ELLICOTTVILLE – The annual celebration of Christmas in Ellicottville is set for Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.
Starting at noon Nov. 29, Santa Claus will ride a fire truck along Jefferson Street. Parents and children can climb aboard and ride with him until 2 p.m. At 1, those who are looking for something a bit more rustic can jump into a horse-drawn wagon at Washington Square.
Wingate by Wyndham, just off Mill Street, is this year’s signature sponsor of the event. Santa is expected to arrive at the hotel at 2:15 and will visit with children until 3:30. At 4, at the 1887 Building on the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets, youngsters can meet real reindeer.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Seneca Junction Strolling Quartet will meander through the village, spreading good cheer with holiday songs. A community Christmas tree will be illuminated, Santa will hang around, and hot cocoa will be available for all.
Events on Nov. 30 get going rather early. Visitors to The Barn, at 7 Monroe St., will take part in a free pancake breakfast until 11 a.m. Donations will go to the Ellicottville Food Pantry, an annual benefactor of the event.
The events of the day continue at 1 p.m. with Santa on the fire truck once again, until 3, when he makes his way to the hotel for another day of meeting with children. Santa will be at the hotel from 3:15 until 4:15, and children’s activities will be available from 2 until 3:30 as children wait their turn.
Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available from 1 until 4. During those times, the Seneca Junction quartet will make its way through the village once again. Reindeer will return to the 1887 Building from 3:30 until 5:30. At 7, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Olean Community Theater will present its version of “Forever Plaid, Plaid Tidings.” Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Ellicottville Library, in advance of the show, for $10.
Dec. 1, The Barn will once again open from 9:30 a.m. until 11 for a free pancake breakfast, with donations going to the Ellicottville Food Pantry. Santa will meet with more children from noon until 1 p.m. at the Wingate by Wyndham. Before his arrival, starting at 11:30, children can start to get in line as they check out the interactive children’s activities. Santa’s reindeer will be back to bring the Jolly One home after a couple hours of meeting children, from 1 to 3 at the 1887 Building. As all of that is happening, horse-drawn wagon rides will take place at Washington Square from noon until 2 p.m.
All weekend, shops in the village will keep their normal hours.
That’s not the end of the holiday celebration, however. Dec. 6, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce will host the village Christmas party. Festivities will get under way at 6 p.m. in the Ellicottville Brewing Company’s new brewery and banquet area.
Several courses will be available, buffet-style, throughout the facility, and will feature goods from local businesses, like Dom’s Butcher Block, EVL Cheese Company, Katy’s Cafe, Watson’s Chocolates and The Winery of Ellicottville.
A full menu can be found at the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce’s website, ellicottvilleny.com. Eight stations will cater to different themes of food.
The $50 price of admission per person will include a cocktail hour and open bar. The sounds of jazz will join with the aromas as LTM Jazz Trio plays through the cocktail hour. After dinner, the sounds of Mo Porter will fill the air and the dance floor. Call (716) 699-5046 for tickets.