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New Jingle Falls USA programs offer activities for families, couples, singles

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Thu, Nov 16th 2017 09:20 pm
Current schedule available at www.JingleFallsUSA.com
The countdown has begun for downtown Niagara Falls' Jingle Falls USA, a new collaborative holiday celebration taking place on Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16. With multiple activities happening each day, Jingle Falls USA has planned something for guests of all ages.
Highlighting the first day, the City of Niagara Falls is hosting its first-ever candlelight stroll on Dec. 2. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to assemble at Niagara Falls City Hall (745 Main St.) at 4:30 p.m., where candles will be distributed.
The group will start the stroll promptly at 5 p.m. and follow a route down Main Street to Third Street, where they will enjoy caroling by Niagara Falls City School District students. The group will end at Seneca Square (in front of the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino), at approximately 6 p.m., for the official holiday tree-lighting ceremony. The tree-lighting ceremony will feature live music by national recording artist Michael Cavanaugh, who is performing the songs of Billy Joel that evening inside the Bear's Den, and mark the official illumination of trees down Old Falls Street and Third Street. A fireworks display will follow.
After the fireworks, guests are encouraged to enjoy the outdoor movie "Elf" on Old Falls Street, the Holiday Marketplace inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, the Gingerbread Wonderland activities inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, and multiple dining options throughout the downtown Niagara Falls area.
In addition, free shuttles will be provided to and from City Hall throughout the evening so guests have the ability to park at either the beginning or end points of the candlelight stroll, while still allowing time to enjoy other Jingle Falls USA activities that evening.
"Although there is much to do on our first Jingle Falls USA evening of activities, there is much more planned that will entice guests back again and again," said Jason Murgia, Old Falls Street's general manager. "There is truly something for everyone, including shopping, live music, traditional holiday activities, food and beverage offerings, demonstrations, sporting events, outdoor movies, evening illuminations and fireworks, tons of photo opportunities, chances to win prizes and more"
Shopping for unique holiday gifts? Check out the:
•Holiday marketplace inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Saturday
•"Deck the Falls" at Power City Eatery from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 9.
•#LiveNF Makers Market (Third Street storefronts) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9.
Families can enjoy:
•Breakfast with Santa at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are required.
•Children's winter crafts at The Conference & Event Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 2.
•Santa Arriving via Rainbow Air Helicopter on Old Falls Street at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9.
•"Frozen" outdoor movie night with costumed characters on Old Falls Street at 4 p.m. Dec. 9.
•Gingerbread Wonderland activities/visits with Santa at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25 through Dec. 23
•Photo opportunities with area mascots on Old Falls Street from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday.
•Weekly fireworks displays.
Leaving the children at home? There is plenty for couples and singles to enjoy, including:
• "12 Bars of Christmas." Eat and drink at 12 of 16 participating restaurants/bars for a chance to win a trip for two on Rainbow Air Helicopters, an overnight stay at the Jefferson Apartments vacation rentals, and Niagara Falls State Park Discovery Passes (Dec. 2-16).
•Fire pits, food trucks and alcoholic beverages along Old Falls Street and at Seneca Square each Saturday.
•Free horse and carriage rides on Old Falls Street from 2-7 p.m. each Saturday.
•Cirque Musica Holiday presents "BELIEVE!" at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 inside the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. Tickets are required.
•Sheraton at the Falls outdoor concert with Mr. Max on Old Falls Street at 5 p.m. Dec. 16.
Animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy:
•Siberian Husky Club's dog sled meet-and-greet on Old Falls Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.
•Live reindeer and sleigh photo opportunities on Old Falls Street from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
•Winter Birds of Niagara Falls State Park at Cave of the Winds pavilion on Goat Island at 10 a.m. Dec. 9.
Athletes can enjoy:
•Niagara PAL "Santa Dash" 5K run at 9 a.m. Dec. 9. Register at www.score-this.com.
•Niagara Falls State Park "Light Up the Holidays Hike" at the Cave of the Winds pavilion on Goat Island. 10 a.m. Dec. 16.
•Niagara Falls street hockey tournament on Dec. 16. Register at www.JingleFallsUSA.com.
Music Lovers can enjoy:
•The songs of Billy Joel performed by Michael Cavanaugh in the Bear's Den at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets required.
•Salvation Army Citadel Brass Band roaming the downtown Niagara Falls area from 2 to 7 p.m. each Saturday.
•Student carolers from the Niagara Falls City School District performing each Saturday. Check the schedule for times and locations.
•Petula Clark at the Bear's Den at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino at 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are required.
For more information, or to view the current Jingle Falls USA schedule, visit www.JingleFallsUSA.com. Events are also listed on the Old Falls Street USA Facebook page. Remember to share photos taken during Jingle Falls USA on social media using #JingleFalls for a chance to win on overnight package to the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.

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