Old Falls Street and the City of Niagara Falls, New York kicked off the annual Jingle Falls winter event on November 30 with a variety of activities along Old Falls Street that culminated in the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Fire pits lined the streets for visitors to warm up or even roast a marshmallow or two.

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Inside the Conference and Events Center, local artisans offered visitors an alternative for shopping with a variety of items on Small Business Saturday. Some local artists entertained the shoppers throughout the afternoon.

Inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute was a life sized Gingerbread Community that had been constructed by the Culinary Institute’s students. A long line of families waited outside one of the buildings to meet with Santa Claus.

As the sun fell below the horizon, visitors gathered around the Christmas tree in anticipation of the coming celebration.

The Niagara Falls High School Chorale got things started off by singing a few Christmas Carols until the Niagara Falls High School Marching Band arrived after their march from City Hall.

With the help of a few local children, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster oversaw his twelfth and final lighting of the tree which also set off an impressive fireworks display.

After the festivities of lighting the tree, Electra entertained the crowd with some fire dancing.

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Jingle Falls continues for the next two Saturdays with more events including a gingerbread competition, Santa and his reindeer, and Siberian Huskies.

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