Spend Small Business Saturday at the Kris Kringle Market
Sunday November 24, 2013 | By:Community Papers of WNY Staff | News
KENMORE - First there was Black Friday, but who wants to stay up all night and battle unruly crowds? Then came Cyber Monday, but it’s difficult to get into the holiday spirit while sitting at a computer.
Now there’s Small Business Saturday, when shoppers are encouraged to avoid the mall scene and support local businesses. That sounds like a winner to the wide variety of vendors that will take part in the weekend long Kris Kringle Market, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.
Shoppers are encouraged to check out the indoor shopping market and the wide variety of unique offering in the Heritage Village retail store. Relive your childhood as you discover everything from toy airplanes, banks and artwork to books, candles, dolls, lamps, trains and much more.
While the shopping experience can be enjoyed throughout the weekend, Nov. 30 also marks the beginning of “Countryside Christmas Tours” at Heritage Village. Visitors will be guided through the village to four different homes along the grounds to admire the decorations and interact with village families as they go about their Christmas festivities.
Kids will love hearing about St. Nick and learning how different 19th century Christmas was from what they now look forward to every year.
Remember to bundle up in your warmest coat as this tour is an outdoor walking tour of Heritage Village. One-hour tours will be available Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, and will run every half-hour from noon to 3:30 p.m.
Carriage tours will also be available throughout the weekend. For a small donation, guests will board a horse-drawn carriage and be transported back to a time before cars and holiday traffic.
Guests will learn about each building in the historic village and experience true 1850s transportation. Hot cocoa and refreshments will be available for a small fee if guests are looking to warm up after their carriage ride. This tour is included at no extra charge with your “Countryside Christmas Tour” reservation.
As the festivities conclude on Sunday, Dec. 1, families are invited to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” before their tours later in the day. For just $5 as a museum member or $7 as a “not yet member,” guests will enjoy pancakes and sausage in the Main Room as children pose with Santa and tell him what they’d like this Christmas.
Tickets for “Countryside Christmas Tours” and “Breakfast with Santa” can be purchased at www.bnhv.org/tickets-tours or by calling 689-1440.
Come out and show your support for these local vendors and one of the most historically significant destinations in Western New York.
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