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Things to do in Niagara Falls in December

Only 10 more Fridays until Christmas/holidays. Where has the time gone?

Not that we wish the colder weather upon us...but there is something warm and fuzzy about the holiday season and the weeks leading up to Christmas and the holidays. And as Canadians we've become accustomed to the cold weather and we've learned to embrace it by finding fun things to things like visiting Niagara Falls in December. Because there are definitely lots of exciting and fresh things to do in Niagara Falls in December.

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls in December 

The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights 

If you haven't done so already...make the Winter Festival of Lights your winter tradition. There is something so nostalgic about going to see the lights by the Falls (getting dressed nice and toasty, fueling up with a hot beverage from our favourite place - we're fans of Starbucks and listening to Christmas/holiday music) all while taking in the breathtaking lights. Can you believe there are over 3 million twinkling lights across this 8km route? And sometimes (depending on how cold it is), we might even venture outside of our car and take a walk through the Niagara Parks and visit our natural wonder, Niagara Falls. The Falls truly are breathtaking in the wintertime and they really never get old. 

Niagara Falls Attractions

Many people don't know this, but Niagara Falls is very much alive during the winter months and many Niagara Falls attractions are still open for business. 

The Niagara Parks: The best way to see some of these incredible attractions is to take advantage of their Explorer Pass. Explore some of our favourite attractions: Journey Behind the Falls and Butterfly Conservatory, plus receive a parking day pass. And you might think that you've seen, heard and felt all the things that Journey Behind the Falls has to offer, but have you ever experienced it in the Winter? Whole different experience, we promise you!!

Clifton Hill Fun by the Falls

Clifton Hill is fun at any age. Bring the whole family or experience it as a grown-up. Either way, there is bound to be some laughter and a whole lot of fun along the way. If you are looking for a bird's eye view of the Falls, the Niagara SkyWheel offers a breathtaking panoramic view in a climate controlled gondola, so you'll stay toasty warm even if it's chilly outside. Depending on the weather, there are two great mini putt options: Glow in the Dark Wizard Golf where you can connect with your inner wizard on the inside world or hang out with the prehistoric crew at Dinosaur Adventure Golf on the outside world. 

Also check for updates on the Niagara Speedway and Game Zone, as those are weather dependent and their hours vary during the Winter months.

Bird Kingdom

Another favourite is the Bird's such an enjoyable experience during the winter months. There are many layers to this incredible kingdom, which means lots of room for social distancing. Let's start at the very top....It's Animal Encounters Central. Here you can meet tortoises, snakes, bearded dragons and our colourful friends...the parrots. Then take a few steps the Small Bird Aviary, which is home to over 40 different species of birds. From here you can check out the Old Museum, which is filled with lots of fun facts and history. There's also the Night Jungle where you can visit some pretty awesome noctural creatures: chirping crickets, hooting owls and we can't forget the poison dart frogs and bats too. Then it's down some stairs (lots of stairs in this magical kingdom, which is great for getting in our cardio), to the Main Aviary, where you'll get to experience over 400 colourful birds flying free in 50,000 square feet of a breathtaking rainforest setting. Be sure to check out the Lorikeet Landing, where you'll get to feed some feathered friends. And on this level, you'll have to check out the Ancient Javanese House, which was built in the 1800s. It's the only one of it’s kind in all of North America. This architectural masterpiece is entirely hand carved out of solid teak and was miraculously constructed without nails. 

Wine Country 

It's only a 20 minute drive to Wine Country from our hotel, but here the world is your oyster....are you a fan of a full-bodied red? There's a winery or 20 for that. Or perhaps you prefer a nice unoaked Chardonnay...again, there are a few wineries that can take care of that request. And if you like a little bubbly...there are lots of great wineries that will toast to that. Check this site out, for some of the best recommendations in Niagara.

And once you are in Wine Country, be sure to make a stop to the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. There are lots of beautiful restaurants and boutiques to explore, plus so much history. Be sure to bundle up and take a stroll along the main street and by the lake. It's so picturesque.

And when it's time to rest your head after visiting all of these attractions, sampling wine and going for walks with ghosts, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls is the perfect place to get cozy under the covers with a good movie in your guest room.

There are lots of fun things to do in Niagara Falls during December and we hope to be part of your plans.


PLEASE NOTE: Face coverings are required. Due to COVID-19, some hotel facilities or services may not be available during your stay.