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The 10: Polar Plunge, Queen City Market, Kerfuffle

1) Kerfuffle Before Christmas, 5 p.m. doors Dec. 2 in KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: The biannual Kerfuffle series returns, courtesy of Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM, with a six-band bill of that station's favorites, including Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Judah & the Lion, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities, Dirty Heads and Joywave, which just replaced Grouplove.

Read Jeff Miers' interview with Judah & the Lion drummer Spencer Cross for insight into the band's breakout. Also, look back at photos from Andrew McMahon's show at Town Ballroom from last November.

Andrew McMahon performs in November 2015 in Town Ballroom. (Erica Malinowski/Special to The News)

Andrew McMahon performs in November 2015 in Town Ballroom. (Erica Malinowski/Special to The News)


2) Polar Plunge, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. registration, 2 p.m. plunge Dec. 3 at Woodlawn Beach State Park (3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell). Minimum donation is $50 to the New York Special Olympics to participate. You can make your life easier by registering here, too.

Commentary: Happy 10 years to the plunge, which raises money for the New York Special Olympics. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, like tutus and flower crowns, and the best costume wins a prize at 1:30.

[Photos: Smiles at the 2015 Polar Plunge]

The plunge itself should be balmy, as Lake Erie's water temperature still hovers around 50 degrees. Food trucks will be on site for post-plunge hunger, and the official party will be held nearby at Dock Waterfront Bar & Grill (3800 Hoover Road, Blasdell).

Smiling faces and costumes at the 2015 Polar Plunge at Woodlawn Beach. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Smiling faces and costumes at the 2015 Polar Plunge at Woodlawn Beach. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)


3) Queen City Market, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Karpeles Manuscript Museum (453 Porter Ave.). Free to attend and open to the public.

Commentary: Shop local from over 50 vendors in the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, where everything from Christmas ornaments from Devil Chicken Design to art and home decor from the Owlery to Vegetabowls' pottery will be for sale.

Amy's Truck, Lloyd Taco Truck and Rolling Joe Cafe will be outside, too, to satiate shoppers.

[Photos: Smiles at the 2015 Queen City Market]

A peek at Vegetabowls' booth at the 2015 Queen City Market. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

A peek at Vegetabowls' booth at the 2015 Queen City Market. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)


4) Holiday Live at Larkin, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Celebrate freedom from the work week with a festive gathering in Larkinville, where local outfit Robot Holiday, which writes and performs its own holiday music, will headline following carols from South Park Vocal Harmony. On the food and drink side, The Filling Station will be open, offering apple cider spiked with Buffalo Distilling Company's apple brandy.


5) SevenOneSixMas, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: In a list littered with local shopping opportunities, RiverWorks claims to have the "best buy local event the city has ever seen!" In the host's defense, their vendor list is detailed and offers handy links to further explore the businesses, and the venue is cavernous with built-in options for food and drink.


6) Yuletide in the Country, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in Hamburg Fairgrounds (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). Tickets are $5 at the door, while children under 12 get in for free.

Commentary: Live in the Southtowns and eager to shop local for the holiday season? Yuletide in the Country, an event by the same company that runs Christmas in the Country at the same venue, lends a chance to breeze through your gift list (or, if you're not the list-making type, to at least peer around at several different items) by uniting these vendors in one place.


7) Krampus Knocked Party, 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 2 in Adam Mickiewicz Library (612 Fillmore Ave.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Here's an outside-the-box holiday event, as Krampus, the mythological, horned "German beast" - an anti-Santa, if you will - earns the spotlight at the Adam Mickiewicz Library party. A major part of Krampus' character is his swatting of children who've been naughty, and then hustling them to the underworld.

The library will have Southern Tier's Krampus IPA available and will also host contest for best punch. Attendees are encouraged to dress like Krampus, and they can also win a copy of Thomas Raven's "Letters from Krampus," signed by the author and Krampus himself. (No, I don't know how AML secured Krampus' autograph. Some things are better left unanswered.)


8) Canalside Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, 4 to 10 p.m. Dec. 3 at 44 Prime St. Free to attend.

Commentary: The postponed opening of the Ice at Canalside makes Saturday's tree lighting and holiday celebration an even bigger bonanza. Fortunately, Saturday's weather should be more conducive to skating, which will be open until 10 p.m. and cost $6 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children's activities, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa and much more are perks.


9) Holiday Pop-Up, 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Why list another chance for holiday shopping? Well, unlike most of the others, Resurgence's runs on Sunday, and it's not opposite the Bills game, which kicks off at 4:25 in Oakland.

Ten local businesses, including Buffalo Cake Pops, Buffalo Barkery and Rusterior Design, will set up shop, while Resurgence will offer its usual menu of food and beer. (The seasonal biere de noel is quite tasty, I'll admit.)


10) Downtown Tree Lighting, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 at Rotary Rink (20 Fountain Plaza). Free to attend.

Commentary: Long before the days of Canalside, Rotary Rink hosted the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree overlooking the ice, and that tradition continues in 2016. A visit from Santa, fireworks and free skating make the event a savvy choice for a date or a family outing.


BONUS) Blankets for the Homeless, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at Kenney Field (2000 Colvin Blvd., Tonawanda).

Commentary: This might be the warmest, most loving 10 I've ever written (the bar isn't set too high, thankfully). Blankets for the Homeless celebrates five years of existence by collecting clothing, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves and socks for distribution in the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who was once nicknamed Ebenezer Tsuj, at


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