Thanksgiving is in the rearview, meaning that the holiday season is officially here! For more than a decade, the City of Little Falls has made the holidays brighter with an annual celebration held on the second Saturday in December. What began as Christmas on Main Street grew into Christmas in Little Falls. Then, in 2021, the Celebration of Lights in Canal Place was introduced. Sterzinar Park is now lit up for the holidays and features a community tree lighting the evening before the city-wide festival.

This celebration has attracted both Little Falls residents and those from neighboring communities to our picturesque city for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The event committee partners with the city, Youth & Family Center, and Main Street First to spread holiday cheer throughout historic downtown!

Mark your calendars and find out what is in store this year as Little Falls Rocks the Holidays – Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9.

What can I expect this year? An important question…

FRIDAY 12/8: Celebration of Lights at Canal Place from 6-8 pm as Sterzinar Park transforms into a winter wonderland celebrating the holidays. Along with the tree lighting ceremony, there will be FREE horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor musical entertainment, shopping, yummy eats, and more! Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts will host kids ornament painting, and you can stop by The Café at Stone Mill to sip on the English yuletide beverage, Wassail. Then you can head to Rock Valley Brewing for a Trivia Night going into the later hours of the evening or up to Main Street for an ugly sweater party at The Renaissance Pub.

SATURDAY 12/9: The fun continues early Saturday morning at the Youth & Family Center with the Red Nose Reindeer 5K Run presented by Rock City Runners. There will also be visits & FREE professional photos (by Bob Crister of DSP Images) with Santa! While you are visiting with Santa, you can support local Scout troops, and stop by the adoption clinic for Pause 4 All Paws.

Across the street, Chicks Along the Canal will host their ‘Merry Chicksmas Market’ at the Little Falls First Presbyterian Church, which includes talented local female entrepreneurs and is brought to you by the women behind the popular Chicks Along the Canal event.

Speaking of crafty, the Tuesday Night Knitters group is holding TWO yarn pop-ups to include items for sale as well as demos. Plus you can visit the Mohawk Valley’s largest crochet Christmas tree at the Little Falls Public Library!

Valley Cinemas invites you to wear your favorite pajamas for a Polar Express Experience at 5 pm – FREE admission!

FREE horse-drawn wagon rides provide tours of historic downtown with pick-up & drop-off at the M&T Bank lot. The hilariously competitive Tipsy Server Race takes over Main St, the classic Soup Fest for charity occurs throughout the city, and several non-profit agency events will take place.

Live music & entertainment takes over Elk’s Lodge #42, including Little Falls City School District music students from 9:30-11 am and the Edelweiss Schuplatters German Dancers at 11:30 am.

Other activities include the superhero pancake breakfast at the American Legion, Utica Children’s Museum Mobile Museum at the Senior Center, cookie decorating (sponsored by White Rose Bakery) at the Rennaissance, the H.A.L.O. tree of love at CVS, and the Utica Zoomobile at Ace Hardware. There will also be open houses throughout the day at local businesses.

Elks Lodge #42 shouts, “KEVIN!!!!” as they host their annual holiday party with a Home Alone theme! Guests are encouraged to dress as your favorite character/reference from the 1990 classic movie for a hilariously fun time!

The entire city will be bustling with entertainment, activities, shopping and more throughout the day. Folks are encouraged 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. Full details and times are available on the ‘Christmas in Little Falls Rocks the Holidays’ Facebook page. You may also contact the Youth & Family Center at 315-823-1740 or email LFrockstheholidays@gmail.com.

“How can I help?” Another great question…

First, thanks to everyone who has helped bring this event to Little Falls every year. With so many highlights, there are several ways that you and/or your business can support this event! As always, we welcome volunteers to make the day a success. And, of course, financial contributions are appreciated to help make this year’s festivities extraordinary. All donations are tax-deductible. Please reach out through the Facebook page or email LFrockstheholidays@gmail.com for more info on volunteering and support.

This event is made possible by the Little Falls Rocks the Holidays committee, Little Falls Youth & Family Center, Main Street First, the City of Little Falls, and numerous financial supporters. 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.