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More Pre-Season Excitement

From Halloween events to Winter Arts festivals to Holiday fundraisers ... Ellicottville has your pre-ski season calendar filled!
Saturday, Oct. 29
Monroe Street, Downtown EVL
As many of you may already know, Ellicottville is home to some of the most entertaining festivals and events in Western New York.  From the multiple fetes produced by the local Chamber of Commerce, to the countless gatherings afforded by HoliMont and Holiday Valley, there are no shortage of reasons to visit our Village.  One of these reasons is coming up quite soon: the annual EVL Half Marathon & 5K.  This Halloween costume-themed race is truly fun for all levels of participants, whether you’re an avid marathoner or casual jogger. Costumes are encouraged, but certainly not mandatory, making this an enjoyable spectator event for those lining the start / finish area in downtown Ellicottville.  
Both the half marathon and the 5K will start and finish on Monroe Street  in the village of Ellicottville, which offers great shopping and restaurants for after-race entertainment.  The rolling course heads north through scenic, lightly traveled, rural roads that offer fast times and a great atmosphere.   Intersections will be controlled by the local Police and County Sheriff Departments to ensure a safe experience  for all participants. There will be age group and costume awards given out during the after-party at Ellicottville Brewing Company.
So what are you waiting for? Pick out a running costume and register to join us in Ellicottville for a weekend of Halloween fun! Go to the website at and make sure to like them on Facebook for race updates. Race registration will go quickly. Make sure your bib number is reserved for this great race. Another great event that makes Ellicottville easy to find, so hard to leave! 
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 19-20
Holiday Valley Resort’s Main Lodge
Paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts - just a few of the many kinds of original artworks that will be displayed and for sale at the 2nd annual Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) Winter Arts Festival.  This juried exhibition and sale invites everyone out to Holiday Valley Resort in picturesque Ellicottville for two days of art and inspiration.  Holiday Valley’s main lodge provides an ideal setting for visitors to begin their holiday shopping and the perfect opportunity for artists to sell their one-of-a-kind works.  Shoppers will be able to meet with the artists in person and start checking off their holiday gift giving list with unique works from many local artists. (We’re pretty sure you’ll find a few pieces to take home for yourself as well!)
Hours are Saturday from 11am-6pm and Sunday from noon-4pm.  For more information on this event, head over to or call the CCAC office at 716-372-7455.
Saturday, Nov. 19th @ 7pm
The Ellicottville Depot
It’s that time of year … The City Garage has picked out their choice of new ski film releases, and they invite you to pop a squat at the Ellicottville Depot and view it with them.  This year’s film choice: RUIN AND ROSE, presented by MSP Films and Under Armour.
The film: A surreal future leaves the world without water and consumed by sand - the Big Empty. A group of children survives alone on the edge of the endless desert in the ruin of the now. When a young boy unearths an ancient relic hinting at the lost wonders of winter, he sets off in search of the ghosts that once called the mountains their home. This bold cinematic experience balances stunning skiing with a wild and hopeful journey into the forgotten lands of myth and magic beyond the Big Empty.
Acclaimed writer/director Ben Sturgulewski joins the award-winning team at Matchstick Productions and their two decades of filmmaking expertise to deliver “RUIN AND ROSE,” an epic creative vision brought to life by the talents of the world’s top skiers. Winter landscapes across the planet contrast seamlessly with a thoroughly-crafted story of environmental apocalypse, shot entirely within the otherworldly expanses of Africa’s Skeleton Coast. Unlike anything seen before, the dreamlike setting of this film sparks the imagination of not only action sports enthusiasts, but anyone with a beating heart. 
Presented by Under Armour in spectacular 4K resolution, “RUIN AND ROSE” features veterans and newcomers alike, including Mark Abma, Sammy Carlson, Markus Eder, Zack Giffin, Sander Hadley, Russ Henshaw, Eric Hjorleifson, Lukas Joas, Sean Jordan, Bene Mayr, Evan McEachran, Michelle Parker, Ole Pavel, Tanner Rainville, Austin Ross, Fabio Studer, Cody Townsend, Noah Wallace, and others. “RUIN AND ROSE” was filmed on location in Alaska, Austria, British Columbia, Bulgaria, California, France, Switzerland, and the deserts of Namibia.
Check out the official trailer online - guaranteed to get you stoked for winter!
Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27
Downtown Ellicottville, NY
Who needs all the hustle and bustle and stress of spending Black Friday at the Mall when the whole family can enjoy Christmas in Ellicottville?
Ellicottville offers a totally unique shopping experience. The village sidewalks are lined with an abundance of eclectic shops that are packed full of unique holiday gift choices. Spend the weekend enjoying some of the best restaurants and finest accommodations in the area while the village streets come to life lined with beautiful white lights, a three-story tall Christmas tree, real live Reindeer, strolling carolers, breakfast with Santa, horse and wagon rides, interactive children's activities and fire truck rides with Santa.  Best of all, every single one of the children's activities are free!
Get into the holiday spirit and plan a trip to Ellicottville with your family!  For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, check out or phone the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce toll-free at 1-800-349-9099.
Friday, Dec. 2nd @ 6pm
Ellicottville Brewing Company
All of Ellicottville was saddened with the passing of Bob McCarthy aka “The Voice of Ellicottville” this past June, and many people have stepped forward to make sure that the event he created many moons ago, “Irish Christmas,” continues.  Indeed it will!  Renamed “Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas,” the Rotary Club of Ellicottville and members of the local community will insure that this fantastic event continues in Bob’s honor, as he touched so many in Ellicottville with his spirit and generosity.
It was McCarthy who said,  “I love doing Irish Christmas … it is a night of Irish magic.  I don’t know how the magic gets there, but it just does.  That’s the beauty of it.”
With 11 years under its belt, the Irish Christmas fundraiser has become an event to remember, and one that locals and weekenders alike don’t miss.  Come Dec. 2, 2016, McCarthy’s wagon will be parked outside of EBC starting around 7am, where the public can leave new toys and unwrapped gifts for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriff’s Santa Program.  These programs collect gifts to help make Christmas a little special for less fortunate families.
Again this year, a number of restaurants will serve a special Irish dish at a reasonable price, or you can order from the great EBC menu.  Final details for this year’s Irish Christmas are being worked out, but you can bet the event will continue the way Bob intended (including the fabulous pie auction), and we’re certain that some of Bob’s creations will be the highlight of the evening’s auction.
The spirit of the season is unmatched in Ellicottville, and Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas is a perfect opportunity to share it with friends. Remember to mark your calendar for Friday, Dec. 2 to share the spirit with friends and to help give back to families in the community.  For more information call 716-474-7832.