By Deb Everts
Enjoy a relaxing, an old-fashioned “Christmas in Ellicottville” Nov. 23 through 25, when visitors will feel the holiday spirit as they are transported to a scene reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Presented by Wingate by Wyndham and produced by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, the event offers a weekend full of free, family-oriented activities that will please all ages. The festivities begin Friday, Nov. 23 at noon and wrap up on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.
“Christmas is a time we all look forward to,” said Barb Pump, events manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. “We get to spend time with our families and savor each and every memory we create.
Each day, kids will have the opportunity to ride a firetruck with Santa and enjoy interactive children’s activities at the Wingate by Wyndham. People can tour the village on a horse-drawn wagon ride, or stroll downtown and enjoy the storefronts decorated in a Christmas theme.
“Christmas in Ellicottville allows us to help create those memories your family will be able to cherish and remember for years to come, and that is why we love this event,” Pump said. “To be able to create an event that is free and so many enjoy is what we strive for.”
At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Santa, his carolers and Rudolph will stroll from Katy’s through the village to the post office, on Washington Street, where songs will be sung and a real live reindeer will arrive at 6 p.m. Hot chocolate will be available, compliments of Holiday Valley.
A countdown will take place for Santa to magically flip the switch to light up the Community Christmas Tree and the rest of the village at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a pancake breakfast with Santa. Hosted by Finnerty’s Tap Room on Saturday and Villagio on Sunday, attendees may give non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the Ellicottville Food Pantry.
See a complete schedule of activities below.
“All the smiles of the children when they see Santa, or the excitement when they get to create an ornament to take home with them is what the feeling of Christmas should be,” Pump said.
This free event is generously sponsored by Ellicottville Wingate by Wyndham and the following businesses: Tina J. Dillon, GRI Realtor – Howard Hanna; American DND, Inc.; Ellen Fenton and Company, LLC; Katy’s Café & Cake Creations; Alexandra; Aurora Light and Bronze, LLC; Finnerty’s Taproom; Krysick & Company, Inc.; Ellicottville Snowed-In; Gado-Gado; Ellicottville Brewing Company; Purple Doorknob; Holiday Valley Resort; Holimont Ski Area; The Tee Bar; Winery of Ellicottville; and North Park Innovations.
The holiday fun continues Dec. 6 at the annual Ellicottville Christmas Party, produced by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and held at Tannenbaum Lodge at Holiday Valley. Contact the chamber at 699-5046 for more information.
For more information about all holiday events, visit ellicottvilleny.com.