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Celebrate Christmas in Little Falls, Saturday, Dec. 12th, 2015!

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Family Fun and Awesome Shopping!

Mark your calendar! YOU are invited to come and enjoy a good old-fashioned Christmas street-celebration in the scenic town of Little Falls, New York! The 8th Annual Christmas in Little Falls celebration begins Saturday, December 12th, in downtown Little Falls. With dozens of fun, FREE events in a family-friendly environment, shopping, dining and a spectacular indoor farmers' market and craft fair, Christmas in Little Falls is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!

Fun, FREE Events for ALL Ages!

Now in its eighth year, Christmas in Little Falls is a fun, family-oriented holiday celebration brought to you by the businesses and not-for-profit agencies serving Little Falls, New York. Our fun and mostly FREE events have drawn thousands of visitors from throughout the Mohawk Valley to get into the holiday spirit by celebrating in our quaint, scenic town located on the Erie Canal. We invite YOU to join us for a wonderful day of visiting with Santa, listening to great music, horse and carriage rides, holiday movies, Christmas cookie decorating, cultural events, historical tours and exhibits, open houses, story readings, and much, much MORE!

Santa Claus visits Little Falls, NY

Santa Claus Comes to Little Falls!

What could be cooler and more fun for your child than visiting with Santa Claus? The people of Little Falls have jumped through hoops to bring this busy holiday celebrity to our hometown and to best arrange his schedule for your conveninence and enjoyment! Santa arries in town at 8:45 am, on a shiny red Little Falls Fire Department firetruck, and he will proceed to fire the starting gun for Red Nose Reindeer Run at the YMCA at 9am. Then, the brave firefighters of the will LFFD escort Santa to the Little Falls Fire Station at the corner of Main Street and William Street, where your child can visit with Santa from about 9am-10:30am! Be sure to bring your camera to capture this special moment forever!

FREE Horse and Carriage Tours of Little Falls, NY

FREE Horse & Carriage Tours!

Take a FREE Horse & Carriage tour of historic downtown Little Falls! The tours depart from the Historical Society Museum on Ann Street, beginning at 10am and running until 1pm. This fun and free event is sponsored by the generosity of the Little Falls Family YMCA and Harry and Kevin Enea at Enea Family Funeral Homes..

Holiday Craft Fair in Little Falls, NY

Holiday Artisans Fair!

Be sure to visit our Artisans Fair, on Saturday, December 12th, from 9am to 4pm at the beautiful and spacious Elk's Lodge in Little Falls. More than twenty-five vendors are participating this year, including local artisans and craftspeople offering beautiful artistic and hand-made items that make perfect gifts or holiday accents for your home!

The Mohawk Valley, and particularly the Little Falls area, is rich with artistic talent, but for many years, our vibrant cultural scene has not included a regular winter venue where artisans and artists could bring their wares to market. The purpose of The Little Falls Artisans' Fair is to highlight a wide array of Fine Artists and Skilled Artisans, and bring their wares to market in a venue that is fun and convenient for consumers. In addition to booths displaying items for sale, we offer you the opportunity to enjoy live music and demonstrations.

Our product range varies from year to year, and may include, paintings, prints, hats, leadlight, sculpture, folk-art, giftware, jewelry, flax weaving, knitwear, candles, beauty products and soaps, garden art, photography, garden furniture, visiting national and international artisans, interesting collectibles (quality bric-a-brac), fresh coffee, gourmet and international foods, specialty wines and specialty plants - and much more!

Our goal, as always, is to produce a top tier event that is profitable, enjoyable for the artists, and exciting for the visitors; a place where each artist is made to feel at home and will look forward to coming back each year. We want this to be the one event each year that you will put on your calendar in ink rather than pencil.

Artisans and crafters, download the application for a booth!

Holiday Craft Fair in Little Falls, NY

Indoor Farmers Market!

Do you know where your food comes from? We know where ours comes from, and we know the people who grow it. One of the goals of our Little Falls Indoors Farmers Market is to provide that information to our customers and help strengthen the bonds between the farmer and the consumer. We want to make the route from the farm to the table more transparent, and thus more trustworthy! Most of our foods come from a 25 mile radius, but some come from greater distances because they are not produced nearby.

Snow or shine, you can shop for natural and locally-grown produce, beef and other products, as well as locally-made holiday greenery, swags and wreaths, at our Indoor Farmers Market, on Saturday, December 12th, from 9am to 4pm at the spacious and convenient Little Falls Travel Lodge. Local farmers will offer produce, honey, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, salsa, and home-baked goodies!

Farmers and crafters, download the application for a booth!

5K Holiday Fun Run in Little Falls, NY

Red Nose Reindeer Run - Fun for the Whole Family!

Celebrate the holidays with a fun race for all ages! The race course winds through the scenic neighborhoods of Little Falls, and is mostly flat with a few gentle hills. The race starts at the Little Falls Family YMCA, at 15 Jackson Street, and ends on Main Street in front of Ed & Bud's. Locker room and showers are available at the YMCA. There will be professional timing, post-race refreshments, and an awards ceremony. Entry fee is $20 and includes an official race T-shirt; youth age 12 and under run for free, and may purchase a race T-shirt for $8. Call 823-9200 for more information! Prizes For: Top Male/Female, Top Youth, Best Costume, Top Team (5 or more). Registration opens at 8am at the YMCA; the race begins with Santa Claus firing the starting gun at 9am.

How to Register

If you prefer to register by mail, you may download the official race application here!

If you prefet to register on-line, please visit our event registration page at RaceIT!

Be sure to register by Sunday, November 29th to be guaranteed a race T-Shirt!

You can also register in person on the morning of the race, starting at 8am at the Little Falls Family YMCA at 15 Jackson Street, but we cannot assure you of getting a T-Shirt if you wait that long!

5K Holiday Fun Run in Little Falls, NY

Yuletide Dinner at the Overlook Mansion!

Celebrate the season in the historic D.H. Burrell Overlook Mansion with a lovely dinner and a seasonal choral presentation. We invite you to join us for a delicious holiday meal featuring the produce of local farms brought to your table. You will enjoy:

  • Local wine and cheese tasting
  • Local roast goose and turkey
  • Seasonal local vegetables
  • Apple crisp and pumpkin pie

The event is on Thursday. December 10, 2015, from 6-8pm. Tickets are $40 per person, or $75 per couple; limited seating available so reserve your seats today! Call Jessica at 868-8304, or purchase tickets online at

5K Holiday Fun Run in Little Falls, NY

Dmitri Levkovich in Concert!

Enjoy the stunning music of internationally-acclaimed concert pianist Dmitri Levkovich live in concert at Benton Hall Academy on Saturday, December 12th, at 7:30pm.

Ukrainian-born Dmitri Levkovich has collaborated with conductors Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Jahja Ling, and George Pehlivanian and has been featured as soloist with numerous orchestras, among them the Cleveland Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the China National Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Portugal. Many of his performances have been broadcast on television and radio stations. Dmitri was invited to take part in numerous Music Festivals that included Deer Valley, New Contemporary Piano Faces at Mariinsky, Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, Salzburg Whitsun, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City) and Ravello. His playing has been described as "scintillating... everything was beautifully polished, fluent, and defined. Lyricism was elegantly shaded and reached ecstasy... expansive in phrasing; noble and passionate" (Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer).

Tickets are $20 per person, for the concert alone; you can also purchase tickets for the concert plus a post-concert dinner with Dmitri at the Canal Side Inn for $70. Limited seating available so reserve your seats today! Call Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts at 823-0808, or purchase tickets online at more information, download the event poster.

Bartenders Race in Little Falls, NY

Free Cultural Events and Music!

Is there any better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with great seasonal music and Christmas stories? Be sure not to miss these great events:

  • Film Marathon! Enjoy a FREE showing of a CLASSICAL HOLIDAY MOVIE at 11am at the all-digital Valley Cinema. Donations of cash or canned goods are gladly accepted for the Little Falls Food Pantry - did you know that a $1 cash donation to the food pantry enables them to buy $5 worth of foody for the elderly and the needy?
  • Holiday Music Potpourri at MVCA! Enjoy a potpourri of holiday music from a variety great musicians, both local and national, such as: world-renowned pianist Dmitri Levkovich, Homeward Bound from Emmanuel Episcopal, Caribbean Steel Drums by Jim Traglia, and MORE! Admission is FREE, at Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts starting at 1pm.
  • Grown-Up Story Hour! For two years now, the monthly "Grown-Up Story Hour" has been gaining popularity in Little Falls, as dozens of people have gathered to hear readings ranging from Flannery O'Connor short stories to great Irish poets such as Yeats. For Christmas in Little Falls, we will enjoy readings around the themes of of the holidays. Grown-Up Story Hour begins at 4:30pm at Ole Sal's!
  • Puppet Show - A Christmas Carol! The Guild of Thespian Puppets proudly presents this timeless Christmas classic by Charles Dickens. We are sure that puppets Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim will warm the hearts of all, young or old! The show starts at 11am at the Travel Lodge - FREE ADMISSION!
  • Seasonal Music! Enjoy the seasonal music of the Little Falls student choirs, followed by piano and instrumental recitals by Benton Hall and LFHS students. Starts at 9am at the Travel Lodge.
  • Great Music! Rock with fantastic local band Cleen Street! Enjoy the trendy music, along with great food and awesome company, at the Piccolo Cafe from 9-12pm!
  • Chainsaw Art! Celebrate a true Upstate-style Christmas by enjoying the spectacle of the talented Mark Tyoe create a bear sculpture with nothing but a chainsaw, from 10am-3pm at the Travel Lodge.
Bartenders Race in Little Falls, NY

Fun Bartender's Race!

Bartender's races began in Paris in the 1930s, and in Little Falls the bartender's race was once a favorite during the Canal Celebration. Come enjoy this resurrection of the great event during Christmas in Little Falls with our Third Annual Bartender's Race and cheer on your favorite staff from our great local restaurants and pubs! Race starts at 11am at The Renaissance! Download your pledge forms here !

Soup Fest in Little Falls, NY

Holiday Soup Fest!

Christmas is a time of giving, and of supporting our favorite charities. You can support the needy by enjoying the tasty, homemade soups and stews of the area's finest chefs! Be sure to visit Soup Fest along Main Street and at Canal Place! Soup Fest, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by the Little Falls Family YMCA. Your purchase of a Soup Pass enables you to sample all of the hot, delicious soups, and vote on the very best. Proceeds from this fun and tasty event go directly to local charities, such as the Linus Blanket Project, the Little Falls Family YMCA, the Little Falls Historical Society, the Humane Society, and more!

Soup Fest in Little Falls, NY

Fun Childrens Activities

Gather at the Little Falls Community Center on Saturday from 9am to 12pm for awesome childrens activites! Decorate Christmas cookies, sponsored by the White Rose Bakery! Make holiday cards and friendship bracelets for soldiers overseas, sponsored by Jeff and Pat Gressler! There are also other activities for children, such as games, crafts, coloring and story time. This fun event is brought to you by the Little Falls High School FBLA Club.

From 1-3pm, meet the characters from the hit Disney film Frozen at the Travel Lodge. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and more will delight children with a fun program of crafts and activities! This fun family event is sponsored by Pause 4 All PAWS.

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