11 Can’t-Miss Thanksgiving Week Events

There’s much more than the turkey feast awaiting expats and visitors to Buffalo leading up to Thanksgiving and beyond. Events that Buffalonians associate with Thanksgiving Before and after the big meal, we’ve highlighted several ways to enjoy your holiday stay in Buffalo this year:

Photo by Bill Wippert

Wednesday, November 21st

Buffalo Sabres vs. Philadelphia Flyers:
Don your best blue and gold apparel, hop on the subway downtown toward Key Bank Center and team up with thousands of screaming hockey fans as the Buffalo Sabres take on the Philadelphia Flyers for raucous, lamp-lighting fun.

Thanksgiving Eve Meetup:
After the game, meet up with all of your ol’ Buffalo pals at any of these classic taverns that are perfect for a holiday reunion.


YMCA Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving! Thursday,  November 22nd

The Turkey Trot:
While availability to run in the race sold out weeks ago, the Turkey Trot is still very much a spectator-friendly event. Set your alarm for the early morning on Thanksgiving Day to witness thousands of runners proactively burn off some calories before the big feast. Watch as Superman, Cinderella, sprinting canoers and 14,000 others dash through the beautiful streets of Buffalo as they partake in this Thanksgiving tradition. We recommend getting a vantage point at the 198 footbridge or Niagara Square.

Shopping along Elmwood Avenue

Shopping along Elmwood Avenue

Friday, November 23rd

Black Friday Boutique Crawl in the Elmwood Village:
Enjoy a stress free day away from the big box stores at the always unique Elmwood Village boutiques and shops. Their Black Friday Boutique Crawl event is a great way to enjoy holiday shopping season and it’s trimmings in a charming atmosphere. You’ll also find many excellent restaurants in the Village to eat, grab a coffee, and recharge for the rest of the day!

Poinsettia Show:
Nature’s festive beauty will be in bloom at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens for their 2018 Poinsettia Show. Shades of red, floral scents and holiday music will fill the warm air of the newly-renovated conservatory.

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights:
Walk the illuminated paths of a 10,000 square foot winter wonderland at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights. Bring the little ones for a tour of the North Pole and a visit to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Stick around and chill out for the frozen masterpieces created during the Great Lakes International Ice Carving competition.

Train Day!:
All aboard for Train Day! at the Buffalo History Museum. Locomotive lovers will rejoice at 1900s replica trains running on over 200 feet of track along with live music, train-themed crafts and a letters to Santa train delivery.

Disco 2009 Parisi 225

World’s Largest Disco

Saturday, November 24th

Small Business Saturday:
SBS kicks the local shopping scene into high gear. Along with fashionable boutiques and stores lining Elmwood, Hertel and our other great shopping districts, several locations will be hosting pop-up markets highlighting Buffalo’s creative hometown makers.
Stop by  Makers + Shakers: A Boozy Artisan Market at Hotel @ The Lafayette, Buffalo Place’s Market Arcade Market, the Queen City Pop-Up, and Buffalo Women’s Gifts Holiday Market.

The World’s Largest Disco:
As much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday as turkey, the World’s Largest Disco is a celebration of 70s fashion, culture and, of course, music. Join celebrities and thousands of disco divas for a night of shaking your groove thing.

Sunday, November 25th

The Ice at Canalside (weather dependent):
Lace up your skates as Canalside opens the ice for the first skating of the winter season. Here you’ll find curling, skating, ice bumper cars, and even the Buffalo-born ice bikes. If things get a bit too chilly, you can always warm up over a cup of hot cocoa in the Canalside pavilion.

Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars:
A rematch from last years playoff game, the Bills stampede into New Era Field to take on the Jags. Just make sure to wake up early and take advantage of all the tailgating fun to be had! Here’s a must-have checklist for the perfect tailgate if you need it.