Traveling to Niagara Falls in the wintertime might seem ludicrous to some. Why not go somewhere warm, like a beautiful tropical beach and soak up the sun while the rest of the country deals with polar vortices and shoveling driveways?
We can’t deny that it’s cold in Niagara during the winter. Geography places us in an area that does see freezing temperatures and snow. But for the truly adventurous traveler a trip to Niagara during winter might just be one of the best trips of your life.
The city of Niagara has decided to embrace winter weather wholeheartedly and provide winter guests with opportunities summer visitors just won’t have — namely the spectacular fireworks and the Festival of Light that turns our wintery landscape into a kaleidoscope of colors.
So if you’re one of the brave, one who breaks the mold, and one who’s always up for an adventure, this is the ultimate guide to the fireworks and the Festival of Light that has made Niagara one of the most popular winter destinations in the region, and we don’t even have a beach.
Niagara’s Fantastic Fireworks
Niagara Parks has a long tradition of hosting Niagara Falls fireworks shows all year round. During the summer months these displays take place three times a week. During the month of November the fireworks displays are limited to Friday nights only however, once the holiday season begins you can expect fireworks nightly from December 24th to December 30th.
And, of course, there are two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve, one at 9 p.m. and the other at the stroke of midnight. Can you think of a better way to celebrate than with a sky full of brilliant fireworks in a park surrounded by millions of lights?
The fireworks at Niagara Falls are a great reason to spend your Christmas or New Year’s Eve holidays in Niagara Falls. In addition to the fireworks there are so many other things to do, like sample some of Niagara’s best food, enjoy the indoor waterpark, and marvel at the way the falls change during the winter months and cover everything with a gorgeous layer of ice due to the mist. Plus, many hotels offer steep discounts during the winter so you could save money on your accommodations.
Also, when you add the fact that the falls themselves are illuminated at night, the combination of fireworks and colorful, cascading water is a sight to behold. It combines the awe-inspiring aspects of nature with man’s creative ways to dress it up in a beautiful way.
The Winter Festival of Lights
As if fireworks aren’t enough to entice you spend your winter holiday in Niagara then the other Niagara Falls light show should do the trick. The Winter Festival of Lights held in Queen Anne Park and Dufferin Island draws millions of visitors from around the world and is considered one of the best designed and choreographed lights shows in the world.
The light festival runs from November 27th to January 31st and everything is illuminated every evening. The park is filled with creative light displays including Noah’s Ark and the world’s largest Canadian American flag, entirely illuminated. The trees on Dufferin Island are wrapped in colorful lights making a stroll down the trails an utter delight. In fact, the entire trail of brightly lit winter wonderland is 8 kilometers long.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Toronto Power Generating Station is illuminated and has a sound and light show to accompany it. Your kids will love the illuminated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Clifton Hill and the three large angels adorning the Niagara Parks Police Building.
Other special aspects of the Winter Festival of Lights include the holiday walking tour, the fireworks put on by the Fallsview Casino, and, of course, everything culminates in the biggest party of the year, New Year’s Eve. Two huge fireworks displays will be held and Queen Anne Park hosts live music, food vendors, and everything else you could possibly imagine to make your New Year’s Eve one to remember.
Niagara Falls fireworks are almost legendary in status. Millions of people flock to Niagara during the winter months to take in the fireworks, the Winter Festival of Lights, and all of the other revelry that occurs during the holiday season. The popularity of these events has increased exponentially over the years and more and more people make this a part of their winter holiday plans.
But don’t just take our word for it. Book your travel to Niagara Falls today and take part in one of the biggest and brightest parties of the year.