Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is almost here! On Saturday November 16th, join in on the Christmas festivities with family and friends. Starting at 11 am, superb floats and spirited characters will cover Victoria Avenue with singing, dancing and masses of fun!
Other than the parade, there are many exciting events happening that weekend in Niagara Falls. The day before the parade, on the 15th, the Arts and Culture Committee will be hosting an Art Show at the Niagara Falls Public Library. Artists 12 and under, 13-18 and 19 and older are encouraged to enter a piece into one of three categories: Fine Art (painting, drawing, photography& computer generated art), Carving/Sculpture/Media, or Green/Eco/Recycled/Found Art. Drop off is between 3-9 pm on the 15th and pick up is between 2:30-5 pm on the 16th. Prior to pick up, there will be an awards show held at 2 pm where prizes will be given out to all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner in each age group for every category.
At 9:30, the Winter Festival of Lights presents the CYTEC Candy Cane 5k /fun run& walk. Participants will dress up in their Christmas gear and race to the finish line, using the parade route for the final 1.3 km of the run. Be there early to cheer the competitors on!
At 10:40, the pre-parade show will begin; so make sure you grab a spot early to enjoy it! After the parade, there will be a meet and greet with Santa at City Hall (where the parade ends).
Wear your hats, scarves, gloves and coats because winter weather has arrived !
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade
The CYTEC 5k Candy Cane Run is being held on November 16th 2013 at 9:30am. This event promotes healthy living and physical activity, so suit up in your Christmas clothes and run/walk with family and friends! This race is taking place Downtown right before the Niagara Falls Santa Clause Parade, so be prepared to get cheered on by the parade attendees! There will be a $250 prize for the fastest female/male and free t-shirts for all who register.
Make sure to register at the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre (4321 Queen St.) before the race day is here!
Food and money donations will be collected the day of the race and will be given to the Project Share Christmas Basket Program, hope to see you out there!
The Winter Festival of Lights began in 1983 and is proud to be Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America, attracting over 1.5 million visitors and hundreds of motor coaches annually. This year we capture the magic of the holiday season from November 9, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
The Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a palette of breathtaking colour with millions of holiday lights and 120+ animated displays, located within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland and adjacent tourist districts.
There is no admission fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands (suggested contribution ($5 – $10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger), with proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays.
A foundation established by billionaire Niagara Falls native John MacBain will donate the equivalent of $120 million to the future expansion of the Rhodes Trust, the world’s most prestigious international graduate scholarship program.
The gift, the largest since the establishment of the scholarship in 1903, will allow the trust to continue sending future global leaders to the University of Oxford.
“Receiving the Rhodes scholarship and attending Oxford were among the highlights of my life,” said MacBain, who along with his wife Marcy run the McCall MacBain Foundation, which has provided financial support over the years to educational, environmental and health-care organizations.
MacBain’s gift consists of a $40-million grant, a $40-million challenge/match donation to encourage additional fundraising and a future $40 million to expand the scholarships into new geographies.
Since 2007, the McCall MacBain Foundation has granted more than $160 million to projects in Canada, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, including scholarships to students graduating from his Alma Mater A.N. Myer S.S.
An exhibit showcasing the history of ancient Egypt will open this week at the Niagara Falls History Museum, located at 5810 Ferry St., will soon be home to the Royal Ontario Museum exhibition Egypt, The Gift of the Nile. Opening Sept. 12, this travelling exhibit will be on display until Jan. 5, 2014.
The exhibition allows one to travel to ancient Egypt and learn about jewellery, perfume, make-up, food, family life, funerary religion and the afterlife.
Egypt, Gift of the Nile will allow visitors to explore an ancient civilization that flourished for thousands of years.
Jim Cuddy Concert: On September 14 check out Juno Award winning musician Jim Cuddy performing at Queen Victoria Park. The afternoon concert will celebrate the end of the GranFondo cycling event that runs through Niagara Falls. Cuddy, singer-songwriter for the legendary band Blue Rodeo will be performing this free concert with Barney Bentall. For more information, visit www.niagarafallstourism.com/events/jim-cuddy-concert/.
Niagara Wine Festival: The festival that Niagara eagerly awaits for is finally returning! From September 14-30 the Niagara Wine Festival will be taking place at Montebello Park and many surrounding Niagara wineries. Take the chance to get out on the wine trail and visit the wineries in the peak of their season but be sure to stop at Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines for more wine fun. For more information, visit www.niagarawinefestival.com/page/home.
Annual Reiger Begonia Display: From September 15-30, the Annual Reiger Begonia Display will be blooming at the Floral Showhouse on the Niagara Parkway. Remarkable Reiger Begonias and a wonderful mix of fall colours will combine with displays of coleus and tropical foliage plants. Delightful free-flying tropical songbirds will also welcome you! For more information, visit www.niagarafallstourism.com/events/annual-reiger-begonia-display/.
The opening festivities for this year’s Winter Festival of Lights kick off November 9th starting at 2pm through 8pm in Queen Victoria Park – Celebrating the Year of Korea in Canada will include a variety of engaging and interactive, family-friendly activities including performances by traditional Korean dance and drum troupes; musical entertainment including performances by YTV’s The Next Star – Season 5 winner, Brooklyn Roebuck; a commemorative tribute ceremony to Korean War Veterans; lantern making, sporting and ice sculpturing demonstrations; a Korean-inspired “Iron Chef” cook-off; food and merchandise vendors, and a host of children’s activities including train rides and photos with Santa!