Niagara Gazette — The trees along Old Falls Street will once again have that holiday glow as Christmas festivities are set to begin this week.
On Tuesday, the Old Falls Street outdoor tree-lighting event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fun kicks off with the arrival of Santa Claus on a Niagara Falls city fire engine. St. Nick will then officially illuminate Old Falls Street.
After the brief outdoor ceremony, attendees can head inside Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls to enjoy live music by the Celtic Circle Ceilidh Band, a visit from Old Falls Street’s mascot Walter Falls, children’s face painting, a balloon artist and complementary donuts, hot chocolate and coffee.
Those in attendance will also be able to tour the conference center’s new photography exhibit, “Snapshots: Roaming the Niagara Frontier,” by Niagara Gazette photojournalist James Neiss. Various vendors will also be on hand for those who are looking to purchase unique holiday gift items.
Non-perishable food items will also be collected that evening to be donated toward the fourth annual Stuff-a-Bus Food Drive, being held on Friday.
“This year’s additional programming held inside The Conference & Event Center will allow our guests a place to mingle and spread holiday cheer,” said Global Spectrum’s Ryan Coate, general manager of Old Falls Street, USA and The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. “Afterward, we encourage our guests to visit the giant student-made gingerbread house inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and other neighboring restaurants for dinner that evening.”
Old Falls Street’s outdoor tree décor was designed by Harris & Lever Florists, with special electrician assistance by the City of Niagara Falls and the Local IATSE 121 Stage Union.
Also coming up this week on Old Falls Street:
Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive