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Energize your festivities at New York Power Authority's annual holiday events

by jmaloni

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Sat, Nov 30th 2013 07:00 am

Tips on energy efficient holiday lights plus music, crafts and more

The New York Power Authority will hold its annual admission-free holiday events featuring the Festival of Trees from Dec. 1 to Jan. 4, and its annual "Deck the Halls" event, featuring photos with Santa, Dec. 7 at its admission-free Power Vista, the visitors center for the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.

The Festival of Trees features a display of Christmas trees, adorned with energy-efficient lights and decorated for the season by local nonprofit groups along the Power Vista's glass walkway. It is an official stop along the Holiday Lights of Niagara tour.

Activities on Dec. 7 will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., refreshments sold by Boy Scout Troop 855 of Lewiston, crafts with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as well as performances by the Harmonicoots of Western New York and the Niagara Experience Players. The event will also feature informational exhibits on energy-efficient lighting and tips on celebrating a green holiday.

Masons from the New York Masonic Safety ID Program will be on hand to provide parents, guardians, college students and seniors with free safety identification packets. Visitors who sign up will receive a compact disc, personalized with their digital photograph, fingerprints and other vital statistics.

State Parks will also provide free rides on its Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Gorge Discovery Center and the Niagara Power Vista during the event.

In addition to holiday activities, guests are invited to enjoy the Power Vista's attractions, which include displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area's history, as well as unique views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Parking and admission at the Power Vista are always free.

For more information, contact the Niagara Project Power Vista at 716-286-6661 or email [email protected].

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