One of the best ways to describe downtown Ellicottville in the Christmas season has been as something Norman Rockwell would have conjured up. The New York Times says, “it is like being transported to a scene from an old black and white Christmas movie.” As we start thinking of the Jolly Old Elf himself, why not come to see what the fuss is all about during the annual Christmas in Ellicottville weekend?

The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce brings you a weekend full of holiday primer events to get even the most Grinchy heart growing. From noon on Friday, Nov. 29 to the last horse-drawn carriage ride on Sunday, the weekend is sure to have kids of all ages in the Holiday spirit.

“Christmas is a time we all look forward to,” said Barb Pump, Project Development Manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. “We get to spend time with our families and savor each memory that we create.”

Start your weekend with a fire truck ride with Santa or Mrs. Claus. The Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department acts as the chauffer for Mr. and Mrs. Claus as they take a spin around the village in Santa’s other big red sleigh and then head over to Tim & Bonnie’s Pizzeria for some bowling with Elves, which is new this year compliments of Tim and Bonnies. The Elves can hardly contain their excitement!

The horse-drawn carriage rides will start at 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Katy’s Café and will tour the village then head across the street to the Wingate by Wyndham, our event sponsor, for a special time to meet with Santa and make sure you are on that ‘Nice’ list. While you wait for your turn, why not make a Christmas decoration to remember the joyous festivities. It’s all available, and all free, right there at the Wingate.

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Santa, his carolers and Rudolph will stroll from around Katy’s, up through the village, to the famous ski tree, where songs will be sung and real-live reindeer will arrive at 6 p.m., hot chocolate will be available, compliments of Holiday Valley, and a countdown will take place for Santa to magically flip the switch and turn on the lights on the village Christmas Tree lights and the rest of the village at 6:30. The streets of Ellicottville will look like a scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

“Christmas in Ellicottville allows us to help create those memories that your family will be able to cherish for years to come, and that is why we love this event,” Pump said. “All the smiles of the children when they see Santa, or the excitement when they get to create an ornament to take home with them, is what the feeling of Christmas should be.”

Saturday and Sunday start at 10 a.m. with a pancake breakfast with Santa. Enjoy flapjacks at Finnerty’s on Saturday and then on Sunday at Villaggio complete with a Christmas movie on their huge screen. Monetary and non-perishable food donations will be accepted to assist the Ellicottville Food Pantry to help the less fortunate. Please be generous!

The rest of the weekend will be filled with carriage rides, fire truck rides, cookie decorating and even more time with Santa for the little ones. Santa’s reindeer will be at the largest and most famous ski tree in America on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and, of course, the great retail merchants and restaurants of Ellicottville will be open all weekend as well. What a great way to get out as a family and get a jump on that Holiday shopping!

“We are very proud to be able to present this entire event for free through the generosity of our presenting sponsor, Wingate by Windham, and many others,” said Brian McFadden, Executive Director of the Ellicottville Chamber.

Come out to the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Christmas in Ellicottville from Nov. 29 through Dec 1.