One of the best ways to describe the downtown of Ellicottville has been as something Norman Rockwell would have conjured up. The New York Times says it is like being “transported to a scene from an old black and white Christmas movie.” As we start thinking of the Jolly Old Elf himself, why not come down to see what the fuss is all about during the annual Christmas in Ellicottville weekend?
The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce brings you a weekend full of holiday primer events to get even the most Grinchy heart growing. From noon on Friday, Nov. 24 to the last horse-drawn carriage ride on Sunday, the weekend is sure to have kids of all ages in the holiday spirit.
“Christmas is a time we all look forward to,” Barb Pump, Events Manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, said. “We get to spend time with our families and savor each and every memory that we create. Christmas in Ellicottville allows us to help create those memories that your family will be able to cherish and remember for years to come, and that is why we love this event. To be able to create an event that is free that so many enjoy is what we strive for. 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.”
Start your weekend right with a fire truck ride with Santa or Mrs. Claus. The Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department acts as the chauffer for Mr. and Mrs. Claus as they take a spin around the village in Santa’s other big red sleighs. Once you are back on Jefferson Street, head over to our artistic elf to get that special piece of art painted directly on your face. What would make the holidays more special than a snowflake on your cheek, in paint? Maybe a nice Santa hat or reindeer antlers? Our artist can make that happen special for you.
The horse-drawn carriage rides will start at 1 p.m. at Katy’s Café and will tour the village. Once your horse has gone around, head over to the Wingate by Wyndham, our event sponsor, for a special time to meet with Santa to make sure you are on that “Nice List” and your wish list is in. While you wait for your turn, why not make a Christmas decoration for your tree at home? It’s all available, and all free, right there at the Wingate.
At 5:30 p.m., Santa, his carolers, and Rudolph will stroll from around Katy’s, up through the village, to the 1887 Building lawn, where songs will be sung and real, live reindeer will arrive at 6 p.m. Hot chocolate will be available, compliments of Holiday Valley, and a countdown will take place for Santa to magically flip the switch and turn on the lights on the Village Christmas Tree lights and the rest of the village at 6:30. The streets of Ellicottville will look like a scene from It’s a Wonderful Life!
Saturday and Sunday start at 10 a.m. with a pancake breakfast with Santa at Finnerty’s. Donations in the form of non-perishable food or monetary for the Ellicottville Food Pantry. The rest of the weekend will be filled with carriage rides, fire truck rides, cookie decorating, and even more time with Santa for the little ones. Santa’s reindeer will be at the 1887 building on Saturday, and, of course, the great retail merchants and restaurants of Ellicottville will be open all weekend as well. What a great way to get out as a family and get a jump on that Holiday shopping!
Come out to the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Christmas in Ellicottville, sponsored by Wingate by Wyndham, Nov. 24 – 26. It is guaranteed to be a weekend of FREE family fun!