The 24 Hours in Buffalo Series is sponsored by Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
24 Hours in Buffalo is a bi-weekly series we’ve launched to give our readers the rundown on places to explore and things to do in the coming weeks – whether you’re here for a quick visit and are hoping to squeeze in a mini adventure or two, or you’re a local looking for ideas on where to take your out-of-town guests, or you’re simply stumped on what to do with an upcoming free weekend.
Each article will be a little different, but look for features on a variety of urban adventures – from history tours, to arts exhibits, places to grab a bite, festivals, and more. We hope you discover something new to love about the Queen City!
Shop Local With Holiday Markets Galore
The holidays are in full swing and for many, the next few weeks are a whirlwind of preparing for visits with friends and family, decorating, cooking and shopping. With so many holiday markets to choose from, it has become easier than ever to shop local this season. We’ve assembled information on a handful of must-visit markets to round out your holiday shopping experience.
Saturdays throughout December 21, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Perks at Horsefeathers, 346 Connecticut St | Normal Street Entrance, Buffalo, New York 14213
It’s time to shop! This season let the historic Horsefeathers Market building become your holiday shopping destination! Over 15 local Farmers and Artisans from WNY will be setting up shop each Saturday from 10-3pm. Perks at Horsefeathers located in the Market storefront will be serving up Coffee, Mimosas + Brunch guaranteed to make your day Perk-fect! More information is available here.
Sundays throughout December, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hotel Henry, 444 Forest Avenue
Check out a holiday market in one of the most historic and glamorous spaces the city has to offer! Visitors to the market can find local goods and treats and enjoy seasonal cocktails and espresso drinks from 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry. Each week of the market will feature a family friendly event. More information is available here.
Sundays throughout December, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Alchemy Wine & Beer, 20 Union Street, Hamburg
Check out a variety of wares from local vendors, including food, housewares, home décor, art, and jewelry. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, spiked cider, or a mimosa while you’re there, too! The event will be family friendly, offering visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus from noon to 3:00 p.m. and Christmas card family portrait sessions in the courtyard (by appointment). More information available here.
Friday, December 6: 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Shopping for the art lovers in your family? Head over to Burchfield Penney and check out gift options made by over 50 artists from the Western New York area. More information available here.
Friday, December 6, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street
As part of Larkin Square’s yearly holiday extravaganza, there will be a holiday vendor market at the Filling Station. In addition to the market, check out the live music, tree lighting, food trucks, and hot beverages, beer and wine. Visitors who bring a canned item to donate to FeedMoreWNY will receive a free hot chocolate! More information available here.
Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14222
SEM will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on December 7, 2019. Our holiday market is a long-standing, family-friendly holiday shopping tradition. Find perfect gifts of jewelry, photography, art, fashion, bath & beauty, and housewares, a basket raffle and door prizes! Proceeds benefit the Buffalo Seminary Scholarship Fund. More information available here.
Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Avenue
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support local small business owners at this annual holiday market inside the beautiful Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum! Find goods from over 50 local vendors, plus food and beverages from local restaurants and food trucks. More information available here.
Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson Street
Find all things Buffalo at this massive vendor market and festival at Buffalo Riverworks. Featuring a variety of local vendors, live music, food, dessert, and a visit from Santa Clause for the kids. Admission is $5 online or at the door. More information and tickets available here.
December 7, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
December 8, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
If you’re ready to take on a larger holiday market, visit the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center for their 25th annual Yuletide in the Country event, which will feature over 150 local artisans and artists. Admission is $3 presale online or $5 at the door. More information available here.
Friday, December 13: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street
If you haven’t checked out the market at the WNY Book Arts Center, it’s a unique location to find gifts made by over 40 local artists, from paper goods to housewares, hats and jewelry. Vendors will be scattered throughout both floors of the center. More information available here.
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street
This bustling makerspace and business incubator will open its doors for their annual holiday market, featuring products from the small businesses housed within the Foundry, as well as other local vendors. More information is available here.
Saturday, December 14, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Lockhouse Distillery and Bar, 41 Columbia Street
Nothing takes the edge off the holiday shopping stress like holding a baby kangaroo and drinking a locally distilled beverage. Stop by Lockhouse Distillery to check out the vendors, visit with the kangaroos, and enjoy one of their specialty Bloody Marys. It is recommended that guests arrive early to long wait times. More information available here.
Saturday, December 14, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Flying Bison Brewing Company, 840 Seneca Street
Grab a drink at one of Buffalo’s favorite breweries and do some shopping while you’re at it. They’ll also have live music, an art exhibit by Edreys Wajed, and pictures with Santa from 2:00-4:00 p.m. More information available here.
Tuesday, December 17, 3:00-8:00 p.m.
500 Seneca, 500 Seneca Street
Stop by the Atrium at 500 Seneca for a last-minute shopping excursion, featuring a variety of local vendors selling everything from jewelry to candles, pottery, clothing and woodwork. A full list of vendors will be available here.
FEATURED EVENTS: December 1 -15
Wednesday, December 4
Forbes Theatre, 500 Pearl Street
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Get in the holiday spirit by sampling some locally made spirits at this event promoting our area’s distilleries, breweries and wineries. There will also be live music, cookie decorating, a hot cooca bar, and a “Selfies with Santa” contest. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Oishei Childrens Hospital Healing Arts Program. More information available here.
Sunday, December 8
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Avenue
Enjoy this self-guided exploration of eight of Allentown’s historic private residences and their architectural beauty. Tours begin at noon and 1:00 p.m. Visitors may walk or drive to each location, which will be disclosed in the informational books distributed at the Theodore Roosevelt site 30 minutes prior to the tour start time. Tickets are available here.
Friday, December 13
6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street
The 116th annual Charity Ball will be a great opportunity for youth to celebrate the holidays together and support a good cause. The evening will include a Middle School Dance from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a High School Dance from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. More information and tickets available here.
Saturday, December 14, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Terrace at Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway
Tickets: $15 (kids get in free)
This is a great event for anyone who loves holiday sweet treats! Stop by the Terrace at Delaware Park to sample and purchase cookies from Buffalo’s best bakeries, as well as a slew of activities for youth and adults. There will be cookie decorating, face painting, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause for the kids. Adults can enjoy a holiday markets, live jazz music, and a bar featuring Irish coffee, Tom & Jerrys, and spiked hot chocolate. More information available here.
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