Christmas in Gowanda 2017

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

The family-centric fete in the village takes people back to the traditional Hallmark-like Christmas. Take photos with Rudolph and Frosty, sit down at the Hollywood Theater and watch classic Christmas movies or take a Santa Express train ride.

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:
3pm: Cookie decorating at the Gowanda Free Library
5pm-7pm: Live Reindeer at Town of Persia Building, Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Love INC, Family Picture Time at 10 Jamestown St., Horse and Wagon Rides at East Main St., Free Cocoa and Cookies, Ginger Bread House Display
5:15pm-6:15pm: Finding Dimes Concert at Hollywood Theater
7:15pm: Tree Lighting, Living Nativity
After Tree Lighting (7:30pm):  Holiday Parade!
8:00pm:  Fireworks!

Saturday schedule:
11:45am: Snowflake Walk Registration, walk begins at Noon.
12pm-3pm: Story and Craft Time at Gowanda Free Library (Christmas Craft Classes offered in morning), Visit with santa and Mrs. Claus & Craft Time at Love INC, Police Car and Fire Truck Rides at Hollywood Theater, "Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol" at Hollywood Theater.
12pm: Santa Snowflake Walk
3pm-7pm: Holiday Sip-N-Shop at Palm Gardens

Just announced Train Rides!  Saturday - 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. 
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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Main St. and Jamestown St.
Gowanda, NY 14070
United States
42° 27' 47.232" N, 78° 56' 6.468" W
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