Little Falls, NY – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… in Little Falls! The City of Little Falls invites you to save the date for December 14th to enjoy a full day of festive events, specials, and entertainment. The fun begins bright and early with registration for the annual Red Nose Reindeer Run at 8 am at the Little Falls Family YMCA, with a shot-gun start provided by Santa Claus himself at 9 am as he arrives on a shiny red fire truck, and wraps up in front of Ed & Bud’s on E Main Street. This 5k Fun Run is a deal at only $20 per adult and children under age 12 free with prizes awarded, and registration is available online, via mail, or in-person at the event. Runners are encouraged to wear festive costumes for a chance to win the coveted Best Costume award!
The Little Falls Fire Department will then escort the holiday celebrity to the Fire Station/City Hall so that Santa may begin visiting with the children from about 9:15-10:30 am. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture this special moment. For many families, the nostalgic visit with Santa is an annual tradition not to be missed! Santa will also visit Italian Feast on West Main from 11 am-1 pm, and WCA historical mansion from 12-2 pm. At 9:15 am, HALO will host the annual Christmas tree lighting at Adirondack Bank.
Once again, “the Moose” will wander the city streets as the community game “The Moose is Loose” returns. This all-ages game spanning downtown Little Falls requires nothing more than your willingness to find the Moose, snap a photo with the funny creature, and post it to Facebook/Instagram, tagging Christmas in Little Falls.
From 3:30-5:30 pm, folks are invited to Meeples Mug House for a new event – Mugs With The Moose. With the purchase of any café beverage, guests are invited to have a professional photo taken with The Moose for FREE. Two Blue Eyes Photography will be on-site lending their time and talent.
New this year is the Delaney Brothers Bluegrass Christmas Concert. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with the performance 1-3 pm. Not only is this a great opportunity to experience festive live music, but it also grants you entry into the historic Masonic Hall.
A festive Canal Place welcomes guests to join a community sing-along in Sterzinar Park from 2-4 pm. Additionally, chainsaw carver, Mark Tyoe, will carve a holiday bear outside Showcase Antiques from 10 am-3 pm. Oscar Stivala performs at the Art Door Gallery in Canal Place from 4-6 pm as well.
Travelodge will be bustling with activity with a Holiday Craft Fair set up in their spacious banquet room from 9 am-3 pm. The craft fair portion will showcase a wide range of artistic talent in one convenient location for holiday shoppers. There will also be two other craft fairs that start at 10 am at Emanuel Episcopal Church on Albany Street and at the Fitness Farmacy on West Main Street.
The Little Falls Elks Lodge will host live music throughout the day, beginning 9:30-10:30 am with the Little Falls music students. At 2 pm, Helen Isom takes the stage to perform before she goes to star on the hit show, The Voice! The Low Topla Band performs 5-7 pm, with Holiday City Band rounding out the day’s musical entertainment from 7-10 pm.
The Community Center will host various events including cookie decorating, games, and Christmas cards for overseas service people from 9-10:30 am. The Guild of Thespian Puppets returns from 11 am-1 pm with a performance of A Christmas Carol. You can catch the Edelweiss Schulpattlers German Folk Dancers perform 1:30-2:30 pm. And Paws 4 All Paws will host kids’ fun from 2:30-5 pm with the characters from Frozen.
There will other children’s activities happening throughout the day, including kids decorating their own pancakes at the American Legion for $3 from 9-11 am. The Utica Zoo Mobile will be on West Main at Ace Hardware from 1-3 pm.
Christmas in Little Falls event planners remind us, “Little Falls strives to provide events that are accessible to all ages and budgets. The numerous free activities throughout the day are thanks to the donations made by the generosity of many businesses, residents, organizations, and volunteers.” A featured free activity that draws a crowd each year is the Horse and Carriage Rides which provide tours of historic downtown. Folks will have the chance to depart from the Historical Society Museum on Ann Street beginning at 11 am and running until 1 pm.
In the theme of ‘giving to others,’ the Annual Bartenders Race hits Main Street at 11 am. Come cheer on your favorite wait-staff as they race for charity trying not to spill their trays laden with drinks! Many organizations have benefited from this competition and the fun begins at Ruggiero’s Trattoria.
Another charity-focused event challenges taste buds rather than racing skills. The popular Soup Fest along Main Street from 11 am-2 pm. For $10, you can taste all the delicious soups and stews by the best chefs from Little Falls and all proceeds benefit local charities.
The spirit of giving will also be demonstrated by St. Paul’s Church holding a hat and mitten giveaway from 11-1 pm, and there will be a toy collection at Dollar General all day long. Also at St. Paul’s from 2-4 pm, is a performance by ABC Piano Trio.
The entire city will be bustling with entertainment, activities, shopping and more throughout the day. Event planners encourage folks to review the full schedule of events to plan their day, keeping in mind the numerous local businesses that will be open and running specials for your holiday enjoyment.
According to the event guide, this event is made possible by the City of Little Falls, the Little Falls Family YMCA, the Think Local Committee and major benefactors. These benefactors and other participating businesses and organizations can be found on the Christmas in Little Falls website. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. Additional updates are available on the ‘Christmas in Little Falls’ Facebook page. You may also contact the Event Chairperson directly with questions at 315-823-9200.