Visiting Niagara Falls in Winter – Winter Attractions & Festivals
As mercury drops and old man winter arrives in his icicle chariot, Niagara Falls transforms itself into a magical wonderland with the mighty falls framed by glistening icicles reflecting the magical winter lights. A trip to the Falls in winter is a totally different experience than a summer trip. Here is a list of things to do, attractions to see (including things to do with kids) and festivals to attend this winter season in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
For one day trip itinerary to Niagara Falls during Late Spring to Early Fall – see One Day in Niagara.
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Getting around Niagara Falls in Winter: Though parking is available onsite or within 10 minutes of walking at most of Niagara Falls attractions, it is better park at one location (best at the parking lot opposite Table Rock visitor centre ~ $20.00 till Midnight) and take WEGO (public transit) to get around.
Discounts/deals: If it is your first time visiting Niagara Falls in winter or if you want to enjoy most of the below mentioned attractions, consider purchasing the Wonder Pass (2018/19 price – $25 + taxes for Adult) which includes Floral Show house, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, Butterfly Conservatory and WE GO two day bus pass. If you are not planning to visit any “tourist attractions” like the above, then seeing the Falls alone is totally FREE (no fee to see the Falls).
1. Winter Festival of Lights
A historic festival dating back to early 1900’s, the Ontario Power Generation Niagara Winter Festival of lights is a must see event of the region. The spectacular illuminations transforms the Niagara Falls area into a true winter wonderland. More details.
November 3, 2018 to January 31st, 2019 | 06:00 PM – Midnight
Santa Claus Parade: Saturday November 17, 2018 | 11:00 AM
Cascades of Fire: November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 2018 | 9PM
Opening Ceremony: Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 11:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Island, Light displays along Niagara Parkway, Skylon Tower, near Fallsview Casino Resort, along along Fallsview Boulevard and Stanley Avenue, and Murray Hill aka Snowflake Hill.
Sound & Light Show @ The Oakes Hotel Overlooking The Falls – 6546 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls
Free. But donations are appreciated at Dufferin Islands $5.00 – $10.00 per car or $1.00 per person.
2. New Years Eve at Niagara Falls
Headliners: BURTON CUMMINGS, WALK OFF THE EARTH, THE SHEEPDOGS, AVENUE INN.
Sunday, December 31 2018 | 08:00 PM – Midnight
Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, ON
3. Niagara Icewine Festival
Things to do – Celebrate the signature product of the Niagara region – The Icewine. The festival showcases wines from the famed wineries of the Niagara region. Enjoy a sparkly, sensational weekend at the Falls treating all your five senses and enjoy amazing entertainment, cuisine and spectacular sights that only Niagara Falls can offer.
January 11 to 27, 2019
Niagara Falls, ON
Free & Ticketed
- 1-Day Niagara Falls Evening Tour - Canadian Side
- Price: $104.95
- Winter Special: Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto
- Price: $62.77
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