When winter makes its presence felt in Niagara Falls, you can feel the chill in the air, and see stunning snow-covered landscapes.
During the holiday season, you can feel the festive cheer all around! It is a wonderful time to experience the beauty of the famous waterfalls from a whole new perspective. There are also plenty of fun-filled activities and things to do during this time of the year in Niagara Falls. So bring out your winter wear and enjoy the season!
See the Spectacular Falls
With freezing temperatures as winter advances, the waterfalls may look frozen as it is surrounded by layers of snow, ice and icicles. The water, however, actually keeps flowing and looks even more gorgeous surrounded by white sheets of snow and ice with interesting formations of icicles. You can see this beautiful sight up close at the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at the Table Rock Welcome Centre from the upper deck and lower deck.
You can also check other views of the falls from the Queen Victoria Park and Skylon Tower. A fun way to see the winter beauty of Niagara Falls is by going on a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel. It takes you 175 feet above the ground in climate-controlled gondolas. You can enjoy the views from the warmth of the passenger cars!
Another thrilling way to see the snowy landscape is a helicopter ride aboard Niagara Helicopters. It gives you an incredible aerial view of Niagara Falls.
Winter Festival of Lights
Celebrate winter, and the holiday season with the Winter Festival of Lights. One of the largest illumination festivals in Canada, there is so much to see and experience. Held from November 18 to January 31, the dazzling lights and displays turn the Niagara Parkway route, the Fallsview tourist district and Dufferin Islands into a winter wonderland.
Some of the mesmerizing illuminations include:
- Shimmering Trees
- 3D Displays
- Zimmerman Fountain
- Canadian Wildlife Displays
- Canadian-American Flag
The illuminated waterfalls and the fireworks display above the falls are the icing on the cake.
There are interactive laser shows on Clifton Hill. Starting 5.30 p.m. there are four shows after every hour for a duration of 15 minutes. You can also have fun by etching a picture or writing a message at the interactive laser booth. Another wonderful programme is the Fallsview Sound and Light show which showcases 3D projection mapping on the façade of the Oakes Hotel. Watch in wonder as a spectrum of colours and visuals come alive accompanied by music. It’s all sparkle, shimmer, and shine during this fest!
Deck the Falls
December is a great month to be in Niagara Falls as the festive cheer is infectious and it is a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by dazzling illuminations. To enjoy the holiday spirit even more, go for a Deck the Falls evening tour of the city’s tourist district. It takes place during the weekends of December 1 & 2, 8 & 9 and 15 & 16. Purchase a ticket, pick up your vouchers at the Scotiabank Convention Centre and get set to have loads of fun. Stop at various hotels to enjoy delicious food including yummy deserts and beverages, and enjoy activities, arts and craft, games and live entertainment. You can explore the participating venues by walking or riding on board the WEGO bus. Relish steak, ravioli, wine, cider, craft brews, hot chocolate beverages and other treats.
There is more fun in store with:
- Air Graffiti Wall
- Magic Mirror Selfie
- Horse & Carriage Ride from the Table Rock Welcome Centre to the Floral Showhouse
If you wish to take a break from the outdoors, there are several interesting indoor activities in Niagara Falls. Gamers can head to the Fallsview Casino Resort and try their luck at the 200,000 sq. foot gaming floor. There are over 3000 slot machines available in denominations starting from 1 cent and going up to $100. If you want to try higher wagers, you can play at the high limit gaming zone. Those who prefer table games such as Baccarat, Blackjack, Poker, Craps, and Roulette, can swing into action at any of the 130 tables. The Fallsview Casino Theatre also has an excellent line-up of famous music artistes and entertainers performing all winter.
- Shop for:
- Watches, Jewellery, Sunglasses & Handbags
Clifton Hill also has a range of shops where you can buy myriad merchandise.
Some wonderful attractions to visit this winter season also include: