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December 2: Fall Culinary Series - Two Courses of Seafood ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
5:30pm. In this class, begin with a hearty bowl of New England clam chowder, and move onto fresh seared sea scallops with lemon-thyme risotto.

December 2: Carriage Rides in Hyde Park
Hyde Park, Niagara Falls USA
6:00pm. View the holiday lights and enjoy a FREE carriage ride! First-come, first-served.

December 3: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
7:30pm. Live music by Mike Petraglia.

December 4: Fall Culinary Series - Gingerbread House ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
4pm. Learn Gingerbread House preparation, construction and decoration techniques. All the tools will be provided to create your very own Gingerbread House.

December 4: A Winter's Fest Evening
Colonel Wm. Bond - Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St., Lockport / 716-434-7433
6pm. Enjoy the atmosphere of an early Canal-era home with music, cookies, and hot cider. Tours of the house for grown-ups; children's activities (ages 8 and up) in the library.

December 4: Paint Nite ($)
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls / Register at www.paintnite.com
7pm. Drink, paint and connect! A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from a blank canvas to a final unique masterpiece in about two hours.

December 4: Holiday Tree Illumination
Old Falls Street, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Old Falls Street will illuminate all three blocks of trees in thousands of white LED lights. Area stakeholders will officially turn on the lights for the holiday season. Those in attendance will be treated to complimentary hot chocolate.

December 5: Winter Wonderland
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
4pm. View an indoor life-sized gingerbread house prepared by culinary students. Guests will also enjoy cookie decorating, letters to Santa, arts and crafts activities, children's games and more!

December 5: Newfane's Holiday Light Up
Main St., Newfane
5:30pm. Enjoy a parade, a holiday lighting of Main Street, live nativity scene, a visit from Santa, free cookies and hot chocolate. A horse-drawn carriage will be available for rides.

December 5 - 7: Holiday Happening ($)
Niagara Wine Trail USA / www.niagarawinetrail.org
Tickets include 3 tastes of wine and an ornament from each winery, and a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery. Collect a different ornament at each of the wineries for a complete set*!

December 5: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
7pm. Live music featuring Sons of Ghidorah, Ancients of Earth and Sun Black Smoke.

December 5: Winter Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA
9pm. Bundle up and enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Falls!

December 6: Breakfast with Santa ($)
Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls
8:30am. Enjoy breakfast with Santa along with holiday activities, crafts and more!

December 6 - 7: Historic Lewiston Tour of Homes ($)
Around Lewiston / www.lewistonhometour.com
10am. Featuring quaint cottages all dressed for the season! Celebrate in style and see the latest holiday inspired decor with Christmas tablescapes and more!

December 6 - 7: Village of Lewiston Christmas Walk
Around Lewiston
10am. Enjoy complimentary carriage rides, shopping, carollers, Santa promenade down Center Street, outdoor entertainment and refreshments served inside Lewiston businesses. Appearance by Santa on Saturday only at 11:30am.

December 6 - 7:  NFCI Gingerbread House
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
Sat., 12pm-8pm, Sun., 1pm-5pm. Meet Santa, enjoy crafts and decorate cookies!

December 6: Deck the Halls with Energy Efficiency
NYPA - Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston
10am. A FREE holiday party, featuring photos with Santa, crafts, performances by the Niagara Experience Players and an informational exhibit on energy efficient lights with tips on celebrating a green holiday.

December 6: Santa on the Carrousel ($)
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda / 716-693-1885
11am. Visit with Santa and enjoy festive crafts, hot chocolate and treats, and rides on the carrousel. Reservations and prepayment required for lunch.

December 6: Fall Culinary Series - Mastering Tuna Steak ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
5:30pm. Join the chefs at NFCI to create new and amazing dishes in these hands-on classes. In this class, create a chili rubbed tuna steak, sautéed Swiss chard, white beans and red peppers with vinaigrette.

December 6: Fall Culinary Series - Spirits & Mixology ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm. Raise a glass for Christmas white chocolate and peppermint martinis, or warm up with caramel liquor hot chocolate. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

December 6: Castle by Candlelight ($)
Old Fort Niagara, 4 Scott Ave., Youngstown / 716-745-7611
7pm. Lanterns line Old Fort Niagara's walkways as soldiers prepare their muskets to perform a grand feu de joie, a firing of joy, in honor of the holiday season. Fifes and drums play traditional music and artillerists prepare their cannons to join in the salute. Dress warm!

December 6: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music by Matt & Friends.

Ongoing Events in Niagara USA:

December 1 - January 3: Festival of Trees
NYPA - Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston
10am. The Niagara Power Vista is transformed into a winter wonderland with a dazzling display of reusable trees, adorned with energy efficient holiday lights and decorated by local non-profit groups.

November 29 - December 31: Winter Wonderland Project
Along the Erie Canal, Lockport
Enjoy holiday lights and discover all there is about Lockport's Erie Canal bike path and walk way!

November 26 - December 31: Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail
Hyde Park, Niagara Falls USA
5pm. Drive through Hyde Park and admire the beautiful holiday lights this season!

November 22 - January 5: Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd., Youngstown / 716-754-7489
5pm. See the grounds lit up every night until 9pm with over 75 beautiful lighted displays and an illuminated Shrine. Gift shop and cafeteria open.