Weekly Feature



2014-11-26 / Entertainment

Holiday Happenings

fri. 28

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights — Bring the entire family to the 10th annual event, which provides a whole night of holiday magic as you drive through light displays, then park the car for even more fun, including rides, shows, crafts, holiday shopping, the new Magic Express Train, and, of course, Santa, 5-9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, 12, 14, 19-23, and 26-28, at the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg (enter on South Park Avenue, Route 62; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com

Poinsettias — Expect the unexpected in this show for the entire family as you enjoy this new exhibit full of beautiful poinsettias and vibrant colors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 28-Jan. 4, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

fri. 28-sun. 30

Amahl and the Night Visitors — The modern classic one-act opera by Giancarlo Menotti tells the story of Amahl, a young disabled boy, a visit by three kings on their way to find another, and the miraculous cure that changes his life, at 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, presented by the Nickel City Opera at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-3413 or www.rivieratheatre.org

Port of Entry Holiday Open House — Get in the holiday spirit and find that special gift while enjoying refreshments, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Port of Entry, 635 Dodge Road, Amherst. 689-8895

sat. 29

Santa on the Carrousel — Come join Old St. Nick on the carrousel, and enjoy lots of fun, festive activities, hot chocolate and treats and plenty of opportunity to ride the carrousel, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

sat. 29 & sun. 30

A performance of The Nutcracker should be on everyone’s bucket list, and few dance companies do it as well as the Neglia Ballet Artists’ production of this Christmas classic. Music provided by your BPO, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850 or sheas.org

Parkside Holiday Art and Craft Show — Show will feature fiber art/quilting, photography, jewelry, scarves, pottery, soaps, woodworking, paper art (prints/notecards) and many more unique gifts, all created by local artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo; $. 838-1240, www.parksidebuffalo.org

sun. 30

Family Ornament Workshop — This ornament workshop will demonstrate how to make a variety of holiday ornaments for all skill levels, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $ (reservations and prepayment required by Friday, Nov. 28). 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

mon. 1

Happy Holidays Concert — With Greg Gurtner at the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, Dee Bissell at the Wurlitzer grand piano, and the Lock City Glee Club, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the Lockport Senior Center, 33 Ontario St., Lockport; $.

tues. 2

Holiday Tours — Special field trip program presented by the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum that will feature several fun and festive activities, including learning about holiday traditions from the 19th and 20th centuries with themed trees and hands-on objects; reading a holiday story; making a Victorian-style carrousel ornament; and riding on a 1916 carrousel, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and tours last one to one-and-a-half hours, Mondays through Thursdays, Dec. 2-18, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

Holiday Concert at Hilbert College — With Paul Ferington, conductor, who will lead this concert full of holiday cheer, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Hilbert College’s William E. Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

thurs. 4

A Commedia Christmas Carol — Masks, clowning, acrobatics and holiday cheer abound in this retelling of the Dickens holiday classic, directed by Niagara University adjunct professors Robin Patterson and Terry Judd. Performances: 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 11; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13; and 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 12 and 14 at Niagara University’s Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Niagara University, Lewiston; $. 286-8622, www.niagara.edu/theatre

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