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Niagara Falls organizations receive 'A Visit with St. Nick'

by jmaloni
Fri, Dec 16th 2011 07:00 am

Santa at Conference and Events Center and Old Falls Street

Various community organizations will receive "A Visit With St. Nick" this Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m., as the Conference & Events Center of Niagara Falls and Old Falls Street distributes complimentary tickets to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of the same name, within the Events Center at 101 Old Falls St. The tickets were purchased by the Conference Center's parent company, Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast Spectacor. The tickets were purchased with the specific purpose of distribution throughout the community as a way of giving back and spreading holiday cheer throughout Niagara Falls.

Organizations benefiting from the complimentary tickets include the Niagara Falls School District, Niagara Catholic High School, the Niagara Child Advocacy Center, the WNY Developmentally Disabled, the YMCA, the YWCA, the United Way of Greater Niagara, Niagara University, Opportunities Unlimited, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and the Niagara Arts and Culture Center. The performance is the final concert being held in association with the Niagara Holiday Market, the 37-day holiday entertainment and shopping experience being held on Old Falls Street through New Year's Day 2012.

"We are proud to spread this holiday cheer throughout the city of Niagara Falls and Western New York," said Ryan Coate, CCNF and Old Falls Street's general manager. "The holidays are a perfect time to say thank you to our Niagara Falls community while showcasing our location to locals who may have not had the opportunity to visit us in the past."

This intimate, family-friendly extravaganza has been a long-time holiday tradition at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo. This year, the BPO is adding this second performance for the very first time in Niagara Falls. Conducted by Paul Ferrington, the afternoon features traditional holiday favorites, the "Suite from The Polar Express," a "Holly Jolly Sing Along" and other festive surprises.

Niagara Holiday Market hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The market will be closed Christmas day. For more information or to purchase tickets to the BPO concert, visit www.niagaramarket.com.

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