Niagara Falls is undoubtedly at its most beautiful and impressive on a sunny winter day. The scene is like a winter fairyland with every tree within 2 blocks of the Falls clad in ice and glittering in the sunshine. The visitor who is used to visiting Niagara in summer and makes a visit in winter is literally shocked by the beauty. It almost hurts the eyes because of the dazzling spectacle of ice.
The scene is even more spectacular during November and December when the Winter Festival of Lights makes the nights come alive with one of the most beautiful light displays in North America. Over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million sparkling tree and ground lights are on display within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland which includes among the many displays, the world-famous Enchantment of Disney. This No Admission Event, however donations are welcomed to help maintain the Festival. Starting in November, the Festival of Lights fireworks display reaches a crescendo on New Year's Eve in Queen Victoria Park with a giant celebration to bring in the New Year.
Niagara does not shut down in the winter but rather springs into life with many activities both indoors and out. The ever popular outdoor skating rink is located right in front of Niagara Falls City Hall on historic Queen Street and is open to the public.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a scene right out of a Christmas card during the winter months and its many Inns and shopping boutiques provide the visitor with a day full of fun. There is nothing more romantic than a horse and buggy ride, bundled under a fur blanket and winding down the historic streets and pathways of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Winery tours are available all year in the middle of Niagara's winter vineyards. Sample some world famous Ice Wine, which is a star in the crown of Niagara's wineries.
Theatre is alive and well during the winter months in Niagara. Greg Frewin Theatre, Oh Canada Eh and the hilarious King Henry V111 Feast at the Buttery Theatre Restaurant are all open throughout the winter months and provide top drawer entertainment for everyone. Most of Niagara's other attractions remain open as well, including the Skylon Tower where you can enjoy fine dining while looking at the lights over the Falls.