Niagara Falls isn’t just a great place to visit during the Summer, in fact there are just as many things to see and do in this great city during the other three seasons. In fact, winter time in the Falls is an entirely different and exciting experience all together.
While some popular attractions like the Maid of the Mist or Marineland are closed during the winter months, other places remain open year round. Add to that the many “winter only” attractions and events and your almost guaranteed a great time to be had by all.
Most hotels, restaurants and stores are open year round along with the casinos, malls and many major attractions.
There are some specific attractions, events and things to do that can however, only be enjoyed in the winter months and those are what we are covering here.
Winter Attractions and Events in Niagara Falls
Winter Festival of Lights A long time tradition in the Falls, the Winter Festival of lights is a large collection of lighted displays along the Niagara Parkway, through Duffrin Islands and now throughout the City’s Downtown area.
Public Ice Skating As the weather changes from the beautiful colors of Fall to the cool crisp days of Winter, so do the activities that couples and families like to do. Ice skating has been popular for ever and Niagara Falls has many public skating rinks available for both public and private skating or hockey events.
Rink at the Brink As one of Niagara Falls’ newest seasonal attractions, the Rink at the Brink is a public skating pad constructed each year directly across from the Table Rock Welcome center and offers great views of the Falls while you skate and listen to the music playing over the speakers.
New Years Eve As Canada’s largest outdoor New Years Eve celebrations, Niagara Falls gets better every year. With popular live bands, local and other well know celebrities and multiple displays of fireworks over the Falls, this televised event rivals New York’s famous party in Times Square.
Ice Wine Festival Celebrate the new years vintage of Niagara’s Ice Wines every January in Niagara Falls. With Catered events, a showcasing from many of the areas wineries, ice sculpting, ice bars and even glasses made of wine.
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade Each year, near the end of November, people visiting Niagara Falls can usually catch Santa as he stops by the Honeymoon capital for a parade in his honour.
OHL Hockey If your into hockey than you may want to get in on some local Ontario Hockey League action by taking in a Niagara Ice Dogs home game. This fan site is a great place to get all the info on past and upcomming games.