Western New York is the kind of place that’s magical during the Christmas season. When the snow comes– and it almost always does– there’s something so beautiful about being outside in it, whether you’re hanging up twinkling lights across your front yard trees and bushes or taking a walk at an area tree farm looking for the perfect Christmas tree.
Have you ever been to Jurek Plantations this time of year? The Jurek Family has been raising and selling Christmas trees for three generations. They have three area locations where you can either cut-your-own tree or get a pre-cut one to take home. A lot of people opt for the fun of cutting their own tree down, and why not? It’s the kind of thing that makes the season memorable! Pre-cuts are available at 9170 Transit Road in East Amherst, while you can go into the woods and cut-your-own at 6600 Strickler Rd. in Clarence or 11370 Hunts Corners Rd. in Akron. Visit http://www.jurekplantations.com/ for details.
While a nice, quiet walk in the country is great this time of year, Western New York is also fortunate to have lively Ice at Canalside in downtown Buffalo near the waterfront. Bring your own ice skates or rent some there, with open skating available for countless hours during most of December. While there, check out the “ice bikes” if you can– something different, for sure. You’ll want to check the Canalside website before your visit for details: https://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/
As for music concerts and plays, December is chock full of holiday themed events. See A Christmas Carol on stage at Buffalo’s Alleyway Theatre, hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus perform a Classical Christmas concert at Kleinhans Music Hall, or scroll through the many other fun things to see and do here: http://buffalo.kidsoutandabout.com/category/activity-type/performance
Though the weather may turn a bit frightful, there’s plenty of delightful things to see and do around Western New York this holiday season.