Starting at 7:30pm (come earlier to get your spot), Queen Victoria Park will be one big party hosted by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, Matte Babel and Rosey Edeh. There will be food and beverage vendors, with designated licensed areas for alcoholic beverages. Three great Canadian performers will keep the party going all the way till midnight. Opening with Dragonette to Hedley and onto Nelly Furtado counting down to midnight with you! Of course what kind of Niagara Falls New Years would it be without some firework displays? The first planned for 8:45pm in case you can’t make it until midnight and a midnight show to welcome 2013! Continue reading
The 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
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!
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!
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).
I have recently declared red wine as the best drink. Now this may not be everyone’s opinion but I know there are a ton of you out there who love their wine as much as I do… and this event is perfect for us! For the month of November you can “Taste the Season” here in Niagara with delicious wine and food pairings from many of our favourite wineries.
The wineries around the Niagara region do such a wonderful job making sure that there are lots of events to enjoy Niagara’s gems (not the waterfalls… the wineries). We have discussed a few of them in our blog from chocolate pairings to winter cocktails. It is the perfect excuse for locals to get out and appreciate what is in our own backyards and gives visitors something to do every weekend in November.
This year Taste the Season is featuring over 25 wineries, which I think could keep you very busy throughout the month. The passes are $44.25 (plus tax) and it allows you to try all the tastings featured. To get your taste buds going, check out some of these exciting pairings that you can enjoy!
- Lailey Vineyard is putting together a 2010 Chardonnay and a spiced squash soup with asiago and rosemary shortbreads (sounds perfect for a chilly afternoon in November)
- Pondview Estate Winery is pairing a 2010 Bella Terra Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay with diced sweet roasted red pepper and creamy smoked salmon tartlet (FANCY!)
- Jackson-Triggs is featuring a 2012 Black Series Meritage with house cured back bacon and St. Paulin Grilled Cheese, on roasted garlic bread with garden tomato and bacon jam (loving the upgrade on such a casual sandwich… seems you can find a wine pairing for everything)
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!
This post is simply because I am super excited about Halloween coming up… like always! I know that every little kid is excited about Halloween, dressing up and getting candy but usually people stop thinking it’s cool and put less effort into their costumes; not me!
My mom was always getting creative with our costumes when we were younger from Pippy Long Stocking to Wednesday Adams to a Bubble Bee… all of them home made. So I kept this tradition going, refusing to ever wear a store bought costume. Some of my own costume creations include: Lumber Jill, Mechanic, Pirate, Robin and last year’s post Siracha Hot Sauce. This year I believe I am going to try and create one of my favourite characters from my favourite book series… but you will just have to wait and see!
It’s back! One of the largest events in the area, the Niagara Falls International Marathon is happening this year October 21st. This marathon is one of the only marathons in the world that start in one country and finish in another; start line in Buffalo, NY and finish in Niagara Falls, ON. The marathon originally started in 1974 and was relaunched in 1996, going strong now for the last 16 years. There are a variety of race options: 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon and marathon relay. There are also ‘Pace Bunnies’ available for the half and full marathon to help keep the runners on track while they race along the parkway.
Of course, after a good run, everyone deserves a goody bag. The bags this year will include a technical t-shirt and various products donated by such sponsors as: LaKota, ColdFx, Italpasta, Udderly Smooth and Blue Diamond.
The day before the marathon, the Running Room is sponsoring a Breakfast Fun Run. Starting at 8:30 am sharp, the run will meet outside the Oakes Garden Theatre, where you can warm up your muscles for the big day and meet some fellow runners. Breakfast will be served at Planet Hollywood afterwards.
The Niagara Falls International Marathon is always a wonderful event in the Falls. Whether you want to register yourself, cheer on a friend or just check out the marathon, the day is always filled with excitement as each runner crosses the finish line! Runners from all over the Niagara region and beyond will partake in the race and hopefully be able to unwind at a hotel and enjoy other Niagara activities while they are here! Good luck!
We have visited Heartland Forest in the summer and from our post you know how cute we thought it was! Well the fun at Heartland Forest doesn’t have to stop at the end of summer. The wonderful staff at Heartland keep running different events throughout the fall season!
There is a Pumpkin Fest happening October 20th from 11-4pm which is perfect for your little ones. Help get everyone in the fall spirit with picking out and decorating some pumpkins to take home and spruce up your front porch. And to add a little fright to your life, why not try one of their Haunted Forest Walks. The night of the Pumpkin Fest, the first walk is at 6:30pm and the event runs until 9:30. But if you can’t make it out that night there will be Haunted Forest walks on October 26th, 27th and 28th.
Heartland Forest is a wonderful location which is barrier free and welcomes everyone! It is focused on the preservation of the Carolinian forest that the property holds and making it accessible to all types of needs. Donations are not mandatory but it helps to keep the facility and events running for all of the community to enjoy.