15 Ways Downtown Has Decked Out For the Holidays

When I’m  downtown during the holiday season, I feel a connection to generations past. This is where my parents and grandparents browsed through old-time retailers like L.L. Berger’s, Hens and Kelly’s, Hengerer’s and AM&A’s to find Christmas gifts as the snow fell outside. Retailers’ window displays of costume characters greeted customers as they darted in from Main Street.

Holiday decorations at Canalside

These days, downtown is the place to be again, as new shops and restaurants and a slate of new attractions on the waterfront are giving the district a vibrancy it hasn’t experienced in decades. And at the holidays, downtown’s historic architecture is decked out, both a throwback  to an earlier era and a testament to the interest in making the city shine as its revitalization picks up steam.

Below are 15 ways to see downtown decked out during the holiday season as you explore our resurgent city. Enjoy!

A Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the Gold Dome Building (One Fountain Plaza)

The Ellicott Square Building (295 Main St.) features a giant Christmas tree in its atrium.


Several of the former AM&A’s Window Decorations are in the windows of the Hyatt Regency downtown (2 Fountain Plaza)


One M&T Plaza (345 Main St.) is decked out in red and green each Christmas.


It wouldn’t be Christmas in Buffalo without the holiday lighting of the Electric Tower (535 Washington St.).

The Hyatt Regency Buffalo has built an entire village in the lobby. They’ve even recreated New Era Field in edible form complete with little gingerbread fans!

The Hotel @ The Lafayette (391 Washington St.) is decked out in Christmas decorations in its lobby and outside.


Downtown’s stunning Curtiss Hotel illuminates the corner of Franklin and Huron Streets in green and red for the holidays.


The trees by One Canalside are illuminated with a twinkling glow throughout the season.


Greeting attendees this holiday season, Shea’s (646 Main St.) adds to its already stunning foyer with this elegant tree.

Strap on your ice skates and make some laps to the sound of Christmas music and the scent of evergreen at Rotary Rink (20 Fountain Plaza).


World-famous cap makers, New Era, emblazon their HQ logo with a 10′ wreath at their Flagship Store (160 Delaware Ave.).


Canalside adorns the waterfront with light with their massive Christmas tree right near the Ice @ Canalside.

The stores of the Market Arcade (617 Main St.) have their halls decked with holiday spirit for the enjoyment of shoppers.


Stepping inside City Hall reveals a beautiful tree underneath the spectacular lobby murals.