Music, Arts & Entertainment 

Dec. 11: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls
7pm. Live music featuring Out on the Tiles.

Dec. 11: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Howard Lapiano.

Dec. 11: Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, USA
9pm. Enjoy a beautiful display of fireworks over the Falls.

Dec. 12: Live Music Saturday
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Free live music featuring local musicians!

Dec. 12: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Free live music featuring Nick Spacone.

Shopping

Dec. 12: North Tonawanda City Market
Corner of Payne Ave. & Robinson St., North Tonawanda
7am - 1pm. Fresh produce, flowers, pastries and more!

Outdoors

Dec. 7 - Jan. 2: Lewiston Family Ice Rink
Academy Park, Center St., Lewiston
Mon. - Thurs., 4-8pm | Fri., 4-10pm | Sat., 12-10pm | Sun., 12-8pm. Free ice skating! Rentals available for $5. Hot cocoa and snacks available for purchase.

Holiday Happenings

Nov. 21 - Jan. 3: Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd., Youngstown
5 - 9pm. See over 75 lighted displays and an illuminated Shrine. Gift shop and cafeteria open. Shrine open daily, 9am - 9pm.

Nov. 25 - Dec. 31: Winter Wonderland Project Presents The Festival of Lights
Hyde Park, Hyde Park Blvd. & Pine Ave., Niagara Falls
5 - 10pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of holiday lights from the comfort of your car!

Dec. 1 - Jan. 1: NYPA Niagara Power Project Festival of Trees
NYPA Niagara Power Project - Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston / 1-877 NYPAFUN
10am - 5pm. See a display of trees adorned with energy efficient lights and decorated by local non-profit groups.

Dec. 4 - 20: NFCI Gingerbread House
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
Fri., 6-9pm | Sat., 1-8pm | Sun., 1-5pm. Meet Santa and take part in FREE activities including cookie decorating, crafts and story-time!

Dec. 8 - 22: Santa Claus Christmas Cottage
Christmas Cottage, 5080 Day Rd. Park, Lockport
Tues. & Thurs., 5-8pm | Sat., 12pm - 3pm. Meet Santa, drop a letter in the North Pole Mailbox and visit with a head elf! Bring a camera!

Dec. 11 - 13: Holiday Happening ($)
Niagara Wine Trail, USA
Receive a special holiday gift from the trail, wine tasting and holiday shopping. Tickets include 3 tastes of wine, a holiday gift from the Trail and a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery.

Dec. 12: A Christmas Story Event ($)
Riviera Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda / 716-692-2413
1pm. A special talk back with cast members, including "Randy," "Flick" and others. Rides on the original fire truck from the movie and more.

Dec. 12: Deck the Halls with Energy Efficiency
NYPA Niagara Power Project - Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston / 1-877 NYPAFUN
10am - 4pm. A free, family-friendly holiday party, photos with Santa, crafts and more!

Dec. 12 - 13: Christmas at the Farm
Sanborn Lewiston Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn / 716-990-6909.
11am - 4pm. Meet Santa and view holiday vintage displays, crafts for kids, decorate cookies and more! Santa on-site from 12pm-3pm only; children ages 2 - 8 years old will receive a FREE gift.

Dec. 12 & 19: Santa on the Carrousel ($)
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda / 716-693-1885
11am. Visit with Santa, festive crafts and games, hot chocolate and more. (Lunch available - reservations and pre-payment required.)

Dec. 13 & 19: Breakfast with Santa ($)
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls / 716-285-3575
9:30am - 12pm. Enjoy breakfast, meet Santa and make holiday crafts! Call to register!

Dec. 17: Andy Cooney's Irish Country Christmas ($)
Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport / 716-434-9690
7pm. Enjoy the magic and meaning of Christmas as it comes alive with Andy Cooney, a favorite among American and Irish audiences.

Culinary & Wine

Dec. 11: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Fundamentals of Dessert Wine ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm. Learn how to analyze wine and taste a flight of 8 major wine styles.

Dec. 12: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Dinner/Demo ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
12 - 3pm. Practice your decorating skills on pre-built gingerbread houses. Space is limited! Ages 8 - 12 welcome!

Dec. 17: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Dinner/Demo ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm. Create an elegant dining experience for a special occasion and make stuffed pork loin.

Tours

November: Behind the Scenes Tour / Meet a Seal / Penguin Encounter ($)
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls / 716-285-3575
Fri., Sat., or Sun. Enjoy one or both of these can't miss opportunities and get up close and personal with the Aquarium! Call for info!