Everyone wants to know what to do during holiday time in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Visiting Niagara Falls during the major holidays has always been popular with local residents and out of country vacationers. Niagara Falls is beautiful no matter what the season and there’s always something special happening during all of our Canadian holidays.
Everyone in Niagara Falls celebrates the holidays, either with sumptuous meals with Champaign brought to you by the Niagara restaurants, or special entertainment at various attractions such as the Casinos, along with great holiday package deals from the Niagara Falls hotels.
Month of February
Romantic getaways abound in Niagara Falls. The whole city gets on board to welcome couples from all over the world. Niagara Falls is typically a winter wonderland at this time of year, enticing couples to bundle up for the ever morphing view of the iced over Falls, then chasing it up with a dinner for two paired with Niagara’s famous Ice Wines.
Month of February
Family and Community day was first observed in Ontario in the year 2008, since then families flock to Niagara Falls for the perfect getaway itinerary. Clifton Hill the ‘Street of Fun’ is made to order with family oriented arcades, museums, haunted houses and eateries close together so there’s minimal walking. Huge indoor waterparks, nature attractions like the Butterfly Conservatory and the Bird Kingdom offer hours and hours of fun and education.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Month of March
Well if green is what you want on St. Patrick’s Day then green is what you’ll get! Every St. Patrick’s Day the Niagara Parks Commission lights up the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls in green! It’s a spectacular sight. But that’s not all that happens in Niagara Falls on St. Patrick’s Day. The beer is flowing at many of the local pubs such as Doc Magilligan’s an authentic Irish Pub located in the Lundy’s Lane BIA where they offer authentic Irish cuisine along with live music and dancing. We also need to mention the Niagara Brewing Company on Clifton Hill; famous for their ‘made in Canada’ Niagara Premium lager. They certainly know how to throw a party with pub fare and live entertainment.
Hop on over to Niagara Falls for an Easter Sunday celebration. Every year the Stamford Volunteer Fireman’s Association hosts an Easter Egg hunt in Fireman’s Park while Heartland Forest hosts a scavenger hunt, train rides, mini putt and marshmallow roasting by a campfire. If you’re looking for Sunday brunch, then most of the restaurants in Niagara can accommodate you. Niagara Parks shows off it’s Easter displays at the Floral Showhouse which features lilies, tulips, hyacinths and azaleas.
Month of May
Spring flowers are all a bloom in May making Niagara Falls the prettiest place to take Mom on her special day. It’s the perfect day to stroll or take a leisurely drive down the Niagara Parkway to see the flowers, Daffodils, Magnolia and Cherry blossom trees splashing colour back into the City.
VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND
Month of May
Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday which is an observed statutory holiday that falls on the Monday before May 25th. It’s an exciting time of year in Canada as this long weekend is views as the kick off to the long awaited summer season. All the outdoor flower baskets come out for display throughout the City as we no longer fear a frost. It usually marks the beginning of the Fireworks Summer Long event held at Niagara Parks, all the water attractions are open and the weather is beautiful!
Month of June
Held on the 3rd Sunday of June, Father’s day conjures up scenes of golfing, gardening, great meals, micro-breweries, historical attractions, or even fishing. If Dad likes to cook, then guaranteed you’ll want to drop by the Niagara Falls Ribfest that always falls on Father’s Day weekend.
Month of July
Happy Birthday Canada! July 1st 1867 marks the date that Canada became its own Kingdom and on July 1st, 2017 Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The City of Niagara Falls holds a Canada Celebration Parade, of course there’ll be fireworks down by the Falls, free live music entertainment at the Coco-Cola Concert Series. Brand new illumination lights will be installed and ready to showcase for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2016.
Month of August
The Canadian Civic Holiday doesn’t sound very festive but guaranteed we love this day off in August so that we can play outside in the great weather. What’s not to love about a long weekend in the summer, you can watch fireworks Friday night, Sunday night and Monday night. It feels like a party in Niagara Falls with all the outdoor recreation, lush gardens, and of course the roar of Niagara Falls. Typically Niagara Parks will launch the well reviewed Onguiaahra Sound & Light Show and you’ll find numerous live entertainment and comedy shows all over the City.
Month of September
Celebrated the first Monday of September, this was typically a day off for workers to campaign for better working conditions. Now Labour Day has become the perfect getaway weekend to Niagara Falls. The weather is typically nothing short of perfect and yes Fireworks happen Friday, Sunday and Monday night. Catch a rainbow over the Falls during the day and the spray of fireworks at night.
Month of October
Yes we celebrate Thanksgiving in October and we love it! So will you. ‘Leafers’ come from all over the world to witness the changing leaf colours in the City of Niagara Falls. You’ll want to bring your camera, as Niagara Falls looks completely different blanketed with fall colours. All of the attractions are still open during the month of October so make sure you bring a light jacket if you plan on taking a cruise along the Niagara Gorge at night on Board Niagara Thunder boat or meandering through Dufferin Islands.
Month of October
If you’re looking for some Halloween scary fun then Clifton Hill is where you want to go. Known as the Street of Fun, it’s packed with museums, arcades and more importantly scary haunted houses. One of the most famous haunted houses in Niagara Falls is known as Nightmares Fear Factory guaranteed to give the thrill seeker exactly what they’re looking for. That’s not all! There are haunted hay rides and many ghostly tours that take the historian along the war zones and graveyards from the battle of 1812.
Month of December
Merry Christmas everyone you’re going to love how beautiful Niagara Falls is at Christmas time. The whole City is lit up in celebration. In fact, the Winter Festival of Lights will have been celebrating since the beginning of December. The Clifton Hill District holds Laser Light shows during the Christmas holidays 4 times a night, and tons of entertainment. Christmas is a popular time to visit Niagara Falls Canada.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Month of December
New Year’s Eve is an exhilarating time to visit Niagara Falls. The City has become famous for it’s New Year’s Eve free event held in the Queen Victoria Parkway. The event was launched in 1991 and every year the talent and has changed. From Colin James to the biggest headliner yet, Keith Urban who headlined in 2014.
The New Year’s Eve event is part of an overall Winter Festival of Lights Celebration that runs from December till the end of January. Making this free event a twinkling back-drop of winter fun. Midnight is counted down with the band and fireworks are light up the top of the Skylon Tower for the maximum impact everyone wants when they ring in the New Year.
Fourteen Canadian holiday to celebrate in Niagara Falls. Each has its own seasonal flare offering a different experience every time and numerous events to enhance your stay.
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