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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Annual Niagara Icewine Festival

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The 19th Annual Niagara Icewine Festival is back;  every weekend from January 10th- 26th! Although the Niagara region is celebrated around the world for our delicious wines, what really sets us apart is our ice wine. While travelling in Europe, I often had people ask about this wonderful creation, once they found out I was from Niagara Falls. This sweet wine fills your palate and after one sip, you know why people across the world talk about its wonders.

icewine2The Niagara Region wants to celebrate our ice wine industry and what better way to do that then a festival, filled with opportunities to sample ice wines from many of the wineries in the region. The best way to do this, is to purchase the Discovery Pass. This pass offers you 8 winery experiences, for only $40. Each winery pairs their favourites wines with some delectable creations. Some of the names of the experiences include Chocolate & Ice at Between the Lines, Feel the Heat at Cattail Creek, Don’t Freeze Your Ribs Off at Jackson Triggs and Cozy & Warm at Marynissen Estate Winery. If you are unfirmilar with the region, there is a wine route map that has all of the wineries located on it, for you to find.

Another wonderful idea to compliment the Discovery Pass is to purchase the All You Need is Cheese seminar for one of the wineries. For only $20, Deborah from Dairy Farmers of Canada will present six unique Niagara wine and artisanal cheese. Each seminar is different, as Deborah has designed the seminar to compliment each winemaker’s style.

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1am- Inniskillin Wines        2pm- Reif Estate Winery

January 18th
11am Stoney Ridge Estate Winery    2pm Vineland Estate Winery

January 25th
11am Niagara College Teaching Winery   2pm Hernder Estate Winery

 

icewineThe Niagara Icewine Festival webpage also has some great opportunities for you to celebrate icewine at home. Check out the recipes page, where icewine inspired dishes from some of the wineries’ top chefs can be found. Of course you can also purchase some icewine for your own home collection!

However you choose to celebrate Niagara’s icewine, just make sure you do. Cheers!

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2014

NYE2Niagara Fall’s has one of the largest New Year’s celebrations in Canada. Viewers from around the country, tune in to watch the fireworks over the falls and count down to the new year with ET Canada and musical guests every year!

 

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This year, we’ve got some big names coming to our stage. Demi Lovato will be headlining the performances, with featured performances from Sam Roberts Band and Serena Ryder! Queen Victoria Park will be filled with over 40,000 people; locals and visitors to celebrate. Two awesome firework shows, food vendors and a licensed area will all be part of your celebrations when you bundle up and head down to the falls to welcome 2014!

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Kristlemas Market at Stratus

Sunday, December 15th from 11:00am – 5:00pm check out the Kristlemas Market at beautiful Stratus Vineyards. This show is filled with lots of inspiration for the holiday season; wonderful food, artisans, crafts… and of course hot apple cider, beer and wine!

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Gourmet food trucks will be parked outside all day so that you can get some delicious food in your belly before (or after) you shop. Some of the trucks include: Bench on the Go, The Dirty South and Jonny Blonde and many more.

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There are too many wonderful vendors to name them all but some of the wonderful foods you will find inside will be from Della Terra (extra virgin olive oils and infused oils), Martin’s Soups & Pickles (I loveeee pickles, so I had to include this one), and Oast House Brewery (locally brewed seasonal beers). Artisans such as Garden City and Hannelore’s Story Works will also be on display. You will definitely be able to cross off a few shopping list items here!

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There are also 6 seminars happening throughout the day, and you can preregister for them on the Kristlemas Market site, to ensure you get your spot. Space is limited.

This is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon and whether you are going to buy a gift for that special someone or pick up a little something for yourself, you won’t walk away empty handed!

Christmas Season in Niagara Falls

winterfallsThe holiday season in Niagara Falls is a fun and festive time. There are lots of great holiday events, the city looks beautiful dressed in Christmas decorations and the wintery scenes down by the Falls with the frozen trees are magical. Of course, everyone knows about the beautiful light display of the Winter Festival of Lights, but do you know about the many other fun events?

Rotary Holiday House Tour December 6th and 7th. This tour has stops at more than  a dozen beautiful heritage homes and Niagara wineries. Tickets are $25 and can be utilized on both Friday and Saturday if you can’t seem to fit them all in one day.rotary

Christmas Tea Weekend at the McFarland House Saturday December 14th- Sunday December 15th. With seatings at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m, the menu will feature holiday favourites.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade happens on December 14th at 11:00am in downtown NOTL.

winter_wine_pu_bannerWinter at the Wineries. The wineries around Niagara have a ton of great holiday events between now and after New Years. Check out their Stocking Days of Christmas or of course The Ice Wine Festival.

Christmas by the Falls- your one stop shop for Christmas craft gifts and great decorations, happening at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, December 7th and 8th.

Whether you want to check out beautiful Christmas displays, enjoy some wine or drink some tea, or just get in the Christmas spirit… Niagara Falls has something for all of the Christmas lovers out there! Happy Holidays!

Opening Ceremonies of Winter Festival of Lights to be a spectacular sight AND sound

witner3The Winter Festival of Lights is something that visitors and locals look forward to year after year. This Saturday, November 9th, the Opening Festivities will be taking place with something that has never been done before… the longest firework show that Niagara Falls has ever seen in the winter season, synchronized with a live performance by the 42 piece Niagara Symphony Orchestra!

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Opening Festivities will begin at 2pm, paying tribute to Niagara’s Korean War Veterans with traditional dance and drum troupes. Musical performances, ice sculptures, food vendors and lots of fun for the kids, will also be taking place at Queen Victoria Park.

The big flip of the switch which will happen at 6pm and will illuminate the Skylon Tower, Zimmerman Fountain, Religions of the World displays, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag display and a lantern display, new this year. At 8pm, Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Bradley Thachuk, will conduct the 15 minute piece; while spectator’s eyes light up with the sights of the fireworks and their ears are filled with beautiful music.

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If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft this weekend, make sure you catch the WeGo Shuttle down to the Falls for what is sure to be an amazing experience!

Wine & Exercise.. what a combination!

simple_img_1They say that a glass of red wine a day is good for you. What if you throw in a yoga class or Zumba class before that glass of wine? That’s gotta be great for you! Introducing: Stretch, Shake & Sip!
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Our friends at Pillitteri have created a wonderful package along with Hotel Yoga & Fitness to bring you alternating yoga and Zumba classes each Sunday at 9:00am throughout the rest of March.  For only $15/class, you can get some exercise and partake in a guided wine tasting.

Zumba and yoga are both great workouts. Zumba is more upbeat and will give you a good cardio work out; while yoga will help you relax and leave your body feeling wonderful afterward. Don’t worry if you have never done a class like this before, go in and have fun and remember that there is a delicious glass of wine waiting for you at the end!yoga

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

Good News Breakfast

ed-logoThe crew from 105.1 EdFM will be broadcasting the Good News Breakfast LIVE from The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel. This event collects for Project S.H.A.R.E and spreads the word about all the good that the local charities and non-profit organizations around Niagara Falls have completed this year. It shines light on all of the hard work that people around Niagara Falls do to help others out.  Friday, December 14th from 7am-10am you can help out too AND enjoy a free breakfast for thanks! Continue reading