All About New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls New Year's Eve Concert

New Year’s Eve

This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Queen Victoria Park will be one for the books with an all-Canadian musical lineup featuring Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs, Walk Off the Earth, and Avenue Inn.

The celebration will feature an outdoor concert beginning at 8pm, along with fireworks shows at 9pm and midnight, an outdoor licensed area, and food and beverage vendors.

Get to know a bit more about this year’s performers and start planning your Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve getaway today!

Burton Cummings

Celebrated Canadian musician Burton Cummings is widely known as the lead singer and songwriter of The Guess Who and for legendary solo hits like “Stand Tall” and “My Own Way to Rock”. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2016 and continues to tour around Canada and the United States.

The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs are a multi Juno Award-winning retro rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 2011, they became the first unsigned band to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and went on to release six studio albums and a number of popular songs like “I Don’t Know”, “Feeling Good”, and “The Way It Is”.

Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off the Earth is a Burlington-based indie pop band known for their creative music videos of covers and original songs, one of which features all five members of the band simultaneously playing one guitar. The band won the 2016 Juno Award for Group of the Year, has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and has gone on to release a string of successful original songs.

Avenue Inn

Avenue Inn is a Niagara Falls based alternative rock band that was named Band of the Year at the Niagara Music Awards and released a brand new album called “Tonight”.

Start the new year off right and ring in 2019 in Niagara Falls!

Everything You Need to Know about the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights

Wintertime is on the horizon and Niagara Falls is the perfect destination to visit for an extraordinary family escape. One of the highlights of winter in Niagara Falls is the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights, which takes place November 3rd to January 31st.

This year’s festival will feature an 8km illumination route, incredible illumination displays, and one-of-a-kind events. Here are some of the things to look forward to during this year’s Winter Festival of Lights:

Opening Ceremonies

This year’s festival kicks off with a celebration in Queen Victoria Park on November 3rd featuring live entertainment, lighting displays, and fireworks over Niagara Falls. The event is free to attend and can be followed by a journey along the festival’s 8lm illumination route.

Fireworks

Enjoy spectacular fireworks shows over Niagara Falls all winter long with weekly shows every Friday night at 9pm, bonus shows during the holidays (every night from December 22nd-30th), and 18-minute long shows during the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition taking place over two weekends in November.

Illumination Displays

The Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a sparkling winter wonderland with amazing illumination displays set up all around the city. Areas to check out include:

  • Fallsview District – featuring the Passage light tunnel, Prismatica art exhibit, and the Fallsview Sound & Light Show
  • Clifton Hill – featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles light displays
  • Dufferin Islands – featuring 3D Canadian wildlife displays, Inukshuk, and an illuminated water fountain
  • Lundy’s Lane – featuring The Loop musical light exhibit and a Nut Cracker Soldier

Cascades of Fire

Niagara Falls is hosting the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition this November with six teams from countries all over the world presenting 18-minute pyrotechnic shows synchronized to music.

The competition is taking place over two weekends (November 9th-11th & November 16th-18th) and all shows take place at 9pm. At the end of each show, a judging panel will rate the performance and awards will be presented by the Mayor of Niagara Falls at the closing ceremony on November 18th. Participating countries include China, Finland, Brazil, Vietnam, Italy, and Canada. Shows can be viewed from along the Niagara Parkway, at Table Rock Welcome Centre, or from a beautiful Fallsview room at a Niagara Falls hotel.

Plan Your Getaway Today

The annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights is an exciting holiday tradition that also includes popular events like the New Year’s Eve celebration in Queen Victoria Park and the Deck the Falls holiday walking tour. Experience the magic of Niagara Falls in winter and start planning your getaway today!

Experiencing Autumn in Niagara Falls

Niagara in autumn

Autumn in Niagara Falls

Autumn is now in full swing, which means it’s a great time to plan a getaway to Niagara Falls. The summer crowds are diminishing and the city’s natural areas are transforming into vibrant autumn landscapes, making it an extraordinary vacation destination for families and couples.

Niagara Parkway

Walking, biking, or driving along the Niagara Parkway is a great way to experience the natural beauty of autumn in Niagara. The Niagara Parkway is a 55km road stretching from Fort Erie to Fort George, offering a wonderful scenic route for an autumn journey through the area. The parkway will take you right past the thundering Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls, and connect you with extraordinary sights that are unique to the Niagara region.

Dufferin Islands

Dufferin Islands is a group of secluded man-made islands located just a short walk away from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The islands are connected by bridges and footpaths, which make for easy exploring, and the area is popular among locals and tourists for walking and picnicking. The islands are surrounded by trees that turn beautiful colours in autumn, making this 10-acre natural area a great destination to check out.

Whirlpool Aerocar

A ride on the antique Whirlpool Aero Car offers a unique vantage point high above the Niagara River, whirlpool, and gorge. The cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and travels over the Niagara River’s class 6 white water rapids between Canada and the United States. During the trip, riders are able to see the beautiful fall foliage of the Niagara Gorge and take in the natural beauty of the area’s pristine Carolinian Forest.

Fallsview Rooms & Attractions

Spectacular views of Niagara Falls and surrounding parklands can also be experienced from a Fallsview guestroom at Niagara Falls hotels like the Sheraton on the Falls and Crowne Plaza Fallsview. And we make it easy to plan a Niagara Falls getaway with Hotel & Waterpark packages that offer great deals on the city’s best accommodations and attractions.

And don’t forget about the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights coming up on November 3, 2018. This year’s festival features an 8km festival route, nightly illuminations, the Cascades of Fire international fireworks competition, and a lot more!

3 Niagara Falls Attractions to Check Out Before They Close

Canadian Horseshoe Falls

Niagara Falls

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is open year-round, making it one of the many great Niagara Falls attractions to check out on a family getaway. With 16 thrilling waterslides, a full-size wave pool, outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, private cabanas, and adult-only Jacuzzis, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Not all Niagara Falls attractions are open year-round however, and if you want to enjoy some great ones like Hornblower Niagara Cruises, White Water Walk, and WildPlay Zipline to the Falls, then make sure to plan your exciting Niagara Falls family getaway before they close!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Last day of the season – November 30

This year, Hornblower Niagara Cruises is offering boat rides to the Falls until the end of November, which means there’s still plenty of time to experience this iconic attraction. Choose between the classic Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour, Falls Illumination Cruise, and Falls Fireworks Cruise, and get ready to journey into the mist and get as close as you can get to the breathtaking Niagara Falls.

White Water Walk

Last day of the season – November 3

The Niagara Parks White Water Walk gives you an up-close view of the Niagara River and class 6 white water rapids right from the river’s edge. It’s a self-guided attraction that immerses you in the beautiful nature of the Niagara Gorge, and gives you the chance to take it all in from a quarter mile boardwalk and a number of viewing platforms.

WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls

Last day of the season – November 24

Looking for some thrills while visiting Niagara? Check out the WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls attraction. It offers a breathtaking 670 metre ride to the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls where you’ll land atop a beautiful falls observation deck.

And for additional thrills, make sure to visit WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course featuring suspended obstacles and ziplines high above the Niagara Gorge.

And to make planning your Niagara Falls family getaway easy, book a Hotel & Waterpark Package that will connect you with the very best accommodations and entertainment that Niagara Falls has to offer.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Wins 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

2018 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award

TripAdvisor Award

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls has just been awarded a 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for the 6th year in a row, recognizing us as one of the top 5 waterparks in Canada!

Each year, the Travelers’ Choice Awards are given to attractions and hotel destinations and around the world that are well-reviewed by TripAdvisor travelers. Properties that receive the award demonstrate a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and represent some of the best experiences as chosen by millions of travelers.

We’re very honoured to receive the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award and are always aiming to make our award-winning attraction the best that it can be for families and visitors to Niagara Falls. With 3-acres of fun including 16 waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full-size wave pool, outdoor activity pool and sundeck, and adult-only Jacuzzis, we offer endless water fun in a one-of-a-kind location!

To check us out on TripAdvisor, click here.

Where to Find the Best Niagara Falls Souvenirs

Niagara Falls souvenirs

Niagara Falls shopping

Go hunting for awesome Niagara Falls souvenirs and gifts to commemorate your visit to the city at any one of these amazing Niagara Falls shops.

Great Canadian Gifts Shop

Great Canadian Gifts is a new souvenir shop located inside the redesigned lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel. The store offers a wide selection of Canada and Niagara Falls souvenirs, gifts, clothing, treats, and merchandise including mugs, t-shirts, hats, Niagara-made treats, and more.

When you finish shopping you can also check out the lobby’s other great food and retail destinations including Sweet Jesus ice cream, Starbucks, Wine Rack boutique, Freshii, and Niagara Vines Wine Bar.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

Shop for the sweetest souvenirs in the city at the Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store located on Falls Avenue Resort. The Hershey’s store is a chocolate lover’s paradise that carries amazing Hershey’s merchandise and candies, and also features an on-site bake shop where you can pick up fresh treats like fudge, milkshakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and more.

Shop for gifts, clothing, and merchandise from your favourite Hershey’s brands like Kisses, Reese’s, Twizzlers, and Jolly Rancher, and pick-up one-of-a-kind gift items like the 5lb. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar.

Always Refreshing Soda Shop

Directly connected to the Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store is the 1950’s-inspired Always Refreshing Soda Shop where you can enjoy delicious floats, milkshakes, and ice cream, and shop around for one-of-a-kind merchandise. The soda shop doubles as a Coca Cola Collectors boutique and has amazing gifts and souvenirs for avid collectors and all Niagara Falls visitors.

Right now the soda shop is offering special limited-edition Niagara Falls Coca Cola City Design bottles, which offer both a refreshing drink and unique souvenir!

Hard Rock Cafe

Niagara Falls is home to Canada’s only Hard Rock Cafe location situated just a short walk away from the thundering Horseshoe and American Falls. In addition to an exciting restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls also features a street-level boutique with exclusive t-shirts, pins, and other awesome Hard Rock Cafe souvenirs available to buy.

Fit some souvenir shopping time into your next Niagara Falls getaway and you won’t be disappointed!

A Weekend in Niagara Falls

A Niagara Falls getaway is the perfect summer trip. With incredible sights, attractions, entertainment, and dining, the city offers a wide selection of experiences that you won’t want to miss. So here’s our guide to an amazing weekend adventure in Niagara Falls featuring some of our favourite family-friendly destinations and activities.

Day One

Visit the Falls

Horseshoe Falls

One of the first stops on any visit to Niagara Falls should be the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. A walk along the Niagara Parkway from the bottom of Clifton Hill towards the Table Rock Welcome Centre will take you past the rushing waters of the American and Bridal Veil Falls to the breathtaking brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

With more than 3000 tons of water flowing over the Horseshoe Falls every second, it’s a spectacular sight to see and will be a highlight of any visit to Niagara.

Embark on a Hornblower Niagara Cruises Boat Ride

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is one of Niagara’s most iconic attractions and a must-do activity on a weekend trip to Niagara Falls. Hornblower offers 4 incredible experiences, which will take you into the mist and as close as you can get to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Experiences include:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Falls Illumination Cruise – 40 minutes
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise – 40 minutes

And you can buy your tickets in advance to save time on your visit!

Enjoy a Meal

Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at one of Niagara’s many great restaurants like Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, and Rainforest Cafe. Fallsview Buffet Restaurant’s dining room offers spectacular views of Niagara Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows while Hard Rock Cafe and Rainforest Cafe offer adventures in themed dining that people of all ages will love.

Visit Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is known as Niagara’s “Street of Fun” and is home to a number of the city’s top attractions. Take a walk up and down both sides of the street to discover awesome spots like:

  • Niagara SkyWheel
  • Adventure City Arcade
  • Sweet Jesus Ice Cream
  • Niagara Speedway
  • Niagara Brewing Company

This street is always bustling with activity, but nighttime is a great time to explore everything that it has to offer as it comes alive with electric energy and sparkling lights.

Take in the Fireworks

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Falls Fireworks Series, Niagara Parks has scheduled spectacular fireworks shows over Niagara Falls every night of the week until September 3rd.

The shows take place  at 10pm and can be best enjoyed from along the Niagara Parkway, at the Table Rock Welcome Centre, or from a Fallsview guestroom at one of Niagara’s top hotels.

Day Two

Splash the Day Away at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Spend the afternoon splashing around at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and experience 16 waterslides, a full-size wave pool, 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, adult-only Jacuzzis, and more.

And we have a number of great Waterpark Getaway packages that will make planning a family-friendly getaway to Niagara Falls convenient and easy!

Grab a Bite

Refuel from your exciting waterpark adventure at Freshii, located inside the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel. You can grab some healthy and delicious items like burritos, wraps, salads, smoothies, and bowls and then head over to Queen Victoria Park located right across the street for a relaxing picnic.

Pick up Souvenirs

Before you leave Niagara Falls, stop by the Great Canadian Gifts Shop at the bottom of Clifton Hill to pick up some unique souvenirs, merchandise, and gifts. The shop has a huge selection of Niagara Falls items and treats, which will help you commemorate your amazing visit to the city.

Until Next Time…

All great weekends must come to an end, but don’t worry, you can start planning your next Niagara Falls getaway any time you want!

What’s New in Niagara Falls?

Niagara Falls fireworks show.

Nightly fireworks over Niagara Falls.

Planning a family getaway to Niagara Falls this summer? In addition to experiencing 3-acres of fun and excitement at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, make sure to check out the new and amazing family-friendly destinations that the city has to offer. So, what’s new in Niagara Falls?

Niagara Speedway

Located on Clifton Hill in the heart of the city’s tourist district, the Niagara Speedway is a brand new outdoor go-kart attraction that people of all ages will love. Niagara’s Speedway course is spread out over 4 acres and features a 4-storey spiral, 2-tiered coaster style ramp, and thrilling turns that make for some truly amazing racing at up to 32 km/hr.

This is the first course of its kind in Canada and is an attraction that you won’t want to miss this summer in Niagara Falls. Tickets are $12.00 per 5 minute race for drivers, with a minimum height requirement of 58”.

Freshii

Keep your healthy eating on track while visiting Niagara Falls at the brand new Freshii located inside the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel on Falls Avenue Resort. Freshii offers a nutritious and delicious menu of salads, bowls, smoothies, burritos, juices, soups, and wraps to keep you energized while on the go and features a number of signature items like turmeric juices, energii bites, and grain bowls.

The entire menu is completely customizable and features innovative creations to make healthy eating fun. Eat and energize with a meal at Freshii and get ready to experience the best in healthy eating that Niagara has to offer.

Nightly Fireworks Shows

Niagara Parks is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the popular Falls Fireworks Series with a special expanded summer schedule featuring 111 shows! From June 15th to September 3rd, fireworks will be taking place every single night at 10pm, lighting up the sky over the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Enjoy the fireworks from along the Niagara Parkway, Table Rock Welcome Centre, Queen Victoria Park, or a Fallsview guestroom at one of Niagara’s top hotels.

Thrilling Niagara Falls Attractions for Summer

With 16 waterslides, a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, and full size wave pool, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark connects families with thrills and excitement in a totally unique location overlooking Niagara Falls. And if you’re on a family getaway to Niagara this summer and looking for even more fun and adventure, make sure to visit these other extraordinary Niagara Falls attractions.

WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls

One of Niagara’s newest and most exciting attractions is the WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls, located at the Grand View Marketplace on the Niagara Parkway. If you’re an adventure seeking family that wants to experience the beauty and power of the Falls while traveling 670 metres down a zipline, then this is the attraction for you. WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls will take you on an amazing ride into the Niagara Gorge right towards the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls where you’ll stop at a beautiful Falls observation deck to take in the beauty of the Falls from below!

Niagara Helicopters

Niagara Helicopters Ride

Take in spectacular views of Niagara Falls from an extraordinary vantage point on a Niagara Helicopters ride. This year-round aerial attraction lifts off from the Niagara Helicopters base on Victoria Avenue and begins by passing by the Sir Adam Beck Generating Plant and the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. The journey continues along the Niagara River, over the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow Bridge, to the magnificent American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that offers amazing photo opportunities unlike anywhere else.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour

For a high-speed boat ride through the class 5 white water rapids of the Niagara River, make sure to embark on a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour. This one-hour exhilarating ride is full of thrills and excitement and will teach you all about the history and geology of the incredible Niagara River. You will be soaked by the water of the rapids as you venture close to the Niagara River Whirlpool and will experience a once in a lifetime ride that will definitely be a highlight of your visit to Niagara Falls.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

For another amazing boating adventure in Niagara, embark on a Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride past the base of the American Falls and into the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Available journeys include:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour
  • Falls Illumination Cruise
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise

Hornblower Niagara Cruises (formerly known as the Maid of the Mist) is one of Niagara’s most iconic attractions and is a must-do attraction for people of all ages visiting Niagara Falls this summer.

Get ready for a fun family getaway full of exciting Niagara Falls attractions and start planning your summer getaway today!

Family Fun in Niagara: Upcoming Events that Kids and Adults Will Love

Family fun in Niagara Falls

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Niagara Falls is a family vacation destination that has it all. From exciting attractions to amazing dining and accommodations, the city has everything you need to make a family spring getaway into something spectacular.

It’s easy to plan a family getaway to Niagara Falls with our Hotel Waterpark Packages which will connect you with hotel accommodations at one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels and four two-day passes to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. And if you find yourself on a family getaway to Niagara Falls this spring, make sure to check out these wonderful family-friendly events that both kids and adults will love.

Wild Ontario

February 17th – April 29th, Butterfly Conservatory

This month is your last chance to experience the Butterfly Conservatory’s Wild Ontario exhibit, which highlights Ontario’s incredible biodiversity and features a variety of species both common and at risk in our communities. This is a great chance for people of all ages to learn about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrate and see a barn owl, porcupine, spotted turtle, tree frog, salamander, garter snake, and more.

Along with a live animal exhibit, Wild Ontario features engaging panel displays about Ontario’s ecosystems and what we can all do to assist the species in our communities.

Mad Science Series: Tantalizing Taste

April 19th, Niagara Falls History Museum

Discover and explore the senses of taste and smell with the Mad Science Tantalizing Taste event coming to the Niagara Falls History Museum on April 19th. Each participant will receive a taste kit and find out whether or not they’re a super taster or just an ordinary human. Space is limited to 25 participants and the recommended age is 6-12!

Earth Day in the Glen

Family fun in Niagara Falls

Walking in the Niagara Glen

April 22nd, Niagara Glen

Give back to the community this Earth Day and join in on the free clean-up event happening in the Niagara Glen. Spend the day exploring the Niagara River Corridor while also helping to create a greener, healthier Niagara. The day will start with a guided tour through pristine Carolinian forest, followed by a complimentary lunch and team clean-up in the Niagara Glen.

The event will be taking place from 11am-1pm and each participant will receive a reusable water bottle to keep!

Sharon and Bram Show

April 28th, Seneca Queen Theatre

Experience a sing-along concert for the entire family with Sharon and Bram performing at the Seneca Queen Theatre on April 28th. Singing favourites like “Five Little Monkeys” and “Skinnamarink”, the show will be a one-of-a-kind event filled with laughter and music.