SSPP School Recommends… Christmas Break Activities for Families


We all look forward to a little “r and r” over Christmas vacation, but soon your kids will be itching to get out of the house and have some fun.  Here are a few ideas for fun, inexpensive family outings before or after the Christmas.

Before Christmas:

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

Drive through the all new light displays from North Pole Productions! Stroll the illuminated street and explore each of the buildings for unique holiday activities, shows, and more. Climb aboard the Express Train and take a short train ride around the Festival grounds. Kids can stop into the TOPS Winterland Workshop to make a craft. The centerpiece of the Festival of Lights is the North Pole Experience. This ten thousand square foot walk through adventure leads guests through the North Pole and right to Santa’s front porch. This and more is included in your carload admission.  The Festival runs through December 23rd

The Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg (716) 649-3900


Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights

Take a short drive to Lewiston to see the Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights.  You can view the spectacular lights from high atop the Basilica or explore the 15 acres of illuminated scenes including a 9 foot tall Nativity scene.

Our Lady Of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. Youngstown , NY ,14174, 716-754-7489


A Festival of Trees

While you are in Lewiston, stop to see A Festival of Trees. The Niagara Power Vista will feature a dazzling display of artificial evergreen trees, adorned with energy efficient lights as part of the Festival of Trees event. The trees are decorated for the season by local non-profit groups and will be on display through Jan. 1, 2017.  The Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston, NY, 14092, 716-286-6661.


Santa at Canalside

Santa will be at Canalside to meet with good little girls and boys on Friday, December 23rd 6:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 24th, 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Canalside Activities, 44 Prime St., Buffalo , NY , 14203. 716.574.1537


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The classic tale of Rudolph and all of his reindeer friends, performed live at the Lancaster Opera House through Dec. 23.

The Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster, NY, 716.683.1776


Glenn Colton Holiday Show

An interactive concert on December 23rd at the Lancaster Opera House by SSPP students’ favorite performer!

The Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster, NY, 716.683.1776.


Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite

The Nickelodeon favorites hit the Riviera stage for two shows on December 22nd

1 and 4 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre.  The Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St., N. Tonawanda, 716.692.2413.


“Let it Snow” at the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium

“Let it Snow” features a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  The music is enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects and all-dome scenery in the audiovisual setting of the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium, on the Buffalo State campus.  The show is 32 minutes long and is $8 for admission.  Shows run through December 31st, 2016.

Buffalo State College, Science Building, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222, 716-878-4911


After Christmas:

Skating at Canalside

Ice skate and more at canalside. Try curling or enjoy a  ride on  an ice bike. Ice Bikes were designed and manufactured locally to be ridden on the ice. Warm up with some hot cocoa and snacks from the Winter Café!  Call ahead to check ice conditions.

The Ice on Canalside, 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY,  716- 574-1537


Ice Skating at Rotary Rink

All ages are welcome to enjoy free ice skating at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza in the City of Buffalo.  No skates? No problem! Ice skate rentals are available for $2 for children and $3 for adults.  Take a break from skating to have a snack and some hot chocolate at the concession stand, too.  Hours of operation: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m.,  Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and  Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rotary Rink, 671 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14240, 716.856.3150


Photo Contest at the Buffalo Zoo

Grab your camera and visit the Buffalo Zoo. Take your best shot at the Buffalo Zoo and enter to win! This year’s photo contest has four categories: Mammal, Reptile/Amphibian/Fish, Bird/Insect, People At The Zoo & Youth (16 years old or younger).  First second and third prizes will be awarded in each category. Entry deadline is December 31, 2016.

Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 716-995-6131


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at First Night Buffalo

Celebrate the new year with the whole family in a safe, festive, fun, drug-and alcohol-free way! Stay warm inside the Buffalo Convention Center and experience an affordable night of fun with carnival rides, bounce houses, game shows, music, acrobats, jugglers and much more. The event runs from 5:00-10:00pm, with a grand finale balloon drop at 9:45pm. Ages 2 and Under FREE. $10 tickets presale at Wegmans, $12 at the door.

Buffalo Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY, 716-635-4959


Sled at Chestnut Ridge Park

1213 acres with sledding hills, cross country skiing and hiking trails.  Pack a lunch and warm up in the lodge, too.

Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY,  716-662-3290


Snowshoe at Reinstein Woods

Bring the family out for a fun time on the snowy trails of Reinstein Woods! Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Visitors may rent equipment during the following times*: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturdays 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, and select Sundays 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM (see website for schedule).

Reinstein Woods and Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY.


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