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Best Winter Activities to do in Niagara

Winter Activities in Niagara Falls

The magic of winter in Niagara is something that can truly be experienced by embracing the great outdoors. The snow covered landscape provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of winter activities in Niagara that will entice you to venture outside. From self-guided walking tours to a spectacular journey behind the icy Falls, these are only a few of the things Niagara has to offer this winter season.

Winter Festival of Lights

One of the most enchanting seasonal traditions is Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights. Niagara Falls is completely transformed into a spectacle of brilliantly coloured lights and animated displays that captivates its audience along an 8km route.

This year’s festival runs from November 3rd to January 31st and features:

  • Illumination Displays & Exhibits – 3D Canadian wildlife displays, the signature visitor’s favourite Noah’s Ark, as well as the Prismatica illuminated art exhibit, plus many more.
  • Events – The Fallsview Sound & Light Show, Deck the Falls Walking Tours, a New Year’s Eve Outdoor Concert in Queen Victoria Park, and weekly fireworks shows.

For more information about this year’s Winter Festival of Lights click here.

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours

If you’re looking to experience all of the magic and wonder of the season, the Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours will take you on a festive winter journey. These self-guided walking tours allow for visitors to explore beautifully decorated hotels and venues in the Niagara Falls tourist district, as well as the chance to enjoy gourmet food sampling, beverages and treats. Tour goers will also find live entertainment, stunning life-size ice sculptures, fun photo opportunities, plus more. This can all be enjoyed at a leisurely pace or by hopping on and off the WEGO buses.

Ticket holders will receive their Deck the Falls Tour Pass, which includes vouchers that can be used on any of the six evenings

Dates & Times

  • November 30th and December 1st from 5pm – 10pm
  • December 7th and December 8th from 5pm – 10pm
  • December 14th and December 15th from 5pm – 10pm

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Niagara Icewine Festival

In celebration of one of Canada’s most treasured products, the 2019 Niagara Icewine Festival offers a special experience in the wintry wonderland of the Niagara region. This annual festival takes place over three weekends: January 11th – 13th, 18th – 20th, and 25th – 27th. Visitors can expect to find this unique wine, which is made from frozen grapes taken off the vine, to be paired with a variety of food combinations at over 40 wineries. Indulge your taste buds this winter season by partaking in a truly one-of-a-kind Canadian winter experience.

Journey Behind the Falls

This year-round attraction has become an iconic Niagara Falls must-do. Journey Behind the Falls offers visitors the opportunity to stand beside and behind the Falls, even in the winter. By descending 150 ft. by elevator, you can experience this icy natural wonder from a vantage point like no other. Sub-zero temperatures create thousands of glistening icicles that are undoubtedly photo worthy. However, the world famous Falls are breathtaking from a distance too as the mist freezes on surrounding trees and parklands, creating the ultimate winter wonderland.

Please note that the Lower Observation Deck may be closed due to ice conditions, in which case rates will be reduced.

Start planning which winter activities in Niagara you’d like to experience for yourself this season!