The city of Niagara Falls, New York began the 2018 holiday season with the annul Christmas tree lighting on Old Falls Street.
The Niagara Falls High School band escorted city officials from City Hall to Old Falls Street to get the festivities started.
Niagara Fall City Councilman ken Tompkins rang the bell while Jazz trumpet player and Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame member Lew Custode provided some musical entertainment. One hundred percent of the money raised by donations to the red kettle remain in the Niagara Falls area to aid in serving those in need.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster enlisted the help of a young resident to light the Christmas tree and the lights along the street. Immediately after the lighting of the tree, an impressive fireworks display lit up the skies…and some crying babies.
Inside the Culinary School the Festival of Slice was in full swing. With slices of pizza going for only $1, Niagara Falls residents kept the pizza crews busy. Twice the building was filled to capacity and hungry festival goers had to wait as much as half an hour to get inside for a slice. It is estimated that some 1,000 people ventured into the Culinary School to taste pizza from over a dozen vendors.
Also inside of the Culinary School is a life sized display of a Gingerbread House constructed by the Culinary School students. Santa is also on hand inside part of the Gingerbread House to visit with children.
The Jingle Falls Festival continued on Saturday with an outdoor ice skating rink, free horse and carriage rides along Old Falls Street, and several huskies on hand for viewing…and petting.
The Hard Rock Cafe and Old Falls Street capped off the night with a musical performance inside the tent from Nerds Gone Wild who kept the crowd on their feet and dancing to chase the cold away.