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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.
Along the Niagara Parkway is a winter wonderland of dancing and shimmering light displays, all meant to dazzle and entertain. The displays of the Festival of Lights are intricate, fascinating and inspired.
This live feed is watching the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights:
From the Buffalo News:
In March, Ellicottville native and Idaho developer Mark Rivers revealed his plans to make downtown Niagara Falls a winter tourism haven, complete with a strip of speciality international and regional vendors.
Rivers has been busy securing vendors and marketing the festival, but not without questions from City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione.
Last week, Rivers revealed more specific plans for the market, including:
From a press release seen on Hospitality Net:
Niagara Falls welcomes the winter season with Canada’s largest illumination festival, the CAA Winter Niagara Festival of Lights. Running until January 31, 2011, the Niagara festival captures the magic of the holiday season turning Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland with over three million sparkling lights along a 5 km route. And on Friday nights in December, visitors can enjoy spectacular fireworks, including an extravaganza on New Year’s Eve. Other unique Niagara Falls events taking place during the festival include a Santa’s Village Candlelight Stroll and the popular TD Rink at the Brink.
From the Toronto Star:
It’s Canada’s largest illuminated lights festival, with more than three million tree and ground lights twinkling in the Winter Wonderland. It features not only the world’s largest Canadian-American flag but also Canada’s largest illuminated menorah. This year, the more than 120 illuminated and animated light displays that make up Niagara Falls CAA Winter Festival of Lights are expected to draw as many as one million visitors.
Shouldn’t you be one of them?
From CANOE Travel:
Three-million sparkling lights and 125 lighted displays have transformed Niagara Falls into what is called a “Winter Wonderland.”
Add a little snow and the setting will be complete for the 27th annual Winter Festival of Lights that shines brightly through Jan. 4 and attracts more than a million people.