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By Alicia Dziak

November in Ellicottville means many things. From festivals to holiday shopping to gearing up for ski season, there’s no better place to spend this month!

On Nov. 10 and 11, Holiday Valley hosts their annual Beer and Wine Festival. Join friends old and new for a sampling of local brews and wines. See the article below for more info.

Nov. 18 is also a great time to get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 3rd annual Winter Arts Festival. This juried arts festival of fine art and artisan works is produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, and fiber arts are a few of the many original artworks that will be for sale. Shoppers will be able to visit with artists to learn more about their work and purchase beautiful one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for family and friends. For more info, visit

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 23. Enjoy time with family and friends and take time out to give thanks.

The following day, consider foregoing the craziness of Black Friday and spend Nov. 24-26 enjoying “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” Christmas in Ellicottville. The Village will be the background for beautiful strolling choirs harmonizing to favorite Christmas carols while the smell of hot chocolate and the sights of decorated windows in this historic 19thCentury Village brings back thoughts of a Christmas past.  As  daylight comes to an end, a spectacle unlike any other will appear as the village of Ellicottville comes to life in white Christmas lights and the three-story tall Village Christmas tree is lit.  Throughout the Friday, Saturday and Sunday event, activities will include Christmas carolers, a live reindeer, breakfast with Santa, horse and wagon rides, interactive children’s activities as well as Fire Truck rides with Santa, and it’s all free! Visit and stay tuned to the Ellicottville Times for more info.

Nov. 24 is also the tentative opening day for Holiday Valley. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy million of dollars worth of upgrades this season. The resort is adding to its automated snowmaking system, purchased two groomers and expanded the beginner’s area. Other upgrades include the replacement of the Cindy’s Warming Hut and the Mistletoe Lean To and two new connector trails. For more info, visit

On Saturday, Nov. 25, support the Shop Local movement by shopping in Ellicottville on Small Business Saturday. The Small Business Saturday campaign was created in 2010 by American Express to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday dollars at small businesses on the day after the infamous “Black Friday” shopping day.

The perks of shopping local are many. Small business owners and employees tend to be more knowledgeable about their inventory and are often more accessible and more customer-focused. Local shops also tend to offer a more unique selection of gifts and personalized items. And the bonus “chain reaction”— local businesses often buy their goods from local sources – means what you buy often is local too, so local suppliers also benefit from the “shop small” effort.

Show your support by shopping at the wonderful shops right here in Ellicottville. From fun clothing, children’s toys and the latest in ski gear, to fine wines, chocolate and gourmet cheese, Ellicottville has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

November is about quality time with quality people and making lasting memories. Get out and enjoy everything Ellicottville has to offer this month!