The main attraction on New Year's Eve in Niagara Falls will, of course, be the big show by the falls.

That's the one headlined by Canadian music legend Burton Cummings, of the Guess Who and then so many solo hits after that.

It really is a big deal - the show is being broadcast live across Canada on the CBC, and CNN's New Year's show hosted by Anderson Cooper will include parts of the Niagara Falls event.

If the CBC telecast is Canada's answer to CNN's show, then Canada's answer to the big, bright lights of Times Square that night would be Clifton Hill.

It's spectacular any night - lit like a smaller version of the Las Vegas Strip. It's be extra special on New Year's Eve, when vehicle traffic will be stopped after 10 p.m. and the Hill becomes one giant tourist plaza.

The Niagara Parks Commission controls Queen Victoria Park and the property all along the falls area where the concert will take place. It has released a handy update about the night's activities.

First, if you can park your car at the hotel and walk, do it. We're really a small city and everything is close by.

If you walk from Clifton Hill, for example, you can get to the concert scene in about 10 minutes.

Along the way, take time to enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights attractions that are placed all along the tourist area. They're pretty spectacular.

If you're at the top of the escarpment, though, the easiest way to get to the concert in the park is to use the Falls Incline Railway. It will take you down and then up again (round-trip tickets cost $5.50).

The ride takes about two minutes each way, but offers a gorgeous view of the falls and the park as they're all lit up.

Should you choose to drive right to the falls, park across the street from the Table Rock Welcome Cetre at the parks commission's lot. It's big with plenty of room, but parking costs $20 per vehicle.

And now for a few tips to make the night more enjoyable.

First, if you're part of a group, designate a place to meet up should you become separated. Especially if you have kids with you, because there will be as many as 40,000 people there for the show.

Also, dress for the weather (which can be cold, muddy, or wet, or all of the above). So protect your extremities like your ears, hands and feet. If you do get cold, a couple of the WeGo tourist buses will be parked near Table Rock to use as warming centres.

There will be plenty of food and beverages available near the concert, including a licensed area. And police and security will be on hand to make sure everyone stays safe.

In addition to the concert (which also features the Sheepdogs, Walk Off The Earth and Avenue Inn), there will be two spectacular fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight.

Re getting around: If you walk, remember there are the WeGo tourist buses that ride a loop all around the tourist district. You don't have to do it all on two feet.

And if you drive, be aware of a few road closures and traffic diversions.

First, the Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill through to Fraser Hill near the falls will be closed to all vehicles, including the WeGo buses, as of 8 p.m.

On Murray Street, the westbound lanes that lead away from Queen Victoria Park and into the Fallsview area will be closed to vehicles starting at 3 p.m., and the eastbound lanes leading into the park will close at Skylon Driveway at 7:30 p.m.

Once you get here, you'll see it's pretty simple and it all makes sense. All in the name of safety and having a good time.

Last modified: December 31, 2018