Buffalo December 08, 2018
7 Winter Attractions For The Family In Buffalo That Don’t Involve Long Lines At The Mall
Heading out to the mall or any major big-box store during this time of year is something that can be quite a chaotic adventure – but don’t let this deter you from having fun this winter! Instead of spending hours in line waiting to see old Saint Nick, try checking out any of these wonderful winter attractions that your entire family can enjoy around Buffalo:
1. Take a walk through our local Christmas Tree Forest.
Just outside of Buffalo in the town of Hamburg, the Fairgrounds turns into a total holiday wonderland each year. While you can experience things like a drive-thru light display and even meet Santa in their little Elf Village, the one thing you won't need to wait in any lines for is to go through a walk through their Christmas Tree Forest. This miniature forest is right on the grounds and you'll find and endless view of illuminated trees to stroll through. It’s a great place to take your annual holiday photos!
2. Enjoy free ice skating at Rotary Rink.
As long as you come equipped with your own pair of skates, going ice skating in Fountain Plaza a the Rotary Rink won't cost you a dime! Allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the lights on Main Street and all of Buffalo's wonderful cityscapes, the only thing you'd possibly have to wait in a line for here is skate rentals, which only cost a few bucks.
3. Go see one of your favorite holiday movies at The Aurora Theatre and Popcorn Shop.
All throughout the month of December, the Aurora Theatre plays classic holiday films, with this year’s line-up including movies like
Elf, The Polar Express, Home Alone, and Miracle On 34th Street. The theater is decked out with fun holiday decorations and it's a fun family-friendly experience that's much grander than simply watching these films at home.
4. Experience the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden's Lumagination.
This annual event is one that we look forward to all year long! Come to enjoy the wonder of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden's Lumagination display, which turns the botanical gardens into a beautifully illuminated indoor attraction. The fun of this event will begin at the end of January and run through February - you can't miss it!
5. Go for a snowshoeing adventure through one of Erie County's beautiful parks.
All throughout Erie County, you can find amazing parks that make for wonderful places to go for a winter stroll or snowshoeing. If you're looking for a park that has trails that are short, sweet, and offer peaceful getaways without any crowds, we highly suggest heading to places like Knox Farm State Park.
6. Warm up at winter festivals like the Buffalo Soup-Fest.
On February 17, 2019, the Buffalo Soup-Fest will once again return to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Filling up the center with all sorts of delicious vendors, Buffalonians can walk around and sample soups from over 30 local restaurants. Talk about tasty!
7. Bring your sleds and toboggans to Chestnut Ridge Park.
Heading to Chestnut Ridge Park may be one of our favorite things to do during the winter, and luckily the lines to go tobogganing aren't lengthy or time-consuming! If you don't have your own toboggan, there's always the option to go sledding for free every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re looking for more ways to stay busy this winter, check out how
This Winter Village Just Outside Buffalo Will Enchant You Beyond Words!