Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration



On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Buffalo Place will present the 2016 Downtown Tree Lighting Celebration. This annual event marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season in Downtown Buffalo and is held at Rotary Rink at  Fountain Plaza  ( Main at Chippewa Streets). The celebration begins at 5:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., Buffalo Place representatives along with local elected officials will countdown the lighting of the tree and Santa Claus will light a fireworks display over  Fountain Plaza .


Distinguished guest speakers at the event will include Mayor Byron W. Brown and County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz who will speak briefly and then lead a countdown to the official lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by a fireworks display over Rotary Rink. Anthony J. Colucci III, President and Vice Chairman of Buffalo Place Inc., will serve as emcee for the program.  


Immediately following the fireworks and tree lighting, the fun will continue with visits with Santa, holiday gifts, horse and wagon rides, and ice-skating. Bring your own skates and enjoy free ice-skating. There is a $2.00 skate rental fee for children and $3.00 skate rental fee for adults. Santa will visit with children from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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For 11 consecutive years, Buffalo Place has produced the Christmas Tree Lighting.  The celebration is the marquee event showcasing the holiday season in Downtown Buffalo.

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