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Already known world-wide as a great destination for a summer escape, Niagara just received a resounding endorsement as a fantastic place to celebrate the best of a truly Canadian winter.
Two of Niagara’s premier winter attractions — the Winter Festival of Lights and the Niagara Icewine Festival – made it onto the most recent Top 10 list of Canada’s best winter festivals, which was put together by a national news site.
“Niagara has really figured out how to embrace winter and make the most of the season,” says Anthony Annunziata, Vice-President of Marketing for the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa. “Just because the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall doesn’t mean we go into hibernation mode. Both of these festivals are packed with activities and entertainment that make the most of all the cool things you can do in winter.”
Now under way in its 29th season, the Winter Festival of Lights features more than 125 animated lighting displays and three million tree and ground lights that cast a colourful glow on the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, including the extremely popular “Enchantment of Disney” display in Queen Victoria Park.
The festival, which runs through the end of January, also keeps visitors entertained with fireworks shows over the Falls every Friday night, entertainment at various venues and the family-favourite TD Rink at the Brink, where skaters can hit the ice outdoors within view of the Falls.
The Niagara Icewine Festival, from Jan. 13-29, celebrates one of Canada’s hottest commodities. Highly prized Niagara Icewine, made from grapes left on the vine to sweeten and then freeze, is served up at wineries and venues across the peninsula during the festival’s three-week run, including popular outdoor bars carved from ice in Jordan and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Brought to you by the Marriott on the Falls.