Ghosts of Christmas

The chapel at Forest Lawn is decorated tastefully for the holidays, a perfect setting for the ongoing theatrical tour “It WAS a Wonderful Life!” In the production, John Lay, the first permanent resident of Forest Lawn 162 years ago, introduces other notable and interesting people whose influence is still felt in Western New York. The characters pick up on the theme of Christmases past, “when they enjoyed life on this side of the Lawn.”

The presentation continues at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and next Sunday; 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 5. Tickets are $25; go to or call 885-1600. Reservations are required. Forest Lawn is at 1411 Delaware Ave. Maps are available at the front gate.

See the city

Buffalo Tours can help you show out-of-town guests the city in a whole new way. The Queen City Downtown tour, normally offered only on Fridays, will be presented Wednesday and Thursday this week as well, starting at 10 a.m. and meeting at the Visitor Center, 617 Main St., to explore the city’s history and architecture ($10; $5 for students); or go to City Hall, Monday through Friday at noon (except holidays), meeting in the lobby for a free tour. Also, next Sunday, consider the Legendary Lincoln Parkway tour, meeting at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Statue by Marcy Casino, 199 Lincoln Parkway ($10 and $5), or the tour of Millionaire’s Row at 1 p.m., starting at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. Both history tours are $10; $5 for students. For more information or to find out about a group tour, visit or call 852-3300. Buffalo Tours is an education program of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.