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24 Hours in Buffalo: November + December

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The 24 Hours in Buffalo Series is sponsored by Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino



SHOP Small at 125 Art Collective!
Saturday, November 24  |  11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
125 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, New York 14201

In just a few days the nation will celebrate Small Business Saturday. This year, consider something off the beaten path! Curiosity shop, 125 Art Collective, located in the heart of Allentown is hosting their annual holiday shopping event. Vendors include: Brick Chick, custom garden stones for your perfect lil’ home! Customize one word, or a whole story! Accent your fairy garden, veggie patch, or desk; Granny Dave, “Hello I’m Granny Dave and I like to crochet things. I learned from my grandma and have been making things for the past 16 years;” Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School, the school garden serves 200+ students and offers free garden workshops. Join us Saturday and make your own “holiday sweater” ornament to share or hang on your tree; The Kissing Museum celebrates and encourages more kissing! Find real mistletoe, handmade ornaments, and other kissing kitsch; Chris’s Sea Glass Creations, as Queen of the beach, Chris makes glass creations from locally found beach glass while also incorporating her photography skills; Theresa Bonner designs wind chimes from up-cycled materials, painted wines glasses, totes, and jewelry; Timeless Babez produces wearable accessories made from vinyl records and coins. Many handmade Buffalo items will be available as well as metal stamp design jewelry; Oz Artistic Designs specializes in abstract acrylic and resin art; Also, check out the handmade angels and snowmen by Rhonda ZammitNewWorldEmily creates handmade jewelry and accessories featuring vintage styles from modern materials. Plus, don’t miss the basket raffle presented by Nickel City Renegade Rollergirls!


Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday, November 25  |  7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Tickets: $50 VIP; $25 General Admission
Adam Luebke, conductor

For many, hearing a live performance of Handel’s most famous oratorio, Messiah, is a deeply rooted Advent or Christmas tradition. But did you know that Handel originally performed the piece as an Easter offering? Handel’s Messiah first premiered at noon on April 13, 1742 at the Fishamble Street Musick Hall in Dublin, Ireland. Handel himself conducted this performance, which raised money for various local charities. The performance was wildly popular with 700 people in attendance and several hundred more rumored to have been turned away. Gentlemen were encouraged to remove their swords and ladies were encouraged to wear dresses “without hoops” in order to make enough room for all the expected patrons.

The full performance of Handel’s Messiah lasts approximately 137 minutes, depending on the conductor’s tempo. Because of its length, the piece is rarely performed in full.


Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Fresh Conifer Wreath
Sunday, December 2  |  9:00 to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Members $35, General Public $40

Love the smell of holiday evergreen boughs? Create a fresh and fragrant 14” conifer wreath to add some seasonal greenery to your home. Ribbons and small holiday décor items provided. Bring hand clippers, garden gloves and a large box for transport.


Hot Mama’s Canteen Presents: A Not So Silent Night!
Wednesday, December 5   |  7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

What’s that you say? All you want for Christmas is for someone to throw you a fabulous party? Let Hot Mama’s fulfill your wildest yuletide wishes! Join your old (and soon to be new) friends for a night of festive treats. DJ Pat Kewley will spin classic Christmas tunes on vinyl for your holiday pleasure. Our UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST, kicks off at 9:00 p.m. with prizes including a $50 Bar Tab and a HeadStone Heat Hot Sauce Gift Pack. Speaking of hot sauce, Hot Mama’s will have her hot sauce, HeadStone Heat, available in gift packs and Gift Certificates for the “saucy” people on your Christmas list.

Be sure to try one of Mama’s famous ‘Hot Jolly’ winter warmer cocktails. These buttery sweet decadent delights start with a rich and creamy base, with a whole lot of holiday spirit. The result is sheer bliss! Plus, sample complimentary Irish Christmas Cream & Espresso Cream made with love by Hot Mama & Big Daddy, as well as a few home-made Christmas cookies.


Alleyway Theatre presents the world premiere of
December 7th through 23rd
Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Just when you thought you’ve seen every possible version of the classic 1843 novella by Charles Dickens, Director Todd Warfield brings you the campiest stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol yet! Join President Ebesneezer Trumpy, Sara Suckabee-Sanders, Hellary Clinton, Mike Dence and other well-known politicos on the President’s nocturnal ghost ride.

Opening on a bleak Christmas Eve in the White House, President Trumpy meets the ghost of Hellary Clinton bound in chains of emails and Benghazi memos, the ghost warns him of the arrival of three spirits vying for his, and our, national redemption. Shifting from bright lights of Studio 54 in the 1970’s to post-apocalyptic New Jersey, will the President learn the true meaning of America?

Show runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays (12/16 &12/23 only) at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are highly suggested.


WNY Book Arts Center’s 11th Annual
Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace!

Friday, December 14  |  4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY
FREE & open to the public

Letterpress Holiday Card Workshop & more! Over 40 vendors on BOTH floors of the Book Arts Center! Purchase unique, quality handmade goods from housewares, knit wear, and jewelry to hand-printed greeting cards & posters. You will be sure to find loads of thoughtful last-minute gifts perfect for giving!


This series is sponsored by Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.

1 Fulton St, Buffalo, NY  |  (877) 873-6322  |  Website  |  Facebook

Located in the heart of downtown Buffalo’s burgeoning Inner Harbor area, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino offers non-stop action with the newest and hottest slots, table games and more! Enjoy delicious food and desserts from Phillips WD Bar & Grille, The Creek or The Creek Stop, while catching your favorite sports teams from the best seats in the house at Stixx Sports Bar. It’s all waiting for you to enjoy!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday – 50% Discount  |  The best time for a getaway! Enjoy 50% off your stay with our cyber week sale. Book a trip to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino near the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains or Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino steps from Niagara Falls. Book – Between November 21 and 27  |  Stay – Between November 21, 2018 and March 31, 2019, Sunday to Thursday (blackout dates may apply)

$100,000 Macy’s Shopping Spree  |  Shop till you drop with $50,000 to spend at Macy’s and a trip to New York City. But that’s not all – every Sunday from November 25 to December 16, five people each hour will have a chance to win a $250 Macy’s gift card. Start earning entries on November 23.


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24 Hours in Buffalo

This monthly guide introduces and reacquaints our readers with the very special experiences that make life in this city a rich and fascinating tapestry. Every month, we will highlight unique urban adventures including, history and heritage tours, dining and entertainment, arts and culture, along with many other activities that comprise Buffalo’s DNA.

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