Let the Holiday Magic Begin…


at the 9th Annual Fairgrounds Festival of Lights.

What kind of  holiday magic are you talking about?  

The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY will be opening its gates for the 9th Annual Fairgrounds Festival of Lights. This annual tradition brings visitors from across WNY out on winter evenings to partake in family friendly holiday fun.  What began as a drive through of  light displays has turned into a winter wonderland full of activities for everyone, including rides, crafts, shows, and of course Santa.

That sounds good…but when is it? 

Opening day for the Festival of Lights is November 29 at 5pm. The rest of the dates are as follows: November 29-30, December 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 27-29. Gates will be open from 5pm-9pm; however, buildings will remain open until 10pm.

Is this ‘magic’ going to break the bank?   

No Way! The Festival of Lights is affordable holiday fun. Carload admission is just $20. Busloads are $50. Save 50% with pre-sale tickets for just $10 at the Event Center Box Office (M-F, 9am-4:30pm) or at participating local Tops Friendly Markets locations. Pre-sale tickets are available until November 23rd.

Ok so we’re going. What will we do when we get there?  


Admission to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights includes a drive through all new LED light displays. After (or before!) the drive through, you can park the car and stroll down the expanded 42nd Street for more holiday fun. Kids can play an interactive game at the Christmas Tree Forest or be a contestant at a KidsShow. Everyone in the family will enjoy a magic variety show with Erie County Fair favorite, Nels Ross. Make someone special a holiday gift at the Tops Winter Wonderland Workshop, then head outside for an all new animated light show on the Woodcarvers Building. End your day meeting holiday characters, reindeer or even the Big Guy himself, Santa Claus (until Dec. 23rd).

For an additional cost take a reindeer carriage ride, decorate a holiday cookie, snack on tasty concessions, ride the rides on Santa’s Magical Midway or warm up around the fire pit with a hot beverage. Pick up a gift for someone special at one of our holiday vendors, including a new Candy Shop.

 You can also check out the winners of the “Drug Free New Year” artwork and poetry contest as well as visit the 35 foot tall Christmas Tree, brought to you by WNY United.  Guests are also encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the Buffalo News Neediest Fund.

 There will be four holiday contests including cookie decorating, gingerbread house construction, a wreath making contest and an all new stocking decorating contest (which will replace ornament decorating). Find contest details and information at fairgroundsholiday.com.


The car is nice and warm and all… but what if I want to walk?  

Then we have just the thing for you! All NEW Walk-Around Wednesdays! If you are looking for a new way to see the Festival of Lights may choose to walk through the nearly two miles on select Wednesdays (12/4, 12/11, 12/18). Only the light displays will be available for viewing as the buildings will be closed. If you have always wanted to try snowshoeing, here is your chance! You have the opportunity to rent snowshoes onsite with the support of Gear for Adventure. Walk-Around Wednesdays run from 5pm-9pm and are just $5 per group (rentals not included).


For More Information call (716) 649-3900 ext. 6404 or visit our website at fairgroundsholiday.com.