This year’s Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is happening November 17th! Now that may seem a little early to be celebrating the holiday season but Santa has a lot of parades to partake in and a ton of toys to make… so get in the Christmas spirit early!
Every year volunteers, sponsors, charities and schools get together to parade around Niagara Falls downtown to help everything run smoothly and make sure everyone is having a wonderful morning! For me, the Santa Claus Parade was always about bundling up in a scarf, grabbing a box of Timbits and some hot chocolate and enjoying all the excitement in the air. There are bands, dancing groups, high school students chanting away and of course Saint Nick himself, with his loving wife Mrs. Claus!
If you have never been, check out the video of last year’s parade!
The parade route starts at Victoria & Jepson, goes down Victoria, down Valleyway, down Queen Street and stops at Queen & Erie. So the parade starts at 11:00am, come early and find a good spot to post up for the morning with the kids (bring some blankets and lawn chairs).
It is hard to believe that the Winter Festival of Lights is already upon us! The hard working Winter Festival of Lights staff have been working throughout the year to make sure that this year’s lights and events are just as special as you remember them to be!
If you can’t get out right away to see the lights, don’t worry! The displays will be there to enjoy until January 3rd and there will be various events and concerts throughout that time. The 6 km of over 3 million sparkling lights have become a staple for Niagara Falls in the winter. Last year Canoe.ca voted it one of the top 10 Canada’s best winter festivals and Frommer’s voted Niagara Falls as one of the top 10 decorated cities!
Looking for things to do in Niagara with the kids? Or maybe you are just looking for something to do with friends during the Winter season. Why not go sledding down at Fireman’s Park?
For years this has been a popular hang out for families and teens to go sledding. Make sure to watch out for all the trees around, it’s best to try and spot a straight line down the hill with no trees. This is more so a problem on the steeper hill, so be careful! Another thing to watch out for–that I found out the hard way–is any snow jumps that people create that you can’t really notice from the top. I really went flying when I hit that at the end!
Even though I am not the biggest fan of the cold, I did enjoy sledding and I still do. Who knows…maybe you might see me and my friends sledding down the hill this year. We will be the ones with the uncontrollable laughter and some form of hot beverage near by.
I remember getting dressed up in my matching dress and bow, putting on my best shoes and heading off to The Niagara Square with my mom and brother to get our pictures done with Santa Claus! This could be the perfect souvenir from your trip or the perfect thing to do in Niagara Falls or as a local, a perfect souvenir from a wonderful holiday season.
If you are lucky, there won’t be a line, if there is a line, you can spend your time watching as little children cry when they are put on Santa’s knee or try to steal the whole basket of candy canes (like my brother did when he was three). But all joking aside, I was always very excited to go see Santa and tell him what I wanted. It was always either the newest Barbie or a Cabbage Patch Kid, while my brother always asked for a new Lego set or Ninja Turtles.
We continue to set out our Santa pictures every year on the windowsill and reminiscing about the good ol’ days is something that my family and I enjoy every holiday season. If you haven’t already gotten your picture done, or taken your kids to get their picture taken, I think you should. Having memories captured in a single moment of happiness in that picture frame, will never go out of style.
Niagara is filled with wonderful wineries and historical landmarks, as well as fun festivals and holiday events. Winter is filled with activities from Winter Festival of Lights to our very own Santa Clause parade. There are many different types of activities that travellers and visitors can enjoy day-to-day; all around the Niagara region, from Port Dalhousie to Fort Erie. Stay up to date by checking Postcards from Niagara and following us on facebook page! We will fill you in on many things, from taking a candlelit stroll, to ice skating, to enjoying an Ice Dogs game and finding out about the best place to sled! But nothing compares to the natural beauty which is Niagara Falls. The mist covers the trees in an icy blanket that sparkles with the street lamps and Christmas lights. Niagara Falls is known as one of the Natural Wonders of the World, come see why.