Santa Claus is coming to Niagara Falls on Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to Niagara Falls on Saturday
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She says,”They will see that the floats can travel through there (the school’s parking lot area) a little more efficiently and get people off board (of the floats) in a safe manner. It’s very difficult keeping 2,000 people safe in a parade…we’ve had to take extra precautions this year because we’ve far outgrown Quinte Secondary school.”

Christmastime used to be a season filled with warmth, laughter and love in the cozy Pierce home. But since dad Doug (Oliver Hudson) died in a tragic firefighting accident, single mom Claire (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) has been scrambling to restore some normalcy to her fractured family. One member who is absolutely excited for Santas return is precocious 10-year-old Kate (Darby Camp). She gets hyped for the holidays by reminiscing over home movies and recording her Dear Santa letter on the familys old camcorder. Her older rebellious teen brother Teddy (Judah Lewis), on the other hand, is not nearly as thrilled. Not only is he still grieving the loss of his father and hanging out with the wrong crowd, hes also lost the belief that Santa exists.

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The siblings world turns upside down once Kate unearths old video footage of an arm — possibly belonging to Saint Nick — tossing presents under their tree. She hatches a plan to get Santa on camera for online acclaim. In order to do this, she ropes Teddy into her scheme, blackmailing her brother with footage of him and his friends boosting a car. Instead of waiting for Santa to come to them, Kate and Teddy stow away on his high-tech sleigh.

Starting at 6 p.m., there will be plenty to see and before Orangeville’s Christmas tree at town hall is officially lit. The slate of activities includes a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Chritmas by David Nairn, live street entertainment, face painting and caricatures, horse-drawn carriage rides, musical and dance performances, downtown shopping and one-on-one time with Santa.

Their ride-along of a lifetime quickly descends into calamity when they cause Santa to lose his concentration, his never-ending red velvet sack of presents, and the magic hat that allows him to spring from rooftop to rooftop. With his sleigh damaged, those lost items strewn about Chicago, and a ticking clock on the nights deliveries, Santa and the kids team up to save the world from losing their Christmas spirit. Only its the audience who loses their spirit as the hijinks unfold.

Tonight, Prescott kicks off the season with the 65th Light Up The Night Parade. Lineup is at 6 p.m. at South Grenville District High School. No registration is necessary. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and travels south on Edward Street, then west on King Street. Float judging takes place at the clock tower.

Kaytis and screenwriter Matt Lieberman rip a page from Columbus playbook by setting the majority of the film in Chicago, but also by rehashing similar scenarios from Adventures in Babysitting and Home Alone. Theres even a blues-themed musical number, Santa Claus Is Back in Town, sung by Russell with backup band Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul — which is almost as lively as Babysitters Blues, courtesy of Russells magnetism, charisma, and innate likeability. The star makes the unfolding shenanigans tolerable, playing Santa as a kind of jovial emcee with sincerity, pathos, and gravitas.

Yonge-Dundas Square comes to life with music from the Devin Cuddy Band, holiday tunes by the Ori Dagan Band, and a stunning dance performance and tree lighting ceremony by TDC Entertainment. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 with the tree lighting at 6:15.

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The narrative follows a predictable path and fails to mine the fish out of water scenarios it sets up — like the irony of stealing a car from a car thief, or the hilarity of the kidnapping thats misunderstood by the police. This situational absurdity may have looked good on paper, but isnt executed with any zest or zing. Plus, we could also live without the groan-worthy and worn-out line about Santas famed Ho, ho, ho being fake news.

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The pictures big action set pieces are hollow computer-generated spectacles that dont provide the characters with much-needed narrative drive. The kids sleigh ride, jumping through space portals at warp speed, is garishly greenscreened. Kate and Teddys bareback reindeer ride through the streets of Chicago and into the sky could also use a better sprinkling of Hollywood magic. Santas rascally team of elves provide the slapstick and pratfalls, but are clearly a sanitized version of Columbus rambunctious Gremlins. Kates descent into the presents portal, akin to Alices infamous tumble down the rabbit hole, is the lone sequence that dazzles or embodies any sense of childlike wonder.

While the visual effects let audiences down, Paul Denham Austerberrys production design and Kimberley Zaharkos art direction pick the proceedings back up. The sleighs dashboard is a mix of modern and retro automobile instrumentation. Santas workshop looks gorgeous, with a video screen wall that plays childrens requests and a towering apothecary cabinet for filing letters to the North Pole. Luis Sequeiras costume designs of Santas red leather, fur-lapeled wardrobe add a modern sheen to the classic iconography, setting up a running gag in which Santa is constantly disgruntled by how the media have portrayed his look and persona.

On Dec. 1, Penetanguishene will host its annual Festival of Lights. The tree lighting will take place down at the town dock from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of other activities, including pictures will Santa will follow the tree lighting ceremony and be held at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum.