Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration


Saturday, December 6, 2014, Rotary Club of Buffalo and the Baird Foundation will present the 2014 Downtown Christmas 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. with free ice-skating.  At 6:00 p.m., Buffalo Place representatives as well as 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 Byron W. Brown, Mayor of the City of  Buffalo , Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, and Robert J. Gladys, President of the Rotary Club of Buffalo.  The guests 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.  Mr. Colucci will honor the sponsors for their generous commitment as presenting sponsor of the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and the 2014-2015 Free Ice-Skating Season at Rotary Rink.


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 8:00 p.m.


Special thank you to our Media Sponsor and Partners, The Buffalo News and

For 30 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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