Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls

Niagara’s Most Festive and Fun Holiday Events

During the holidays, Niagara Falls is transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland and there are a number of festive events to check out that will get you into the spirit of the season while on a winter getaway to Niagara Falls.

The sight of the Falls on a winter getaway to Niagara Falls.

Part of the beautiful Niagara Falls in wintertime.

A Christmas Carol at the Shaw

From now until December 23rd, you can catch Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol at the Shaw’s famous Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and experience world-class theatre in a historic Victorian atmosphere. A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come who visit him one Christmas Eve, which people of all ages will enjoy and love. It is a great activity for a holiday party or just a festive family outing, so make sure to get your tickets today.

Crazy for Christmas at Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Theatre

Crazy for Christmas at the Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Theatre tells the story of an odd married couple who deals with the holiday in two very different ways. It’s a warm and funny show that will get you into the spirit of the holidays and offers a ton of laughs and Christmas carols, along with a delicious family-style meal served by the cast throughout the show. Crazy for Christmas is running now until December 23rd, and both Show-Only and Dinner & Show tickets are available to purchase.

Floral Showhouse Christmas Display

Fireworks to experience on a winter getaway to Niagara Falls.

Spectacular fireworks as part of the Winter Festival of Lights.

The Floral Showhouse is a beautiful greenhouse style destination that features displays of rare and exotic tropical plants and flowers, just a short walk away from the magnificent Horseshoe Falls. You can experience the Showhouse’s Christmas Display now until January 1st, and walk through a lush oasis that features poinsettias, cyclamen, Paperwhite Narcissus, and Christmas Cactus, free flying tropical songbirds, and other beautiful Christmas surprises.

Winter Festival of Lights & Fireworks

Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights illuminates the parklands and tourist district of Niagara Falls in millions of sparkling lights and unique displays from now until January 31st. This year’s festival features 3-D Canadian Wildlife displays and over 50 beautifully-wrapped trees in Dufferin Islands, the illumination of the iconic Skylon Tower and Zimmerman Fountain, the world’s largest Canadian-American flag, and much more. The festival also features amazing laser light shows and fireworks shows every Friday until December 26th, and special shows nightly from December 23rd-29th and on New Year’s Eve.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Niagara Falls

Watching fireworks over Niagara Falls is the perfect family-friendly New Year's Eve activity.

New Year’s Eve fireworks over Niagara Falls.

If you’re planning a family visit to Niagara Falls this New Year’s Eve there’s no shortage of entertainment and attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. From the free New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park to the Winter Festival of Lights, you and your family will be fully entertained during your Niagara Falls getaway.

Winter Festival of Lights

The city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights is on now until January 31st, illuminating the city in millions of sparkling lights and stunning displays. The 8km illumination route winds through the beautiful landscapes of Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, and the city’s surrounding tourist district.

Free NYE Concert

This year’s free New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park will feature an all-Canadian musical lineup of Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, Jess Moskaluke, and James Barker Band. It’s one of the largest outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations in Canada, and will also feature a midnight countdown followed by spectacular fireworks over Niagara Falls.

Fireworks and Skylon Tower Illumination

There will be two amazing fireworks shows happening on New Year’s Eve, launched from deep in the Niagara Gorge and lighting up the sky above the Horseshoe and American Falls. The first show is happening at 9pm followed by a second show at midnight after the New Year’s Eve countdown.

Have family-friendly New Year's Eve fun at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

Dinner at Fallsview Buffet

The Fallsview Buffet restaurant inside the Sheraton on the Falls hotel will be offering two amazing New Year’s Eve dinner seatings where you can enjoy fresh and delicious food from live-action food stations and sweeping views of Niagara Falls from the dining room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The Early Seating is from 4:30-7pm and the Late Seating is from 8:30-9pm.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Have some all-day family fun at the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, where you can experience 16 thrilling waterslides, a giant wave pool, 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, adult-only Jacuzzis, private cabanas, and so much more. It’s a great place to visit to get out of the cold and is a thrilling destination for people of all ages.

Where to Find the Best Winter Fun in Niagara Falls

The air may be getting colder and winter on its way in, but Niagara Falls is still alive with excitement and has a number of incredible sights, attractions, and events to check out with your family all season.

2017/18 Winter Festival of Lights

Winter Festival of Lights display

Winter Festival of Lights

A beloved Niagara Falls tradition for more than thirty years, the Winter Festival of Lights is a must-see for anyone visiting the city from November 18th to January 31st. Featuring beautiful illumination displays all throughout Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, and the Niagara Falls tourist district, the festival transforms the area into a sparkling winter wonderland. This year’s 8km festival route will feature illumination displays of 3D Canadian wildlife, the world’s largest Canadian-American flag, and beautiful trees, along with spectacular fireworks shows over the Falls at 9pm for the duration of the festival.
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a top winter destination for families, featuring 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full-size wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool, adult-only Jacuzzis, children’s play area, and more. And right now you can take advantage of the biggest waterpark sale of the year and book a getaway package for four featuring hotel accommodations, waterpark and mini golf passes, and kids eat free dining starting from $139.

Christmas on Ice Show

The Christmas on Ice show at Fallsview Casino Resort is a thrilling spectacle featuring world-class ice skaters, dancers, and singers that will get you and your family into the holiday spirit. The show is on now until December 3rd and is a holiday entertainment experience that you won’t want to miss out on.

Movie Nights at Old Fort Erie

Have a family movie night this holiday season and stop by Old Fort Erie for their weekly movie nights, on now until December 21st. You can catch holiday classics like It’s a Wonderful Life on December 7th, Elf on December 14th, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York on December 21st. This historic venue is the spot to be to watch some great movies this holiday season, so grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy.

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade

This year’s Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is taking place on Saturday November 18th at 11am in downtown Niagara Falls. The parade will begin on Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street and travel north onto Valley Way, ending on Queen Street at City Hall. It will feature 12 amazing marching bands, beautiful floats, inflatable gingermen and snowmen, a giant inflatable Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and of course Santa Claus. During the parade, Canada Post will be collecting letters to Santa along the parade route, Tim Hortons will be giving out free hot chocolate, coffee, and lattes at the corner of Valley Way and Queen Street, and there will be free face painting, balloons, and caricatures near City Hall. It will be an action-packed day of holiday fun that people of all ages will love.

3 Ways to Have an Amazing Halloween in Niagara Falls

received_10150708766624987Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out the candy, costumes and pumpkins, and get into the spirit (and spookiness) of the season. If you’ll be celebrating this Halloween in Niagara Falls, here are three fun and exciting destinations you won’t want to miss:

Fort George Halloween Ghost Tours

Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake is an historic site where many battles were fought during the War of 1812. Today, people believe the fort to be haunted, which you can find out for yourself by embarking on a Fort George Halloween Ghost Tour. On the spooky two-hour walking tour, you’ll be guided around the fort at night, hear incredible ghost stories, and have exclusive access to the Officers’ Quarters building, which is usually off-limits. It’s a one-of-a-kind, eerie experience that’s perfect for the Halloween season.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Whether you’re a longtime fan or absolute newcomer, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a totally unique event that’s best experienced around Halloween. The Seneca Theatre in Niagara Falls is showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 29 at 8pm and it’s guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before in a theatre. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult-classic because audience members get involved in the show, and performances happen both on and in-front of the screen. Find out more about the show and how to book your tickets at http://senecaqueen.ca/.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

One of the best parts about Halloween is getting to shamelessly indulge in candy and chocolate, so why not pick up some delicious Hershey’s treats while you’re visiting Niagara Falls? The Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store has all of your favourite Hershey’s chocolate bars and candies along with freshly baked goods and exclusive Hershey’s merchandise, which will make your Halloween in Niagara Falls as sweet as can be.

And you can make this Halloween into an unforgettable weekend getaway by booking a hotel stay at the Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls, located just steps away from the magnificent Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill and the non-stop excitement of Falls Avenue Resort. 

Top Five Couples Packages to Experience at Falls Avenue Resort

nf1This summer, Falls Avenue Resort is offering five amazing packages that provide unforgettable experiences for couples wanting to visit Niagara Falls. Find the one that best suits you and book your romantic summer getaway today.

Lucky Friday Casino Special Package

This amazing package will connect you to a number of exciting couples experiences and includes casino vouchers for the 24-hour Casino Niagara or Fallsview Casino Resort, credit for the Christienne Fallsview Spa, winery tasting passes to Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs wineries, gift cards for The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar and the Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and first-rate accommodations at either the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview.

Ultimate Spa Experience Package

Experience romance and relaxation at its finest with the amazing Ultimate Spa Experience Package. It includes world-class accommodation at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, and amazing Christienne Fallsview Spa experiences like a 55-minute Relaxation Couples Massage, 20 minutes private use of the Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub. sparkling water infused with a Cherry Lane elixir and decadent chocolate truffles. The package also includes Fallsview dining gift cards to The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar and Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, two cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe or Sheraton Lobby Bar, and winery tasting passes at Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs wineries.

Niagara Winery Experience Package  

Sip and savour some of the best wines in the Niagara Region with this one-of-a-kind Niagara Winery Experience package that includes accommodation at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, two wine tour and tasting passes, winery tours and tastings at four incredible Niagara wineries including transportation, Fallsview dining gift cards for The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar and the Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and a spa credit at the tranquil and relaxing Christienne Fallsview Spa.

shels.120876Ultimate Couples Experience Package

The Ultimate Couples Experience Package offers the chance to connect with the best that Falls Avenue Resort has to offer in the way of accommodation, Fallsview dining, and entertainment. The package includes accommodation at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Fallsview dining gift cards to The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar and Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, two winery tasting passes to Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs wineries, spa credit at the spectacular Christienne Fallsview Spa, and two cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe or Sheraton Lobby Bar. 

Ultimate Casino Experience Package

This package is all about entertainment and includes experiences that will definitely thrill and excite. The Ultimate Casino Experience package offers couples accommodation at the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, or Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, a $50 casino voucher that can be used at Casino Niagara or Fallsivew Casino Resort, Fallsview dining gift cards for The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, and Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, two winery tasting passes for Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs wineries, and a spa credit for a relaxing treatment at the Christienne Fallsview Spa which overlooks the magnificent Niagara Falls. 

Make it a New Year’s Eve to Remember in Niagara Falls

NFfireworksNEW10011Celebrate the new year with great music in a spectacular setting at Niagara’s annual free New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park! Located directly across the street from the thundering Niagara Falls, this year’s concert starts at 8:00pm and will feature amazing live entertainment from Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis Deyoung and the music of Styx, Down With Webster, and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies.

You will also be able to experience an incredible fireworks show over Niagara Falls at midnight, non-stop entertainment in the heart of the city’s tourist district, and find unbeatable family-friendly accommodations right near all of the excitement at the Clifton Victoria Inn. So start planning your exciting holiday getaway to Niagara Falls today and find out just what makes celebrating New Year’s Eve in the city so special!

Magical Holiday Experiences In Niagara Falls

IMG_1573If you’re planning on spending time in Niagara Falls this holiday season, make sure to check out any of these spots for unique winter experiences and unparalleled sights:

Winter Festival of Lights

This spectacular winter festival is a seasonal tradition for visitors and locals alike, with millions of sparkling lights and impressive illumination displays lighting up Niagara Falls and the surrounding parklands. The festival runs from November 21st until January 31st and is an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss out on.

Butterfly Conservatory

Step out of the cold and into a remarkable rainforest setting where thousands of tropical butterflies are fluttering around freely. The Butterfly Conservatory is an amazing destination for people of all ages, and is the perfect place to reconnect with nature while visiting Niagara.

NWC2Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries

The Niagara Region is famous for its Icewine and by embarking on a winery tour or visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake you can indulge in the delicious “liquid gold” first-hand. And if you’re visiting the region during January, make sure to check out the Niagara Icewine Festival where you can experience amazing wine, food, and entertainment.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Splash the day away and escape the cold at the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, located just steps away from the thundering Niagara Falls. This family-favourite destination offers 16 water slides, a giant wave pool, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, and so much more. You can even book a Falls Avenue Resort Holiday Magic package and receive over $300 in dining, attractions, and accommodations.

Niagara’s Winter Wonderland

Mossimo Event_60The winter months are a perfect time to plan a getaway to Niagara Falls because from November 21st to January 31st over three million sparkling lights transform Niagara Falls and the surrounding parklands into an enchanting winter wonderland.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights features a 5km route consisting of breathtaking lights, amazing holiday displays, incredible fireworks, and much more. It’s an incredibly unique family attraction that draws in countless visitors from around the globe and leaves them with unforgettable memories of Niagara Falls.

And while you’re in the city, don’t forget to check out the other amazing sights, attractions, and events like the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, 21st Annual Icewine Festival, Journey Behind the Falls, Adventure City, Niagara Brewing Company, and more. The excitement never stops in Niagara Falls!

Where to Find Family-Friendly Halloween Fun in Niagara Falls

PumpkinsAutumn has officially arrived, bringing with it crisp breezes, changing leaves, and very soon- Halloween. And if you’re planning on spending October 31st in beautiful Niagara Falls then make sure to check out these family friendly destinations:

Safari Niagara is hosting their annual Boo at the Zoo event on Saturday October 10th from 10am-4pm. Stop by for some Halloween fun and trick-or-treat your way around the zoo! The day will feature costume contests, animal presentations, tram rides, corn mazes, bouncies, and more. And children who show up in costume will get in for free!

It’s also the perfect time of year to take a family trip to the pumpkin patch. Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm in Niagara Falls and Howell Family Pumpkin Farm in Fonthill are two amazing family-friendly destinations that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm is one of the largest pumpkin farms in Niagara and offers a petting zoo, horse drawn hay ride, and a corn maze, while Howell Family Pumpkin Farm offers scenic wagon rides, a corn maze, Haunted Spook Barn, Straw Jump Barn, a Hay Play area, and much more!

Fall TreeAnd for some tasty Halloween treats the whole family will enjoy, stop by the Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store! You’ll find all of your favourite Hershey’s candies like Reese’s, Twizzlers, Kisses, and Kit Kat as well as delicious freshly made treats like cookies, fudge, cupcakes, and milkshakes. It’ll be the sweetest Halloween yet!

There is no shortage of Halloween fun to be had in Niagara Falls, so grab your costume and trick-or-treat bag and get ready for some sweet and spooky fun!

Soak Up the Last Week of Summer in Niagara Falls

Here are three events to attend at the end of September to help you say a proper goodbye to summer in Niagara Falls:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises “Salute to Summer” Event Series

GuitarExperience a spectacular summer send-off with Hornblower Niagara Cruises! Up until September 23rd you can climb aboard the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, relax on Hornblower’s Falls Viewing Licensed Patio, attend the Great Gorge Outdoor Barbeque, listen to live musical entertainment at the Hornblower Landing, and much more. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors in direct view of Niagara Falls, so don’t miss out!

Open Mic Night at Niagara Brewing Company

The inaugural Open Mic Night at Niagara Brewing Company kicks off on September 30th at 7 p.m. and musicians, comedians, and performers looking to jam are welcome to sign up. You can stop by the brewery on Clifton Hill to enjoy amazing beer on the outdoor patio, eat some delicious food, and watch one-of-a-kind entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else.

Niagara Falls Night of Art at the Niagara Falls History Museum

PaintOn Thursday September 24th the Niagara Falls History Museum will be hosting the Niagara Falls Night of Art, which is a free, family-friendly event unlike any other. The event will feature art installations, exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and crafts for people of all ages, and is a great place to take the family while visiting Niagara Falls. The event runs from 5 to 10 pm and is sure to be an unforgettable evening.