NIAGARA FALLS, ON - The City of Niagara Falls will be hosting a tree lighting and Official Niagara Falls Christmas Tree proclamation ceremony on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 5 p.m. in front of City Hall, following this year’s Santa Claus Drive-Through Parade. The ceremony will also kick-off Niagara Health Foundation’s Celebration of Lights fundraiser.
The proclamation request, originally from the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA), was passed by City Council on October 27, 2020. The motion was to proclaim the pine tree in Centennial Square, directly in front of City Hall, as the Official Niagara Falls Christmas Tree.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This might not ring truer than after the year we have had; 2020 has been a year to remember, which is why we want to make sure that we do our best at making spirits bright this Christmas! To help signify the coming together of community and the unity we have experienced among neighbours here in Niagara Falls, we are proud to proclaim the pine tree in Centennial Square 'The Official Niagara Falls Christmas Tree!' You can see it sparkling in lights all season long! said Mayor Diodati.
Santa Claus will be serving double duty, first greeting residents during the Santa Claus parade, then reading the Christmas tree proclamation during the tree lighting ceremony.
Downtown Niagara Falls is thrilled to be the home of the official City Christmas tree! The brightness of the lights will surely spark hope during a challenging year for small businesses. And we couldn’t think of a better dedication in 2020 than to our essential workers during the fight against COVID-19. From Downtown Niagara Falls to our residents and guests, happy holidays, and we hope to see you at our weekly Christmas Market every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! said Ron Charbonneau, on behalf of the Downtown BIA Board of Management.
The official Christmas tree will be lit with 7,660 multi-coloured LED lights, including 100 flashing lights and a star topper.
Following the proclamation, The City of Niagara Falls will partner with the Niagara Health Foundation to launch their annual Celebration of Lights holiday campaign. The annual campaign directly supports Niagara Health’s five hospital sites within the Niagara Region.
A live stream of the ceremony will be available at niagarafalls.ca/santa and Niagara Health Foundation's Facebook page Facebook.com/NiagaraHealthFd.
For more information, contact:
Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator
City of Niagara Falls