New 22-foot outdoor Christmas tree and "Frozen" party compliment annual activities
Old Falls Street, USA, kicks-off a month-long series of family activities with its annual holiday tree illumination Thursday, Dec. 4. In addition to several annual favorites, new additions include a new 22-foot outdoor LED Christmas tree and a special "Frozen"-themed party Dec. 20.
All events are open to the public.
On Dec. 4, begnning at 8 p.m., Old Falls Street will once again illuminate all three blocks of trees in thousands of white LED lights. This third annual nightly winter display includes a new Christmas tree complete with a four-foot star, which will be featured on the Conference Center block. The public is invited to share in the first illumination of the 2014 season as Old Falls Street and area stakeholders officially turn on the lights for the holiday season. Those in attendance will be treated to complimentary hot chocolate before being encouraged to visit other area restaurants.
"Now in our third year, we are happy to add this new Chirstmas tree as a focal point of our three-block holiday illumination of trees," said Global Spectrum's Ryan Coate, Old Falls Street's general manager. "We hope that visitors who look forward to Old Falls Street's seasonal display are impressed with this new feature as we work to create new and meaningful traditions in our downtown Niagara Falls area."
On Friday, Dec. 5, Old Falls Street will team up with the NFTA and members of the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association for the annual "Stuff-a-Bus" food drive, benefitting Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier. Anyone wishing to donate nonperishible food is asked to bring the items to Old Falls Street's Conference Center block where an NFTA bus will be parked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collaborative donation, with a goal of 5,000 items, will be driven to Community Missions on Buffalo Avenue after 2 p.m.
Collection boxes are located at The Conference & Event Center, Park Place Market, the Sheraton At The Falls, the Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn and the Aquarium of Niagara for anyone who wishes to make a donation prior to Dec. 5.
Later that evening, Old Falls Street is collaborating with the Culinary Institute of Niagara Falls, located at 28 Old Falls St., to present a "Winter Wonderland" from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring the annual indoor, life-sized gingerbread house prepared by culinary students. This event is free and open to the public. Guests can enjoy cookie decorating, write letters to Santa, coloring and other arts and crafts activities, children's games and appearances by Walter Falls, the Old Falls Street mascot; Beaker, the Aquarium of Niagara's mascot; and the Culinary Institute's new Gingerbread Man character.
At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, Old Falls Street will host its fifth annual "Breakfast With Santa" inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. The morning includes a deluxe breakfast buffet, personal visits with Santa Claus, arts and crafts, the viewing of traditional children's holiday movies, holiday cookie decorating, photo opportunities and more. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 65 and over, $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Complimentary admission for children 3 and under. Tickets are available at www.Facebook.com/OldFallsStreet.
On Saturday, Dec. 20, Old Falls Street presents its first "Ultimate Holiday Frozen Meet & Greet Party," from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This afternoon activity features brunch, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and a meet-and-greet with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, as well as a special visit from another princess. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the film to receive a free sticker set. Individual photo packages with children and all of the characters will be available starting at $10. Seating is limited to this event, so guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at www.Facebook.com/OldFallsStreet. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, with complimentary admission for children ages 3 and under.
Both the "Breakfast With Santa" and "Ultimate Holiday Frozen Meet & Greet Party" will feature a "Giving Tree," where guests are asked to bring donations of new winter hats, scarves, gloves and socks for needy children in Niagara Falls. Each donation will receive a chance at a festive children's holiday gift basket.
Rounding out the holiday season, Old Falls Street will once again present a New Year's Eve "Kids' Club" inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. For a $5 admission, guests will enjoy bounce house activities, Old Falls Street's array of "Backyard Board Games" (giant versions of popular family games), foosball and table tennis, family-friendly movies played on a giant screen and much more. In addition, food and beverages will be available for purchase. All children participating in "Kids' Club" activities inside The Conference & Event Center must be accompanyed by a legal guardian for the evening.