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

Historic Holiday in Niagara

With all of the history found the Niagara Region, a unique holiday experience can be had; a historic holiday, if you will. Both the McFarland House and the Laura Secord Homestead this year will be putting on holiday events. The McFarland Christmas tea is happening this weekend where you can enjoy a historic setting and a wonderful afternoon tea. An admission fee of $5.00 will cover your tour of the house and the full tea menu with holiday inspiration will be available.

After you are finished with your afternoon tea, make your way to the Laura Secord Homestead that will be decorated in period Christmas decorations. See how Niagara looked for Christmas during the war and if you have never been to the house before, the tour and stories are worth the trip alone.

Merry Historic Holidays!

Holly Jolly Christmas Niagara Falls

What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with laughter, classic Christmas songs and a delicious meal to boot? I can’t think of one! Oh Canada Eh? has put together a 2 hour show to make sure that the Niagara region has it’s fill of Christmas songs and comedy with Holly Jolly Christmas. Make a weekend out of it and check out the great packages that The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft offer… take care of your room and your show tickets in one step!

From November 16th-Decemeber 22nd you can enjoy this experience 4 nights/week, from Wednesday to Saturday. With a 5 course traditional style dinner and featuring over 30 classic Christmas songs, it no doubt will be a holiday favourite. Kids eat free and they also offer a Matinee Lunch Show as well! Call (905) 374-1995 to order tickets or do it online!

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade

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).

Winter Festival of Lights 2012

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!

Sledding at Fireman’s Park

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.

Santa Claus at The Niagara Square

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.