You may have missed the mega-popular Festival of Slice and the opening night festivities at this year's Jingle Falls USA but there's still plenty of holiday festivities to take part in this week and next.
Activities resume on Saturday and Dec. 15 in the downtown Niagara Falls area.
Now in its second year, organizers say Jingle Falls activities were planned to appeal to families, singles, couples, athletes, animal lovers, naturists and more throughout the four-day celebration.
For one, ice skating has returned to the downtown area at a rink set up at First Street and Rainbow Boulevard. It opened to the public during this past weekend's events.
The skating fee is $8 and skate rental is $4. An Anchor Bar food truck will be onsite and will also offer hats and gloves for sale.
The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute has been transformed into a holiday showcase featuring a spot near the life-size gingerbread house to visit Santa Claus, a North Pole letter depot, a chance to make your own holiday cookie and more. Some activities are free others require a ticket for $1 or $2.
New activities include holiday programming at the Cave of the Winds Pavilion on Goat Island; the Hard Rock Cafe’s Outdoor Tent Party as well as the roving Santa Con, visiting five downtown restaurants and bars.
“This year, our committee made sure to bring back popular activities and added new events that will attract guests of all ages and interests,” said Susan Swiatkowski, tourism development manager at Destination Niagara USA. “We hope that this variety of activities keep guests coming back each week and help secure Jingle Falls USA as a new holiday tradition in the City of Niagara Falls.”
Some activities are presented free of charge, while others require registration or will charge a nominal fee. For more information, visit www.JingleFallsUSA.com.
This year’s activities will also include additional tree illuminations along Third Street, which will complement the trees and displays along Old Falls Street. The City of Niagara Falls is also offering free parking in its downtown surface parking lots and parking ramp.
Niagara Falls State Park is also offering free parking in Lots 1, 2 and 3.