By Kellen M. Quigley
With Halloween now past, the holiday season in Ellicottville is officially underway.
Throughout November, many activities in the village from festivals to holiday shopping to gearing up for ski season are on their way for the rest of the fall and beginning of winter.
It all begins on Nov. 8 and 9 when Holiday Valley hosts its annual Beer and Wine Festival. Join friends old and new for a sampling of local brews and wines.
This year’s 16th annual event features over 40 craft breweries, distilleries, hard cideries and wineries with well over 120 samples to taste. A tent will be added this year for 21 more brewers and there’s entertainment on three floors of the beautiful Holiday Valley Lodge.
The weekend features the crazy fun Trucks ‘n’ Brews on Friday, the Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday and the Kegs ‘n’ Eggs breakfast on Sunday morning
On Nov. 13, the Ellicottville Historical Society will be holding its regular meeting to discuss preparations for the Town of Ellicottville Bicentennial celebrations in 2020. All wishing to take part in next year’s festivities are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Ellicottville Memorial Library.
Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 28. Enjoy time with family and friends and take time out to give thanks.
The following day, consider skipping the craziness of Black Friday and spend Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 enjoying “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” during Christmas in Ellicottville.
The village will be the background for beautiful strolling choirs harmonizing to favorite Christmas carols while the smell of hot chocolate and the sights of decorated windows in this historic 19th Century village brings back thoughts of a Christmas past.
As daylight comes to an end, a spectacle unlike any other will appear as the village of Ellicottville comes to life in white Christmas lights and the three-story-tall village Christmas tree is lit.
Throughout the Friday, Saturday and Sunday event, activities will include Christmas carolers, a live reindeer, breakfast with Santa, horse and wagon rides, interactive children’s activities as well as firetruck rides with Santa, and it’s all free.
Visit www.ellicottvilleny.com for more information.
Nov. 29 is also the tentative opening day for Holiday Valley. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy millions of dollars worth of upgrades this season.
The resort made upgrades to its automated snowmaking system, installed a conveyor lif on the beginner’s slope, completed sloped work including several “tree trails” for kids and purchased a new groomer and shuttle van.
For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, support the Shop Local movement by shopping in Ellicottville on Small Business Saturday. The Small Business Saturday campaign was created in 2010 by American Express to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday dollars at small businesses on the day after the infamous “Black Friday” shopping day.
The perks of shopping local are many. Small business owners and employees tend to be more knowledgeable about their inventory and are often more accessible and more customer-focused.
Show your support by shopping at the beautiful shops in Ellicottville. From fun clothing, children’s toys and the latest in ski gear, to fine wines, chocolate and gourmet cheese, Ellicottville has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
As the flurries start to fly and the holiday cheer begins to grow, enjoy everything Ellicottville has to offer this November, spending quality time with quality people and making lasting memories.