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What Family Traditions are Made Of-Niagara’s Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights is about to begin!  Start a family tradition with a visit to Niagara Falls to see the illuminated displays during the Festival’s run from November 16th, 2019 -January 12, 2020.  The most enchanting of Niagara’s attractions has become a Holiday tradition Winter Festival of Lightsfor over one million visitors from around the globe. Admire spectacular light displays, the Fallsview Sound and Light Show and over 3 million lights displayed along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Falls.

Take a walk through Queen Victoria Park which is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland, situated right across the street from the thundering Niagara Falls and next to the bustling Clifton Hill. Explore further on a scenic drive along the 8km route that makes for a spectacular journey through the City’s landscape before heading through Dufferin Islands, home to three dimensional Winter Festival of Lights Fireworks DisplayCanadian wildlife light displays and over fifty trees wrapped in glittering lights.  As you travel towards the Falls from Dufferin Islands, stop at the historic Toronto Power Generating Station to take in a spectacular sound and light show that features dancing colours and patterns moving in time with holiday music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  It is an incredible experience that surrounds you with blissful holiday spirit.

Experience the festivities and beauty of the Holidays during this year’s Winter Festival of Lights. Create family memories at the Skyline Hotel and Waterpark, book your Niagara Falls winter getaway now!

Friday Night Laser Tag Returning for November

Guests at the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark will once again be able to join in for a free game of Laser Tag Laser Tagon Friday Nights in November.  Courtyard 4 will be transformed into a massive laser tag obstacle course with inflatable bunkers and obstacles, Laser Tag guns and game operators.  This series is free and is exclusive for hotel guests.  Players are invited to create a teams or go it alone – you versus the field.

Where: Courtyard 4 at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark

When: Friday nights in November (8, 15, 22, 29)

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Skyline Hotel & Waterpark Introduces Laser Tag Fridays

Laser Tag Fridays in MayCome play Laser Tag in our indoor Courtyard!

Join us at the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark every Friday in May for a game of Laser Tag.  The activity is exclusive to hotel guests, and is free of charge. Guests will be able to play from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Courtyard 4 at the Hotel will be transformed with inflatable bunkers and obstacles, Laser Tag guns and game operators.  Guests can create a team to play against or go it alone – you versus the field.   We will have equipment for up to 18 players to play simultaneously and participants will cycle out at 5 minute intervals so all guests will have a chance to partake.

For an exciting getaway, book one of our Hotel Waterpark Packages arriving or staying over on a Friday and add Laser Tag to your schedule!

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls fireworks

Niagara Falls fireworks

Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights has officially begun, which means from now until January 31st, Niagara Falls is transformed into a magical winter wonderland and lit up in spectacular lights and illumination displays. This year’s festival also features a number of exciting winter events for people of all ages to enjoy and incredible fireworks shows over Niagara Falls.

Here are the highlights of this year’s Winter Festival of Lights:

Fireworks

This year’s Winter Festival of Lights will feature a total of 22 fireworks shows over Niagara Falls. During the festival, fireworks will be launched every Friday night at 9pm with bonus shows scheduled every night from December 22nd – 31st in celebration of the holidays.

For the full Niagara Falls fireworks schedule, click here.

Illumination Displays

The Winter Festival of Lights features an 8km illumination route and a number of light installations and exhibits located throughout the city’s tourist districts.

  • Dufferin Islands – 3D Canadian Wildlife and Inukshuk displays
  • Clifton Hill – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle displays located along Victoria Avenue
  • Fallsview Boulevard District – The Passage experiential light tunnel at old Stone Inn, Skylon Tower illumination, Prismatica exhibit at Scotiabank Convention Centre, and the Fallsview Sound and Light Show at Oakes Hotel
  • Lundy’s Lane – Nut Cracker Soldier and the Loop illuminated musical installation

Deck the Falls

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Winter Festival of Lights

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours are back for another season! These self-guided tours give visitors the chance to explore beautifully decorated venues throughout the city and experience gourmet food sampling, holiday beverages, live musical entertainment, photo-ops, pop up carolers, craft workshops, and more.

  • Date and Time– Deck the Falls is taking place during the first three weekends in December, on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm – 10pm.
  • Tickets – Tickets cost $46.99 per person + taxes. Ticket holders receiver a Deck the Falls Tour Pass with vouchers to be redeemed at participating venues along the tour route, a 48-hour WEGO bus pass, and an Incline Railway Pass. Tickets are valid for all six nights and can be used in one night or spread out over two weekends.
  • Venues – Some of this year’s participating venues include the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Marriott on the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Casino Niagara, and more. Download the Deck the Falls tour map to see all of this year’s participating venues.

New Year’s Eve

The musical lineup for this year’s Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve celebration and outdoor concert in Queen Victoria Park has been announced and features Canadian musicians Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs, Walk Off the Earth, and Avenue Inn.

In addition to an exciting outdoor concert, this totally free event will feature two fireworks shows, an outdoor licensed area, and food and beverage vendors.

Experience the beauty and excitement of this year’s Winter Festival of Lights, and start planning your Niagara Falls winter getaway today!

Niagara Falls Halloween Events the Whole Family Will Love

Niagara Falls Halloween events

Halloween in Niagara Falls

Halloween in Canada isn’t all just candy and costumes. Throughout the month of October there are plenty of spooky, fun, and family-friendly events happening in Niagara featuring traditional Halloween activities and unique autumn entertainment.

Pumpkin Patch

All autumn, Warner Ranch

Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm in Niagara Falls offers a bunch of fun and autumn-centric activities that people of all ages will love. This includes:

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Petting zoo
  • Corn maze
  • Belgian horse-drawn wagon ride
  • Inflatable bounce house

And for those a little braver, Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm also offers a Haunted Hay Ride for the last three weekends in October. The ride is not recommended for children and involves a ride through 50-acres of forest with spooky displays and live actors.

Boo at the Zoo

October 6-8, 2018, Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara’s annual Boo at the Zoo event is the ultimate family-friendly Halloween celebration. This three-day event will feature a ton of exciting activities to check out including:

  • Costume Contests & Find the Golden Pumpkin Contest
  • Fun house & inflatables
  • Kids Bubble/Dance Party in Amphitheatre
  • Trick-or-treating around the zoo

Admission to this event is free for children aged 12 and under in costume and $17 for adults with donation of a non-perishable food item.

Halloween Owl Howl

October 26, Niagara Glen

Learn about the fascinating lives of owls and the different species found in the Niagara region at Niagara Parks’ Halloween Owl Howl event in the Niagara Glen. The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will be hosting a meet-and-greet with owls and teaching guests different types of owl calls.

And as an added bonus, admission to this event is totally free.

You can make your time in Niagara Falls into an unforgettable family getaway with great hotel packages that will connect you with the best dining, entertainment, and accommodations that the city has to offer. Book yours today!

The Best of Fall in the Falls

A Niagara Falls getaway

Canadian Horseshoe Falls

Discover the very best of the fall season on a Niagara Falls getaway at any one of these amazing destinations.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Summer is drawing to a close, which means the air is cooling down as autumn takes it hold. But luckily, a visit to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark means you won’t have to say goodbye to warmer temperatures just yet. The 3-acre waterpark always has an air temperature of 30°C and water temperature of 29°C, making it feel like you’re on a tropical getaway no matter what time of year you visit.

And Fallsview Indoor Waterpark’s Waterpark Getaway Packages make it easy to plan a family-friendly getaway to Niagara Falls with:

  • Hotel accommodations at your choice of 4 Falls Avenue Resort hotels including Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Clifton Victoria Inn, Sheraton on the Falls, and Crowne Plaza Fallsview.
  • 4 two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes

Niagara Brewing Company

A new season means new beers at Niagara Brewing Company! The craft brewery on Clifton Hill will be releasing their seasonal Pumpkin Spiced Ale for a limited-time this fall, alongside a number of other amazing brews that you won’t want to miss.

The Pumpkin Spiced Ale is a medium to full body brew with a spicy aroma, notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice and a rich pumpkin flavour. Stay tuned to find out when it hits the taps!

Niagara Fall Events

Make sure to check out these great fall events happening all throughout the season in Niagara:

Fall Handmade Market

September 14th & 15th at 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines

A market featuring 140 curated artisans from across Ontario, Quebec, and Canada’s East Coast offering hand-made jewellery, home décor, natural beauty products, art, candles, ceramics, and more.

Niagara Falls Oktoberfest

October 5th & 6th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre

A German-style celebration featuring great beer from breweries like Niagara Brewing Company and The Exchange Brewery, delicious German food, and live entertainment. Admission to this event is totally free.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Experience Niagara’s most iconic attraction before it closes for the season on December 1st. Hornblower Niagara Cruises offers a number of thrilling boat rides that will take you into the mist and as close as you can get to Niagara Falls, including:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Falls Illumination Cruise – 40 minutes
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise – 40 minutes

Start planning your Niagara Falls getaway today and discover all of the amazing things that a new season has to offer!

Niagara’s Top Spots for Family Fun this August

Science Sundays is a top Niagara Falls family vacation activity.

Experience Science Sundays at the Niagara Glen.

Have some fun while on a Niagara Falls family vacation this August by checking out these exciting events and activities that have been specially designed for both kids and adults!

Science Sundays

July 30 – August 26, 2018 @ Niagara Glen Nature Centre

Visit the Niagara Glen Nature Centre on Sundays in July and August for a variety of fun and fascinating science demonstrations on a number of different subjects. The Science Sundays demonstrations are approximately 10-15 minutes each and will be taking place at 11:30am and 2pm.

The Niagara Glen Nature Centre is a beautiful building that overlooks a pristine pocket of Carolinian forest and the Niagara River, and is a popular destination for hikers, conservationists, cyclists, and outdoor-enthusiasts looking to discover all that Niagara has to offer.

Coca Cola Concert Series

June 1 – September 3, 2018 @ Queen Victoria Park

Catch free musical performances from local Niagara musicians at the Niagara Parks Coca Cola Concert Series in Queen Victoria Park. The performances start at 8pm and are followed by spectacular fireworks every evening at 10pm.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Aug. 2 – By Design
  • Aug. 3 – Gypsy Ghosts
  • Aug. 5 – The Small Town Girls
  • Aug. 6 – Grand River Ramblers
  • Aug. 9 – Stereo Sunrise

Falls Fireworks Series

Every night in Niagara Falls

This year marks the 25th year of the Niagara Parks Falls Fireworks Series, which will be celebrated with a newly-expanded schedule featuring 111 shows. From June 18th to September 3rd, spectacular fireworks will light up the skies over the American and Horseshoe Falls every night at 10pm.

Take in this spectacular sight from along the Niagara Parkway, in Queen Victoria Park, or in a Fallsview guestroom at a beautiful Niagara Falls hotel.

Family Craft Night Tea Party

August 2, 2018 @ Niagara Falls History Museum

Stop by the Niagara Falls History Museum on Ferry Street to build and decorate your very own fancy paper teapot! This family-friendly activity will be taking place from 6-9pm and is fun for people of all ages.

Start planning your Niagara Falls family vacation today to discover these amazing events!

Niagara’s Sweetest Summer Spots

A visit to Sweet Jesus ice cream shop is one of the top things to do in Niagara Falls.

Sweet Jesus’ Krusty the Kone.

There are so many exciting things to do in Niagara Falls this summer, including visiting these sweet and unique food and retail destinations.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

One of the sweetest destinations in Niagara Falls is the Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store located on Falls Avenue Resort. This chocolate paradise features a wide selection of decadent treats, Hershey’s merchandise from brands like Reese’s, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher, and Kisses, and amazing specialty gifts like a 5lb. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar and ½ lb. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

And at the in-store Hershey’s Bake Shoppe you can enjoy freshly made treats like Hershey’s Milk Chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, fudge, and thick milkshakes topped with whipped cream and a signature Hershey’s Kiss.

It’s the only store of its kind in Canada and is the ultimate destination for any chocolate lover visiting Niagara Falls.

Sweet Jesus Ice Cream

Ice cream is the quintessential summer treat and Sweet Jesus ice cream shop in Niagara Falls is doing it right with amazing soft serve creations that you’ll have to see (and taste) to believe.

At Sweet Jesus you can try innovative soft serve flavours like Krusty the Kone made with vanilla soft serve, cotton candy pieces, cotton candy sauce, and rainbow sprinkles; Hella Nutella featuring chocolate and vanilla twist soft serve, Nutella sauce, wafer cookies, Corn Flakes, and toasted pistachios; and Birthday Cake made with vanilla soft serve, cream cheese icing, birthday cake bits, and rainbow sprinkles.

Other Sweet Jesus signature flavours include:

  • Cookies, Cookies, Cookies & Cream
  • Bangin’ Brownie
  • Rocky Road Rage
  • Sweet Baby Jesus
  • Red Rapture
  • Bounty Killah

Or give one of Sweet Jesus’ limited-time seasonal cones a try, which in the past has included delicious flavours like Strawberry Shortcake, Pumpkin Pie, and Lotus Cookie Butter!

Always Refreshing Soda Shop

Located on Falls Avenue Resort just steps away from Niagara Falls is the 1950s-inspired Always Refreshing Soda Shop. Equal parts classic soda shop and Coca Cola collectors’ boutique, this unique destination is a must-visit this summer.

At the Always Refreshing Soda Shop you can enjoy a range of delicious treats like floats, milkshakes, ice cream, and soda, and shop for exclusive Coca Cola gifts and merchandise at the one-of-a-kind retail store.

Starbucks Niagara Falls

This summer, enjoy your favourite Starbucks coffee or a cold and refreshing drink at one of Niagara’s conveniently-located Starbucks Cafes. Located in in the lobbies of the Sheraton on the Falls, Marriott on the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, and lower lobby of the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview, Starbucks is a fantastic place to stop for an afternoon pick-me-up during a busy day of sightseeing in Niagara.

Enjoy a sweet coffee drink like the Iced Salted Caramel Mocha, Iced Caramel Macchiato, Cold Brew Coffee, Vanilla Frappuccino, or cool off with a tasty Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher or Cool Lime Refresher made with real fruit juice and fruit pieces.

So if you’re planning a visit to Niagara Falls this summer make sure to check out these sweet and spectacular spots for delicious treats and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Niagara Falls Father’s Day Experiences for Every Type of Dad

Make it a Father’s Day to remember this June 17th by treating the dads in your life to unforgettable Niagara Falls Father’s Day experiences that they’re sure to love.

Massimo’s Italian Restaurant and Prime Steakhouse

Championship golf course in Niagara Falls.

Golfing in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Two brand new Fallsview restaurants have opened in Niagara Falls, offering remarkable food and wine selections and breathtaking views of Niagara Falls. Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant is celebrity chef Massimo Capra’s newest restaurant, located inside the Sheraton on the Falls hotel. Book a table there this Father’s Day to experience innovative interpretations of authentic Italian cuisine and views of the Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Prime Steakhouse is a contemporary steakhouse dining experience located inside the Crowne  Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel. Treat Dad to succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and other classic favourites in a magnificent Fallsview dining room right across the street from Niagara Falls.

Golfing in Niagara

Golf season is in full swing and playing a round of golf with Dad is the perfect way to spend Father’s Day in Niagara Falls. Book a tee time this June 17th at one of Niagara’s beautiful championship golf courses like the Whirlpool Golf Course, Battlefield at Legends on the Niagara, and Ussher’s Creek at Legends on the Niagara and get ready for amazing golfing experiences that people of all skill levels can enjoy.

Niagara Brewing Company

Whether you want to grab a growler and take it home to Dad or sit out on the patio together and enjoy a few beers, Niagara Brewing Company is the place to be. The beers currently on tap at this exciting craft brewery are:

  • Marzen Lager
  • American Pale Ale
  • Cream Ale
  • Hennepin Stout
  • Niagara Premium Lager, Amber Eh! Ale, Beerdevil IPA, Honeymoon Peach Radler

Fireworks Shows

Watch the sky over Niagara Falls light up this Father’s Day with a spectacular fireworks show happening at 10pm. The fireworks are launched from deep in the Niagara Gorge into the sky over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and will be the perfect way to end the evening with Dad. The fireworks are best enjoyed from along the Niagara Parkway, or at Table Rock Welcome Centre and Queen Victoria Park.

Father’s Day Car Show at Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara is hosting a Father’s Day Car Show this June 17th featuring impressive vehicles, great food, and all-ages fun. Fathers don’t have to pay for admission and the whole family will love everything that Safari Niagara has to offer as part of this wonderful event, including:

  • Car Show in Stevensville Garden Gallery parking lot featuring 100+ cars (9am-3pm)
  • Live music at the Merembe Restaurant (12pm-3pm)
  • Face painting, magician, inflatables
  • Father/Child Fishing Derby hosted by Bass Pro Shops (12pm-4pm)
  • Humberstone Speedway Car Display in Safari Niagara Amphitheatre
  • Cake celebration

Amazing Niagara Falls Father’s Day experiences are waiting to be had, so start planning your visit today!

Spring Has Sprung: Best Things to do this Season in Niagara Falls

Spring is finally here and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by embarking on an exciting family getaway that everyone will love! There are a number of amazing destinations, attractions, and events to check out this spring in Niagara Falls, so start planning today.

Discover the Floral Showhouse & Butterfly Conservatory

Spring in Niagara Falls at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

The Floral Showhouse is a beautiful greenhouse located along the Niagara Parkway that features impressive collections of orchids, tropical plants, and succulents along with tropical birds flying freely throughout. The Showhouse is currently showcasing their annual Spring Show, which features primula, calceolaria, cineraria, and is open daily from 9:30am-5pm.

Spring is also in full swing at the Butterfly Conservatory, located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. The conservatory is home to over 2,000 vibrant butterflies, which you can discover as you make your way along winding paths through this lush indoor paradise.

See the Skylon Tower Easter Illumination

On April 1st, Niagara’s iconic Skylon Tower will be adding a little festive cheer to the Niagara Falls skyline when it will be illuminated in yellow lights in honour of Easter Sunday. The Skylon Tower features a number of observation decks from which to view Niagara Falls and is also home to a one of a kind revolving dining room and a large indoor amusement area.

Along with the illumination of the Skylon Tower, you can take in the nightly illumination of the Canadian Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls from 8pm to 1am and experience the incredible beauty of Niagara Falls at night.

Explore Queen Victoria Park

Daffodils in Queen Victoria Park are a sign of spring in Niagara Falls

Spring daffodils in Queen Victoria Park.

Queen Victoria Park is one of Niagara Falls’ most beautiful parks and natural areas, located directly across the street from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. A visit to Queen Victoria Park in spring will allow you to take in the spectacular sight of more than 500,000 daffodils in bloom, along with a valuable collection of native and international plants, beautiful gardens, tulips, magnolia trees, carpet bedding displays, and more. It is the perfect place to relax on the grass and listen to the thundering roar of Niagara Falls.

Visit Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

One of the most exciting places to visit in Niagara Falls this spring is Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, located just a short walk away from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This 3 acre waterpark is the place to go to find all-day family fun as it includes 16 waterslides, a full size wave pool, 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, year-round outdoor activity pool, plunge bowl, adult only Jacuzzis, and more.

And planning a family getaway to Niagara Falls has never been so easy as Skyline Hotel & Waterpark offers a number of amazing Hotel and Waterpark Packages that will connect you with the best accommodations, dining, and entertainment in Niagara Falls!