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NIAGARA FALLS – The annual Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail will open tonight in Hyde Park.

A free kickoff event will be held near Sal Maglie Stadium at 5:30 p.m. and include an appearance by Santa Claus and performances by local dance and choir groups.

The lighted displays will be illuminated at the conclusion of the kickoff event and will be followed by a fireworks display. The trail, which runs nightly from 5 to 10 through Jan 31, includes displays throughout Hyde Park as well as across the city.

For more information, visit www.uwgn.org or call 216-4582.