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6 things to do this January

Winter is in full gear in WNY—and so is the fun around town (and across the border). Whether you’re into the energetic routines from the “Dancing with the Stars” pros, or a leisurely snowshoe though Delaware Park is more your speed, these events will help you start the New Year off on the right foot.

Jan. 11: Niagara Icewine Northern Lights Gala

Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Canada
Admission: $190 (Can.)

This event is definitely worth the border crossing. Raise a glass at this kickoff to the Niagara Icewine Festival in Niagara Falls, Canada. Sample icewines, sparkling wines, late harvests and premium reds and whites from over 35 wineries, and savor authentic Canadian dishes at this prestigious black-tie affair where you’ll also enjoy plenty of dancing, along with magnificent ice sculptures and installations. Gala goes from 7-10 p.m. (905-688-0212, Niagarawinefestival.com)

Jan. 25: Lumagination Launch Party

The Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo
Admission: General admission, $45 ($50 after Jan. 19); $40 Garden members. VIP admission, $75 (includes live music, private opening party and signature swag)

This annual party is lit! Flipping the switch on Lumagination 2019, prepare to be dazzled by creative lighting, dancing silks, bouncing paper cranes, hot air balloons and metallic mobiles. Guests will also enjoy music, appetizers from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, open bar of signature cocktails from Ketel One Vodka, wine, beer, glow surprises, raffle and more. Event runs 6:30-9 p.m. VIP party starts at 5:30 p.m. (827-1584 ext. 220; Buffalogardens.com)

Jan. 26: Larkinville Ice Festival

Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo
Admission: Free

Bundle up and head to Larkinville for this 5th annual neighborhood-wide celebration with Larkin Square, Swan Street Diner, Hydraulic Hearth, Larkin Center of Commerce, Flying Bison Brewing Company and Buffalo Distilling Company. Enjoy cool happenings like snow yoga, alpacas, children’s activities, a vendor market on the heated boardwalk, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Be sure to duck into neighboring establishments for a bite or brew, including special winter-themed lunch service at The Filling Station, breakfast or lunch at Swan Street Diner, and earlier opening of Hydraulic Hearth’s beer garden. Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (346-8053, Larkinsquare.com)

Jan. 26-27: Snowshoes and Hot Cocoa

Starts at Rose Garden, Delaware Park, Buffalo
Admission: Snowshoeing and hot chocolate free

If your New Year’s resolutions included exercising more or taking in the sights of the city, you’re in luck. Stride through beautiful Delaware Park via snowshoe and reward yourself with hot cocoa as you finish at the historic Martin House, where optional tours will be available at a discounted price of $10. Open to the public; snowshoes are provided. Trek begins at 10 a.m. (549-1050, Martinhouse.org)

Jan. 27: Dancing with the Stars Live

Shea’s Buffalo, 646 Main St., Buffalo
Admission: Standard tickets, $46.50-$66.50; VIP, $225; VIP Meet and Mingle Packages, $299-$599

Can’t get enough of ABC’s Emmy-winning dance show on the small screen? See some of your fan favorite professional and troupe dancers in the flesh as they sashay, swirl and strut across the Shea’s stage. And for the first time ever, two celebrity finalists will be joining the winter tour: Mirrorball Champion Jordan Fisher (of “Hamilton” and “Grease: Live” fame) and actor Frankie Muniz (“Agent Cody Banks” and “Malcolm in the Middle”), along with their partners Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (847-0850; Sheas.org)

Jan. 30: GBYO/BPO Side By Side Concert

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
Admission: Free

Two great sounds that sound great together: This mentoring experience between the BPO and Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra is a longstanding tradition that results in perfect harmony on stage at Kleinhans. Experience the talents of some of WNY’s most promising young musicians alongside the BPO virtuosos. The Greater Buffalo Youth String Quartet will perform in the Mary Seaton Room at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Side By Side concert in the Main Hall at 7:30 p.m. (885-0331, Bpo.org)

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