Here is a list of some events not to be missed this Winter in Niagara Falls.
1. Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights
The Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s premiere illumination festival, and has received a number of awards including being named one of the Top 100 Festivals on Ontario, Sponsor of the Year, Best Volunteer Program, Most Innovative Partnership, and the prestigious Events of Distinction Award from Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO). The American Bus Association has long recognized the OPG Winter Festival of Lights as one of its Top 100 internationally Known Events from 2005-2015.
There are many new additions this year, including a 3-D woolly mammoth light display. The mammoth display is part of the Canadian wildlife light displays at Dufferin Islands. This year’s festival will feature 400,000 lights in Dufferin Islands alone (an increase of last year’s 340,000).
Also new this year is the Deck the Falls walking tours along Fallsview Blvd., and other selected venues. One of the much-anticipated additions, Deck the Falls is a self-guided walking tour that allows visitors to admire Niagara’s finest hotel lobbies decorated in their holiday best. Attendees can take in the giant Lite Brite, listen to live musical performances and sample some holiday appetizers along the way.
For more information on everything fabulous this year please visit www.wfol.com
*When: November 19, 2016 to January 31, 2017*
2. Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade
The 2016 Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is a can’t miss family event that happens this year on Saturday, November 19th.
This year’s Parade will feature 12 marching bands, Superheroes, Stilt Walkers, and so much more!
The Parade Route begins at 11:00 am on Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street, and travels north along Victoria Avenue, turning right onto Valley Way, right onto Queen Street, and then ends just past the Niagara Falls City Hall.
During the Parade:
*The Salvation Army will be giving away free Hot Chocolate at the Roseberg Family Park.
*Free face painting, balloons. and caricatures at City Hall.
*Canada Post will be collecting letter to Santa long the parade route — so have them ready!
*Project SHARE will collect food donations along the route.
After the Parade:
*Meet and Greet with Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus.
*283 Performing Arts Company will provide entertainment.
*Zoosemobile and Kobbler Jay will be there.
For more information please visit www.niagarafalls.ca
*When: Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 11:00 am*
3. Niagara Icewine Festival
For three weekends in January, the Niagara Region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, celebrating one of Canada’s most cherished products – Ontario Icewine.
From Gala evening toasts to chestnut roasts, ornate ice bars, ice skating and winery tours, the 22nd Annual Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty for every taste.
This year, celebrate 2017 at the Xerox Icewine Gala: Sugar and Spice, Everything Ice, an all-inclusive event held inside the Grand Halls at the Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls. This is the official kick-off to the Niagara Icewine Festival which features incredible culinary from the world-class Fallsview Casino Resort Chefs and over 100 VQA Icewines and table wines from over 35 award-winning wineries.
Experience the best of Niagara wineries over three weekends with the Discovery Pass program
The Niagara Icewine Festival Discovery Pass is your key to three weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass.
For more information please visit www.niagarawinefestivals.com
*When: January 13 to January 29, 2017*
Need accommodations for an overnight stay for any of these exciting events ? Click here for a list of nearby Niagara Falls Hotels to choose from.