Friday, December 9, 2011

Things to Do This Weekend for $15 or Less

This weekend, celebrate the upcoming holiday with seasonal crafts, sleigh rides, and Christmas light displays, all for under $15.

1. Graham Cracker Houses at Explore & More (East Aurora)

Time: Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $1 with Museum Admission ($5 per person)
More Information: Website

Kids of all ages can create edible decorations for the holidays. Explore & More provides the graham crackers to build the house, the candies to decorate and the royal frosting to hold it all together. Best of all, your house stays clean as your kids do all of the frosting and decorating at the museum!

2. SantaLand (Orchard Park)

Time: Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

At Chestnut Ridge Park, ride the hayride to Santa's workshop and cabin (last hayride is at 2:30 p.m.). Kid's activities, toy giveaways, music and singing, and sledding will keep your child entertained.

Donations of cash, store gift cards and toiletries are accepted for the Domestic Violence Shelters of WNY.

3. Queen City Market (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

The Queen City Market at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum on Porter Ave. will feature over 50 local vendors, selling handmade or vintage items. Each vendor was handpicked to guarantee a wide selection of goods, including jewelry, ceramics, vintage clothing and housewares, local foods, and more.

4. Castle by Candlelight (Youngstown)

Time: Saturday: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 per person
More Information: Website

Inside the Castle at Old Fort Niagara, lit entirely by candles, historic characters will regale visitors with tales of Christmas past from the 18th and 19th centuries. Demonstrations of 18th and early 19th century trades and period music will be performed. In the Castle’s boulangerie (bakery), cooks will demonstrate the preparation of a traditional holiday feast, including wild game.

The Castle will be decorated for the holidays by the award-winning Youngstown Garden Club.

5. Fairgrounds Festival of Lights (Hamburg)

Time: Daily (with a few exceptions) through January 1, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per car
More Information: Website

See over one million lights in a drive through that spans nearly 2 miles. Visit Santa inside the Expo Hall and take Reindeer carriage rides on the weekends. An interactive children's game show, sing-a-longs, and a nightly Holiday Magic Show starring Kandy Kane and the Fabulous Darnells are also must-sees.

6. Magical Memories on Main Street (Buffalo)

Time: Daily: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Main Street will come alive with festive and animated holiday window displays featuring many of the vintage AM&A's figurines and animated window displays, containing items from original displays back in the 30's, 40's and 50's and other holiday favorites, that brought smiles and cheer to generations of families from years gone by.

7. Annual Kriskindlemart, A Holiday Food & Craft Fair (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

This free event at the Broadway Market is touted as a unique alternative for mall shopping this holiday season. Local crafts, jams, jellies, organic coffees, local wines, candies, and more will be available for sale.

8. Buffalo ComedySportz Arena (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 ($8 for seniors)
More Information: Website

The Blue Cheezes take on the Red Hot Wingz at Buffalo ComedySportz Arena on Saturday. Two teams take turns making up scenes, playing games and singing songs – and the audience votes on which team they like the best. It's all presided over by a referee, who keeps things moving, calls the ComedySportz fouls and takes suggestions shouted out by the audience before each game.

9. Timmy's Toy Chest Dance Concert (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $12 ($10 for students and seniors)
More Information: Website

A University of Buffalo production at the Road Less Traveled Theatre, Timmy's Toy Chest Dance Concert tells the story of a toy maker whose toys come to life. Expect to see jazz, hip hop, tap, point, musical theatre, and contemporary dancing set to music from Danny Elfman, Eminem and other diverse composers.

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