Thursday, December 17, 2015

Buffalo Christmas Lights Guide

The holidays are here, and what better way to celebrate than grabbing a hot chocolate or coffee and touring the amazing Christmas light displays around Buffalo? Not only are there outstanding professional displays like the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, but there are several homeowners who have synced their thousands of lights to music – one house even sings along!

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites, but you can find more information about all of the displays on the map below.

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

With nearly two miles packed with more than sixty displays, the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is the largest festival in Western New York. But it’s not just the lights that bring in thousands of visitors each year - there are plenty of activities for the whole family. Stop by the Tops Winterland Workshop and make reindeer food for Rudolph and the gang, board the One Buffalo Express and take a short train ride around the grounds. You can check out the eleven frozen masterpieces created during the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition and stop for plenty of photo ops while exploring the Christmas Tree Forest. The centerpiece of the festival is the North Pole Experience – a 10,000 square-foot walk through adventure that leads guests right to Santa’s doorstep where Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be greeting your family and taking pictures. Be sure to hashtag your photos with #HamburgLights on social media!

Powers Lights

For the past five years Bill Powers has been decking out his home at 6 Red Clover Lane in Lancaster with thousands of Christmas lights synced to a mix of holiday classics, new holiday tunes and a few surprise hits mixed in. Matter of fact, one of those surprise hits landed him on NBC’s Today show and ESPN. It was a spectacular tribute to Buffalo’s beloved Bills and Sabres. Each year Powers continues to throw in some love for the home teams (this year’s tribute is titled “Buffalo Sabres: Next Chapter”) as well as plenty of upbeat holiday songs. As more and more families are making the trip to the Powers’ house a tradition, traffic in the neighborhood continues to pick up. Last year they averaged 15 – 20 cars on weeknights and near 50 nightly on weekends. You can view a sampling of the displays for 2015 on Bill’s YouTube channel.

Lake View Singing Christmas House

The Lake View Singing House located at 1662 Kellerman Road has gained notoriety across the country, being included on numerous lists of the nation’s best home owner Christmas light displays, and rightfully so. Plenty of homes have impressive synced lights, but as the name would imply, this house actually sings along! Each year the Field family adds new elements and a new theme to the show. For 2015, they upped their light count by at least 7,500 from 2014 and are featuring a “Disney Holiday Wishes” theme. Check their Facebook page for videos and hours.

The best way to view this map is by zooming in and clicking on the icons for more information. You can also click the white square in the top left for a full list of displays, along with coffee shops where you can fuel up with a hot beverage before heading out to see the lights. Use the triangular button on the top right of the map to download, print or share.