By: Jade King
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Jingle bells, snow, the colors of red and green, you know what that means? It’s Christmas time! If you are looking to trade your Scrooge cape for a cozy Christmas sweater made out of cheer, there are many ways to go about it.
Just a hop over the border and see the lights that Niagara Falls put up every year, the “Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.” Located right near Clifton Hill in Queen Victoria Park, you could walk through almost 5 miles of beautiful lights including many three-dimensional pieces.
If you travel down to Hamburg there is a similar festival with 90% less walking. You can fill your car to the brim and drive through the LED light display located on The Fairgrounds. You are also invited to park the car and walk through the streets and participate in other fun holiday activities and shows. This bright and cheery event runs practically every weekend from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
If you would like to rejoice in baby Jesus being born, a wonderful light spectacle is displayed every year at the Fatima Shrine in Lewiston. Depictions of the story of the birth of Christ can be seen along with tributes to saints. You can even walk to the top of the shrine and get a rooftop view of the lights. This is a beautiful way to celebrate Christmas.
Another fun activity for all is to venture down to Buffalo’s canalside and try not to fall while ice skating. For only $6.00 for admission and $4.00 skate rentals, it‘s time to put Buffalo’s cold weather to good use and glide on some frozen water. Catch some snowflakes and skate around, as long as you can stay on your feet it is sure to be a good time.
The opportunities are endless and the chances of your Holiday cheer increasing are 100% guaranteed as long as you are with family or ones that make this season great.