Music, Arts & Entertainment 

Dec. 18: Happy Hour & Live Music
Midnight Run Wine Cellars, 3301 Braley Rd., Ransomville / 716-751-6200
6pm. Specials on wine, hard cider and wine slushies. Kitchen open for food orders. No cover.  

Dec. 18: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music - Then & Now.

Dec. 18: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music - Chris Borgotti.

Dec. 18: Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, USA
9pm. Enjoy a beautiful display of fireworks over the Falls.

Dec. 19: Live Music Saturday
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Free live music featuring local musicians!

Dec. 19: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Free live music - Julian Burgio.

Dec. 21 - 26: Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, USA
9pm. Enjoy a beautiful display of fireworks over the Falls all week!

Dec. 26: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music - Rob Falgiano.

Dec. 31: Old Falls Street Family Fun New Year's Eve ($)
Conference & Event Center NF, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
6 - 10 pm. Dance floor, music, balloon drop at 10pm, inflatable obstacle courses, face painters and more!

Dec. 31: Kids New Years Balloon Drop
Academy Park, Center St., Lewiston
6pm. Enjoy a kid-friendly balloon drop, and ice-skating at the Lewiston Family Ice Rink.

Dec. 31: Live Music at Wine on Third - New Year's Eve
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8:30pm. Live music featuring Joe Webber.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls / 716-282-0007
9pm. Live music featuring JoyRide & Hitmen Horns. Call for reservations.

Jan. 1: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8:30pm. Live music featuring Andrew Bieniek.

Jan. 1: Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, USA
9pm. Enjoy a beautiful display of fireworks over the Falls!

Shopping

Dec. 19: 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.

Jan. 1: First Day Hike - DeVeaux Woods & Niagara Gorge
DeVeaux Woods State Park, 3180 DeVeaux Woods Dr., Niagara Falls / Call to Register: 716-282-5154
11am - 12:30pm. A1.25-mile hike through an old growth woods to the Niagara Gorge Rim Trail to see the rapids and whirlpool. Hike available for all ages/handicapped accessible. Meet at Castellani Building at DeVeaux Woods State Park. Dress warm and bring a camera.

Jan. 1: First Day Hike - Let's Go to Niagara Falls!
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, USA / Call to Register: 716-282-5154
1 - 3pm. An afternoon 2-mile stroll. Lots of stories to be told along the way in the oldest State Park in America. Walk is catered to all ages. Park on Lot #3, located on Goat Island. Dress warm and bring a camera.

Jan. 1: First Day Hike - Old Fort Niagara
Old Fort Niagara, 4 Scott Ave., Youngstown / Call to Register: 716-282-5154
1:30 - 4pm. A 1.5-mile walk to view the Niagara River, War of 1812 Cemetery, and see the lighthouse and Old Fort Niagara from the parking lot. (The Fort is CLOSED on New Year's Day.) There will be a tour of the Officer's Club to view the paintings and visit the museum displays.

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. 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. 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. 19: 19th Century Christmas Exhibit
Colonel Wm. Bond - Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St., Lockport / 716-434-7433
1 - 4pm. National Register, 12-room home/museum will be fully decorated for the holiday season once again. Come and see the nostalgic atmosphere of Christmas in an early Canal era family home!

Dec. 20: Breakfast with Santa ($)
Barton Hill Hotel & Spa, 100 Center St., Lewiston / Call to Register: 716-754-9070
11am - 2pm. Meet Santa and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Culinary & Wine

Dec. 19: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Dinner/Demo ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
12 - 3pm. Enjoy a hands-on cooking class for you and your family! 

Tours

December: Behind the Scenes Tour / Meet a Seal / Penguin Encounter ($)
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls / 716-285-3575
Fri., Sat., or Sun. Get an up close and personal experience!