Weekly Feature



2015-12-09 / Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 10

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians — The 1964 movie features then child actor Pia Zadora, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Northtown Business Center, Amherst; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

Craft Workshop: Weave a Christmas Stocking Basket — Make an adorable Christmas stocking basket with weaver Donna Mileham, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda; $20 materials fee. Call 332-4375 to register and get supplies list.

fri. 11

White Christmas — The 1954 movie features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Northtown Business Center, Amherst; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

Believe — Holiday concert presented by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org, www.BuffaloGayMensChorus.org

Holiday Bash — Ninth annual festive end-of-year event features live music by Penelope, along with a cash bar, basket raffle and a door prize, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; $. 286-8200,

www.castellaniartmuseum.org

Christmas Concert/Advent — With Father Bill Quinlivan and Friends, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at St. Gregory Church, 250 St. Gregory, at Maple Road, Williamsville. www.stgregs.org

Gifted — Holiday exhibit and sale of local artist’s work, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at 464 Gallery, , 464 E. Amherst St., Buffalo. 983-2112, www.464Gallery.com

Holiday Art Market — Holiday sale of local artist’s work. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and continues through Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 464 Gallery, 464 E. Amherst St., Buffalo. 983-2112, www.464Gallery.com

fri. 11 & sat. 12

A Polish Tavern Christmas — Join Forgotten Buffalo Tours as they recreate a Christmas Eve circa 1963, complete with a traditional Wigilia dinner, visit to a historic church and Christmas caroling accompanied by the Forgotten Buffalo Orchestra, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12; $55 per person. forgottenbuffalo.com

Saturday Artisan Market Holiday Edition — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Canalside, 44 Prime St., in downtown Buffalo, adjacent to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and across from First Niagara Center.

www.buffalosaturdayartmarket.com

sat. 12

A Christmas Story Event — The 1983 classic movie comes to life with a talk-back with some cast members, 1 p.m., and the film will be screened at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

Winter Recreation Celebration Pt. 1 — Music by The Hill Brothers, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, with fireworks at 7:15 p.m., at Stiglmeier Park, 500 Losson Road, Cheektowaga; Free. 656-2280

. Celebrations of the Heart — 28th annual presentation of this holiday concert, featuring Nan Hoffman, with Joe Tumino, and Kathy and Tom DeLoughery, p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Lockport United Church of Christ, 98 East Ave., Lockport; Freewill offering. 772-7602

. The Santa Clause — With Tim Allen, part of the Family Friendly Flicks series, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Harlem Road Community Center Auditorium, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst; Free. www.amherstyouthandrec.org

Santa’s Workshop — Holiday-themed activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

Castle by Candlelight — Old Fort Niagara will open its doors and warmly welcome visitors to a candlelit and festively decorated French Castle for this annual event, which will feature “feu de joie” firing of joy) musket and cannon firings, which recreate an 18th century military ceremony at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Old Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; $. 745-7611, www.oldfortniagara.org

Believe — Holiday concert presented by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo. www.BuffaloGayMensChorus.org

Singing, Ringing, Caroling — With special guests The Royalton Ringers, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Mary’s Church, Swormville, 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst. 775-7664, www.BuffaloChoralArts.org

Santa On the Carrousel — Join Old St. Nick on the carrousel — just make sure you’re on the “nice” list first. There will be lots of fun, festive crafts and games, hot chocolate and treats, along with a holiday performance with magicians Rob and Carol Allen, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

Holiday Arts and Craft Show — Holiday gifting selections from 20 locally juried artisans, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

Holiday Craft Making — Create

one-of-a-kind holiday gifts using natural and recycled materials and easy techniques, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - Pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.sciencebuff.org

Breakfast With Santa — Featuring BubbleMania!, and children will receive free Timbits® and juice box, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Food Court of Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville. www.shopeasternhills.com

JoAnn’s Classical Christmas — Make memories with your family and friends at the BPO, and hear Christmas favorites like “Greensleeves,” the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah,” “Children’s Prayer” from “Hansel and Gretel,” “Joy to the World,” and many more, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

sat. 12 & sun. 13

A Big Band Holiday — Phil Sims once again leads an eight-piece Big Band, along with vocalist Katy Miner in a cabaret of holiday favorites, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Premier Center Cabaret at MusicalFare Theatre, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com

Santa Land — Featuring family activities including hay rides, hay maze, face painting, wood cutting, arts and crafts and marshmallow roast on both days. The casino’s concession stand will be open, offering food and drink for sale. Open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park; Free.

Polar Express — The ride is a one-hour-long round-trip, 11:45 a.m., 1, 2:15, 3:30, 4:45 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 11:45, 1, 2:15, 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Medina Depot, 530 W. Ave., Medina; $ (children under 2 ride free on all trains on a lap). 585-798-6106, railroadmuseum.net/events/polar-express/

Christmas at the Farm — Featuring holiday vintage displays, crafts for kids, frost cookies, basket auction, and Santa (noon-3 p.m.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road; Free admission.

sat. 12 & tues. 15

It’s a Wonderful Life — The 1946 holiday classic was directed by Frank Capra and features Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Northtown Business Center, Amherst; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

sun. 13

SPCA Howl-iday Party — Event features a basket auction, silent auction, art auction, take-out spaghetti dinner, flea market items, bake sale, door prizes, photos with Santa, face painting, and a holiday musical revue with Patsy Silver and Dottie Kenney, 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Niagara Active Hose Company, 6010 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

Winter Recreation Celebration Pt. 2 — Face painting, games, crafts, petting zoo, Cross Ice Hockey tournament, contests and special events including a cookie bake-off and chili cook-off, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Reinstein Woods, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Also Free public skate 1-3 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Ice Rink; Free with canned food donations. 897-7207

Santa Paws — Presented by Linkon’s Last Chance Animal Rescue, come out and meet Santa and get your picture taken with your dog, along with Christmas shopping with 20-plus vendors and crafters, food and beverages available, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Leonard Post, 2450 Walden Ave., Buffalo; Free to

attend.

Carols in the Chapel — With the Villa Maria Chorale, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in the Villa Maria Chapel, 600 Doat St., Buffalo; Freewill offering.

Believe — Holiday concert presented by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. www.BuffaloGayMensChorus.org

Farmers Breakfast with Santa Claus — All-you-can-eat, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda; $.

Orchard Park Chorale Christmas Concert — The Chorale will perform the Vivaldi “Gloria,” with soloists and orchestra, carols and other seasonal music, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park; $. 471-8061, www.orchardparkchorale.org

Carols for a King — A Christmas concert with the Festival Chorus that will feature unique arrangements of several familiar carols, like “Silent Night” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” as well as other Christmas selections both new and old, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 135 N. Ogden St., Lovejoy neighborhood of Buffalo; $. 895-6813, 698-3206

Season of Light: Kim & Reggie Harris & Magpie — Combining their many talents, Kim and Reggie Harris and Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino Magpie will perform music and tell stories from traditions that mark The Season of Light, celebrating the many common themes of the holidays, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mongerson Theater at Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville. 592-9038, www.springvillearts.org

tues. 15

Dear Santa Claus — The Trailer Park Boys bring their off-beat humor to the area in this holiday performance, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org

wed. 16

Immaculata Academy Christmas Concert — Will include performances by the IA Singers; Vox Harmoniae; Vox Caeciliae, Immaculata’s premier choral group; and the Immaculata Academy Hand Bell Choir, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Buffalo; $.

Scrooge — 1951 film with Alastair Sim, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Northtown Business Center, Amherst; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

thurs. 17

Fresh Holiday Arrangement — Bring the scents of the holidays home in this make-it-take-it workshop where you will make an arrangement for your dinner table or craft the perfect hostess gift, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box for transporting your creation. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

thurs. 17-sun. 20

Joseph’s Gospel — A comedy about dads everywhere, “Joseph’s Gospel” is the solo-performance play that tells the story of Joseph of Bethlehem, his betrothal to Mary, and the birth of their first son — from a dad’s uniquely humorous point of view, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and continues at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at 710 Main Theatre, formerly Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org

now-Dec. 13

The Gift of the Magi and A Charlie Brown Christmas — Presented by the Alden Christian Theatre Society, 7:30

p.m. Dec. 11, 12, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, at 1470 Church St., Village of Alden; $. 937-7770

now-Dec. 19

The Santaland Diaries — Join Road Less Traveled Productions for this yuletide tradition made infamous from its annual rotation on NPR’s “This American Life,” by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, directed by Doug Weyand and featuring Kevin Kennedy. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Road Less Traveled Productions, 500 Pearl St., Buffalo; $. 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

now-Dec. 20

Uh Oh! Here Comes Christmas — Holiday stories from the international best-selling author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” have been crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song, and featuring Corey Beiber, Tim Goehrig, Edith Grossman, Mary Moebius and Michael Starzynski, under the direction of Joey Bucheker. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 20, enter at the Helen Long building of The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

All Through the Night — Christmas play written and directed by L. Don Swartz about seven weary travelers trapped in a rural train station by a blizzard on Christmas Eve and the midnight visitors who change their lives forever. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; $. 743-1614, www.starrynighttheatre.com

A Little House Christmas — Presented by the Theatre of Youth, the Ingalls family celebrates the holidays with music, dancing and stories; however, a sudden storm washes out the bridge to town, leaving Ma and the girls along while Pa tries to get home. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

now-Dec. 27

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights — Park the car and let the holiday magic begin as you stroll the illuminated street and are treated to nearly two miles of light displays featuring more than 60 displays, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11-13, 18-23, and 26 and 27, at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com

now-Jan. 1

Christmasville Tree Lighting — View animated windows through Jan. 1, 2016, on Central Avenue, Lancaster. 583-4078, www.lancastervillage.org

Festival of Trees — View the rows

of trees adorned with LED lights and decorated by area not-for-profit organizations during this annual event. Now through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; $. 286-6652, www.nypa.gov

now-Jan. 3

Poinsettias — The entire family will enjoy the vibrant colors of poinsettias, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 3, 2016, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

now-Jan. 6

Festival of Lights — This year’s theme is “The Christ Child Leads Us to God’s Mercy,” through Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston. 754-7489, www.fatimashrine.com

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