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 (2019/20 price – $25 for Adult) which includes Floral Show house, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, Butterfly Conservatory and WEGO 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. Niagara Falls
Things to do: Walk along the pathway by the side of the falls and enjoy the mighty thundering falls battling Jack Frost’s freezing power. Do not miss the natural ice sculptures framing the falls. Enjoy the beauty of the illuminated falls & fireworks. See the video given below to have an idea of the magnificent view Niagara Falls presents during winter.
When: Winter Hours
Winter season. Day light hours for enjoying the falls and evening & night to enjoy the falls illumination.
Illumination Hours Winter:
November 5 – December 30 | 4:30 PM – 1 AM
December 31 | 4:30 PM – 2 AM
January 1 – January 31 | 5 PM – 1 AM
February 1 – February 29 | 6:30 PM – 1 AM
March 1 – March 11 | 7 PM – 1 AM
March 12 – March 31 | 8:30 PM – 1 AM
Part of Winter Festival of Lights
Saturday, November 16th – WFOL Opening Ceremonies fireworks at approximately 8:00 PM & 10:00PM
Fridays: November 22, 29 December 6, 13, 20, 27, January 3 & 10 | 9PM
Nightly: Dec. 21 to Dec 30 & Jan. 1 to 5 | 9PM
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December 31st at 9:15PM & Midnight | 9PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 9PM
Address: 6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON – Address of Table Rock Visitors Centre, use this address for GPS: 43.07911667, -79.07905.
Parking: Table Rock Visitors Centre parking lot is the nearest lot. Cheaper parking is available with in 10 -15 minutes walk.
Admission: FreeIn the above video, the ice climber is climbing the American side of the falls, but you get this complete view of the Horseshoe falls from Canadian side.
The above scenery occurs ONLY when temperatures remain below freezing for a good number of days.
4. Great Canadian Winter Lodge by Niagara Parks
Experience a winter adventure with the Great Canadian Winter Lodge by Niagara Parks. Recharge your body and mind this season with the Great Canadian Winter Lodge by Niagara Parks. For the first time ever, Niagara Parks will open its renowned Whirlpool Golf Course during the winter months for a new seasonal activation that puts a contemporary twist on classic Canadian winter activities. Snowshoe or hike your way through the scenic Niagara River Parkway, indulge in specially crafted comfort foods or simply take in the beauty of some of Canada’s most desired natural sights with exclusive MoonGlow or Sparkling Sundays events. Details
Weekends from December 28, 2019 until March 29, 2020, weather permitting.
Address: Whirlpool Golf Course, 3351 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls
Admission: $10 & up
5. Butterfly Conservatory
Escape the cold and welcome the lush greenery replete with fluttering butterflies from all over the world. With over 60 species of butterflies, the conservatory is a great visit for the young and the old. More details
Winter Hours: Daily: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM, closed on Dec 25
Address: At Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON GPS: 43.136833, -79.055525
Parking: Available onsite.
Admission:Adult(13+): $16.00 + tax ; Child (6 -12): $10.35 + tax, Child (5-): Free
6. Bird Kingdom
A family fun attraction with colourful birds and reptiles. Take a break from the outdoor chill and explore the kingdom of birds. More details
Winter Hours: Daily: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Last ticket sale is at 4:30 PM
Address: 5651 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON GPS: 43.092188,-79.068468
Parking: available on site.
Admission: Adult(16+): $18.95. Children (4-15) – $14.95; Child (3-): Free; Tax extra. Reduced price Online.
7. Floral Showhouse
Explore nature’s living artistry through myriad of plants, colourful flowers and flower shows that changes throughout the winter season. More details
Annual Chrysanthemum Showcase: November, 2019
Christmas Display: November 23 – January 9, 2020
Spring Display: Mid January to Easter
Address: 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON GPS: 43.072883, -79.076481 Parking: available on site.
Admission: Adult(13+): $7 + tax; Child (6 -12): $4 + tax, Child (5-): Free
8. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Oditorium
A family fun attraction whatever the weather. See a collection of Ripley’s unbelievable things spanning thirteen galleries. Established in 1964, this is the second oldest Ripley’s museum in the world. More details.
When: Winter Hours
Monday – Thursday | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday – Sunday | 09:00 AM- 12:00AM
Address: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON. Parking available near by.
Admission: Adult (13-64):$18.99; Child (6-12): $12.99; Senior ( 65 +): $11.99
9. Niagara SkyWheel
Things to do: Revel in the spectacular view of Niagara falls as you travel in the temperature controlled gondola.Ride duration: 10 to 12 minutes.
Enjoy the panoramic view of the falls during the day & illuminated falls backdropped by stunning fireworks at night. Details
10:00 AM – Late
Address: 4950 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON
Parking available at end of Robinson Street.
10. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
Make your way to Niagara Falls’ Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in the thick of winter and enjoy water fun in balmy 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark features a mammoth play area, a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, 6-story high waterslides, full-sized wave pool, outdoor activity pool, sundeck, plunge bowl, two adult only jacuzzis, and a children’s play area. Details
Open Year Round. Hours Vary. ~ 11:00 AM (+/- 1 hour) to ~08:00 PM (+/- 2 hours)
Address: 5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
Admission: $31.99 to $59.99
Winter Festivals & Events in Niagara
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 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020 | 06:00 PM – Midnight
Santa Claus Parade: Saturday November 16, 2019 | 11:00 AM
Opening Ceremony: Saturday, November 16, 2019
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
What:Welcome 2020 at the marvellous falls with great entertainers, and truly historic fireworks. New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls Region
Headliners: Bryan Adams, Walk Off the Earth
December 31 2019 | 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 10 to 26, 2020
Niagara Falls, ON
Free & Ticketed
4. Snow Globe Soirée: Domed Dining Village
Shake up the first months of 2020 with a one-of-a-kind wine and dining experience in Niagara Falls with Snow Globe Soirée: Domed Dining Village. Enjoy world-class wines and a delicious three-course meal prepared by one of Niagara’s most celebrated chefs while taking in an unforgettable view of the falls from inside your very own heated Snow Globe.
January 16th and February 16th., 2020
Rainbow Bridge Lot
4348 Hiram St.
$999 per dome (for 6 guests)
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