Christmas came early in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) —The colder, winter like weather has people thinking Christmas. Today in Niagara Falls hundreds came out to see St. Nick.

Children flocked to Old Falls Street in hopes of seeing Santa Claus fly in on his helicopter. Unfortunately, weather kept him from doing so, but he found an alternative way to get there.

Assistant director of PR for the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Barbara DeSimone told News 4,”The city of Niagara Falls came through and put Santa in a firetruck and he arrived by firetruck to the delight of dozens of children and families.”

Excited children made Christmas wish lists for Santa Claus and were able to mail them to the North Pole. Some told us what they wanted.

On their lists were everything from a four wheeler to an iPhone 6s to a Barbie dream house. And some children didn’t want anything besides a look and taste of a life size gingerbread house.

DeSimone said, “Lots and lots of volunteers and students put it together and it took weeks and weeks and weeks.”

When you see the detail, the time spent building it, won’t surprise you. The house was equipped with a place to walk through, a cinema including frosting popcorn, and a candy cane wreath on the door.

She said, “Every year they do a different theme, different designs, and they spent months coming up with different ideas.”

If you missed the event today, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute puts on the same event every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 23rd. The best part is, the event is free!

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