A lot has changed in Buffalo Niagara over years, but year-end holiday celebrations have remained a constant and been passed down from generation to generation. Several of our top historical attractions and tour companies are recreating Christmas past with holiday tours transporting you to another era. Here are five of our favorites, broken down by the era each tour will be celebrating:
18th Century: Old Fort Niagara was an integral part of Western New York as the region changed hands from French to British and ultimately American control. The fort’s centuries-old buildings and grounds are decked out for its Castle by Candlelight Tour on Dec. 7 & 14, complete with a rifle salute and historically accurate characters.
19th Century: Early settlers built homes and communities across the Niagara frontier, including the countryside of the town of Amherst. Homes and businesses from that era now form the present-day Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. On Dec. 15, don’t miss Breakfast with Santa with special appearances from Mrs. Claus and the elves.
1901: President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office in Buffalo at the Wilcox Mansion. For the last 40+ years, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site has decorated the mansion as it would have appeared in that Victorian era. Take one of the regularly offered tours to see the home decked out for the holidays during the site’s Victorian Christmas from Dec. 5 to Dec. 14.
1907: Buffalo’s boom of magnificent American architecture was in full swing with the completion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. Stop by the recently restored Martin House Complex and Barton House to see the “Tree of Light” on Dec. 7 in the plaza adjacent to the house.