Niagara Falls has been a summer vacation staple for generations of tourists, but have you ever considered visiting this natural marvel in winter? If you are willing to bundle up and brave the cold, Niagara Falls presents a winter wonderland for all ages, with the added benefit of light crowds and free entertainment.
Fewer crowds means less congestion and shorter lines at attractions. Parking lots that are typically pricey and packed in the summer months offer many available spaces once the cold sets in. With reduced foot traffic, you will have better opportunities to see the Falls from many angles, so bring a camera! Restaurants and stores will also be less busy, so take advantage of this opportunity to explore all this area has to offer. The casino will also be less busy this time of year and offers a great view of the Falls from the comfort of the warm indoors.
Though the surrounding landscape may be covered in snow, the Falls continue to tumble and mist the nearby trees, ornamental walls, lamp posts and structures. This spray turns into gorgeous ice sculptures, frozen by the drifting winds. The best days to see these natural works of art are on clear, sunny days. Be sure to dress warmer than expected when visiting the Falls in the winter. The mist will spray you, too. It can get very cold, so bundle up!
From November to January, Niagara Falls comes alive with sparkling light displays throughout the trees and across the ground, in addition to 125 animated vignettes. Millions of dazzling lights light up the night and create a breathtaking photo op for the whole family. Best yet, this event is free though donations are accepted to help support maintenance efforts.
On Friday nights, the skies above the illuminated Falls explode into a stunning display of fireworks. This tradition has taken place for more than 140 years and it’s especially magical in the winter months. On New Year’s Eve, there are two fireworks showings: one at 10 p.m. to accommodate families and another at midnight for those without a bedtime. This beautiful event is clearly visible from many vantage points around Niagara Falls, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a great spot to relax and watch the show. For a truly unique experience, view the fireworks display from the skating rink, just a short distance from the Horseshoe Falls.
From postcard-worthy landscapes at every turn to delightful attractions and events for the whole family, consider seeing Niagara Falls in winter for a new take on a classic destination. Best Western Rewards members get the lowest rates guaranteed when they book at bestwestern.com. With many Best Western locations near the Falls, travelers are sure to find one that fits their needs!