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Christmas in Ellicottville and Irish Christmas The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Sue Whistler

‘Tis the season when the excitement and anticipation of the new ski season converges with the comfort and joy of the Christmas holidays. The delighted laughter of families and close friends floats overhead like snowflakes, which settle into a glittering blanket that embraces and warms the Village of Ellicottville. The effect is nothing short of magical.

There’s no place like Ellicottville for the holidays and the magic of the season begins with Christmas in Ellicottville on Friday, Nov. 23–25. The irresistible aroma of hot chocolate and spiced cider will be wafting through every doorway as shoppers stroll past the beautifully decorated store windows trying to decide on the perfect gift for a special friend or family member. Traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday,” but the merchants in Ellicottville prefer instead to view the day in lovely shades of red and green.

Visitors will delight in the joyful voices of Christmas carolers ducking in and out of all the shops and restaurants throughout the weekend. The whole family will love taking a horse and wagon ride through town, and the kids won’t want to miss breakfast with Santa or the chance to get nose to nose with a real live reindeer. They might even get to hitch a ride on a fire truck with one of Santa’s helpers.

Each evening as the sun sinks below the ski hills, the village springs to life and seems to glitter in the warm glow of twinkling holiday lights. It’s the perfect time to enjoy some holiday cheer in the form of a hot toddy and a warm meal in any of the fabulous restaurants and taverns in town. Look inside for a complete list of all the Christmas in Ellicottville activities.

The true spirit of the season is very much alive in Ellicottville and really shines through on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. when the Ellicottville Rotary Club hosts the 8th annual Irish Christmas Celebration at the Gin Mill. As in years past, the event is spearheaded by local Rotarian and goodwill ambassador, Bob McCarthy.

There will be a live auction featuring many handcrafted items from Ireland, Irish whiskey, as well as hotel and ski packages. Local bakers have been perfecting their favorite pie recipes and bake up a storm for the much anticipated pie auction. Attendees can also make a monetary donation or bring a gift to benefit Family Support for Ellicottville and Santa’s Workshop that provide gifts and Christmas dinner for those less fortunate in the Ellicottville area. This year the one-man Irish band Seanachi will keep the Gin Mill hopping with old Irish holiday favorites.

This is always a fun event and a great way to give back to this wonderful community. Mark your calendars for Nov. 30. You won’t want to miss this one! For more information, contact Greg Cappelli at (716) 699-5626.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Ellicottville is the perfect setting to catch the spirit of the holiday season. The village is like a giant Christmas package just waiting to be opened. The best part is that you don’t have to wait until Christmas morning to unwrap it.

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