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Things to do in Niagara Falls this Winter

Niagara Falls looks good dressed in its winter coat. Above the falls, with its year-round presence of mist from the whirlpool below the branches are shimmering with icicles in the sun.  The festival is the perfect self-distancing event. All displays are outdoors and properly distanced apart in wide-open spaces.

Things really brighten up at night when the magical colours of the Winter Festival of Lights illuminate the trees and displays, augmented by the falls themselves which are lit up most nights year-round. Rather than surrender to the cold of winter, this city offers a lengthy menu of fun events that are geared specifically toward the season.


Where to start? Well, for years the Winter Festival of Lights has attracted visitors by the millions who enjoy driving through the Fallsview area, along the Niagara Parkway at the top of the falls.

Running through to February 21st, 2022, the free events illuminate settings such as the Zimmerman Fountain, the 3D animal displays around Dufferin Islands, an Inukshuk, and many more displays line the Niagara Parkway. 

Beautifully bathed in bright Christmas colours, there is no admission charged to drive the route.  


The calendar is dotted with other winter events in the Falls. The Floral Showhouse Christmas display runs from December 1 through to January 9th, 2022. Tended by the expert gardeners of the Niagara Parks Commission, the show highlights poinsettias, paperwhite Narcissus, Christmas cactus and other flowers of the holiday season.

The showhouse is at 7145 Niagara Parkway. Visit www.NiagaraParks.com for more information.


The Falls Illumination Board presents a new illumination display showcasing colours and movements found in nature called “Inspired by Nature”.

The display features colours of the sunrise, aurora borealis, a rainbow, sunset, kaleidoscope and more.


A visually spectacular lantern with over 30 magical light displays on the illuminated trail that you can walk at your leisure. You’ll need to book your time slot to ensure safe social distancing.