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!
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.
Other winter events that should be in your itinerary include the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. Boasting more than 125 animated light displays, the free-admission festival is open from November 19th, 2016 to January 31st, 2017. 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.
Niagara Falls Illumination 2016 winter schedule:
Nov 2- Dec 30: Nightly 5:00pm – Midnight
Dec 31: 5:00pm – 1:00am
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