This year’s Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights will be an enchanting experience featuring an 8km illumination route and exciting events that are sure to be a highlight of a winter visit to Niagara. The 37th annual Winter Festival of Lights kicks off on November 16th, 2019 with an Opening Ceremony celebration in Queen Victoria Park. This all-ages event is free and features live entertainment in addition to official lighting of displays. A treasured holiday tradition for people from around the world, the Winter Festival of Lights draws more than a million visitors each season, who come to admire the 3 million lights situated along the Niagara Parkway.
Brilliant light displays include the iconic Zimmerman Fountain, fifteen three-dimensional Canadian Wildlife displays, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, Noah’s Ark, lights at the top of the iconic Skylon Tower, more than fifty trees in Dufferin Islands wrapped with lights and the Toronto Power Generating Station Light Show.
Niagara Falls fully transforms into a winter paradise with no spot untouched by the joyous dazzling lights. The Winter Festival of Lights is an amazing Niagara Falls tradition full of displays, and events full of Holiday spirit. Plan your Niagara Falls getaway today to see the magical displays in person and stay at the Marriott Fallsview to enhance your experience.
Dining options in Niagara Falls, Ontario have undergone a renaissance of sort in recent years. The dynamic tourist district has welcomed delicious Niagara Falls restaurants that offer a variety of international cuisine sure to please the globally audience of visitors the city embraces each year. Here are the Top 10 Niagara Falls Restaurants to visit during your next stay.
The Fallsview restaurant offers innovative takes on authentic Italian dishes. Using fresh and delicious ingredients from throughout the Niagara Region, the exciting dinner menu makes for a satisfying and noteworthy dining experience with a spectacular view of Niagara Falls. Massimo’s is located on the Fallsview Dining Level of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel.
Located on the 10th floor of the grand dame of all Niagara Falls Hotels; the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Prime is a contemporary steakhouse renowned for exquisitely prepared premium steaks, remarkable service and stunning Fallsviews. Reservations are recommended, Prime is #1 Rated Steakhouse and Restaurant on TripAdvisor.
The intriguing menu captures the flavours of an Italian getaway in each item. Ponte Vecchio features fine Italian dining surrounded by an old world atmosphere that is warm and welcoming. The menu has been designed to tempt taste buds, and is livened by an award winning wine list that complements every meal. Ponte Vecchio is located at the Fallsview Casino Resort.
Custom-aged, perfectly charred rib eyes, T-Bones and strip loins and fresh seafood are the cornerstones of the menu at 21 Club Steak and Seafood. Add more than 700 of the finest local and international wines that make up the award winning wine list and a resident sommelier to ensure the best pairings, and the result is a fine dining experience at Fallsview Casino Resort that exceed all expectations.
Morton’s Grille Niagara Falls
Delight your taste buds with a superbly executed dinner menu and an illuminated view of our spectacular natural wonder, Niagara Falls, as your back drop. Morton’s Grille offers an elegant yet casual atmosphere, and an impressive menu of succulent steaks, fresh seafood, burgers, salads and more.
Milestones on the Falls
Milestones chefs are passionate about creating tantalizingly tasteful meals, that are delicious and feature innovative flavours. From appetizer to entree to dessert, the globally inspired menu showcases crave-worth items that are as special as the view of the Niagara Falls. Enhance your meal with a hand-crafted cocktail including signature Bellini’s. Located in the Marriott on the Falls hotel.
A popular choice in Niagara Falls, Hard Rock Cafe makes dining easy with a dynamic and wide ranging, tex-mex inspired menu. The rock n’roll themed venue is a living museum with priceless pieces of music memorabilia at every turn. The space is home to two dedicated dining areas featuring pieces from Elvis and the Beatles. Hard Rock Cafe is located between Casino Niagara and the Sheraton on the Falls.
This restaurant is celebrated for its extensive à la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live-action cooking stations to create an interactive dining experience. Located on the Fallsview Dining Level of this hotel, the selection, variety and spectacular views are all a part of the Fallsview Restaurant experience.
Raise your spirits at Niagara Distillery! Located at the corner of Falls Avenue and Clifton Hill, the new venue features six signature spirits from recipes designed to ensure flavours are impeccable on their own or when mixed to create hand crafted cocktails. Niagara Distillery proudly features Billy Bones BBQ, the award-winning competition favourite is featured at the Distillery and has packed the menu with tender brisket, juicy burgers, and mouthwatering, award-winning ribs that are deeply caramelized in classic Billy Bones sauce.
Satisfy your taste buds with Niagara’s best craft beer! The award winning Niagara Brewing Company proudly represents Canada’s brewing heritage and today’s innovative craft beer scene. The team is passionate about providing the highest quality beer to enthusiastic consumers. Each visit to Niagara Brewing Company is an adventure thanks to rotating taps that offer seasonal flavours. The Brewery also offers a select menu of items that range from a tasty snack to full meal which includes their legendary broasted wings. The brewery is located on Clifton Hill at the corner of Falls Avenue.
In life it is the little details that make the difference. This truth was put into motion as the hotel started to plan for recently completed guestroom renovations.
A premier hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, The AAA 4-Diamond, 5-Star Marriott Fallsview which has the enviable distinction of being the closest hotel to Niagara Falls; is ranked the number #1 Hotel in Niagara Falls on TripAdvisor-the World’s largest online travel community. The bar was set high during the renovation process, and the hotel spent a great deal of time developing the upgrades to ensure that the every detail was covered.
Each of the 432 guestrooms and suites which overlook Niagara Falls were upgraded to include fresh new amenities. Each room is now outfitted with a 55” Smart Television, contemporary stone-topped furniture, and crisp new bedding. In addition all rooms that feature a King Bed were further elevated with luxurious spa-inspired walk in showers.
“A Marriott guest is very discerning. There is a high level of expectation and these renovations along with our uncompromising level of service will help us to achieve that for our guests”, states Area General Manager, Patrick Regina. “The hotel is one of the finest in the city, and we have breathtaking views of the Falls from every room, our goal was to create a sophisticated space that matches the grandeur of the view, I feel we’ve achieved that in that customer feedback has been exceptional”.
The 2019 Niagara Falls Fireworks schedule is now available. Guests will be treated to 114 fireworks displays above the Falls between May and October (weather permitting). The spectacular shows light up the sky each weekend beginning May 17 with special holiday weekend shows to celebrate the Victoria Day and Memorial Day holidays that include an extra display on the holiday Monday.
Displays take place at 10:00pm, and will begin to run nightly from June 17 through September 2, 2019.
May 17-June 16: Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and Holiday Mondays
June 17-September 2: Daily shows at 10:00pm
September 3-October 14: Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and Holiday Mondays
Niagara Falls Illumination Schedule:
One of the highlights of a trip to Niagara Falls, is the nightly illumination of the magnificent waterfalls. Each night starting at dusk the Falls are lit in a kaleidoscopic of brilliant colour. Illumination is year round, and can be viewed from every Marriott Fallsview guestroom.
Winter in Niagara Falls is undoubtedly cold. That includes the wine! If you’ve ever wondered, “Does wine freeze?”, you might be interested Canadian ice wine, a very unique libation. (And the answer is, yes, wine can freeze – so avoid putting yours in the freezer!)
Ice wine is a famous Niagara Falls drink. Learn about what ice wine is, what it tastes like and what it pairs with, along with the places with the best Canadian ice wine so you can create your own Canadian-side Niagara wine trail to explore.
What Is Ice Wine?
Ice wine is a sweet wine, usually served with dessert or at the end of a meal, that’s made from frozen grapes. It’s one of the most labour-intensive wines to make, but the effort that goes into producing it is so worth the taste to wine lovers from around the world.
While frozen grapes are still on the vine at around -7°C (20°F), they’re plucked and pressed while they’re still frozen. Canada is the largest producer of ice wine, though you can find it from countries like Germany and Austria, too.
Ice wine typically has about double the sweetness of a classic soda. Because the juice is so sweet, fermentation lasts between 2 to 6 months. Ice wines typically have around a 10 percent ABV.
Ice wine varieties include Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Vidal Blanc and Merlot. A wine can only be labelled as “ice wine” if it is made from naturally frozen grapes that were harvested from the vine. Wines featuring commercially frozen grapes may be labelled as “dessert wine” or “iced wine.”
If you want true ice wine from natural frozen grapes, Niagara Falls is a great place to go.
What Does Ice Wine Taste Like?
As mentioned, ice wine is very sweet. It can come in a variety of flavours, like fruit flavours and chocolate flavour. This makes it great to sip while enjoying dessert.
Ice wine’s sweetness also makes it best paired with rich flavoured foods, like cheese and foie gras. Fatty foods can help balance out the taste profile with the sweetness of the wine. If you’re having ice wine for a late-night snack or want to drink it before or during your meal, opt for a heavier, fattier food option.
Where Can You Get Ice Wine in Niagara Falls, Canada?
There are lots of places in Niagara Falls to get superb Canadian ice wine. Here’s a look at some Niagara Falls wineries we recommend. Hop from place to place for a true Canadian Niagara Falls wine trail where you can sample some top ice wines.
Peller Estates Winery
Peller Estates has its own 10Below Icewine Lounge, where you can experience how cold it is during an ice wine harvest for yourself. There are also ice wine vineyard hikes, or take one of the many daily tours offered at the winery.
Reif Estate Winery
Reif Estate Winery has been producing ice wine since 1984 and has since received more than 100 awards for its varieties. You can sample ice wine at the sensory wine bar, join a public wine tour, or book a private tour or tasting.
Inniskillin’s Niagara Falls winery features several different types of ice wine, including Vidal Ice Wine, Riesling Ice Wine, Cabernet Fran Ice Wine and Sparkling Ice Wine. Inniskillin’s ice wines are sold in more than 70 countries. Sample one on a tour or at a tasting or event year-round.
Strewn Winery also produces a variety of ice wines, including some with unique flavours. Their 2013 Riesling ice wine had aromas of orange marmalade with pineapple and tropical fruit, for example. Sample wine at a Saturday cooking class, or grab a seat at the bar for tastings.
Pillitteri Estates Winery
The ice wines from Pillitteri Estates Winery have been recognized in worldwide wine competitions. Taste them for yourself at a daily tour, or visit the winery for wine tastings including tasting flights.
Trius Winery has Cabernet Franc, Riesling and Vidal ice wines available. You can sample them on one of many types of winery tours available, including an “Into the Vault Experience.” Or, dine at the winery’s restaurant, and pair a glass (or a few) with your meal.
Ice House Winery
The Ice House Winery calls its staff the ice wine specialists of Niagara. You can try one of several types of ice wines here, or go daring and ask about the Ice House slushies.
Jackson-Triggs is Canada’s “most awarded winery.” It offers several types of ice wine, including Riesling, Vidal and Cabernet Franc. There’s an on-site amphitheatre, where you can enjoy ice wine while you take in a concert. Or head to the winery for a tour and some samples.
Want to Try Authentic Ice Wine? Book a Niagara Falls Trip
Sampling ice wine is one of the most fun Niagara Falls activities you can do. With so many spectacular Niagara Falls wineries offering ice wine experiences, it’s easy to build your own Niagara Falls wine trail day and sample them all.
First thing’s first with a visit to Niagara Falls – book your stay. The Sheraton on the Falls Hotel is happy to help you plan your ice wine visit, with help for transportation and anything else you need. Book a Niagara Falls vacation.
Wondering when the best time to go to Niagara Falls is? We recommend all year-round, and a winter trip is a must-do. There are so many fun Niagara Falls winter activities, and sledding is one that’s a blast for all ages! The rush of sliding down a snowy hill is unlike any other you or your family will experience.
When you’re deciding on fun things to do near Niagara Falls, make sure sledding tops your list. If you’re looking for “sledding hills near me” and live near Niagara Falls, look no further. We’ve compiled this collection of sledding spots for locals and tourists alike to check out some of the best snow sled activity locations in the area.
1. Barbican Heights Park
96 Barbican Trail, St. Catharines
There’s a little hill for small kids to sled on, and if they get bored, there’s also a playground to enjoy.
2. Battle of Beaverdams Park
Sullivan Avenue, Thorold
In between sledding trips, check out the historical plaques throughout the park, including one that describes the founding of Thorold. There are plenty of walking paths and a time capsule in the park, too!
3. Burgoyne Woods Park
70 Edgedale Road, St. Catharines
This park might be the best option for dog lovers, because there’s a dog park near the sledding hills.
4. Charles Daley Park
Off North Service Road, Lincoln
Sledding is common here in the winter time. At this park, you can also check out views from the observation gazebo and see creeks empty into Lake Ontario on the grounds, which also include covered picnic facilities, benches and a boardwalk.
5. Chippawa Park
128 Fitch Street, Welland
In addition to tobogganing hills, Chippawa Park has an area for skating in the winter, too.
6. FH Leslie Park
5250 Valley Way, Niagara Falls
The small hills here make it a great place for young children, plus there are restrooms and plenty of parking.
7. HH Knoll Lakeview Park
60 Sugerloaf Street, Port Colborne
There’s a sledding hill at this park for winter family fun, and the park also hosts events. Take a walk down the water’s edge after your toboggan trip.
8. Jaycee Park
543 Ontario Street, St. Catharines
There are plenty of spots to sled here in this sprawling park, with lots of little hills that make it great for young kids.
9. Marlene Stewart Streit Park
55 Park Lane, Fonthill
Take the family sledding, then explore one of the many nature trails in this park, or play on a playground.
10. Welland Canal Lock 7 Hill
50 Chapel Street South, Thorold
Head to this tobogganing hill that has decreasing heights as you move from end to end, so kids of varying sizes can slide down at their comfort level. Toboggan during the day or at night.
Sledding Safety Tips for Families
Sledding is a ton of fun, but you also want to make sure you and all your family members stay safe. Here are some tips.
Wear protective clothing. Layer up with hats, coats, gloves, snow pants and sturdy shoes like winter boots. Be careful with scarves, which can get stuck in the sled or cause strangulation. Wear waterproof clothing if possible, since you might get covered in snow. Avoid head injuries by providing everyone who is sledding with a helmet.
Get the right equipment. Your snow sled should have steering and braking capabilities so that you’re in full control as you ride. Don’t use a non-sled, like a cardboard box, to ride down. Any item that is not a sled poses a danger to you if you ride down on it.
Choose an appropriate hill. This is important not just for young kids, but for adults, too. Find a snowy, not icy, hill that isn’t too steep and that has a long flat area for gliding so you can come to a stop at the bottom. Make sure there’s plenty of snow where you’ll be stopping, so you don’t run into an obstacle or slide onto a non-smooth area.
Only sled when there’s visibility. You’ll want to avoid running into obstacles, which can be difficult to see at night or in fog. Only sled on clear, sunny days, or at night when the entire sledding area is illuminated.
Follow safety-first rules. Only sled face-first. Make sure an adult rides with any young child. Only go down the hill one snow sled at a time to avoid collisions. Never ride a sled that is pulled by a vehicle.
It’s a good idea to test out your comfort on small hills before heading up to bigger ones. Make sure every snow sled passenger keeps their arms and legs in the sled area at all times.
Rest After Sledding at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel
After all that sledding, you’ll want a nice comfy bed for you and your family to recover in. Sheraton on the Falls Hotel is a luxurious fallsview hotel that provides the perfect setting to rest up before and after sledding.
Let us help you make your Niagara Falls vacation a memorable one. Reserve your room today, and book now Niagara Falls winter activities with our concierge team.
Niagara Falls is one of the world’s top destinations for nature lovers. There are so many gorgeous trails, waterfalls and wild plants and animals to explore on your trip. If you love nature and want to see one of the best things to do near Niagara Falls, head to the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve in the Niagara Gorge. The Niagara Glen has been designated a Nature Reserve since 1992 and is a top destination for anyone visiting Niagara Falls.
This stunning nature-filled spot has plenty of diverse flora, fauna and animals to see and offers hiking in Niagara Falls. It’s the perfect place to head for a day full of getting close to nature, or even for a little break from the tourist attractions.
Here’s what to expect from a trip to the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve and why you should add it to your list of things to do near Niagara Falls.
Where Is the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve?
The Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is located in the Niagara Gorge, which you can get to by traveling to 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada.
You can start your trip at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, which overlooks the Niagara River and offers refreshments, souvenirs and a place to buy bouldering permits and supplies.
What Can You Do at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve?
As mentioned, you can boulder at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing on boulders. You don’t typically use ropes or harnesses. Instead, you navigate the unique rock formations with your feet and hands.
You can also do lots of hiking in Niagara Falls here. You can walk through 2 miles of trails through the preserved Carolinian Forest. Head here to hike in the fall for a spectacular view as the leaves are changing colors. Take a self-guided hike on the well-marked trails any time you want, or sign up for a guided hike offered from May through August.
The Niagara Glen Nature Reserve offers unique views of the Niagara River natural whirlpool. If you want to complete a hike that gets you close to the Niagara River, you will need to navigate some rocky paths. All Niagara Glen Nature Reserve trails are classified as “moderate,” except for the whirlpool trail, which is considered “difficult” because of the elevation change and navigation.
Be sure to wear proper footwear and outwear to stay safe on all the trails. There’s an elevation change of more than 60m (200 feet), so consult with your physician before embarking on any nature hike, as well.
Be on the lookout for some stone remnants from the glacial age, which appear as massive rock outcroppings. You can take all the photos your heart desires, but fires are not permitted at Niagara Glen Nature Reserve.
If you need to rest, the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve features a picnic area with a scenic outlook.
How Much Does It Cost to Visit the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve?
It’s free to walk through the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. If you’re driving there yourself, parking costs around $1USD/$1.25CAD.
Remember These Tips When You Visit the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
A visit to the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is basically free besides parking and provides some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find in Niagara Falls. Just remember:
Kids and those with mobility issues may have difficulty on some of the trails. You can always visit to see the vantage spots near the Nature Centre.
Plan for plenty of sunshine to complete your trip. With lots of trails to hike, if you want to complete more than one, try to get here as soon as it opens. Hiking down to the whirlpool is much easier and less time-consuming than going back up, so plan for at least a couple hours of sunlight for when you’re heading back up.
Know your hiking comfort level. Hikers of all experience levels can find a trail they’ll enjoy at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. But you should stay safe so you can enjoy the rest of your Niagara Falls trip injury-free. Talk to a Niagara Glen Nature Centre professional to get hiking in Niagara Falls recommendations that fit your comfort level and ability.
There’s nothing that can compare to immersing yourself in nature at Niagara Falls. Head to the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve to see why hikers from all over the world love visiting it.
Relax After a Niagara Glen Nature Reserve Hike
After hiking in Niagara Falls, you’ll want a comfortable bed and a warm room to relax in. The Sheraton on the Falls Hotel has you covered. Dive into a Sheraton Signature Bed in every guest room, topped with warm blankets, a cozy duvet and lots of soft pillows.
You can also plan for some spa time after your hike. Pair your spa day with breathtaking views of Niagara Falls at the Christienne Fallsview Spa. It’s a spa experience unlike any other!
Complete your Niagara Falls nature trip with a stay at the Sheraton on the Falls. Book your Niagara Falls hotel now.
How can a Niagara Falls Christmas be complete without a visit to the Ultimate Christmas Village? Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Falls (Canada side), the Heritage District of Niagara Falls, the Ultimate Christmas Village is a dazzling display of holiday cheer. From beautiful decorations lining up the streets, to special holiday-themed entertainment, dining and events, there’s something Christmas-y to do every day during the season, which goes from November through January for extra Christmas cheer.
Make a Niagara Falls winter vacation more special by visiting this amazing destination, which features gorgeous light displays and tons of Niagara Falls events for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you’re into wine, theatre, great food, ice skating or all of the above, here’s what you can expect when you go to the Ultimate Christmas Village, a must-see attraction in Niagara Falls winter:
What Is the Ultimate Christmas Village?
The title of “Ultimate Christmas Village” is one Niagara-on-the-Lake has enjoyed since 2017. All the local businesses in the area get in the Christmas spirit, with Christmas lights strung up around the outlines of the buildings to light up the area.
In addition to seeing historic sites and businesses get Christmas-fied, there are special events throughout the holiday season here. The latest Ultimate Christmas Village takes place through January 2, 2019, and decorations and festivities typically kick off in November every year.
Family-Friendly Niagara Falls Events at the Ultimate Christmas Village
There are lots of fun special things to do during the Ultimate Christmas Village. While events are subject to change every year, here’s an idea of what you can experience.
The Royal George Theatre is home to a diverse line-up of theatrical productions. During the Ultimate Christmas Village, you might see a holiday-themed one, like A Christmas Carol. Talented local actors bring Christmas theatre to life on stage.
Niagara Falls is home to dozens of wineries, and that includes many in Niagara-on-the-Lake. During the Ultimate Christmas Village time, you can visit diverse wineries in the area, ranging from large estates to smaller boutique wineries. Be on the lookout for special events like Taste the Season Weekends, which give ticketholders the opportunity to sample wine and food pairings throughout the area.
For nearly 30 years, the Candlelight Stroll has taken place in Niagara-on-the-Lake in early December. This event lights up Queen Street with thousands of candles. Take a walk and listen to carolers before a candle lighting ceremony.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Lace up some ice skates, and skate around the outdoor rink in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Fort George National Historic Site, seven days a week. This is a favorite activity for kids and parents to do together!
Get something special for everyone on your list in the Heritage District & Outlet Collection shops. Find apparel, antiques, everyday items, gardening tools, unique food items, leisure gifts, artwork and more, with Christmas shopping options every day of the week.
Feast at a communal table surrounded by holiday decorations at this special Niagara-on-the-Lake meal, and listen as Scrooge performs classic Christmas carols on the piano. This unique dining event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
You never know when there might be carolers in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Plus, there are also bigger live music events, like big band Christmas groups. And if you walk through the Ultimate Christmas Village in the Heritage District, you can hear Christmas music playing outside, too.
Ugly Sweater Holiday Food Tours
Love ugly sweaters and amazing food? Put on your finest ugly sweater for a 2.5-hour foodie tour around Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Legend is, Niagara-on-the-Lake is Canada’s Most Haunted Town. Take a kid-friendly ghost tour exploring haunted hotels and historic sites.
This is just a small sampling of holiday Niagara Falls events you can attend in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Many events are free, but some require tickets to attend. Check out the events calendar to see what’s new.
Book Your Niagara Falls Winter Vacation at Sheraton on the Falls
Seeing Niagara Falls during wintertime is so special. The falls are snowy, the light shows are awe-inspiring, there are tons of fireworks displays, and special events happen just about every day. Spending a Niagara Falls Christmas in town is a great time for the whole family, too.
If the Ultimate Christmas Village sounds like a must-see for your family, the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel is a perfect place to stay. We’re just a short drive away from Niagara-on-the-Lake, and close by to so many other notable Niagara Falls attractions.
At Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, we’re here to make your Niagara Falls visit a memorable one. From recommending Niagara Falls events to check out, to making sure your room is comfortable and relaxing, we’ve got you covered. Book a Niagara Falls Canada side stay now.
Think that Niagara Falls is the perfect summer destination? Think again. One of the best times of the year to visit the majestic falls is actually the winter. White, bright and full of life, the falls are highlighted by the iridescent surrounding snow. Besides the beautiful views, here are five reasons you should start planning your winter vacation to Niagara Falls:
1. Ice Wine Festivals
Ice wine is one of the most amazing mistakes to come from the north. In the late 1800s, German vintners prepared for one of the harshest winters ahead by leaving grapes on the vines for some of the animals to harvest. In doing so, the grapes froze, creating thousands of icy marbles. Curious winemakers plucked some from their vines and noticed their overly sweet taste. With even more curiosity, they dreamt up a sweet wine made from these frozen grapes. Thus, ice wine was created.
Since then, some of the most renowned ice wine makers have made Niagara Falls their home. Because of the frigid winter at the falls, the area became the perfect breeding ground for many different forms of ice wine. Today, this signature drink brings wine aficionados to Niagara Falls from all over the world. While ice wine is excellent all year round, one of the best times of the year to experience it is winter. The Ice Wine Festival is the event of the year for wine lovers. The festival is a winter wonderland if all things wine. The Niagara region turns into a wine lovers paradise for three weekends during the winter. The festival offers many different forms of indulgence—wine, food, music, and more. Join in on the festivities this winter from January 11th through the 27th.
2. Experience the Festival of Lights
There are so many things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario. During the winter, one of the most exciting events in the area is the Niagara Falls Festivals of Lights. The whole Ontario area lights up with the magic of the holiday season. In the city, there is an 8 km long route that travels through Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding area. During the holiday season, this stretch is lit up with breathtaking light displays.
The festival is visited by over one million people every year. There are so many families, people and friends that gather to stroll through the Festival of Lights and visit some of the events that happen in tandem. In addition to all of the breathtaking views, there are fun firework shows, concerts, shows and so much more. This festival is an iconic part of Niagara Falls legacy and would be a truly fantastic attraction to add to your schedule.
The best part about this festival is that it’s open to all—no tickets required. If you wish, donations are gratefully accepted by the Festival Ambassadors.
3. See the Falls Covered in Ice
When you’re visiting Niagara Falls, you’re there to see one thing, and one thing only—the falls. The falls are one of the most amazing sights in the world, but in the winter time, they become truly magical. When the falls are covered in ice, you see them from a totally different perspective. Covered in bright white ice and surrounded by fluffy snow, the falls become a truly unique sight that will take your breath away.
Whether you view them from the comforts of your own room or take in the majestic sights up close and personal, seeing the falls in the winter is something that should be on your bucket list.
4. Beat the Crowds at Popular Attractions
Winter is the offseason in Niagara Falls, but that doesn’t mean that there’s a shortage of things to do and see. If you are looking for a winter destination where there is so much to do and little people around, book a visit to Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls tours, winery falls, winter festivals, beautiful galas, and some of the most amazing natural landscape views are yours and yours alone. If you can handle cold winter, the winter is the best time for you to see beautiful sights without having to fight your way through the crowds.
5. Have a Romantic Night in
Winter is one of the most romantic times of the year. When the snow is falling outside, there’s nothing better than watching it fall while cozying up to the person you love the most. At our hotel, there are hundreds of ways to have a romantic night in. Book a reservation at one of our five-star restaurants, order room service and bundle up in bed, have a massage or spa day—the possibilities are endless.
We also have packages that are designed for this specifically. That way, you don’t have to think about anything else but relaxing and enjoying the company of your loved one.
Niagara Falls area is well-known for vineyards and wineries, such as the Tawse winery, but the region is also home to many fine beer breweries. If you’re looking to taste some of the best wine and beer Canada has to offer, check out some of these great breweries and wineries. Some of them are even within walking distance of some of the best, centrally-located Niagara Falls hotels in Canada.
1) Niagara Brewing Company
Located only 650 feet (200 meters) from the Falls, Niagara Brewing Company is the newest craft brewery to grace the shores of the Niagara River. Niagara Brewing Company’s brewmaster, Rick Neheli, strives to combine the best of Canada’s brewing heritage with the best of the modern craft brewing scene. The result is delicious amber ales, IPAs, and lagers. Niagara Brewing Company also serves a small menu of sandwiches, pizzas, and appetizers.
2) Tawse Winery
Tawse Winery is a family-owned winery located on the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment. Since 2005, this state-of-the-art craft winery has been making sparkling, white, red, rose and icewines, many of which have raked in titles year after year at the National Wine Awards of Canada. Tawse has been named Winery of the Year four times, in 2010, 2011, 2012 by National Wine Awards of Canada, and in 2016 by WineAlign.
3) Niagara College Teaching Winery
Since 2000, the Niagara College Teaching Winery has been educating students in every aspect of the viniculture and winemaking process. Students have access to 38 acres of vineyards, and learn how to grow grapes, make wine and manage the business side of running a winery. Graduate students at the college receive a comprehensive education in the business and science of making wine. The winery and brewery are open to the public for tours, and groups of six or more can book special experience tours, such as the Sensory Lesson or the Bachelorette Experience.
Weinkeller is more than just a winery – it’s also a farm-to-table fresh food experience. This restaurant and craft winery is located just one block from Clifton Hill, so it’s a great place to hit up while you’re out making the most of your family’s attractions passes. In addition to wines made on the premises, you can also sample other great local wines while you’re eating some delicious food.
5) Inniskillin Wines
Inniskillin has two wineries; one is in British Columbia, and the other is in Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you choose one of the many Niagara Falls packages for winery tours, you’ll no doubt go to Inniskillin, which has been making award-winning and world-renowned table wines and icewines for over 35 years. Try the Vidal (Gold) Icewine 2014, which won Platinum at the Decanter World Wine Awards and Gold Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
6) LOCAL Wine & Beer Co.
LOCAL Wine & Beer Co. takes a different approach to craft wine and beer making – they make your beer and wine just for you. How does that work? For beer, you place an order, and then 15 days later, you come and pick it up after it has been fermented, filtered and packaged. The process is the same for wine, but takes longer – you can pick the wine up either 30 to 60 days later, or, if you prefer aged wine, 180 to 540 days later.
7) Silversmith Brewing Co.
Silversmith Brewing Co. is located in a church that was built in the 1890s, so a visit to their beer hall is full of rustic and historic country charm. Beers available include a Bavarian wheat, an English pale ale, a golden ale, a black lager and seasonal brews. Fresh food is served, and brewery tours are available on weekends.
For 25 years, Magnotta has been growing grapes in 180 acres of vineyards in the Niagara region. Additional grapes come from local independent viniculturists. Public tours of the Vaughan and Beamsville vineyards are free and take place at 2:00 p.m. every day.
9) Taps on Queen Brewhouse & Grill
The Taps on Queen Brewhouse & Grill serves several beers and beer cocktails brewed in-house, including a red cream ale, a lager, a Belgian wit and an IPA. Taps on Queen also offers a few beers from other local breweries. Enjoy live music on Tuesdays and Saturdays while you savor an in-house beer and some delicious food.
10) The Ice House Winery
Icewine is a local specialty, and there may be no better place to sample it than the Ice House Winery. The Ice House Winery offers some of the region’s best icewines, sold in the bottle or mixed into slushies or cocktails. The winery is open to serve drinks without a reservation, and visitors can even rent the winery’s lake house, which makes the perfect retreat for a family getaway.
The Niagara Falls area is home to a number of fine breweries, vineyards and wineries. If you like sampling new craft wines and beers, you’ll be delighted at all Niagara Falls has to offer.