Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season as well as the shopping season. This season, however, stop shopping at the big box stores and malls and check out his great holiday markets, small businesses, and local produce. Saturday is Small Business Saturday, so it’s a great time to check out all your favorite local businesses or explore new ones. The Shop 716 eGift Card program is also back, with nearly 900 participating businesses, so get yours today!
This Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th, the Buffalo History Museum will host its second annual Holiday Makers Market. All three floors of the museum feature over 30 local makers, from writers to sculptors. Need gift wrapping too? No problem! Whether you’re shopping locally or doing a little shopping this holiday season, let us be your one-stop shop. Vendors Include: YMS Art Glass | Heartfelt Pieces | Red Riding Herbs | Red Riding Herbs Knit One-and-Done | Rusty Wheel Pottery | Low History Books | Nickel City Pottery Collective | Doris Micole Shippel | Paulette Krakowski Woolly Acres Maple Farm | Woolly Acres Maple Farm Messy Bun Creations BFLO | This is a great time to support local small businesses and artisans, as well as pick up some Christmas stuffers and gifts.
The Holiday Makers Market runs from 4pm to 6pm on Fridays and from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays.
Looking for something to do with the kids and a much-needed break between Black Friday and small business Saturday shopping? O’Connell & Company has you covered! This is his entertaining 30-minute adaptation of the classic animated television special in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang discover the true meaning of Christmas, and is sure to be enjoyed by adults as well as children. The performance will be followed by a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus and special Christmas crafts.
On Saturday, November 28th, Buffalo Riverworks will be serving the first coffees, sweets and sips to tempt your sweet tooth. An event that celebrates all things delicious: pastries, chocolates, cookies, pies, ice cream and other treats. Tim Hortons not only offers complimentary coffee, but also a wide variety of fine wines and spirits.
Coffee, Sweets and Drinks: Cookie Cottage, Platters Chocolate, Genevieve Cheesecake, Crazy Cannoli Chick, Sage Family Maple, Half Baked Cafe, Ginger Snap Patisserie, Kappa Culture Tea & Desserts, Tops, Tim Hortons, Riverworks, What’s Poppin’ Popcorn, The Cereal Spot, Wheatberry Bake Shop, Four Fight Distillation, Greek Goddess. Wineries and other vendors have also been added to the lineup.
Indoor Holiday Market: John Angello Photography, Architectural Pencil Portraits, Robin Yates, CC Design Fine Silver Jewelry, Rocks, Paper, Safety Scissors (coffee table book publisher), Fairy Tale Farms, Swarovski Touchstone Crystals, BWH Woodturning, Calla’s Geology (Jewelry), Hard Creations, Kappa Culture, Dragonfly, Tops, Tim Hortons, Riverworks, Kira Kookies & Cure Me, Buffalo Cigars, Reiki with Andrea, Anytime Jewelry Design, KMB5 Boutique (more to come).
biggest disco in the world
The world’s biggest disco is indeed back! Voted “The Greatest Event on Earth” by Festivals.com! Join others in this giant retro dance party on New York’s largest dance floor with 500,000 watts of sound and light. It has been sold out for the past 25 years and is expected to sell out again this year. Disco has been held at the Buffalo Convention Center since his 1979 inception. Cornesus Fest for Charity resumed the event in 1994 after his 15-year hiatus. The Disco is a charity event in support of Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp for children with cancer. Since 1994, they have donated more than $6.8 million of his to Camp Good Days and several other local charities.
Your favorite holiday vendor market is back! Save the date and shop a little at Buffalo’s best women-owned businesses. Please join us for a women’s gift that celebrates the creativity of women. This annual event is a marketplace where local women display and sell their handicrafts. As part of Small Business Saturday, women’s gift vendors will be promoted to highlight the value of local craftsmanship and local shopping.
Here are just a few of the great events happening this weekend. For more ideas of things to do and see at WNY, check out our newly launched Cultural Calendar.