Niagara’s Winter Wanderings & Wonderlands

Niagara Falls winter skyline

The enchanting winter wonderland of Niagara Falls, Ontario can be enjoyed in many ways 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!

Since it gets dark out earlier in the winter, it is a good time to turn on the Falls illumination lights.


During the winter, until February 20th 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-kilometer 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.


Everyone loves the fireworks displays over Niagara Falls in with a winter backdrop. They can be viewed lighting up the skies of Niagara from almost anywhere in the entertainment district.

Here’s the schedule:

November: 12, 18-19, 25-26 at 8:00 pm
December: 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 26-31 at 8:00 pm
December 31 * NYE at 12:00am
January: 1-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 at 8:00 pm
February: 3-4, 10-11, 17-20 at 8:00 pm


For the second season, 15 venues in the tourism district will host live music entertainment for 7 nights. Our on-site restaurant Coco’s will host live performances you can find the schedule here at Coco’s Restaurant.


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 offer exclusive dining packages that include the Skylon Tower.  With so many more tourists flocking to Niagara Falls in the wintertime, we recommend you reserve in advance and come to experience Niagara in a whole new way!

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