Winter brings an added dimension of beauty to Niagara. The mist and spray from the falls combine with the cold drifting winds of winter to spray nearby ornamental walls, lamp posts, trees and buildings creating lovely ice sculptures. On bright sunny clear days when the sky is blue and the snow brilliantly white, these ice sculptures turn into priceless pieces of art.
During the coldest months of January and February ice flowing down the Niagara River crashes over the falls creating an ice-bridge in the basin directly below the falls. An ice – bridge is a formation of ice on the Niagara River from the Canadian shoreline to the American shoreline.
Be sure to bundle up warmly and bring your camera to capture the beauty of Niagara Falls with its winter coat on.Another reason to visit is the annual Winter Festival of Lights. This year the festival is celebrating its 31th anniversary. It takes place between November 9th continuing until January 31st 2014.The festival boasts literally millions of tree and ground lights and over 125 animated light displays. Best of all, most of it’s free for the whole family. On New Years Eve plan to join the thousands of people who congregate near the falls to celebrate a free outdoor New Years Eve event with live entertainment suitable for all ages. There are fireworks over the falls at 10 pm for the young ones and another display at midnight for the older folk.
If you like ice-wine plan to be in Niagara between January 13th and 29th for the popular Ice Wine Festival.When you celebrate winter in Niagara, winter will never be the same.
TD RINK at the Brink – Free Skate Days
Looking to create lifelong memories with a uniquely Canadian outdoor winter experience? Then visit the TD RINK at the Brink! It’s an open-air, outdoor ice skating rink located a snowball’s throw from the “brink” of the Horseshoe Falls, offering breathtaking views and a magical outdoor Niagara Falls ice skating experience. Open from December 1 to February 28, 2014. So whether you’re creating lifelong memories on a Christmas family vacation or out for a romantic winter afternoon with a special someone, the TD RINK at the Brink is a captivating experience – skating just steps away from one of the most magnificent natural attractions in the world. It’s sure to be a favourite among wintertime Niagara entertainment for years to come. Read more …
Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls – Disney Displays (FREE)
Enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights, Canada’s foremost illumination festival in its most famous address – Niagara Falls – as we capture the magic of the holiday season from November 9, 2013 to January 31, 2014. The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario includes over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which can be seen within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, including the world-famous Enchantment of Disney® displays and the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag. There is no admission fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands (suggested contribution ($5 – $10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger), with proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays. Read more …