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Jingle Falls USA announces festive activities for Niagara Falls

Thu, Oct 18th 2018 02:10 pm
`Walter` celebrates the announcement of holiday-fun events in Niagara Falls Thursday morning. (Photo by David Yarger)
"Walter" celebrates the announcement of holiday-fun events in Niagara Falls Thursday morning. (Photo by David Yarger)
Daylong holiday events expand
On Thursday morning, Niagara Falls leaders announced events for the second annual Jingle Falls USA in downtown Niagara Falls.
The event will take place on Nov. 30, as well as Dec. 1, 8 and 15, and each day will provide daylong holiday events in downtown Niagara Falls.
Jingle Falls USA proved to be popular last year, with each day of events providing fun for all ages.
This year's events begin Nov. 30 with a community candlelight stroll from City Hall to Old Falls Street. Following the walk, which begins at 5:15 p.m., officials will light up the Christmas tree on Old Falls Street. A fireworks display will follow.
The first Festival of Slice will take place Nov. 30. The event will celebrate Niagara Falls pizza inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
In a release, Tourism Development Manager at Destination Niagara USA Sue Swiatkowski said, "We've already locked in a great group of pizza vendors and are looking for more from Niagara Falls to come on board. Early social media indicators have proven that residents are really looking forward to this event."
In addition to the first night's festivities, other weekly activities include:
•Free parking in city surface parking lots and ramps, as well as Niagara Falls State Park lots 1 and 2, on all days of Jingle Falls.
•"Gingerbread Wonderland," the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute's life-sized gingerbread house, visits with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, demonstrations and other children's activities Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22.
•Free horse and carriage rides along Old Falls Street Dec. 1, 8, and 15.
•Food vendors, Santa visits, holiday spirits, live music and fire pits along Old Falls Street Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
•Festive fun and holiday spirits around the fire pits on the Rainforest Cafe patio - Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
•Holiday activities at Niagara Falls State Park's new Cave of the Winds Pavilion on Goat Island, including visits with Santa, free arts and crafts, fire pits and more. Guests will also have the chance to take a trip down the Cave of the Winds elevator to view the frozen Niagara River (weather permitting) Dec. 1, 8 and 15. 
Each week will also feature different programming, including:
Saturday, Dec. 1
•The Anchor Bar street hockey tournament.
•Breakfast with Santa and Cha Cha inside Rainforest Café.
•Meet and greet with the Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier on Old Falls Street.
•Ice carving demonstration outside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
•An outdoor tent park featuring Nerds Gone Wild, sponsored by the Hard Rock Cafe - Niagara Falls USA, and Old Falls Street.
Saturday, Dec. 8
•Niagara PAL Santa Dash 5K and basket auction.
•Breakfast with Santa inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
•Winter Falls hike at Niagara Falls State Park.
•Take photos with Santa, his Sleigh and live reindeer on Old Falls Street.
•The #LiveNF Makers Market featuring more than 50 local artisans and vendors.
•An ugly holiday sweater party at Chill 443.
Saturday, Dec. 15
•Aquarium of Niagara's "Tis the SEAson" family event.
•Breakfast with Santa and Cha Cha inside the Rainforest Café.
•Toy train show at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
•Meet and greet with the Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier on Old Falls Street.
•A roving Santa con, visiting five different restaurants and bars in the downtown Niagara Falls area. This 21-and-over event is sponsored by the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association.
Of the event, General Manager of Old Falls Street USA and the Conference and Events Center of Niagara Falls Jason Murgia said, "What is most important is that these activities were planned through large collaboration of community partners who are all dedicated to the economic development and vitality of downtown Niagara Falls."
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster added, "The City of Niagara Falls is excited to partner with an impressive group of stakeholders to bring family-friendly events to our community. As with all successful endeavors, Jingle Falls started and is sustained by local creative residents and organizations getting together and collaborating."
Dyster said the events are big for downtown, which is growing and expanding, and the city is always looking to add things for people to do during the winter.
Assistant Director of Public Relations at Niagara County Community College Sara Harvey said, on behalf of NCCC, "We are very excited to be a part of this collaboration with Jingle Falls USA. We are looking forward to hosting the first-ever Festival of Slice pizza festival. We hope that this will further enhance Niagara Falls' reputation as destination for winter fun."
Director of Niagara Falls Community Development Seth Piccirillo
Director of Niagara Falls Community Development Seth Piccirillo added, "We are pleased to be able to grow Jingle Falls USA into a new annual tradition in Niagara Falls. We're absolutely encouraged and excited about the commitment of a wide array of community sponsors who have come together to bring festive holiday programming to downtown this season."
Jingle Falls USA is made possible by the City of Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls Community Development; Old Falls Street, USA; Niagara Falls State Park; Destination Niagara USA; the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute; the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association; Discover Niagara Shuttle; and Hard Rock Cafe - Niagara Falls, USA.
For more information, or to view the current Jingle Falls USA schedule, visit www.JingleFallsUSA.com or follow Jingle Falls USA on Facebook. Guests are encouraged to visit the sites often, as more details will be finalized prior to the Nov. 30 opening date.
Click HERE for a PDF of the full listing of events.
Tribune Editor David Yarger contributed to this report

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