American Thanksgiving In Niagara Falls

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A  vacation to Niagara Falls during American Thanksgiving (Nov. 23, 2023) is an idea the whole family can be thankful for! Thanksgiving is a great time of year as it’s generally the kick off for the holiday season. Its pumpkin pie, delicious turkey dinner and the perfect opportunity to gather and spend time with loved ones.  Of course, in all that gathering, someone – usually Mom– ends up having to do some major cooking and baking. This year, give Mom (or Dad, or Grandma) a break and get away…by spending the American Thanksgiving in Niagara Falls!

According the American Automobile Association (AAA),  this years holiday weekend will see “record-breaking numbers on the road and in the air this year.” So if you are are thinking about getting away before the weather turns for the worse, you are not alone and in good company this year.

Fun Pass

Though temperatures dip in late November, its generally a dryer month than October with very little snow accumulation, making the drive manageable. The long range weather forecast for Niagara Falls is something to pay attention to closer to the time of departure. It’s also a festive time as the city gears up for the holidays with many decorative displays like the: Winter Festival of Lights, nearby holiday markets and events happening just before the major Christmas holiday period.  Another bonus is the minimal  tourists that visit during this time of year making it far more relaxing for local sightseeing.  Of course the world famous Clifton Hill area, at the heart of Niagara Falls, is worth a visit with most everything open, including the Niagara Speedway (weather permitting).  Whether you’re seeking to get closer to one of nature’s most powerful wonders: the Falls, or you’d like to toss in some good ole’ fashion fun, the Thanksgiving activities this year are rather impressive.

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Let Us Do the Cooking!

Sit back, relax, and gather your family at Boston Pizza Clifton Hill.

We have more than 100 delicious menu items for dinner to choose from. They are sure to please the pickiest of eaters at your table. From appetizers to dessert, plus one of the best kid’s menu’s around, we have you covered!

The best part about our venue is that we are geared towards families and boast over 25,000 sqft. of indoor family entertainment with nearby bowling, billiards, rides and games galore…not to mention delicious food! Many families love having friendly competition at the neighboring Strike! Game Zone entertainment complex!

Don’t miss out on the family fun during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend!

Shop Till You Drop!

What’s an American Thanksgiving in Niagara Falls without some Niagara Falls shopping?

With Black Friday sales popping up everywhere in Niagara Falls, Canada and the strong U.S. dollar, American Thanksgiving weekend is the time to engage in some retail therapy! The Canada One Outlet Mall will have some amazing deals popping up. It’s home to top designer name outlets such as Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Carter’s OshKosh B’gosh, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Samsonite, Adidas, Guess, American Eagle, La Vie en Rose, SVP Sports, Golf Liquidators and so much more.

Additionally, Clifton Hill has the top selection of Niagara Falls inspired souvenirs. There is no need to stray far from the picturesque beauty of the Falls to get to one of Niagara’s largest souvenir stores — the Canada Trading Company. You are likely to find that special something to take home after a memorable trip. The Canada Trading Co. offers top quality clothing, figurines, water globes, wind spinners, handcrafted jewelry, as well as an impressive display of Native art, totems, Inukshuks & Moccasins, dream catchers, masks and statues — the list goes on and on!

A trip to Niagara Falls isn’t complete without a stop at the decadently sweet Fudge Factory! Save room for something luscious, because you won’t believe all the delectable goodies made fresh at Fudge Factories gorgeous shop!

The Winter Festival of Lights!

WFOL Niagara Falls

The Biggest and the Brightest of All Winter Festivals in Ontario!

The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights is FREE and open to everyone! It takes place November 18th 2023 to January 7th, 2024 along 8 km of the Niagara Parkway and within Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Islands, and various tourist areas throughout Niagara Falls including: Clifton Hill, the Victoria Centre, Fallsview Boulevard, and Lundy’s Lane.  Festival organizers have carefully crafted a brilliant schedule to ensure a diverse variety of events happen each week over roughly two months. Visitors should come out early and often to catch all the distinctive events throughout the festival.

Click here for more details on the Winter Festival of Lights.

Greg Frewin Theatre

Wonder Show at Greg Frewin Theatre

For another type of magic, wander over to the Greg Frewin Theatre. An International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin’s ‘WONDER’ Show brings the best of the Las Vegas style family magic show to the Falls. There’s even an opportunity to have your picture taken with a tiger.

The ‘WONDER’ Show runs Wednesday, November 23th to the 26th at 6:00pm and 7:30pm, with the option to include a dinner at 6pm.

Check the Full November Schedule Here

Niagara Falls Illumination

Don’t miss out on the Niagara Falls Illumination!

Fall/Winter Schedule:

Nightly: November 1st – December 31st from 4:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Special Illuminations

  • November 23rd. Top of every hour for 15 minutes from 4:30 PM – 2:00 AM
    • American Thanksgiving Red, White, Blue
  • November 24, 2023
    • 16 Days of Activism @10:00 – 10:15 PM: Orange
    • Go Blue for AMR @10:15 – 10:30 PM: Blue
  • November 25, 2023
    • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women @10:00 – 10:15 PM: Purple

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Annual Christmas Display

For over 65 years, the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse builds traditional holiday displays every Christmas season!

The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse hosts the Annual Poinsettia Show to celebrate the holiday season. This legendary programme blends classic holiday scenes with contemporary flourishes of vibrant colours and lights that bring the cosiness and beauty of the holiday season to life.

Enter the holiday season with this magnificent arrangement of cheery poinsettias, which is enhanced with a lovely collection of cyclamens, amaryllis, and orchids that perfectly embody Niagara’s Christmas atmosphere.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, taking place throughout Queen Victoria Park, and the Artist Garden, with dozens of illumination exhibits, are both open to show attendees as well as the general public.

Hours of operation may vary by date

DATE NOV 18, 2023 – JAN 7, 2024 (Closed Dec 25th)

7145 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls

Weekend Events During American Thanksgiving

Christmas On Ice
Air Supply
A Christmas Carol
Sarah Brightman
Festival Of Lights

Parking on Clifton Hill

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