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Oh what fun - free family activities

There is plenty of free fun this week for you and your kids.

Head to Elma for the Lego Club and Holiday Party at the Elma Public Library (1860 Bowen Road, Elma) at 11 a.m. Dec. 19. The kids can help build holiday scenes and visit with Santa Claus. Registration is required by calling 652-2719. This event is recommended for ages 6-12.

You can join Frosty and his friends for a day of fun at the Central Library (1 Lafayette Square). Kids can build a snowman, play some reindeer games and even decorate a gingerbread man. This event is from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 and is recommended for ages 3-8. Registration is required by calling 858-7192.

Bring the kids by Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore (9060 Main St., Clarence) for a calm and quiet visit with Santa. The big guy is taking a break from the North Pole to visit the bookstore and remind kids how important and fun reading is. Santa will read one of his favorite Christmas stories and then visit with each child. The event is from 11 a.m. to noon Dec 19.

How about checking out Canalside for the 12 days of Santa?. Yep, St. Nick is at Canalside for the 12 days leading up to Christmas through Dec. 23. Hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Bundle up for this unique outdoor location.

Santa also will be in Getzville. Be there when he arrives, riding in a fire truck with firefighters from the Getzville Fire Company (630 Dodge Road, Getzville). The event is from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec 19. Santa has surprises for all of the kids.

And there is nothing like the sounds of Christmas at East Aurora’s Annual Carolcade. This event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 on Main Street between Olean and Riley streets. The holiday tradition is fun for the entire family with caroling, hot cocoa, doughnuts, song sheets and a visit from Santa. See for more info.

– Mary Friona-Celani