Niagara’s Winter Wanderings & Wonderlands

Niagara Falls, Ontario is one of those special places where each season has its own charm and appeal, making it a leading winter getaway destination. With the ornamental walls, lamp posts, trees, and historical buildings lining the paths from Dufferin Islands through Queen Victoria Park along the Falls, the parkway transforms into a winter wonderland, with both open and intimate spaces to enjoy the snow and scenery.

While the Falls themselves do not freeze, the mist it generates coats its surroundings in sheets of translucent, glass-like ice and icicles, appearing crystallized in a glittery frost and artistry only Mother Nature can provide. If you’ve been to Niagara Falls in the summer season, then this will be a whole new experience. For starters, you’ll want to bundle up. Sweaters, scarves, gloves, a hat, and hand-warmers are all good ideas. The weather closer to the brink of the Falls can vary from other parts of the city, so it’s best to be prepared. Part of the beauty of Niagara Falls in winter is watching the sun glisten off snow, creating a brilliant white, ideal for capturing perfectly lit photos with your camera. On the other hand, you may want to bring some sunglasses!

In winter, the sun may set earlier, but that’s just out excuse to turn on the lights …


During the winter, until January 31st you can experience the magic of the season at the Winter Festival of Lights in Queen Victoria Park. The bulk of the Winter Festival of Lights takes place along an eight-kilometre illumination route that travels through the beautiful landscapes of Queen Victoria and the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, and surrounding tourist districts, with satellite events and displays throughout the city.


Every Friday for the month of January, the Fallsview Casino presents a spectacular fireworks display above the Falls in Queen Victoria park. It can be viewed lighting up the skies of Niagara from almost anywhere in the entertainment district.


The World’s Largest Icewine Festival is happening at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Sip, savour, and delight in the tastiest icewines! The festival kicks off January 11th and runs for three consecutive weekends, 11th-13th, 18th-20th, and 25th-27th. For tickets and more info, visit


You’ll need at least a weekend trip to get the full experience of winter in Niagara Falls. Planning your visit to Niagara Falls is easy when you book your stay at the Holiday Inn by the Falls. Our hotel is perfectly located a close walk to the Falls, in the heart of the Fallsview Entertainment District, close to world-famous attractions like the Skylon Tower and Fallsview Casino. We also offers some of the best hotels deals and packages that cater to both your needs and your budget. Our packages include discounts on dining, attractions, entertainment, and more! With so many more tourists flocking to Niagara Falls in the wintertime, we recommend you reserve in advance and come experience Niagara in a whole new way!

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