Things to do in Niagara Falls in the Winter under $5

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Keeping yourself and your family entertained while on a budget doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Luckily, there are plenty things to do in Niagara Falls in the Winter. Here is a list of activities for under $5.

Winter Festival of Lights

Cost: FREE

You may walk the pathways along the Niagara Parkway, Fallsview District, and Clifton Hill or drive your vehicle and take in all the lights. Donations are appreciated as you exit the Dufferin Islands viewing of the lights. Suggested donation: $5 – $10 per car and $1 per person on bus tours. All proceeds are used to enhance the Festival’s lights and displays.

The Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s premiere illumination festival. With over 8KM of sparkling illuminations, it’s easy to see why people from all over flock to this Winter Wonderland each and every year!

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Ghost Blasters Dark Ride

Cost: $4.99 (+HST)/Person

Visit Ghost Blasters Dark Ride on Clifton Hill for an all-aged family-fun interactive laser gun ride! Take a ride through “Bleakstone Manor” where you’ll be confronted by an army of ghosts, skeletons, ghouls and goblins riding from room to room in black-light darkness. Shoot the targets and beat your opponent — show off your skills!

Niagara Falls History Museum

Cost: Adult (20+) $5.00, Students (6-19 years old or with valid student ID) $4, Children (Under 6 years old) Free. Every Thursday from 5-9 admission is FREE.

Whether you wish to learn more about the War of 1812, the Community Gallery, a temporary exhibition, or even to take advantage of special events, the Niagara Falls History Museum is an inexpensive and educational way to spend your time.

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Visit Historical Sites and Landmarks in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Cost: FREE

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint, historical town worth checking out. Window shop at one of their unique little shops from local artists to cute boutiques. Be sure to visit Queenston Heights Park and the Brock’s Monument, the recent tribute to the First Nations, and of course the famous gazebo at Queen’s Royal Park.

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Outdoor Skating

Cost: FREE

Skating at the outdoor rinks are free, and children should always be supervised by an adult. Rink status will be identified by GREEN (Open) and RED (Closed) signs. Helmets and protective safety gear are strongly recommended. Food, drinks, glass objects, and pets are not allowed on the ice.

Rinks are open daily from dawn to dusk.

  • John N Allen Park 6980 Kalar Rd
  • Keigan Park 8030 Beaverton Blvd
  • Maple Park 5100 Maple St
  • Mt Carmel Park 7806 Mt Carmel Blvd
  • Preakness Park 7857 Preakness St

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Niagara Falls Fireworks (They’re Back!)

Cost: FREE

Beginning December 26 and continuing each night through to January 1, fireworks will return with spectacular displays over the Falls this holiday season, adding to celebrations taking place across the destination. 

December 26-30th 2021 & January 1st, 2022 @10pm

December 31st, 2021 (New Years Eve) @9 p.m. and Midnight

Hosted by Niagara Parks and presented by the Niagara Falls Hotel Association, fireworks will take place each night at 10 p.m. and on New Year’s Eve, there will be two displays (9 p.m. and midnight) to ring in 2022. Considered an iconic and signature experience for the destination, the fireworks will complement other events and programming happening in Niagara Falls, including the OPG Winter Festival of Lights.

For more information.

Hiking/Walking at Heartland Forest

Cost: FREE year-round (Donations boxes are located throughout the property and are very appreciated).

This is kid-friendly trail situated on over 200 acres that includes easy access trails. The trails present one of the largest remaining ecosystems of its kind in the Niagara Region and is a valuable refuge for many species at risk.

Parents can push a stroller through the woods on the wide, easy-access paths. People who use mobility devices can park close to the entrance to the forest without worrying about encountering roots, rocks, curbs and steps.

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Visit the Library

Cost: FREE

The libraries in the region have programs and events happening throughout the winter. From baby events straight through to adult programs, there is something educational and fun to do. Register online as seats fill up quickly.

Visit here for more information and/or to register.

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