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Christmas in Ellicottville this weekend

There’s no place like Ellicottville for the holidays and the magic of the season begins today and continues through Nov. 25. To skiers’ delight, the weather forecast even hints of snow in the air.

Christmas in Ellicottville 

Reject all the Black Friday madness and come to Ellicottville for a relaxing weekend of eclectic shopping without all the crazy crowds. 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.

Visitors will delight in the joyful voices of the strolling Christmas carolers and the Seneca Junction Strolling Quartet as they duck in and out of shops and restaurants throughout the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, start the day with the free pancake breakfast with Santa, with donations benefiting the Ellicottville Food Pantry. Then check out the free interactive children’s activities in the village.

The whole family will love taking a horse and wagon ride through town. The kids might even get to hitch a ride on a fire truck with one of Santa’s helpers. Stick around for the festive tree-lighting ceremony as the three-story village Christmas tree glimmers with thousands of sparkling lights. You’ll even get a chance to go nose-to-nose with a live reindeer. (See the complete schedule of all the Christmas in Ellicottville activities.)

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 any of the fabulous restaurants and taverns in town.

Irish Christmas

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

During this fundraising event, many handcrafted items from Ireland, Irish whiskey, as well as hotel and ski packages will be auctioned. Local bakers have been perfecting their favorite pie recipes and bake up a storm every year 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, where families that need a little help can choose gifts for each other and take home fixings for a Christmas dinner. 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, because 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. There may even be a dusting of snow…

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