Kente Claus will be at Buffalo's Canalside today and there will be fun activities for the entire family.

You've heard of Santa Claus? Well, meet that other 'jolly old elf', Kente Claus. He proclaims, to anyone who will listen, that he's none other than Santa's South Pole counterpart. Kente Claus asked the wonderful entities leading the revival of Buffalo Place, one of Upstate Western New York's premier downtown neighborhoods, to help usher in an even more inclusive, more welcoming, more festive atmosphere at Canalside- the jewel of Buffalo's historic Waterfront Community. ~ Press Release

Kente Claus Christmas Express Itinerary at Canalside:

2:00 pm-2:30 pm Buffalo Heritage Carousel Meetup & Ride With Kente Claus

2:30 pm-3:00 pm Ice Biking

3:00 pm-3:30 pm Ice Bumper Cars

3:30 pm-4:00 pm Ice Skating With Kente Claus

4:00 pm-4:30 pm Photos at Rotary Rink's Christmas Tree, located at 20 Fountain Plaza, and Hyatt Regency Hotel's Christmas Tree, located at 2 Fountain Plaza.

Here Are 6 Fun Winter Activities You Can Do At Canalside in Buffalo

There's a ton of things to do on the ice at Canalside this winter. Check out these 6 fun activities.

Bumper Cars

This sounds so fun! Ice bumper cars at Canalside are $8 for 8 minutes. You'll need to make your reservation at the winter pavilion and sign a waiver. You can get more info here.

Ice Skating

If ice skating is your thing, Canalside offers it from November 26 through February 27, 2021.  Hours may vary, depending on the weather, but the posted schedule is,

Monday: CLOSED, leagues and private parties welcome
Tuesday: CLOSED, leagues and private parties welcome
Wednesday: 3PM – 7PM
Thursdays: 3PM – 7PM
Fridays: 1PM – 10PM
Saturdays: 10AM – 10PM
Sundays: 10AM – 8PM

The cost is $7 for people ages 13 or older, kids ages 6 to 12 and military members are $5, and children ages 5 and under are free. Skates are $5 to rent.  You can get all the details here.

Photo by loly galina on Unsplash
Photo by loly galina on Unsplash


Canalside offers an igloo experience that costs $199 for 8 people for 90 minutes. The price includes admission and skate rentals for all guests (up to 8) and complimentary hot cocoa. Get more details here.

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I'm definitely not an expert in curling, but it seems like bowling on ice.  You slide a stone across the ice, trying to reach the goal.  If you're looking to try your hand at winter sports, you can start with curling at Canalside. Anywhere from 4 to 10 people can play per lane at $15 per person.  Get more info here.


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Photo by Matthew Fassnacht on Unsplash
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Visit Santa

Santa will be at Canalside on November 26 from 5 to 9 pm, and Sunday, December 5, 12, and 19 from 11 am to 1 pm.

Ice Bikes

Ice bikes cost $12 per half hour for a single rider. During the summer there are water bikes and this is pretty similar, it's just on ice.

The Ice at Canalside's exclusive attraction, Ice Bikes of Buffalo™ combines the activity of riding a bike along with the ability to perform this feat while on the surface of the ice. Ice Bikes of Buffalo™ will give you a way to participate on the ice if you are not the best on ice skates.

You can get all the info here.

Just keep in mind, so your day of fun doesn't get ruined, that Buffalo parking tickets can add up. Here's what you need to know about the fees before you head downtown.


Buffalo Parking Violations & Fees

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