It could be argued that the simple act of celebrating New Year’s Eve at all — regardless of where you do it — is bound to afford just about anyone some semblance of a good time. After all, how do you go wrong with champagne, reminiscing, and the prospects of gaining a fresh start? From Time’s Square to your best friend’s living room, it’s a holiday that’s easy to enjoy.
But what if your goal is to make this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration unlike any other you’ve ever experienced? It’s not too late to do what you’ve never done before. New Year’s Eve in Niagara promises to be an exciting and unforgettable time. Here are just three of the many reasons why you should consider booking a trip to Niagara for New Year’s Eve.
No, it won’t be a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit on New Year’s Eve in Niagara, but the Niagara Peninsula does enjoy a milder climate than many other places that are as far north. While you’ll still need to wear layers or bundle up to get from place to place, you’re not likely to have to face an ice storm, blizzard, freezing rain, or even a chilling wind. The temperature will probably sit somewhere between 30 degrees and 45 degrees, which will make being outdoors invigorating and curling up with your beloved in your hotel room once the clock strikes midnight even cozier.
Niagara Falls is absolutely beautiful at night throughout the holiday season thanks to the Winter Festival of Lights, and the lights are still up, twinkling and merry for New Year’s Eve. While most cities keep their holiday decorations up through New Year’s Day, few cities go to the lengths Niagara Falls does to light up their downtowns. Roughly three miles of Niagara Falls — including the tourist district and the Dufferin Islands — become home to millions of twinkling lights and scores of stunning, lighted displays.
Then, there’s also the fireworks.
Fireworks have long been one of the most engaging reasons to visit the waterfalls at night during the summer months, but New Year’s Eve is also a night where visitors and locals can get an eyeful and an earful of wonderful fireworks as they light up the Falls. Because it’s a holiday, the New Year’s Eve show is also always one of the year’s best. Holiday lights and the light from colorful bursts of exploding gunpowder — it’s all part of New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is also home to one of the most magical experiences in all of North America, thanks to local legend and International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin. This year’s New Year’s Eve bash with Frewin starts off with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. that’s followed by a Las Vegas-style buffet at 7:30 p.m. Greg Frewin’s world-class magic show will commence at 9 p.m., and dancing at 11 p.m. will take you all the way into the New Year and beyond. Guests will also receive champagne to toast at midnight. The whole event is just $79.95 a person.
Whether you ring in the New Year with your eyes on the waterfalls or you take in the magic at the Greg Frewin theater, Niagara is the perfect place to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016