Winter in Niagara

Winter Wonderland

Niagara – Winter Wonderland

What greater view than through the eyes of a child,  gasping in awe at the cascade of lights bouncing off the magical Horseshoe Falls. The world’s seventh wonder inspires at any time but as the cooler weather arrives a new type of  adventure  begins. Stroll along the river to enjoy the dazzling nightly illumination  then warm up in the comfort of your nearby hotel room while  taking in the mystical views of a frozen Falls.

Wander through picturesque villages throughout the region from Jordan to Niagara-on-the-Lake, enjoying time with friends, shopping for gifts or tasting the flavors of the season served up by our local chefs. Things heat up throughout the winter with festivals, concerts and even galas, experiences to be shared and remembered.

Icewine Festivals

There are bragging rights to being part of the largest celebration of Icewine in the world. Think cool martinis, ice huts or dressing up for a gala. Icewine is meant to be celebrated and Niagara’s Icewine Festivals let you chill or take it up a notch. The Niagara Icewine Festival takes place January 12 – 28, 2024 with the Cool as Ice Gala being held at the Niagara Power Station on Jan. 13 in Niagara Falls.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Street Festival will see the return of its popular Icewine Village. The Street Festival will be held January 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th . Attendance is free. 

For that extra elegance and innovation, attend the Sparkle & Ice Gala at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse Grand Hall. Here they will be serving up cool cocktails with live music and mixology demonstrations as well as hosting an Icewine Cocktail Competition on January 27. 

For those with a thirst for exploring, expand your journey with the Icewine Discovery Pass. Find hidden gems throughout Niagara and enjoy the magical feeling of sharing in the discovery of an exciting new wine or a special place, creating memorable moments with your favorite people. Use the pass Fridays to Sundays from Jan. 12-28.

Winter Festival of Lights

There are millions of twinkling reasons why families and couples flock to Niagara’s Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL). What better place to witness a spectacular explosion of fireworks or capture a stunning photo opportunity in front of an illuminated Royal Promenade or the Frosted Falls Enchanted Forest?

Taking place from November 18th to January 7th, 2024,  the Festival celebrates its 41st anniversary this year.

To help celebrate the milestone, there will be 40 nights of fireworks displays:

WFOL Fireworks Schedule

  • Every Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm until January 7th , 2024

Additional Fireworks Dates:

  • December 22nd 2023 – January 7th, 2024
  • December 31st at 12am. Special Midnight New Years Eve Fireworks!

There are also new experiences for friends and families to share together this year. The young and young-at-heart may want to explore the new interactive exhibits in front of the Niagara Parks Power Station and an incredible sound and light show in the heart of the station.

Wineries in Winter

Where else in the world can you huddle around an open fire, toast marshmallows and sip on  world famous Icewine from the place that makes it best?  Throughout the Niagara region this winter, wineries open their doors and pop corks so you can explore, taste and discover your new favorite wine.

A Room with a View

What says romance better than a panoramic view of the dazzling Falls from the comfort of your hotel room?  As the weather cools, the ice begins to create a very different type of scenery. There is something  extra special  about sharing a glass of Niagara wine with friends or loved ones next to the fireplace while drinking  in stunning panoramic views of a frozen Falls.


As the temperature drops, Niagara’s culinary scene heats up as our chefs continue to team up with local brewers and winemakers to serve mouth-watering seasonal cuisine matched perfectly with your beverage of choice.

Ask about the new winter ales or what food pairs best with Icewine? The experts are on hand to help you get the best out of your dining experience and leave you with insider tips to share with friends at home.


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