Christmas in Gowanda 2017

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Event Date(s): Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:00pm - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 5:00pm
Christmas in Gowanda 2017

Gowanda is a a beautifully quaint community nestled among the hills surrounding Cattaraugus Creek and is coming together for a Christmas Celebration on December 1 and 2, 2017. Come help us start off the holiday season downtown with local merchants, train rides all day, Santa Snowflake Pet Walk, Annual tree lighting ceremony, Holiday Spirit Parade and a festive atmosphere for the whole family. Of course we can not forget that Santa and all his helpers will be there to help us celebrate this joyous time of year! Mark your calendars! 

Friday night schedule:
5pm-7pm: Fun Activities
7:15pm: Tree Lighting
After Tree Lighting:  Holiday Parade!

Saturday schedule:
12pm-3pm: Activities
12pm: Santa Snowflake Walk
Just announced Train Rides!
The New York & Lake Erie Railroad and Gowanda Love In the Name of Christ will offer six, eight- mile round-trip train rides on Saturday December 2nd. Trains will depart hourly from the Gowanda Depot, 50 Commercial Street, Gowanda, with the first trip departing at 11 AM and the last at 4 PM. While on board, passengers can experience the nostalgia of riding in 1930’s vintage passenger cars while the train climbs the 2 ½ percent grade out of the valley. Santa is expected to make an appearance on-board each train. The Railroad’s classic streamlined ALCO cab units will power all trains. All railroad coaches have baseboard hot water or wall-mounted radiant heat and the depot has a new central heating system, a gift shop, refreshments for sale and clean restrooms.
Train ticket prices are $10 for Adults, $5 for children ages 3 – 11, Toddlers 2 and under ride free on the lap of a ticket holder. Children will receive a treat from Santa and his elves. Train tickets can be reserved in advance by calling Love INC at 716 532-3541 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 9 AM to 1 PM. Any remaining unreserved seats will be sold starting 30 minutes before each trip at the Gowanda Depot ticket window. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Gowanda Love INC.

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This event will be held at:

Main St. and Jamestown St.
Gowanda, NY 14070
United States
42° 27' 47.232" N, 78° 56' 6.468" W
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