When the arctic winds begin to howl and the icicles grow longer, an incredible transformation takes place at Niagara Falls. The warm reds and yellows of autumn fade into the background, the trees become white with frost, and the river begins to freeze along the edges. Throughout the winter, however, the water continues to cascade at a dizzying rate, creating a winter spectacle unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Whether you’re traveling to Niagara Falls from Toronto or New York, this winter waterfall wonderland will still be open for you!
Niagara Falls Illumination
The curious ice formations and very “chill” atmosphere only add to the Niagara Falls Illumination, the nightly display of fairy-tale lights. For those wondering if you’ll be stuck on land the whole time, you’ll be pleased to know that on the US side Niagara Jet Adventures continues operating throughout the winter, whisking you right up to the ice-encrusted falls – something that can only be experienced at this very special time of the year.
For those of you visiting the Canadian side, Hornblower Niagara Cruises is ready snow or shine to take you to the Great Gorge, American Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Special cruises to view the nightly Illumination and the weekly fireworks displays are also available.
Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights
Other winter events that should be in your itinerary include the Winter Festival of Lights. Boasting more than 125 animated light displays, the free-admission festival is open from November 15th, 2017 to January 31, 2019. Check out the Winter Festival of Lights Route Map to discover all the amazing light sculptures on display.
See all the majestry of Naigara and the surrounding area when it’s lit up for the holidays with the Niagara Skywheel! The gondolas are temperature controlled throughout the 12 minute ride, letting you get cozy with your partner while enjoying the view.
The Skywheel is open from 10:00am – Midnight.
Journey Behind The Falls
If you want to get up close to the falls, then look no further than the Journey Behind The Falls, an underground tunnel that leads you right beneath the falls. The winter weather may block access to the lower observation deck, but this just cuts the admission fee down.
And when the arctic blast gets too much for you, don’t forget there’s plenty of indoor entertainment as well: casinos, the Skylon Tower, two IMAX movie theaters (one on each side!), and more.