By Kellen Quigley

This weekend and throughout December, even more can’t-miss Christmas celebrations are scheduled to bring the holiday spirit to all and keep it here all month long.

Last weekend marked the beginning of the holiday season in the village with Christmas in Ellicottville. The weekend-long celebration included activities for families and visitors as well as the lighting of the traditional Christmas and more recent Ski trees.

On Friday, Nov. 30, the tradition begun 13 years ago by Ellicottville’s own Bob McCarthy returns to Ellicottville Brewing Company. It’s the annual Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas.

It was McCarthy who said, “I love doing Irish Christmas, which is a night of Irish magic. I don’t know how the magic gets there, but it just does. That’s the beauty of it.”

The Irish Christmas fundraiser has become an event to remember and one that locals and weekenders alike love to see. McCarthy’s wagon will be parked outside EBC around 7 a.m. for new toys and unwrapped gifts to be collected for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriff’s Santa Program.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Christmas Stroll returns to Ellicottville for its 31st year. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., Santa and his elves will be at Villaggio while Mrs. Claus will be baking some cookies at Katy’s Cafe.

From 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., enjoy wagon Rides around the village, and 4:30 watch the Rein Dog Parade down Washington Street The Ellicottville Central band at the gazebo at 5:30.

At 6 p.m., Living Nativity will be at the gazebo with jazz choir accompanying.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, come one, come all, to the Ellicottville Christmas Party, presented by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, at Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge.

The Ellicottville Christmas Party is the place to get together with all of your friends and family that live, work and play in Ellicottville.

The menu for the night will include some of the best food around and enjoy live music by XPRIME.

Opening Day at HoliMont is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14. With 21 new snowmaking machines and plenty of project improvements over the summer, the slopes will be packed and ready for the season to begin.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, try before you buy with Demo day at Holiday Valley.

Free demos from Ellicottville’s specialty ski and snowboard shops will be slopeside of the Holiday Valley Lodge. Credit card required for deposit and parent signature if under 18.

This event is brought to you by local shops Mud Sweat ‘n Gears, The City Garage, Dekdebrun’s Apex Store and The Boardroom, where you’ll get the best service from the most knowledgeable technicians.

A New Year’s Eve Celebration will be held Monday, Dec. 31 at Holiday Valley.

Join in the fun beginning at 9 p.m. with a family-friendly event on the Holiday Valley Lodge main floor.

The lodge is the perfect location to view the Groomer Parade and the torchlight parade on Cindy’s Run at 11:15 and the fireworks at 11:45 with the Grand Finale at midnight.

Enjoy everything Ellicottville has to offer this holiday season as well as those freshly powdered slopes.