Mother’s Day Travel Deals

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Make Sunday, May 10th a Fun-Day for your Mom

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift as wondrous as your mom? While that might seem like a mission that’s impossible, we do have a few fabulous gift suggestions that will definitely make her smile. After all Niagara Falls is one of the most wondrous places to visit and is overflowing with wonderful experiences for that special lady in your life.


Hornblower Niagara Cruises
This Niagara Falls Boat Tour of a lifetime will leave her speechless. With so many boat tour options to choose from, you might just have to experience them all. From the traditional Voyage to the Falls Tour, to the Illumination or Fireworks Cruise, all three cruises will make your “WOW” list. While the launch date is not yet confirmed, we do know based on previous years, that the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, usually hits the water at the end of April/early May.

Looking for a whole afternoon of fun? If so, you’ve got to check out the Courtyard by Marriott’s Niagara Falls’ Tour Package, which includes Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls, the Butterfly Conservatory, a stop at the Floral Clock and Photo Opportunities at the Niagara Glen/Whirlpool Rapids. Check out the breathtaking video of Hornblower Niagara Cruises here.

Niagara Wine Country

Sip and Sizzle – weekends in May
This is one of Niagara’s hottest May Events. Experience 26 Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries and unique grilled food paired with fine VQA wine. This will have your mom doing her happy dance. Tour passes start at $43 per person.

Fresh and Polished – Diamond Estates Winery – May 7th – 7pm – 9pm

It’s an evening of wine tasting, pampering (who doesn’t love a mani and a pedi) and live music.

Handmade Market – May 8th and 9th – 13th Street Winery

If you haven’t been to one of Niagara’s Handmade Markets, this is definitely an experience you cannot miss. Featuring over 85 Artisans, the 13th Street Bakery gourmet goodies, fine wine, fabulous food and live music. Your mom will have a blast, as she sips, savours and shops away.

Food Truck Eats – May 16th – 18th – Peller Estates Winery

We know that this event is one week after Mother’s Day, however you can keep the celebrations going as this is one of the most delicious Spring events. Get ready to go on a Food Truck Journey: 15 Food Trucks and 5 local food vendors paired with some of the best VQA wines with the Peller Estates’ vineyard as your backdrop.

Chicks and Chocolate – Peller Estates Winery – Monday – Friday at 2pm. Weekends at 2pm and 4pm.

Chocolate + Wine + Your Mom = one of the most delicious gifts ever. Learn how chocolate and wine complement each other and awaken the palate.

An Enriching Experience

Shaw Festival

Spend the afternoon or evening exploring the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is famous for their unique boutiques, cozy cafés and the ever so popular Shaw Festival. Over Mother’s Day weekend, there are so many great plays to catch. From The Lady From the Sea,  Peter and the Starcatcher, You Never Can Tell and Sweet Charity. The theatre performances promise to be an enriching experience.

The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star and mother-loving Niagara Falls hotels close to all of these exciting and unforgettable Mother’s Day events. Check out our Mother’s Day Travel Deals for 1 Night or 2 Nights.

Make room for a little fun this Mother’s Day!

Delicious Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Weekends just got more Wine-der-ful in Niagara.

We all know that Niagara is famous for their grapes and some of the best wineries in the world (well we think so).

So let’s all get out of hibernation mode and start winding up for some wine-der-ful events which will be happening very soon and right in our backyard.

Check out these delicious events in Niagara-on-the-Lake:

Get Fresh in the Valley – April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th

The name says it all. It’s three weekends of farm fresh food paired with new vintage and aromatic wines at 22 Twenty Valley wineries. Plus you can collect recipe cards from all of the wineries to create your own Get Fresh Cookbook. Passports for all three Sundays, or your choice weekend, start at only $40. It’s your ticket to a fresh NEW experience. Check out the mocktail passports, for the designated driver in your life.

Sip and Sizzle – May 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st – 11am – 5pm

This super SIZZLING hot event is back again. Picture a barbeque bash paired with your favourite Niagara-on-the-Lake wine and your fabulous friends. The best part… the grilling and the dishes are taken care of. Tour passes start at $43 per person.

Food Truck Eats – May 16th – 18th

The wait is over. Book your tickets for the ultimate 4th annual backyard bash at Peller Estates. Featuring 15 Food Trucks and 5 pop up food vendors who promise to deliver some of the tastiest street food alongside some of Peller’s award-winning wines.

Graze the Bench – June 6th and 7th – 12 – 5pm

Get ready to mix and mingle with 8 Niagara wineries. Their approach is to “laze and graze” in Wine Country. And let it be known that these aren’t sample sizes you are dealing with, we are talking about some kick-back and enjoy portions. Single tickets start at $30 per person and weekend grazing starts at $40 per person.

Niagara Food & Wine Expo – May 1st – 3rd

This is an event within walking distance from our hotel (well let’s say a nice 20 minute stroll).  If you like food, wine, beer and spirits, then you’ve gotta eat and sip here. The very own John Catucci from The Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” will be taking the stage to talk about some of his favourite food from the Expo.

These are just a few of the events we love and it’s only the beginning of Spring (even though it doesn’t feel like it).

Stay at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls and Sip, Savour and Explore the fine things that Niagara has to offer. Check out our 1 Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night because it won’t last long.

Make room for a Lot of Fun this Spring.

Easter in Niagara Falls

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Hop on over to Niagara Falls this Easter

This question just dawned on me the other day. Why is it that a Bunny delivers Easter eggs? Where did this tradition start?

After getting some answers from good old Google, it all makes more sense now. The tradition all started in America (way back when) with stories of people seeing an egg-laying hare. And the decoration of eggs dates back to the 13th Century. Other traditions, such as the consumption of eating Easter candy is a more modern addition in celebration of this early springtime holiday.

Niagara Falls is filled with Easter traditions. From Easter egg hunts to Festivals.

Here are a few of our favourite Easter traditions:

Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farms Easter Eggstravaganza
It’s a fun-filled adventure for the whole family. From egg decorating to a petting zoo, hayride and egg hunt. Only $8 per person – April 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th from 9 am – 3pm.

Bird Kingdom
Enjoy an Eggstra special Easter weekend. Kids (4-15) are just $7.00 with a regular adult admission. Enjoy hundreds of free-flying birds in a 50,000 square foot tropical rainforest setting, as well as an Easter egg hunt all day with prizes.

Easter Festival at Heartland Forest – April 4th from 11am – 4pm
It’s a Multicultural Celebration enjoying all different kinds of Easter traditions. Experience flags from different countries, music and dance demonstrations from different cultures, plus enjoy Easter treats from various countries, free crafts and entertainment, door prizes, face painting and even a free dance lesson.

Wine and Design – Easter Centerpiece – April 2nd – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Jackson-Triggs Winery along with Van Noort Flower Stoudio team up to offer you the perfect pairing of Wine & Design.

The Jackson-Triggs team will be serving premium VQA wine, local charcuterie, artisanal cheeses with House-made preserves, as you create your contemporary Easter Centerpiece with a Van Noort design expert . It’s the perfect way to prepare your home for Spring. $65 per person

Deviled Eggs – Not Bunny Eggs – Sat. April 4th – April 26th (weekends only)

Inniskillin Winery – 12pm – 4pm

Easter is all about decorated eggs, but they will be serving the deviled kind. Sample Sparkling Vidal Icewine paired alongside Deviled Eggs with White Truffle and Chive. $10 per person.

Floral Showhouse Annual Easter Display – April 12th – 27th

Enjoy Mother Nature’s gorgeous Easter creations. Featuring a cross display of lilies surrounded by colourful and fragrant spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and azaleas. Your kids will love the live chicks, bunnies and songbirds.Daily from 9:30am – 5pm.

Begin or continue your Easter traditions in Niagara Falls. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls close to all of these eggstra special Easter events. Check out our ongoing special offers.

Pan Am Games 2015

Pan Am Games 2015

As Canadians we have A LOT to celebrate this summer. Toronto is the host city for the Pan Am Games from July 10th – 26th and the Parapan Am Games from August 7th – 15th.

The Pan Am Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport games, only being surpassed in size and scope by the Olympics and Asian Games. Canada has had the honour of hosting the Games twice (in 1967 and 1999, both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba).

With over 48 different sports categories, from archery to beach volleyball to wheelchair tennis, there is definitely a sport for every spectator to watch. However in Niagara we are secretly excited to watch all of the water sports happening right in our neighbourhood. The Canoe/Kayak Sprint is happening at our very own Welland International Flatwater Centre. And the Rowing will be taking place at the Royal Canadian Henley in St. Catharines.

The Welland International Flatwater Centre boasts almost eight kilometres of deep, placid water, making it an ideal spot for hosting fast-paced paddling sports. In fact, the name “Welland” comes from a Celtic word meaning “good river.” In preparation for the Pan Am Games 2015, TO2015 widened a section of the canal to meet international competition standards, built two new buildings, including a timing tower and the athlete centre, added a plaza, start towers and permanent seating for 500 spectators.

In addition, a state-of-the-art, multi-sport training tank has been installed in the new athlete centre. The tank will enable Canadian high-performance athletes and fledging local paddlers to perfect their strokes in the off-season in a controlled testing environment against a variable current. That is what we call commitment and passion!

The Royal Canadian Henley, is the home of the largest rowing regatta in North America. The Royal Canadian Henley is rated as a world-class rowing course by the International Rowing Federation. This venue will be home to 14 men’s and women’s competitions during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The facility has previously hosted the 1970 and 1999 World Rowing Championships, as well as the prestigious annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta since 1903. We are proud Niagarians!

Check out the Pan Am Sports’ competition schedule and stay on top of  your favourite sport.

The Pan Am Games 2015 torch relay is also just around the corner and will be one of the most exciting events leading up to the Pan Am Games. The relay will be a 41-day journey that will ignite the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. Deeply rooted in history and tradition, the initial flame will be lit during a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before it travels to Canada. The torch relay will take place from May 30th – July 10th, 2015. Check out the torch relay map here. In Niagara, we have learned that our torch relay date is June 20th.

The competition medals for the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games are being designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The medals will be on display from March 14th – 29th at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. During the games, they will be on display at the Royal Canadian Mint Exhibition space at the CIBC Pan Am Park.

Tickets are currently on hold until the end of March, but once the hold is released, you can purchase tickets here.

Come and share in our enthusiasm and visit Niagara Falls during your Pam Am Games’ journey. At the Courtyard by Marriott, we are one of the most passionate Niagara Falls Hotels when it comes to sports. We are only a 10 minute walk from Niagara Falls and major Niagara Falls attractions, such as Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Journey Behind the Falls. Stay connected with our latest Niagara Falls specials leading up to the Pam Am Games 2015.

Niagara Falls is full of new discoveries every time you visit!

Niagara Casino Shows and Concerts

Niagara Casino Shows and Concerts

In Niagara we are all about entertainment. From Niagara Casino Shows to top-notch concerts in Niagara. Niagara is the place to be for entertainment (both sides of the border).

The Fallsview Casino

Featuring over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of Niagara Falls Casino Shows in May, June and July are incredible.

Niagara Fallsview Shows


Fallsview Casino’s Christmas on Ice – until December 6th

Jersey Nights – January 7th – 14th

Donny Osmond – January 15th and 16th

Seneca Niagara Casino Shows

Just a short drive over the border and voilá you are at the Seneca Niagara Casino, the place to be for some of the best Niagara Falls Casino Concerts.

 An Evening with Sarah McLachlan – Nov. 28th at 8pm

Kim Mitchell – Dec. 4th at 8pm

The Texas Tenors – Deep in the Heart of Christmas – Dec. 10th at 3pm

Commodores and the Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards – Dec. 26th at 8pm

The Company Men – Dec. 31st at 7pm

Meridian Centre St. Catharines


The Next Step – Feb. 6th, 2016

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage – Feb. 21st, 2016

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Book your Getaway to Niagara Falls soon. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals in the City at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. Our Ultimate One Night Package starts at $119 per night (Sunday – Thursday), $129 on Fridays and $139 on Saturdays. This One Night Package includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher, a bottle of wine, chocolates, wine tasting, cheese tasting, fudge tasting, WEGO Shuttle passes and more.

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

It’s only the beginning of January, but we are all secretly counting down the days for a mini break with our families. Whether it be a few days away or a week getaway, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. Take a break from your daily routine and get ready for some fun-filled Niagara Falls Family Activities.  Here are a few of our favourites:

Family Day Adventures

 Bird Kingdom – $2.00 off each regular admission 

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

Family Day at Niagara Falls Museums – Feb 15th – 11am – 3pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Participate in a reptile show, get creative and crafty with crafts and put your thinking cap on for an exciting scavenger hunt adventure.

Winterfest at Heartland Forest – February 15th – 11am – 3pm

Don’t miss Winterfest at Heartland Forest. This FREE event features fun and exciting hands-on activities both indoors and out. Stay tuned for March break details.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!!

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Experience self-guided tours, re-enactors dressed in period costumes, native stories, maple syrup taffy treats, hot dog roasting, tree tapping, face painting, life like a lumberjack and learn about the rich history of Canada’s first maple syrup harvest of the year. The list of possibilities are endless. Plus enjoy their delicious homemade pancakes and fresh from the tree, homemade maple syrup.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Make room for a little fun with your family!!

Niagara Falls Casino Shows – February

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Niagara Falls Casino Shows

We’re going to keep you entertained for the whole month of February with top notch performances at the Niagara Falls Casinos (on both sides of the border).

The Fallsview Casino

Featuring over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of Niagara Falls Casino Shows in November are incredible.

Fallsview Casino Entertainment

I Tenori – February 11th – 15th. With standing ovations in hundreds of theatres worldwide, the vocals of three unique tenors come together as I Tenori, exclusively at the Fallsview Casino.

Rita Rudner & Louie Anderson – Feb. 19th. Get ready to laugh (really laugh). We’re talking “laugh out loud” belly laughter.

Lady Antebellum – Feb. 16th and 17th. With the recent release of their fifth studio album, 747, Grammy Award winning country group Lady Antebellum bring their triple-stacked harmonies to Fallsview. Experience the trio’s big, blockbuster sound with hits such as “Just A Kiss”, “We Owned The Night”, “American Honey”, “I Run To You”, “Need You Now”, “Downtown” and “Bartender”.


Seneca Niagara Casino

Just a short drive over the border and voilá you are at the Seneca Niagara Casino, the place to be for some of the best Niagara Falls Casino Concerts.

Average White Band – Feb. 13th at 8pm

Frank Sinatra Jr. – Feb. 14th at 8pm

Honeymoon Suite – Feb. 20th at 8pm

Foreigner – Feb. 21st  at 8pm

Lion Dance and Red Envelope Distribution – Feb. 22nd at 8:30pm

Bowzer’s Rock N’ Roll Party – Feb. 28th at 8pm

Book your Winter Getaway to Niagara Falls soon. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals in the City at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. Our Ultimate One Night Romance Package starts at $119 per night (Sunday – Friday) and includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher, cocktails at The Keg, one bottle of wine and two wine glasses, hershey kisses, wine tasting, beer tasting, cheese tasting and a lavender culinary experience.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. It’s time to say good-bye to the 32nd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 12th, 2015.

Dufferin Islands

It’s also time to say good-bye to the 13 new Canadian Wildlife displays in Dufferin Islands including: a moose and buffalo, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, whales, deer, dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark and the 20 foot tall illumination, called the Soma, designed to resemble a waterfall. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to take your Winter selfies in front of this spectacular illuminated display.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Clifton Hill


It’s not too late to get your last dose of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power and the illuminated display at the top of Clifton Hill, featuring your favourite turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

It’s also the last Friday for Fireworks over the Falls. Join us on Friday, January 9th, at 9pm, as the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. The Niagara Falls Illumination continues all year round. Check out the 2015 Niagara Falls Illumination Schedule and stay tuned for details on the 2015 Niagara Falls Fireworks Schedule.

Niagara Falls Events in January

There are also plenty of events in January to keep you busy. Don’t miss these fun-filled Winter Niagara Falls Events:

– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs from January 9th – 25th

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – January 30th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January and February 

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $115 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals.


Celebrate the New Year in Niagara Falls

Celebrate the New Year in Niagara Falls

With every NEW year comes a NEW resolution. Our New Year’s Resolution is to share all of Niagara’s year round events because we have so much to celebrate. Our January experiences involve many of the things we love most: the Niagara Wine Festival (the icewine kind), sports and our Winter Festival of Lights.

Niagara Icewine Festival

There is no denying it, we love Icewine so much in Niagara, that three weekends have been dedicated to our passion.

On January 15th, the cork pops at the Xerox Icewine Gala at the Fallsview Casino, as we begin the “liquid gold” celebration. Taste Icewine from over 35 wineries along with culinary masterpieces. Here’s what’s happening…

Twenty Valley Icewine Kick-off – January 15th – 17th

It’s Twenty Valley’s turn to raise their Icewine glasses with the ultimate street party. On opening night, the Mandevilles open for Whitehorse starting at 6pm. The rest of the weekend is all about fabulous food, music and wine. Read more.

Sweet Sparkling Sensational Dinner – January 16th

It’s a Sweet Sparking Sensational Dinner with host Chef Lynn Crawford.  Indulge in a 5-course meal featuring an icewine infused menu.

Peller Estates’ Icewine Market – January 15th – 17th, 22nd – 24th and 29th – 31st

Warm your tastebuds with a Cabernet Franc Icewine Hot Chocolate (Seriously?)…Talk about indulgence overload. Plus culinary masterpieces by Chef Jason Parsons.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival – January 23rd – 24th

Embrace the Winter by seeing Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street transform into an Icewine and Culinary Winter Wonderland.

Purchase a discovery pass and explore the Icewine route starting at $40 per pass. Check out the list of participating wineries.

Niagara Falls is thrilled to be part of this delicious experience for the second year at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. From January 29th -31st,  enjoy Icewine from 15 participating wineries along with some culinary creations and live entertainment.

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

January is full of entertainment with tons of Niagara Falls Casino Shows to choose from:

Niagara Fallsview Casino

  • Jersey Nights – January 7th – 14th
  • Mimi Choo – January 17th – 18th
  • Donny Osmond – January 15th and 16th
  • World Rock Symphony Orchestra – January 22nd – 30th


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  • Gary Puckett and the Union Gap – January 8th
  • Barbra and Frank: The Concert that Never Was – January 9th
  • Bobby Rydell – January 16th
  • Whoopi Goldberg – January 22nd
  • Buffalo Bridal Expo – January 24th
  • Joan Osborne -January 29th

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Wonder continues until January 31st with 3 Million Twinkling lights and displays. You’ve got to check out the incredible displays at Dufferin Islands and along the Niagara Parkway.

Niagara Falls Fireworks and Illumination Schedule

The spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks displays and Illumination also continue into January.

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night starting at 9pm.

U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship

The 2016 U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship is an incredible event being held in St. Catharines at the Meridian Centre from January 8th – 15th. It will bring together the world’s best U18 women’s hockey players from 8 countries around the world. Niagara is looking forward to welcoming the world with ongoing entertainment and cultural programs as we celebrate the achievements of these players and the game of women’s hockey. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is proud to support this spectacular game.

Niagara River Lions

The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is also proud to support the NEW Canadian Professional Basketball team, the Niagara River Lions. Come out to an exciting game of basketball and cheer on the Niagara River Lions. Check out their schedule to see what game works for you.

Niagara Falls Shows

The Skate Niagara Ice Show is back for the second year at the Meridian Centre on February 26th starting at 7:30pm. This spectacular Ice Show features your ice performer favourites, from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Kurt Browning and hometown sweetheart Kristen Moore-Towers with her partner Michael Marinaro. New skaters this year include the 2015 World Champion, Javier Fernandez and Nancy Kerrigan. Get your tickets before this incredible show sells out.

Make Niagara Falls part of your New Year Tradition. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls hotels located in the “centre of it all,” just minutes from Niagara Falls and all of these exciting Niagara Falls attractions and events.

Book our Ultimate One Night Package, starting at $109 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotels Deals and includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for two at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, wine tasting, beer tasting, lavender culinary experience, cheese tasting, fudge tasting and so much more.






Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015 is one of the most wonderful events of the year in Niagara Falls starting on November 21st and running until January 31st, 2016 (sing with us).

The 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (a.k.a. Winter Festival of Lights to us local folk) is finally here! It’s definitely an exciting annual event that we all look forward to every year. It’s the largest Illumination Festival in Canada and the city of Niagara Falls is alive with over 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays.

Laser Light Shows

Don’t miss the ALL NEW Laser Light Shows happening throughout various Niagara Falls neighbourhoods. There will be two x 15 minute spectacular shows:

Victoria Avenue District – December 19th – 30th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm

Fallsview Boulevard – January 14th – 24th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm


Afterwards, be sure to check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights’ 5km illumination route to see the beautiful light displays throughout the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, Dufferin Islands and in surrounding tourist districts.

Spirit of Niagara Sound & Light Show

There’s so much entertainment happening in Niagara Falls this Winter. Catch the thrilling thematic journey of Niagara experienced through music, spectacular lighting and image projections. Through impressive state-of-the-art digital technology, the show depicts Niagara’s arts, culture and entertainment!  The city-facing side of the Oakes Hotel will serve as the canvas for the Festival’s newest lighting technology. Acting as a storytelling aid, Heno, the Thunderbeing, who lived in a huge grotto behind the Great Falls, and his arch nemesis; the Great Serpent of the Falls, will steer you through the “Spirit of Niagara” Light and Sound Show which features Niagara’s rich history. The “Spirit of Niagara” Sound & Light Show is Presented by Fallsview Casino Resort and Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

Dufferin Islands

Year after year, visitors love the tradition of Dufferin Islands. This will be the second year that Dufferin Islands will feature the Canadian Wildlife displays including: a moose and bison, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, geese and deer. This winter wonderland also includes the Sylma, a 20′ x 35′  magnificent tower of cascading lights enhanced by projection illuminations on over 70 trees and a 30′ water feature which will be choreographed to music.

Also, if you tune into 100.5 FM during your drive through Dufferin Islands you will enjoy Christmas music to get you in the festive mood.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

At 9pm every Friday night between November 21st and January 29th, the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. You will see as many as 20 fireworks shows this season.

2015-16 Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks over the Falls Performance Schedule!

Friday, December 4th, 11th, 18th,

Nightly Fireworks Shows: December 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th

Friday, January 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Check out the opening ceremonies’ fireworks from last year.

All performances take place at 9:00pm unless otherwise noted. The fireworks schedule is subject to change; each show is approximately five minutes in length.  As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor conditions like high winds or rain.

Check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Light’s illuminate route. 

And with the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights comes many other exciting Niagara Falls Events such as New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. Details will be announced soon.

Looking for a Niagara Falls Festival of Lights hotel? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to this spectacular and traditional Winter Event.

Only 3 more Fridays until Santa comes to town (okay so we obviously love the holidays).