Niagara Falls, with all its beauty and wonder, is even more awesome during the holiday season, when the holiday lights display illuminates the Mighty Niagara. In earlier years, visitors could visit both sides of the border for out-of-this-world lights displays, but the American side of the Falls has discontinued the former Festival of Lights. The brightest holiday lights in Niagara Falls, New York, can be seen on the brightly lit Seneca Niagara Casino. The Canadian Niagara Falls has much more to offer for holiday touring.
Wow! Look at Those Lights!
The fantastic Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Canada, is simply amazing. This year’s theme is, “Lights, Nights, and Wonders.” The light festival includes two million lights along the Niagara Parkway, which runs adjacent to the Falls. There are over 100 displays to view in the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland.
The Winter Festival of Lights kicked off on November 4th, with Opening Night Ceremonies. The lights display runs until January 8, 2007, giving visitors plenty of time to plan a holiday trip to Niagara Falls. Visitors will find more than enough activities in Niagara Falls to fill a weekend while viewing the light festival. Clifton Hill is nearby, offering shopping, restaurants, and classic wax museums for guests of the city to enjoy. Just a short drive away, along the Niagara River, visitors can take in the holiday lights of the homes that sit along the Niagara Parkway, on the way to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Holiday wine tasting and more lights displays are sure to entertain visitors to the Niagara-on-the-Lake area.
Casino Lights Displays
Both Niagara Falls cities offer the festival lights of the casinos. If you’re planning to visit either casino while in town viewing the Winter Festival of Lights, consider staying at the casino hotels. Fallsview Casino is located on the Canadian side of the border, at 6380 Falls View Boulevard, just a short distance from the Winter Festival of Lights. Holiday entertainment and penny slots may be the perfect weekend for some visitors. On the American side of the border, Seneca Niagara Casino also offers gambling, entertainment, and deluxe accomodations. On December 19th and 20th, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is scheduled at the Seneca Niagara Events Center.
Bundle Up and Bring the Camera
Visitors to Niagara Falls for the Winter Festival of Lights should pack warm clothing and gloves if they plan to do any outdoor activities. The weather in November and December is generally cold in Niagara Falls, averaging around 30-45 degrees. Winter coats and gloves are necessary to tour the city lights on foot, or to sightsee the Clifton Hill area. Pack your camera for some phenomenal pictures of the holiday lights and light displays.
If you happen to visit on a Friday, don’t miss the weekly Friday Fireworks over the Falls scheduled for 9 pm duting the Winter Festival of Lights.