The annual opening ceremony for the Niagara Falls Holiday Lights Trail will be held in the parking lot at Sal Maglie Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 23, with entertainment starting at 5 p.m., the official ceremony at 6 p.m., and fireworks at 6:15 p.m.
This year's ceremony will feature Joe Chille from 96.1-FM WJYE as master of ceremonies, a visit from Santa Claus, Billy Buffalo from the Buffalo Bills, "Tripp" from Niagara County Community College and the Purple Eagle from Niagara University. Dignitaries and community leaders will be on hand from the United Way, City of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Falls board of education and Niagara County to join in the festivities.
Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. with Step In Time Dance Studio, the Harry Abate School Chorus and the Niagara Falls High School Jazz Chorus. Santa Claus will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to meet the children.
Since its inception, the lights have raised more than $120,000 for the United Way. More than $60,000 went back into the community to expand funding to different programs in the community, and the remainder into new LED replacement lights.
The City of Niagara Falls is the main sponsor of the Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail providing manpower and dollars to help keep the lights shining bright.
This year, there will be more than 50 displays in Hyde Park with another 10 placed on Pine Avenue, Main Street and down Third Avenue to the new "Holiday Market." Business owners are also encouraged to decorate their storefront in order to make the City of Niagara Falls a holiday destination for families to enjoy.
For more information, visit www.hlntrail.com, and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Holiday-Lights-of-Niagara-Falls.