed by the Lira Singers, Lira Dancers and Lira Chamber Ensemble, co-sponsored by the Am-Pol Eagle and the Polish American Journal, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the UB Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. 877-987-6487, www.ticketfly.com

Parkside Holiday Market — Looking for something unique and personal to give that special someone this holiday? Santa will also be making an appearance at this event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo. 838-1240, www.parksidebuffalo.org

Holiday Marketplace — Part of Jingle Falls USA, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, inside the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls, N.Y. FallsStreet.com

Women’s Ministry Christmas Luncheon — With speaker Sara Borgstede, a Christian speaker who helps busy people balance faith, family and fitness. Her talk will be on “A Holy, Messy Christmas,” 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1135 Oliver St., North Tonawanda; open to the public. 873-9377

Santa’s Arrival — Part of Jingle Falls USA, instead of reindeer dropping Old St. Nick off, he will arrive via Rainbow Air Helicopter at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Old Falls Street, USA, a three-block destination in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. FallsStreet.com

Live Reindeer and Sleigh Photo Opportunities — Part of Jingle Falls USA, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Old Falls Street, USA, a three-block destination in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. FallsStreet.com

Frozen — Outdoor Movie Night with costumer characters, part of Jingle Falls USA, 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Old Falls Street, USA, a three-block destination in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. FallsStreet.com

Santa’s Workshop — Santa will only be visiting during the hours of Santa’s Workshop, as he has quite a few places to visit after. Photo prints with Santa will be available for $5 each, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

Free Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides — Part of Jingle Falls USA, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Old Falls Street, USA, a three-block destination in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. FallsStreet.com

Lunch With Santa — Santa is coming to the Herschell Carrousel Museum to have lunch with visitors. Come join him for lunch and tell him all of your Christmas wishes, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $ - registration and prepayment are required. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

Santa on the Carrousel — Stop to ride the carrousel with Santa. Be a part of the Carrousel Museum’s holiday season at their brand new Candy Cane Carnival. Games, snacks and crafts for kids will be featured, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $ - registration and prepayment are required. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

Akron PTA Holiday Craft & Vendor Show — Event will feature 40-plus vendors and basket raffles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Akron Central School, 47 Bloomingdale Ave., Akron.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Show — A holiday shopping tradition that offers a wide selection of unique and eclectic handcrafted items and collectibles from locally juried artisans and crafters, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., at West Ferry Street, Buffalo. www.facebook.com/uucb.artsandcraftsshow

Castle by Candlelight Tours — Experience the holiday spirit in the company of 18th century-style merrymakers at this event that will feature music, crafts, demonstrations and more that will make the French Castle brim with festivities, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Old Fort Niagara, Old Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; $. 745-7611, www.oldfortniagara.org

Buffalo Gateway Chorus Holidays in Harmony — The all-female a cappella group invites you to kickoff the season with this holiday show with the Top 10 International award-winning Buffalo Gateway Show Chorus. Event will also feature a Chinese auction, 2 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Antonio’s Banquet Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, N.Y.; $30. www.buffalogatewaychorus.com

Gloria: A Very Vivaldi Christmas Concert — The Alden-Area Ecumenical Choir will perform the very popular Vivaldi “Gloria” with piano, harpsichord and a string quartet, along with a Christmas carol medley and other music of the season, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden.

The Ed Croft Trio Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas — The Ed Croft Trio recreates this timeless Christmas classic by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, with Jake Malone-Brancato (piano), Ed Croft (bass), and Candace Simone Thomas (drums), 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St., Buffalo; $ (cash-only cover charge). 697-9075, www.pausaarthouse.com

sat. 9 & sun. 10

Christmas at the Farm — Event will feature a meet-and-greet with Santa, kids activities, frost a cookie, pine cone craft and other craft projects, Santa Store, lunch and basket auction, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Sanborn Farm Museum Hall, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Sunday only: Hartland horse and wagon rides.

Santa Land — Featuring hayrides to see Santa, arts and crafts, face painting, marshmallow roasting and woodcutting, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, at Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park; free admission but food and drink are available for purchase.

sun. 10

A Celtic Family Christmas — With Juno Award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the UB Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. (877) 987-6487, www.ticketfly.com, www.ubcfa.org

Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert — Official lighting of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s traditional Christmas tree, and a concert of holiday favorites by the St. Joseph’s Cathedral Choir, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; Free. 882-8700, www.albrightknox.org

American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Christmas Concert — The 85-member American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264, will present a holiday concert featuring “Overture to a Winter Celebration,” by James Stephenson, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” by Fred Coots, “Sleigh Ride,” by Leroy Anderson, “White Christmas,” by Irving Berlin, and other holiday favorites, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

BPO Kids Jingle Bell Jam — Selections from “The Nutcracker,” featuring dance performances from the Royal Academy of Ballet and Verve Dance Studios, along with a sing-along, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org. Come at 1:30 p.m. to make cards for the men and women in the U.S. military stationed away from home. Following the show, children and parents are invited to have milk and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. BPO encourages attendees to bring a new unwrapped donation for Toys for Tots.

German Christmas Mass — Canisius College will host its 50th annual Mass, 10 a.m., followed by an Advent breakfast reception at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The German American Musicians will perform a concert of German Christmas music at 9:30 a.m. 888-2835

The Buffalo Dolls, and Ladies First Jazz Big Band Christmas Show: Jingle Bell Jazz — With partial proceeds benefiting Niagara Falls Honor Flight, and with special guests Dan DeLano and Greg Hennessey, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., Buffalo; $. 852-2860, www.tralfmusichall.com, www.ticketmaster.com

Jazz on 2nd Sundays — Featuring the Buffalo Jazz Collective Sextet Holiday Celebration, with a pre-concert talk and concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo; $. 873-9644, www.buffalohistory.org

ongoing: now-Dec. 10

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play — Spend a little time in Bedford Falls this holiday season by being a part of the studio audience at WBFR’s 1946 Christmas Eve radio broadcast of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” based on the Frank Capra movie. Presented by Road Less Traveled Productions. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8; 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org

It’s a Wonderful Life — Presented by Rocking Horse Productions and based on the Frank Capra film, the production features Angelo Heimowitz as George Bailey and Michael Breen as Clarence Odbody, under the direction of Jane Navarro. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

now-Dec. 17

A Charlie Brown Christmas — Presented by Theatre of Youth, the production is based on the story written by Charles M. Schulz and the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Families will enjoy Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang live on stage. Performances: 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 17 (added shows: 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16), at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

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