Each year millions of people spend their summer holidays in Niagara Falls to see the majestic water falls, but there is more to see other times too.
Beginning November 30, the city of Niagara Falls, New York and Old Falls Street brings the holiday winter event known as the Jingle Falls to the downtown area.
The event will run for three consecutive Saturdays on November 30, December 7, and December 14.
Events begin early on November 30 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute with Breakfast with Santa at 9:30am. Registration is required for this event.
The day continues with a life sized Gingerbread Village created by students from the Culinary Institute, wine tasting for the adults, and music. Outside are games, carriage rides, food vendors, and curling.
Inside the Niagara Falls Conference Center is a Maker’s Market and the Cave of the Winds inside the State Park on Goat Island is offering up some fun activities.
The day concludes with the annual tree lighting with Santa, fireworks, and a holiday street party.
The December 7 activities begin at 9am and the Niagara PAL Santa Dash and basket auction at the Sheraton Hotel on Third Street.
Along with a continuation of earlier events, characters from the hit film and musical “Frozen” and Santa will be on hand to greet visitors, the Power City Eatery is offering a Deck the Halls food vendor event, the Culinary Institute is sponsoring a Gingerbread competition and display, there will be an ice carving demonstration, and capping it all off is the second annual Festival of Slice.
After the success last year of the inaugural Festival of Slice event at the Culinary Institute that brought huge crowds, the pizza eating event returns, but this time at a bigger venue – the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center.
The pizza eating begins at 5pm and runs until 8pm. Visitors can purchase tickets for $1 each which will get them one party slice of the pizza of their choice from nearly 20 vendors.
The Rainforest Café gets the December 14 events started off at 9am Breakfast with Santa and Cha Cha the Tree Frog. Along with the previous activities; the Gingerbread display is replaced by a toy train display inside the Culinary Institute, various animals will be on display on Old Falls Street including penguins from the Niagara Aquarium and some Siberian Huskies, the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority is bringing an NFTA bus for visitors to fill with non perishable food goods and winter accessories (hats, gloves, etc) that will go to the Community Mission, and Santa will be on hand with some of his reindeer to meet with visitors.
The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association caps off the day with their annual Santa Con.
Parking in downtown Niagara Falls – the parking ramp, street parking, and parking lots number one and two inside the Niagara Falls State Park will be free for visitors to the event.
For more information, a complete schedule of events, or to register for an event; go to jinglefallsusa.com.