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“Holiday Cheer on Chippewa” Scheduled for December 5 and 6
 “Holiday Cheer on Chippewa” Scheduled for December 5 and 6

It's never been a better time to come downtown to Buffalo. To kick off the holidays, the Chippewa Alliance will host Holiday Cheer on Chippewa, a two-day series of events to take place on Chippewa Street (and select businesses on Franklin Street). The weekend events are highlighted by a special tree trimming contest among local businesses, donation collection drive for the Buffalo City Mission, music by Hutch-Tech High School, and speciality cocktails, great craft beer and plenty of food at local establishments. People can walk Chippewa Street, see the trees and decorations while spreading Holiday Cheer on Chippewa. Rumor has it that Santa Claus might show up too!

The events kick off on Friday, December 5 with a progressive happy hour starting at 4 p.m. Patricipants are encouraged to visit various bars and restaurants along Chippewa to try featured holiday drinks and food. On Friday night, th public will receive a Holiay Stamp Card to track each stop along Chippewa. People who participate will be entered for a chance to win a series of prizes throuhut the evening including a night for two in downtown Buffalo.

"We hope that when people are coming to Queen City Pop Up or goin to Shea's, Rotary Rink or anywhere else downtown, that they will stop by Chippewa to see ou trees, decorations and everything else that the street offers," said Elizabeth Vealey, president of the Chippewa Alliance boad of directors. "We expect a good cross section of people who work, live or just like to visit downtown Buffalo."

Holiday Cheer on Chippewa continues on Saturday, December 6 starting a noon with a Beer Tap Takeover at various bars and restaurants. A group of students from nearby Hutch-Tech High School will play holiday music fr the oudoor deck of SoHo Burger Bar throughou the eary afternoon to add to the holiday ambiance.

"It's been a big year for Buffalo. Downtown has seen some major changes and we can't wait to celebrate the positive momentum with the community and local businesses that helped make it happen," said Tom Liptak, vice president of the Chippewa Alliance board of directors. "Along those lines, we also want to give back. We are encouraging people to donate canned goods to benefit the Buffalo City Mission. Most bars and restaurants will have collection bins."

About the Tree Trimming Contest:

Local Chippewa and Franklin Street establishments will decorate themed trees and place them in front of their businesses. The public is encouraged to stop by, see the trees and promote their favorite tree by uing the hashtag, "#CheeronChippewa," along with the name of the establishment on social media. The establishment with the most support from the public and the Alliance will win hosting rights to the Chippewa Alliance Holiday Party in January. Trees will be supplied by Bradt Tree Farm of Lewiston.

Enjoy Chippewa Street Safely:

The Chippewa Alliance wants to ensure thatthe festivities are both merry and safe. Designated Drivers of Buffalo will be on call all weekend to ensure that attendees return home safely. Contact information for Designated Drivers of Buffalo willbe listed on the Holiday Passport punch cards. Bars and restaurants also will have phone numbers for cab companies. Please do not drink and drive.

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