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New Years Eve in Niagara FallsDecember 2, 2018


One of the greatest singers ever in rock and roll, Burton Cummings, is the headliner for this year’s New Year’s Eve concert in Niagara Falls.

You can’t count the number of hits he has sung over the years – with The Guess Who, think American Woman, Clap For The Wolfman, Star Baby, These Eyes, No Time, No Sugar Tonight. 

And as a solo performer, there is Stand Tall, Break It To Them Gently,  I’m Scared, My Own Way To Rock. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Burton Cummings. The world’s most famous waterfall. Fireworks. Spectacular Christmas lighting – and a new year’s ball drop from the world-famous Skylon Tower.

This could be your most memorable New Year’s Eve ever.

The show will be broadcast coast to coast in Canada on CBC; last year it was hosted by beloved Canadian comic Rick Mercer, though a host for this year’s broadcast hasn’t yet been named.

And for the first time, segments from Niagara Falls will be shown on CNN during its own show, live from Times Square featuring Anderson Cooper.

There is absolutely no shortage of fine hotels to stay at (like the Howard Johnson By The Falls, on Victoria Avenue) or great restaurants where you can dine. 

And while you’re in town, take in the annual Winter Festival of Lights, with its spectacularly lit displays that stretch all through the tourism area.

New Year’s Eve at the falls is always pretty special when you stake out your spot among the 20,000 or so other souls who are there to celebrate.

It’s a little chilly – but it’s also the party of a lifetime, with your friends nearby, the adventure of being so close to the falls at the height of winter and great live music blasting from the stage.

Joining Burton Cummings on the bill this year are The Sheepdogs, the Canadian band that has carved out a great career playing guitar rock since becoming the first-ever unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, in 2011.

Also on the bill are the eclectic Walk Off The Earth, from Burlington, and Niagara’s own Avenue Inn to kick off the evening.

Burton Cummings is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame – but somehow, he has never been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, despite producing three decades of hits that are still staples of many rock radio stations.

“A guy like Burton Cummings, what an epic person to have performing here,” Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told the Niagara Falls Review when the New Year’s Eve lineup was announced.

As usual, the show is entirely free and if you park off-site you can use the WeGo public transit system that treks all through the tourist district and by the falls on a continuous route.

As always, dress for the weather. You might need boots, or maybe not. A heavy winter coat – or maybe not. It can get a little misty there, though, by the falls.

And get ready to rock in the new year!

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Howard Johnson by the Falls is one block to The Falls, Casino and Clifton Hill!