New Years Eve in Niagara FallsDecember 2, 2019
There will be plenty of lights, cameras and especially action on New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls.
This is the place where people from all across Ontario – and New York State and beyond – come to party at the end of the year, every year.
It’s a fun town to be any night, but especially on NYE for the big concert by the falls in Victoria Park.
As usual, it will be part of a national TV broadcast, and this year the headliner is Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams.
For many people, his music has set the backdrop to the best days of their lives: Diana, Summer of ’69, Kids Wanna Rock, Run To You, It’s Only Love – some of the greatest popular music ever to come out of Canada.
And the concert is all free – a fact some 20,000 or more people take advantage of every year.
But it’s not only the music but the atmosphere too. There’s the occasion – it is New Year’s Eve, after all. You’re in the Honeymoon City, side by side with thousands of happy revelers.
At 9:15 p.m. and again at midnight, practically overhead there are fireworks shows over the falls. And for the big countdown, rather than a ball drop like in New York City we have the elevator rise.
As the crowd counts down from 10, the outdoor elevator on the famed Skylon Tower rises to the top. And at the stroke of midnight, the fireworks start, the crowd roars as one and general jubilation takes over.
This year’s show is extra special, too, for the story behind one of the opening bands.
Last year, Walk Off The Earth was slated as one of the acts for Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve, but cancelled due to a personal tragedy.
Only a day before the show, on Dec. 30, 2018, band member Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor died suddenly, at age 51. The grief-stricken band had to pull out of the show, of course.
They’re on the bill again this year, ready to open for Adams and it will certainly be an emotional time for them and for the audience too, just to be a part of it.
Howard Johnson’s By The Falls makes a great headquarters for your trip to Niagara Falls, definitely.
Situated at the top of Clifton Hill, it is close enough that on a nice night most people could easily walk to the concert, avoiding the heavy traffic that usually collects that night.
If walking isn’t for you, the WeGo people mover transit system passes right by the hotel. Its route includes stops at all around Niagara Falls at places visitors want to see, including Queen Victoria Park for the concert.
And if a big concert isn’t your cup of tea, pretty much every hotel and restaurant in Niagara Falls – and there are probably more here than any other city in Canada – has something special planned for the big night.
It’s the best party city in Canada on Dec. 31!