The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights 2014

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Fun Things To Do In Niagara Falls This Winter 2014

Niagara Falls Canada is a spectacular place to vacation all year round. You already know that there are many exciting Niagara Falls attractions in the Clifton Hill tourist district, and I’m sure you’ve heard about the fabulous shopping that Niagara has to offer with 2 huge discount shopping outlets here and here.

But, I’m sure you’ve wondered what are the best things to do in Niagara Falls in the cold Ontario winter? How about this for starters…

Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2014

Canada’s foremost illumination festival is an annual event in Niagara Falls Canada. This is the best way to ignite the holiday season with your friends, family, and loved ones.

What better way to capture the magic of the holiday season than to book a winter getaway and experience over 3 Million sparkling, colourful, and themed lights with your BFF, your kids, your with that someone special.

This Winter Festival of Lights 2014 in Niagara Falls is recognized as an Ontario Festival of Distinction by Festivals & Events Ontario and listed as a Top 100 Internationally Known Events in North America by the American Bus Association.

This year it has been included in Canada’s 10 Most Festive Christmas Cities by Readers Digest Canada, the Condé Nast Traveler’s international list of Most Extravagant Christmas Light Displays and Sympatico.ca’s The Loop list of Canada’s Best Winter Festivals.

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights Details

You can experience the 2014 Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario from November 15th, 2014 to January 12th, 2015.  Join the millions who’ve already made it their winter tradition.

The winter lights festival kicks of on November 15 with the opening ceremonies in Queen Victoria Park, consisting of two shows, one at 6pm and the other at 7pm.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights website says:

The Festival “will officially launch outdoors with two spectacular shows, the evening will include greetings from local dignitaries, spectacular on-stage cirque performances and will also feature our official Lighting Ceremony.

New this year Opening Ceremonies will take place on a circular stage set up in the centre of Queen Victoria Park. The on-stage show will feature cirque performers including an aerial hoop artist suspended above the ground showcasing feats of exacting high-flying precision & aerial contortion, completing the transformation of a modest suspended hoop into a bewitching instrument of acrobatic prowess. 

Following the cirque performance we will have our official Flip of the Switch ceremony will illuminate millions of lights and spark off a fantastic fireworks display over the Falls.”

Sound like good times for all? Here are even more good times. Discounts on Niagara Falls hotel packages at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel!

We have super discount packages for family getaways, world class golfing, or a weekend with the girls’ wine touring & tasting.

Best yet, many of our discount winter getaway packages include a dinner voucher and delicious breakfast each morning, AND we offer a resort-like, temperature controlled indoor tropical courtyard.

Take advantage of our discount fall packages from $49/person!

You will always save the most when you BOOK DIRECT with us.

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Niagara Falls Dining in the Winter

Here’s an insider tip from a long time Niagara Falls resident. Before, or after you visit the Winter Festival of Lights, you must check out the favourite place for locals to hang out in Niagara Falls.

Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub is Niagara Falls only authentic Irish Pub and also our super cool neighbour, right next door to the Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, on Lundy’s Lane.

This trendy Niagara Falls nightspot serves up local craft beer as well as popular international brews. They also feature awesome live entertainment and international sports all in authentic Irish ambience.

So are you ready to plan your Niagara Falls getaway?

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Things To Do With Two

It’s November – the night’s are getting darker faster, and the temperatures are starting to dip – time to cozy up and spend some time with a friend, a partner or sweetheart! No matter what kind of “twosome” you make, there are lots of great things to do “just for two” in and around Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada!

Senses at Americana Spa & Boutique

If relaxation is what you crave, grab a friend and enjoy a massage for two!  Not just for couples, this 55 minute treatment is the perfect way to enjoy some major rest time.  With many different options to choose from, a perfect time out for two awaits you at the Americana Spa & Boutique!  They also offer spa and accommodation packages if you’re looking for a great friend getaway in Niagara Falls or romantic reconnect.

Winter Festival of Lights

It’s that time of year again – when Niagara Falls gets illuminated with the wonder and excitement of the Festival of Lights.  Starting November 15th, and running until January 12th, 2015, it’s the perfect thing to do if you want to get bundled up with a friend, grab some hot chocolate and take a walk (or drive!) through the 5 kilometre illumination route.  This is a must see attraction for tourists and resident’s alike, and a great activity to do with just about anyone.  There is a fantastic opening ceremony happening November 15th… you don’t want to miss it!

Trius Black Glass Dinner

Looking for something a little bit different? Why not try an interactive dinner experience for two at Trius Winery? The evening starts with a guided tour and tasting with your companion in the winery boutique, where they prepare you for the competition with some tasting tips and tricks.  Next, settle in for a delicious 4 course dinner, made complete with mystery wine pairings served in black wine glasses.  If you or your dinner guest guess the most correct, you will be rewarded with a bottle of Trius Brut!  The event will take place November 8, November 22, and November 29. Reserve your spot now!

Yuk Yuks at Casino Niagara

If you want to “laugh your face off”, join a friend for some great comedy happening right in the heart of Niagara Falls, Ontario! Shows go on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of November, and comedians are up to the task to get you to “laugh your face off”. The line up changes every week, so you and your party of two will want to catch every show!

Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Some things are just better shared with a friend, and no one believes that more than Doc Magilligan’s! A delicious dinner for two awaits you Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night every week in November.  Enjoy an appetizer, entrée, dessert & either a pitcher of Doc’s Brew or a bottle of house Red or White for a truly exciting way to spend an evening, for only $49! Any group of two is welcome – so if you find yourself with one other person looking for something to do – look no further than dinner out at Doc Magilligan’s.

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Halloween in Niagara Falls

Top 5 Things to Do For Halloween in Niagara Falls

For some, Halloween is the greatest day of the year! What could be better than dressing up as anything you want, going out, getting free candy, and having a great time with friends and family? Everyone loves Halloween, and there is no better spot than Niagara Falls for fun or fright at any age! Here we are, counting down the
5 best things to do in Niagara Falls for Halloween:

5. Nightmares Fear Factory

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While open all year round, there is no better time to visit this attraction than around this spooky time of year. Have you seen those hilarious photos of scared people freaking out in a Niagara Falls haunted house? That’s Nightmares Fear Factory! Located on Victoria Avenue, in the heart of the tourist district, and only seconds away from Clifton Hill, this attraction offers one of the scariest experiences you can have – 130,000 have chickened out…will you?

 

4. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Oh Canada, Eh?

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Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show comes to life with a Canadian twist during the month of October at the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show, located in the heart of Niagara Falls on Lundy’s Lane, only 10 minutes away from the brink of the Falls, and just 5 minutes away from the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel! Get your fill of chills, thrills & lingerie at this fun event, and have a delicious meal at the same time! This event is also raising funds for AIDS research.

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3. Haunt Manor – Hayrides & Haunted Houses

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Check out a piece of “Haunted Niagara”. Legend and paranormal experts agree – this house, once owned by the Pew family is officially haunted! Remnants of bullets from the battle at Lundy’s Lane still line the walls, and some say you can see Mother Pew and her son gazing out the attic window. Children’s Day, Haunted Horror Campout and a “flashlight only” night are just some of the events that await you!

2 – Warner Ranch & Pumpkin Farm

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Looking for something for the whole family? You can never go wrong visiting a Niagara pumpkin farm – and Warner Ranch has it all!  With over 200 acres of family fun, this is one of the biggest pumpkin farms in all of the Niagara Region! Pony rides, haunted corn mazes, pumpkins & so much more, make sure Warner Ranch is on your list of things to do for a fantastic family friendly experience.

1. Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Halloween Bash

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Come dressed up and ready to party at Niagara’s only truly authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant. 351 Cleveland will get things pumped up starting at 10PM, so make sure you grab your friends and make your way to the biggest Halloween Party at the Falls, located on Lundy’s Lane, just minutes from the Falls.  Doc Magilligan’s is located adjacent to the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel, so you can party the night away and walk back to your room when it’s all over – the perfect night!

 

Best Niagara Falls Discount Halloween Package

If you’re looking for the best hotel package value for Halloween in Niagara Falls, check out The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel Hotel Deals!

BOOK DORECT TODAY AND NOT ONLY SAVE, BUT RECEIVE:

  • One Night’s Accommodation (October 27 – November 5, 2014)
  • Breakfast at Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub for 2
  • $20 Food & Beverage credit at Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub
  • Free Parking!
  • Only $49/per person + tax (Sunday – Thursday), or $69/person+tax (Friday – Saturday) based on double occupancy! 

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Special Dinner at AG Cuisine

If you are looking for a really fancy, special, delicious dinner then keep reading… I went for dinner with my parents to AG Cuisine, located in the Sterling Inn and Spa. AG’s food philosophy is to enjoy what our beautiful region has to offer. From their fresh produce to seasonal fruits to delicious Niagara wine, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate all that Niagara has to offer the gourmet world. If it’s not Niagara items on the menu, then you can guarantee that it will be Canadian!

ag2The restaurant is located in the lower level of the Sterling Inn and Spa, slightly hard to find when you enter the hotel but once you find it, you can’t help but feel VIP. It’s red and white, modern interior is the perfect backdrop to the delicious food that they serve up.

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The experience at AG Cuisine was very special. My parents and I had a lovely night enjoying Niagara’s cuisine and as lovers of food and drinks, the bill at the end was worth it to us. I think if you can afford to visit AG Cuisine, you should definitely give it a try. It is not something that you find very often in Niagara Falls and a lovely way to treat yourself… or in my case, your family.We began our dinner with a Black Lager beer, brewed in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Silver Smith Brewing Company. Don’t let the black appearance scare you, this beer is crisp and refreshing with a beautiful, distinct flavour. The flavours kept on coming with the Duck Confit, Lamb Sirloin and Beef Tenderloin Pasta Bolognaise that my dad, my mom and I ordered. Each dish was amazing. The Duck Confit was served over a bean, rabbit and sausage mixture. The Lamb Sirloin was accompanied with a goat cheese and carrot polenta and the Beef Tenderloin Pasta Bolognaise was full of meaty flavour and fresh herbs. Of course, what dinner would be complete with a bottle of wine. We chose a Cab Sauv from Trius, perfect complement to each of our dishes.

ag3The experience at AG Cuisine was very special. My parents and I had a lovely night enjoying Niagara’s cuisine and as lovers of food and drinks, the bill at the end was worth it to us. I think if you can afford to visit AG Cuisine, you should definitely give it a try. It is not something that you find very often in Niagara Falls and a lovely way to treat yourself… or in my case, your family.

Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub- Opening December 2013

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Locals and visitors looking for a friendly exchange and great entertainment in Niagara Falls, ON have always headed to the Croft Lounge at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel. A much-patronized fixture since 1965, over the years the Lounge has seen its share of changes. None, however, as extensive or exciting as its upcoming transformation, set to be unveiled in December 2013, as Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub. Having so many great and loyal customers, we know that you will love this fresh change!

Doc Magilligan’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, evening entertainment, sports, nightlife- a new friendly and local spot for everyone to enjoy together.

Like Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub- Opening December 2013 on Facebook for all of the updates as we move forward in this exciting time!

So who’s Doc Magilligan?

Doc Magilligan, the Pub’s namesake, was great, great grandfather to Maureen Magilligan Cade- Managing Owner. Now, as the story goes, our good Doctor didn’t want for a share of the ole’ legendary Irish charm. Admired for his nurturing care when he made his rounds, and just as popular when buying yet another round for the lads. Thoroughly professional but still the life of the party, the beloved Doc was nothing if not the real deal!

Perfect then, that Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub will totally be the genuine article. Completely built in Ireland and then shipped to Niagara Falls, come Decemeber, this magnificent establishment will be dishing up delicious, comfort-inspired fare, as well as craft and International brews, in authentic “Irish-as-it-gets” surroundings. Doc would be right at home, greeting his mates while resting his elbow on the grand Victorian bar. Do make it a point to swing by and be part of the next chapter of the Doc Magilligan story.

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A BBQ and Band at Queenston Heights

Queenston HeightsWe’ve spent the day at Queenston Heights before and we’ve told you about the family fun you can have. But this Sunday, August 25th, it can be even more special, with the Annual Harvest BBQ and a live band concert before that.

Queenston Height’s Restaurant will be hosting a BBQ, at the foot of Brock Monument at 4:00pm. For only $40/adult and $20/child, you can enjoy delicious seasonal creations. Duck Breast on Yukon Potato Cake with Blackberry Drizzle, Grilled Market Antipasto Salad, Rainbow Trout with Apricot- Jalapeno Salad, Angus sliders, Niagara Peaches and Cream corn, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and more.

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Before the BBQ, spend the day enjoying the park and from 2-4pm, the Lincoln Concert Band will be playing. The Lincoln Concert Band is a community band, made up of 35 volunteer musicians. It’s a great opportunity to take in some big band music for free!

With a beautiful weather forecast for this weekend, I think the day spent at Queenston Heights will be a terrific way to spend a Sunday. Whether you are a local looking for something different to do, or a visitor looking for more than just a Maid of the Mist ride, take advantage of what Queenston Heights is offering!

For tickets to the BBQ, call 905-262-4274.

Casa D’Pizza- My Go To Pizza & Wing Place

STG-CDP-PizzaI have a weakness for good pizza and wings. Although the original Buffalo chicken wing is said to be made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, I think that Casa D’Pizza has found something that comes arguably close.

Located in the Canadian Tire plaza on Montrose Road, Casa D’Pizza is a small, welcoming and busy place. I have been going to this place for a number of years and the service is always great and the food is always delicious. My typical order is a pizza with spicy pepperoni, bacon and green olives with a pound (or two) of medium chicken wings. You can decide to go “traditional” chicken wing or breaded and although I don’t like straying too far from tradition, the breaded chicken wings give the traditional a run for their money. You can decide which you prefer. The pizza and wings is why I started going, but I have found that the rest of the menu is just as amazing; French onion soup, beef on a bun, jalapeno poppers and deep fried pickles.casadpizza

For the summer, there is a small patio off the side of the bar, where you can enjoy the sun and some beers. Of course, the view is nothing to write home about, as you are looking at the Canadian Tire parking lot, but the food more than makes up for it. Next time you are looking for a delicious take-out meal or a good place to enjoy a wing or two, give Casa D’Pizza a try. I know you won’t be disappointed. Give them a call tonight! 905-356-0217

Niagara Food & Wine Expo 2013

niagara food and winePicture this. One giant room, filled with delicious gourmet food, award winning wines and thirst quenching beer! No, it’s not some adult version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Niagara Falls… it’s Niagara Food & Wine Expo happening April 26th-28th in the Scotiabank Convention Center.

This expo is jam packed with tons of exhibitors, entertainment, auctions and lessons. This year, join food and wine experts like Christopher Waters from VINE Magazine, Lydia Tomek from Hernder Estates, Sue-Ann Staff from Megalomaniac Wines and Kevin Brauch the Thirsty Traveller. Something that really sparked my interest is that Kevin Brauch will be putting on a tutored tasting called The World of Drinks. This man has been drinking in a ton of places and to learn from him and hear his stories sounds awesome! Tickets for his event are $45 and include your ticket to the expo as well.
The Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College will be bringing to The Chef Stage on-going, live demonstrations from chef masters. Watch and listen as they give you some tricks of the trade and create what are sure to be mouth-watering dishes.
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Alongside The Chef Stage, there will also be a Tasting Stage with 30 minute wine tastings for you to partake in. It is first come, first serve, so if you see a tasting that you don’t want to miss, make sure you get there early. The tasting is limited to 40 people/session.

And now, I know what you are all thinking. “Hayley! Tell us what delicious restaurants, wineries and breweries we can find on display.” Don’t worry, there is no short supply and you won’t be disappointed. Some of the restaurants that you can sample from include: 21 Club, AG Inspired Cuisine, Ponte Vecchio, and Sushi & Oyster Bar. There are also over 30 wineries to sample; Diamond Estates, Kacaba Vineyards and Between the Lines Winery! With Sample Tickets only being $1, it’s afforable to give lots of new things a try.
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The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is filled with so much information from wine pairings to delicious restaurant choices to fun cookware accessories. The event is 19+ and tickets can be purchased in advance to save $3 from the door price of $15. However you say it; Salut! Prost! Yamas! Cheers!

Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls.. the honey moon capital of the world! Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time, trying to plan the perfect day for your loved one. In Niagara Falls, there is a ton of different ways for you to celebrate this special day… no matter what your budget is. Continue reading

Friendship Festival

The 26th annual Friendship Festival, to celebrate Canada and the United States border cities building and maintaining good relations. This festival is filled with food, entertainment and concerts and is always a good time! The Hands Across the Border marks the beginning of the festival with an international hand shake. This year there are 27 bands to enjoy from a Croft Lounge favourite Gatorbait to Breaching Vista, a band I saw open for Jack’s Mannequin!

In addition to these exciting events, new this year the festival has added a “Festival’s Got Talent.” This 3 day competition will find the best of the talent from the Niagara region. You can find the application on the Friendship Festival website. If you are a singer, dancer or have another awesome talent then you should think of applying!

The festival takes place from June 29th to July 2nd at Mather Arch Park in Fort Erie!