Sparkle Awards Presents: Deck the Falls

Sparkle Awards Presents: Deck the Falls

The Sparkle Awards Presents: Deck the Falls! In partnership with the City of Niagara Falls, the Downtown Niagara Falls BIA will be hosting the Sparkle Awards, an initiative to highlight local properties with spectacular outdoor holiday lighting displays. This event is free and open to all properties in Niagara Falls. Scroll down for the rules, timeline, how to apply, and more!

Timeline

November 21st: Open date for entry applications

November 21st – December 9th: Entries pick up lawn signs

December 9th: Close date for entry applications

December 11th: Open date for community choice voting

December 19th: Close date for community choice voting

December 11th – December 20th: Entries keep lights on between 6 PM and 10 PM

December 20th: Give out awards

There are four ways to participate:

1. Create a holiday lighting display and enter online to qualify for one of our 6 award categories! Winners will be awarded a Canadian Tire gift certificate courtesy of  Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. 

2. Follow the Sparkle Awards: Deck the Falls Map and take your family on a tour of the city to enjoy all of the spectacular displays. Vote online for your favourite displays!

3. Share your photos and videos on social media and tag @DowntownNiagaraFalls and hashtag #DeckTheFalls.

4. Join our Goosechase virtual scavenger hunt by downloading the Goosechase app and joining with game code “4797D7″. Those with the most points will be entered into a draw to win gift cards to Downtown Niagara Falls businesses.

How to Enter

1. Enter online to register your property between November 21st and December 9th (by 4 p.m.)

2. Create and light your display by 6 p.m. on December 11th (and light it each night from 6 to 10 p.m.)

3. Let everyone know they can vote for you and help us promote this community-wide event by including your Official Sparkle Awards: Deck The Falls Entry lawn sign in your display. If you don’t have one from last year, you can pick one up for free at the Downtown Niagara Falls BIA office at 4605 Queen Street, Niagara Falls (we’re here Friday from 5 PM to 10 PM, Saturday 12 PM to 10 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM until 4 PM)

Award Categories

For each award, one business and one residential entry will be chosen.

The Griswald Family Christmas House Award

Not even Cousin Eddie could dim this business or house! We are looking for the most extravagant decorations that make you stop and say “Wow!”  There will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this entry is going to have the “hap-hap-happiest Christmas.”  

Inflatable Award 

The holidays aren’t just about the lights. This award is for the business or house that blew away the competition! With their larger-than-life displays and dedication to nylon this property really took our breath away!  

The Nightmare Before Christmas Award  

This business or house is a master of fright and a demon of light! Who says Christmas can’t be spooky and fun! This property blends spooky and festive with an ease that would make Tim Burton proud.  

The Whoville Award

Every Who down in Who-Falls loves this business or house a lot! This business or house would make the Who’s proud and cause the Grinch to say “Hate, hate, hate. Double Hate. Loathe Entirely”  

Winter Wonderland Award  

This award is going to the business or house that was the most beautiful sight, and happiest at night. Their love for the holiday season made them a perfect Winter Wonderland.  

Fred Girardo – Community Choice Award

Many of you may have known Fred Girardo as the owner of one of the area’s greatest Christmas spectacles. His house, located on Dorchester Road, was always brightly lit with spectacular light displays that left anyone who saw them in awe. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, winning multiple awards for his incredible lights and there was no doubt that he would top it this year. Unfortunately, just seven weeks after Christmas 2021, Girardo suddenly passed at 64, leaving behind a wife, two sons, and six grandchildren. We have decided to rename the Community Choice Award to the Fred Girardo Award to honour this amazing man who participated in this program for his grandkids, his friends, and his sense of community.

This award is given out to the business or house that the community has voted as their favourite. Community members have the opportunity to check out all the properties participating in this event and then vote on the property that they like the best.

Rules

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Entries must register their house or business between November 21st and December 9th at the form below
  • Entrants must display their lawn signs showing their participation in this event on their front lawn. They can pick their signs up at the Downtown Niagara Falls BIA office (4605 Queen Street, Niagara Falls) between November 21st and December 11th (we’re here Friday from 5 PM to 10 PM, Saturday 12 PM to 10 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM until 4 PM)
  • Entrants must create and light their display by December 11th
  • Every night entrants must have their display lit from 6 to 10 pm starting on December 11th to December 20th
  • Decorations should not cover/ interfere with any sidewalks/walkways or fire equipment (i.e., fire safety equipment, roadways or sidewalks/walkways.)
  • Open to residential and commercial properties in the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Competition dates are Sunday, December 11th through Monday, December 19, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m
  • Voting may take place anytime between 6 p.m. on Dec 11 and 11:59 p.m. on Dec 19. Assessments should be made from the curbside or sidewalk only
  • Special Effects/Lighting/Inflatables must be operating each night during the competition (until 10 p.m.)
  • Contest is limited to exterior decorations, which should be well lit so they can be easily be seen from the curbside.
  • Please do not block traffic or driveways when stopping to view the displays.
  • Please do not interfere with the displays.
  • Keep everything PG-13.
  • Photos & Media: participants must agree to have photos of their displays and their addresses posted online, including, at the sole discretion of the City: the Sparkle Map, voting forms, and our social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).

For more information on the Sparkle Awards: Deck the Falls, please email events@downtownniagarafalls.com or call 905-356-5444 during regular business hours.

Apply for the 2022 Sparkle Awards!

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Please include a picture of what your house looks like all decorated it up. This could include a picture from this year or last year.
Participants must reside or own property in Niagara Falls or own a business in Niagara Falls. Entrants must have their display lit from 6 to 10 pm starting on December 1st. Decorations should not cover/ interfere with any sidewalks/walkways or fire equipment (i.e., fire hydrants). Entrants must display their lawn signs showing their participation in this event on their front lawn. Signs can be picked up at the BIA Office during the Niagara Falls Christmas Market Operation Hours each weekend from November 12th until December 18th - see our website for a listing of hours. By entering Deck the Falls presented by the Sparkle Awards, all award and category entrants have agreed to allow the details of their entry to be shared with the judges and representatives. All entrants will be deemed to have consented to the transfer and sharing of their personal, company and project data and information for the purpose of administration and judging of the awards and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented.All category entries must be received by Deck the Falls prior to the submission deadline. Entries received after the submission deadline will not be accepted. Neither the Downtown Niagara Falls Board of Management or City of Niagara Falls, nor the judges will not accept responsibility or liability for any lost, late, mislaid or incomplete entries with all such entries deemed invalid. For the purpose of doubt, proof of dispatch shall not be accepted as proof of entry.Upon written request, entries may be withdrawn by the entrant prior to 11:59pm on December 13th, 2022. In the case of a withdrawal of entry by the entrant, entry fees are non-refundable.All entrants must be aged 18 or over. For business entries, the entrant or the employer represented by the entrant, must have worked or be directly associated with the business, project or solution that is featured in the entry. The judges’ decision will be final and no explanation, correspondence or discussion will be offered or entered into before or following the judges’ decision. Additionally, feedback will not be given on any successful or unsuccessful entry before or following the judges’ decision. The judges, City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA) reserve the right to disqualify any entry not accompanied by the appropriate / correct supporting documentation or any entry deemed to be inaccurate, false or misleading. The judges, City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA) accept no responsibility for any costs associated with entering or attending the awards. Photography and filming by City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA) approved photographers and film crews will take place during the awards season. As photographs and film footage may include images of award winners, runners-up, finalists and attendees, all award winners, runners-up, finalists and attendees acknowledge and accept that City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA) may record, photograph, film and broadcast (via print, electronic means and internet) any image or film footage taken during the awards evening and dinner. All winners, runners-up, finalists and attendees agree to offer NLM the exclusive right to use any image or film footage taken during the awards evening and dinner for the promotion of the awards, and for the commercial promotion City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA). Prior and following the awards, City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA) will produce a comprehensive media / publicity campaign highlighting the awards, award categories, winners, runners-up and finalists. All award entrants, winners, runners-up and finalists agree to offer the BIA and City of Niagara Falls the exclusive right to use content, images and film for the promotion of the awards, and for the commercial promotion of City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA). By submitting your registration for this event, you consent to the BIA and City of Niagara Falls contacting you via email and telephone with regards to this and future events / services. All award entrants and award attendees agree to indemnify City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management against all costs, claims, damages and expenses that any award entrant and / or award attendee incurs as a result of, or in connection with; any breach of this agreement by City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA); or any complaint or claim made or brought against City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA) in respect of any act or omission on the part of any award entrant, its representatives, award dinner guests or any award attendee. By submitting a registration for this event, the participant acknowledges and gives consent on behalf of all person’s mentioned on this registration form to have their details entered onto City of Niagara Falls and Downtown Board of Management (BIA) database. The participant also acknowledges and gives consent for Netlaw Media to contact the registered delegate via email and/ or telephone for this and future Netlaw Media events and services that are relevant to them.