American Thanksgiving In Niagara Falls


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A  vacation to Niagara Falls during American Thanksgiving (Nov. 25, 2021) 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.


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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! Rock N Bowl 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, 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 OPG Winter Festival of Lights!

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 13th 2021 to February 21st, 2022 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

For another type of magic, wander over to the Greg Frewin Theatre. An International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin’s ‘Wild Magic’ 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 ‘Wild Magic’ Show runs Wednesday, November 24th to the 27th at 6:15pm and 7:30pm, with the option to include a dinner buffet.

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 AM

Special Illumination

  • November 24 @10:00 – 10:15 PM
    • 16 Days of Activism Orange
  • November 25 @10:00 – 10:15 PM
    • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2021 Orange / Blue, White, Red
  • November 30 @10:00 – 10:15 PM
    • National Day of Scotland and the 185TH Anniversary of SAST White, Blue, White, Blue

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Annual Christmas Display

For over 65 years, the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse builds traditional holiday displays every Christmas season, featuring restored selections from the original Cullen Miniature Village collection, along with the popular poinsettia tree and horticultural wonders.

The Floral Showhouse will be adorned with lights, garland and ribbon, and free flying tropical songbirds will add to the Christmas spirit.

Dates and Admission:

NOV 20, 2021 – JAN 9, 2022
ADULT (13+ YEARS) : $7 | CHILD (6-12 YEARS) $4 | INFANT (5 & UNDER) Free

SUNDAY, MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Closed

Hours of operation may vary by date


Questions about crossing the border?

As of August 9, 2021, Canada has began allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.

Learn more about the requirements for entering Canada

Effective September 7, 2021, Canada’s borders are open to any fully vaccinated international travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

The U.S. has extended restrictions on non-essential travel into the country from Canada at land and ferry border crossings until at least October 21, 2021.

American Thanksgiving in Niagara Falls
Photo by: Christine Hess

We hope you have a fabulous American Thanksgiving in Niagara Falls. With plenty to do and see, it will make that special family time a little more exciting, a little more dramatic, a little more memorable. Everyone will be thankful.


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