Weekly Feature



2017-11-29 / Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 30

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, Nov. 30 (preview performance) through Saturday, Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3; 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

fri. 1

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. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and continues at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3; 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

Towne Players Christmas Variety Show — Featuring The Lisa Taylor Dancers performing “Heaven Everywhere” by Francesca Battistelli, a performance by The Friends of Harmony, and a visit from Santa, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda; Free admission with a donation of a nonperishable food item or a new toy. 693-9641, www.towneplayers.com

Williamsville Holiday Lights Walk — This 2- to 4-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Meet by Wegmans bottle return, Essjay Road near Sheridan Drive. Icy conditions will cancel hike. Call 691-6750. www.foothillstrailclub.org

fri. 1 & sat. 2

A Vocális Christmas — Join the Vocalis Chamber Choir as they continue the tradition under the baton of James Burritt to celebrate the season, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Ss. Peter and Paul R.C. Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 220 North St., at Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo; $. www.vocalischamberchoir.org

fri. 1-sun. 3

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Presents A Christmas Carol — Also known as “Farndale...Christmas,” the Farndale women put on a very, very loosely based production of the Dickens’ classic. The play features Mary Kate O’Connell, Daniel Lendzian, Melissa Leventhal, Stephanie Bax and Constance Caldwell, under the direction of Joey Bucheker. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org

Holiday Open Studios and Galleries — Event is an opportunity to visit talented local artists and artisans in their studios and in small gallery settings, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, at various locations. Visit www.artistsinbuffalo.org for a downloadable map and list of participating artists and galleries.

sat. 2

Holiday In the Village — Event presented by the Williamsville Business Association will feature family-friendly events, including Stocking Stuffer event for children; free photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. inside the Williamsville Water Mill on Spring Street (bring your own camera); free trolley rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; horse and wagon rides, 1:30-3:30 at the Mill on Spring Street; tree lighting in front of Village Hall, 5:30 p.m, followed by holiday party at Island Park with hot chocolate, goodies and Santa Claus; and candle lighting and parade to Island Park at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Village of Williamsville. www.willvill.com

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, Dec. 2-17, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

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. and 3 p.m Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $ - Registration and prepayment are required. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

Holiday in the Park — The Village of Orchard Park’s annual event featuring a parade (step-off at Princetown Place noon), tree lighting (3 p.m.), horse and carriage rides, dance performance, activities for kids including face painting, sit on Santa’s lap and storytime with Mrs. Claus, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the historic BR&P train depot/library/DPW grounds, South Lincoln Street, Orchard Park; Free. 662-7002 This event is a joint venture by the Village of Orchard Park Events and Celebrations and the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce.

St. Aloysius Family Christmas Fair — Event will feature theme baskets, prize booths with girls’ and boys’ toys, stuffed animals, groceries, lamps, poinsettias, Kids Korner, skill games, turkey and wine raffles and Santa (2-4 p.m.), noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

Tidings of Comfort & Jazz — With The Buffalo Jazztet, led by Mark Filsinger and featuring Bobby Militello, John Hasselback, George Caldwell, Jim Colemon and John Bacon, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport. 433-2617, www.kenancenter.org

Holiday at the Park — Featuring food trucks, local vendors, kids crafts, basket raffle and more, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Rich Activity Center at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. 839-1242, www.theparkschool.org

Butterfly Moon’s Holiday Craft/Vendor Show — Second annual event will feature more than 60 vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga; Free admission.

Decorated Boxwood Tree — In this popular seasonal workshop, create your own boxwood tree, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. Ribbons and small holiday decor will be provided; bring hand clippers and a box for transport. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

Holiday Marketplace — 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, inside Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino’s Conference & Event Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; $. 1-877-873-6322, www.senecaniagaracasino.com

Candlelight Stroll — Assemble at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main St., where candles will be distributed. The group will head out at 5 p.m. and follow a route down Main Street to Third Street, where they will enjoy caroling by Niagara Falls City School District students. Event will also feature a tree lighting ceremony, live music and the music of Billy Joel with Michael Cavanaugh, fireworks, and an outdoor movie, “Elf.”

Children’s Winter Crafts — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, inside the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino’s Conference & Event Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. 1-877-873-6322, www.senecaniagaracasino.com

Free Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides — 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, on Old Falls Street, downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. FallsStreet.com

Breakfast with Santa — Area youngsters are invited to meet Santa and his Elf, and enjoy holiday crafts, storytelling, face painting and live animals, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; $. 585-457-3228, email info@buffaloaudubon.org

Holiday Trunk Show — This sixth annual event will feature 20 local artists and craftspeople selling handcrafted items, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. 523-0068

Holiday Bazaar — Sixth annual event will feature Christmas bazaar featuring handmade items, jellies, baked goods, crafters and vendors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Elma United Methodist Church, 2991 Bowen Road, Elma.

The Scintas’ Christmas Holiday Celebration — The show spans several generations, blending classic songs from musical icons such as Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

sat. 2 & sun. 3

2017 Lewiston Tour of Homes: Christmastime with Fieldstone and Holly — Event will feature a showcase of Lewiston’s most unique and historic homes dressed for the season by WNY’s most creative designers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3; $. 754-4214. Visit lewistonhometour.com for locations.

Holiday Craft Show — 42nd annual event with more than 170 exhibitors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Heim Schools, 175 Heim Road, Williamsville; $. www.HolidayCraftShowPTSA.com

Yuletide in the Country — Celebrating 23 years of fine arts and quality artisans at this holiday artisan market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. www.wnypremierpromotions.com

sun. 3

Christmas Craft Workshop — Make-and-take-crafts for all ages, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, near Shawnee Road, North Tonawanda. 731-4756

Christmas at Hilbert — A live Nativity will bring the Christmas story to life during this event, followed by a children’s Christmas party in the Hafner Recreation Center, with free photos with Santa, along with games, arts and crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

Trains in the Tonawandas — Toy train show, collectible toys and Santa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda; $.

Holiday Bazaar Craft Show — Featuring more than 70 crafters and vendors, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Mount St. Mary’s Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore; Free admission.

Fresh Conifer Wreath — Love the smell of holiday evergreen boughs? Create a fresh and fragrant 14-inch conifer wreath to add some seasonal greenery to your home, 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. Ribbons and small holiday decor items provided; bring hand clippers, garden gloves and a large box for transport. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

Christmas Tea — Presented by the Hull Family Home and Farmstead and featuring hot soup, tea sandwiches, scones and petit desserts, along with a variety of teas, with two seatings, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at 5962 Genesee St., Lancaster; $. Call 741-7032 for reservations.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow — The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents a holiday program featuring “The Snowman,” with Bryan Eckenrode, conductor, Daniel Ihasz, baritone, and Anthony Panella, narrator, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Snyder; Free admission but contributions encouraged. www.amherstsymphony.com

Festival of Christmas Carols Koledy — Presented by The Polish Singer Alliance of America, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Stanislaus Church, 389 Peckham St., Buffalo. 854-5510

tues. 5

BPO Holiday Concert in the Southtowns — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Swan Auditorium of Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg; $35, $25 for students. 926-8860, www.hilbert.edu/BPO

wed. 6

The Irish Tenors — A holiday tour with Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns, who will lend their soaring voices to a program of holiday classics and familiar Irish tunes, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

The Kerfuffle Before Christmas — With Jimmy Eat World, Borns, and Saint Motel, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo; $. 342-2292, buffaloriverworks.com

Baby It’s Cold Outside Holiday Luncheon — Spend an afternoon with friends, enjoy a lunch, participate in a basket raffle, take home a special gift and more, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

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 Jesse Swartz, Vanessa Stipkovits, Greg Blarr, Carla Kwasniak and Madison Swartz, under the direction of 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

ongoing: now-Jan. 7

Poinsettias — The entire family will enjoy beautiful poinsettias, vibrant colors and playful surprises, through Jan. 7 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

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