If you've longed to hit the slopes, consider taking a very long lunch hour on Friday and be part of the World’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson at Holiday Valley. You could help break a Guinness World Record.
But hurry back to Buffalo - it's First Friday. This means you can pop in to see the Picasso: the Artist and His Models exhibit at M&T First Friday at the Albright-Knox. Then head down Elmwood for the Greater Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk. While you're in that neck of the woods, stop by Pasión to enjoy live entertainment and complimentary Cuban appetizers and drink specials while discovering the benefits of the Hispanic Women's League at their Annual Membership Drive. Not Hispanic or a woman? No problem. Members help provide college scholarships to Latinas and serve the community.
Elvis lovers alert: It's his birthday this weekend, and the Lancaster Opera House (of all places!) has a three-day Elvis Birthday Weekend Retrospective planned. The party starts on Friday with The Early Years Show, there's a '60s Comeback Special show on Saturday, and the extravaganza concludes with The Vegas Years, a Sunday matinée on his actual birthday.
Santa's Vision Winter Wonderland at the Adam's Mark offers family-friendly fun on Saturday. Think pony rides, airbrush tattoos, balloon sculpture, exotic animals, and circus style entertainment. Be sure to bring a non-perishable for Haven House. Can't make it on Saturday? Head to the Hampton Inn East Aurora for the same event on Sunday.
The Twelfth Night Ball at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown is a true Victorian treat on Saturday evening, but if you wish to stay in the city there's a great belly dance option: Fleuron Rouge's Hafla Party with Femme Noire at Babeville.
The last chance this season to revel in Poinsettias at the Botanical Gardens is Sunday. Stop by and take the chill off.
If there's a wedding on your horizon, the Convention Center beckons. Brides World Buffalo 2017 will fill the place with gowns, tuxes and lots of give-aways, and it's free. Brides, register your entire wedding party.
If you're looking for a way to start the New Year by supporting a cause, consider heading back to Babeville on Sunday for the Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Bring the weekend to a melodious close at the 7th Annual All WNY Music Awards Ceremony at the Evening Star Concert Hall for some free tunes!