There’s extra magic in the air in Niagara Falls during the holidays, and that’s thanks in no small part to the fun and festivities of Jingle Falls USA! This year, Jingle Falls is scheduled for November 24-26, 2023.
Whether you prefer classic, Hallmark-esque holiday happenings or more whimsical winter activities, Jingle Falls USA has something for everyone.
Outdoor Activities on Old Falls Street
Kick off Jingle Falls USA on Friday night under twinkling lights with Old Falls Street’s annual tree lighting ceremony. Take your place near the tree at dusk and watch as the nearly 50-foot tree is illuminated, followed closely by fireworks and fire performances. (November 24: 5:30-7pm)
The holiday season is all about warm, fuzzy feelings… and Old Falls Street takes that literally! Pet a variety of furry friends at the petting zoo on Saturday, which includes animals like sheep, miniature goats, miniature cows, bunnies and silky chickens (November 25, 12-5pm). On Sunday, meet Santa’s reindeer and alpacas, too! (November 26: 12-5pm)
After meeting the animals, take a loop on a holiday train ride and or hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage! As the horse and carriage clip-clops along the cobblestones, cozy up and take in all of the lights and decorations that deck Old Falls Street. (November 25 & 26, 12-5pm)
A holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without appearances from Santa Claus! Santa will be on Old Falls Street and available for meet and greets all weekend long (November 25: 5:30-7pm, November 25 & 26: 12-5pm). In addition, Disney fans will delight in meeting snow princesses Elsa and Anna from Frozen. (November 25 & 26, 1-3pm)
Holiday Happenings in the Niagara Falls Convention Center
If you’re looking to get some holiday shopping done, the LiveNF Makers Market is the perfect place to support local artisans and check off some of the gifts on your list. Held on Small Business Saturday at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, you can browse over 80 local artisans and vendors, while enjoying live music, art, concessions and more. Admission is $1; kids 12 and under are free! (November 25, 11am-4pm)
The only thing better than Sunday brunch? Sunday brunch with Santa! The NFCC’s Breakfast with Santa includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and hot chocolate station, along with the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and other holiday characters. Guests will also enjoy crafts, a balloon artist and more. Click here for a full menu and to buy tickets! (November 26, 9:30-11:30am)
Gingerbread Wonderland at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
Step into a sweet setup at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute‘s annual Gingerbread Wonderland! See life-sized gingerbread displays and enjoy face painting, live music, crafts, story time and more. (November 25 11am-7pm, November 26 12pm-4pm)
Cozy Crafts and Winter Walks at Niagara Falls State Park
Cozy up in the community room at Niagara Falls State Park’s Welcome Center, where you can make festive crafts, write Christmas cards and more. In addition, stop at the Education Station to play games and learn some fun facts about the Falls. (November 24-26, 11am-1pm)
Head to the Cave of the Winds Pavilion in Niagara Falls State Park, where you can make Christmas cards, participate in a variety of crafts, and meet Santa Claus, along with seeing the Falls themselves! (November 25, 11am-1pm)
For an active option, get wowed by the snowy scenery of Niagara Falls State Park during a guided winter hike! (November 25 & 26, 11-11:45am and 1-1:45pm)
There will be holiday music, food, fire pits, outdoor games and Christmas card-worthy photo ops on Old Falls Street throughout Jingle Falls USA! For the full Jingle Falls schedule, click here.