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Celebrate Christmas in Little Falls, Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2019!

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 12th Annual Christmas in Little Falls celebration begins Saturday, December 14th, 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 twelfth 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!

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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 11am 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 Shopping Fun for Everyone!

Snow or shine, you can shop for great gifts, arts and crafts, and locally-grown produce at our Indoor Farmers Market and Craft Fair, from 9am to 3pm at the spacious and convenient Little Falls Travelodge. We also have two additional craft fairs that start at 10am at Emanuel Episcopal Church and at the Fitness Farmacy.

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 Craft 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.

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.


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 post-race refreshments, and an awards ceremony. Call 823-1740 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 prefer to register on-line, please visit our event registration page at!

Be sure soon to get the awesome race T-Shirt, which is available for the first 50 registrants!

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!

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Entertainment for the Whole Family!

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

  • Student Music! Enjoy seasonal music performed by the student choirs, bands, and piano students of the Little Falls Central School District from 9:30-10:30am at the beautiful and spacious Elk's Lodge in Little Falls.
  • It's Showtime! Enjoy a special $3 showing of Frozen 2 at 11am at the all-digital Valley Cinema.
  • Chainsaw Art! Celebrate a true Upstate-style Christmas by enjoying the spectacle of the talented Mark Tyoe create a bear sculpture from a log with nothing but a chainsaw, from 11am-3pm at Showcase Antiques.
  • Puppet Show - A Christmas Carol! The Guild of Thespian Puppets proudly presents this timeless Christmas classic by Charles Dickens every half-hour at the Community Center on Main Street, starting at 11am. We are sure that puppets Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim will warm the hearts of all, young or old! FREE ADMISSION!
  • The Mohawk Valley String Ensemble performs at the Elks from 1-2pm.
  • Delaney Brothers Bluegrass Christmas Concert at the Masonic Hall from 1-3pm. Tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
  • Edelweiss Schuplattlers German Folk Dancers from 1:30-2:30pm at the Community Center.
  • ABC Piano Trio Holiday Concert from 2-4pm at St. Paul's Church. Tickets $5.
  • Jam with Oscar Stivala! Enjoy a free jazz concert by local ensemble Oscar Stivala and Friends, and then stay for an open jam session with the artists. 4-6pm at the Art Door Gallery in Canal Place.
  • Helen Isom, who is scheduled to tape a segment for this February, will perform from 2-4pm at The Elks.
  • Local Bands at the Elks! Listen to the popular local band Low Tolpa starting from 5-7pm at the Elks, followed by Holdiay City Band starting at 7pm.
  • Community Sing-Along! Join the Little Fals Girl Scouts and sing Christmas Carols and other holiday favorites from 2-4pm at Sterzinar Park.
Fun cutlural events at Christmas in Little Falls, in Little Falls, NY
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 Fifth Annual Bartender's Race and cheer on your favorite staff from our great local restaurants and pubs! Race starts at 11am at Ruggiero's Trattoria! 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! Soup Fest, now in its seventh year, is sponsored by the Little Falls Family YMCA and Think Local. Your purchase of a $10 Soup Pass enables you to sample ten different hot, delicious soups. Proceeds from this fun and tasty event go directly to charity.

Kid's Events

Fun Childrens Activities

Gather at the Little Falls Community Center on Saturday from 9am to 10:30am for awesome childrens activites. Decorate Christmas cookies, sponsored by the White Rose Bakery! Make holiday cards and friendship bracelets for soldiers overseas, sponsored by the YMCA Better World Club! There are also other activities for children, such as games, crafts, coloring and story time.

Kids! Decorate your own pancakes at a special breakfast at the American Legion from 9-11am, for just $3. While you eat, superheroes will mingle with the crowd.

There are several special and very fun cultural events for children. The Guild of Thespian Puppets is performing a puppet version of the wonderful Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, starting at 11am at the Community Center on Main Street.

Santa will stop at The Italian Feast on Main Street from 11am-1pm to pose with your children for free professional photos by Hannah Becker.

The Utica Zoo Mobile will come to Ace Hardware on West Main Street from 1-3pm.

Don't forget that the Moose is Loose and looking for children to pose with him! Snap a picture of your kids with the Moose and post it to the Christmas in Little Falls Facebook page and be entered to win a prize!

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