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Winter arrives just in time for series of seasonal events

Winter arrived in Buffalo this week, just in time for six weekends of events at several sites around the downtown waterfront.

It’s an effort led by Buffalo’s tourism agency to “celebrate everything that is winter” in Buffalo, said Patrick J. Kaler, president and chief executive officer of Visit Buffalo Niagara.

Ice skating, curling and this weekend’s Buffalo Chillabration are among the outdoors events. There also are indoor events like hockey games and roller derby.

The events stretch from the Ice at Canalside to Larkin Square to Buffalo Riverworks and First Niagara Center.

“It’s really about connecting the dots,” said Robert D. Gioia, chairman of Erie County Harbor Development Corp., of the push to send a message to visitors and locals there are things to do during winter in Buffalo.

A listing of all the events, as well as nearby restaurants, can be found at The list includes events at First Niagara Center, including Buffalo Sabres hockey games, other hockey games featuring Canisius College, Niagara University and Erie Community College, as well as the Buffalo Beauts and the National Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game.

On Saturday morning, officials hope to break the Guinness world record for the longest ice-skating line at the Ice at Canalside. Anyone who wants to participate needs to register before the event.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. and is open to the first 600 people.

The event is free but donations will be accepted for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Western New York.

Throughout the winter, Visit Buffalo Niagara is encouraging anyone participating in winter activities to post photos to social media using the hashtag #winterBUF. Prizes will be awarded.