From the Niagara Gazette:
Several business and civic groups are combining efforts to stage the Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail that will feature more than 60 illuminated displays in Hyde Park and around the city. The event opens Nov. 21 and runs through December.
In addition, the event organizers said area business owners along Pine Avenue, from Hyde Park Boulevard to Main Street, and along Third Street to the Holiday Market on Old Falls Street, have been urged to decorate their store fronts to create an inviting atmosphere for families.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):
The scaffolding is being set up, the stage will soon be in place, and the thousands will soon jam down Old Falls Street, as 2012 will be ushered in in fine musical fashion.
For the third year, The Hard Rock Guitar Drop will bring in the new year. The metal rigging is currently being welded by city workers at the welding shop where plows are usually the main repair. The mini-zamboni is out on the outdoor skating rink surrounded by a holiday market place, in short The Falls is ready to roll out the red carpet.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
When it opened on black Friday, organizers of the Holiday Market in Niagara Falls thought they could hit 400,000 visitors.
Now, it appears they will only get around half that. With four days before Christmas, an estimated 150,000 people have visited the market.
Despite that, the people behind the European style market say it is a success, and a big reason is out of town guests.
WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo has a report (with video) of the Holiday Lights of the Niagara Trail:
Families can now visit the Holiday Lights of the Niagara Trail. The first lighting took place Wednesday night.
There are 50 displays located throughout Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. There are an additional 10 displays on Pine Avenue, Main Street and the new Holiday Market.
The Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail is free and open to the public every night from 5-10 p.m. through December 31st.
From the Niagara Gazette:
Mark Rivers is calling it the “anti-mall.”
While thousands of eager shoppers will be running through department stores and retail outlets Thanksgiving night and early Black Friday, the man behind the new Holiday Market in downtown Niagara Falls is encouraging his customers to take it easy, avoid the rush and get down to Old Falls Street whenever they feel good and ready.
“We’re not open Thanksgiving night,” said Rivers, whose firm, Brix and Co., has put together the city’s inaugural 37-day holiday event. “Sleep in on Friday and enjoy a family fun and shopping day in the Falls.”
The Falls version of a winter wonderland officially opens at noon on Friday. Billed as an American take on outdoor markets traditionally found in Europe, the Falls market will feature a mix of retail offerings, live performances and holiday activities.