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2017-12-07 / Editorial

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Orchard Park Editor
CHRIS GRAHAM

SAVE THE DATE — December marks a bunch of holiday events coming to Orchard Park for residents to enjoy before the new year begins.

This weekend, Chestnut Ridge Park will present Santa Land.

Santa Land will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, at the park. The event is jointly presented by the Orchard Park Recreation Department and the Erie County Recreation and Forestry Department.

The free family event will include hay rides, marshmallow roasts, a monster mural, face painting, the Orchard Park Middle School choir singing Christmas carols, arts and crafts, the opportunity to write a letter to Santa Claus and taking a trip to see Santa.

For interested parties, the last hay ride to see Santa leaves at 2:30 p.m. on both days.

For more information on Santa Land, visit visit www.everythingop.com.

One of Orchard Park’s recognized restaurants is also getting into the holiday spirt by hosting a breakfast with Santa.

The Byrd House Restaurant, at 4190 N. Buffalo Road, will hold a breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

For more information on the breakfast, visit www.thebyrdhouse.com.

Residents looking to stay in Orchard Park for New Year’s Eve should head out to the ceremonial ball drop.

The event will begin at the Four Corners at 10 p.m. with the ball drop coming at midnight.

For a full list of December events, go to the What’s Going On section in this week’s edition.

SKATE AT NEW ERA FIELD —Fans will have a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when the World Junior Hockey Championship comes to Western New York this December: an opportunity to skate on the outdoor ice at New Era Field.

Tournament organizers announced recently that two special sessions have been set to give hockey enthusiasts a chance to make memories in the days leading up to the inaugural World Junior Championship outdoor game between the United States and Canada.

There will be two sessions open to fans including one from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.

The cost to participate will be $100 and will include a 300-level ticket to the U.S. vs. Canada outdoor game at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at New Era Field. Skaters will enter the stadium grounds at One Bills Drive, the main driveway off Abbott Road, and park in Lot 2.

Skaters will then enter the stadium through Gate 1 and head toward section 122/123 for field and ice access.

They will have a warming station in New Era Field’s east end zone tunnel to tie up skates and will be able to purchase concessions at the Miller Lite Brew Pub.

All participants are asked to bring their own skates, and helmets are required for anyone younger than 12. Everyone entering the stadium must hold a ticket to the skating event.

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