How to Celebrate American Thanksgiving in Niagara

DSCF5262Many people will be celebrating American Thanksgiving this upcoming weekend and the Niagara Parks Commission is offering a number of great activities to help you get into the holiday spirit while in Niagara Falls.

From November 27th to November 30th Elements on the Falls Restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving inspired menus that feature traditional Thanksgiving food served in direct view of the thundering Niagara Falls.

The OPG Winter Festival of Lights is a free and worthwhile activity for visitors and locals to check out this weekend, with colourful light displays and sparkling tree installations lighting up the Niagara Parkway. The Festival is running now until January 12th, 2015 and will feature amazing fireworks displays on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday nights this upcoming holiday weekend.

And for a unique and historical holiday activity, you can visit the Laura Secord Homestead on Saturday, November 29th for a Regency Centerpiece Workshop during which participants can create festive and beautiful holiday centerpieces for just $10 per person.

The exciting and beautiful holiday season is coming to life in Niagara Falls and all of these activities will help visitors and locals get into the spirit and celebrate Thanksgiving.

Holiday Shopping in Niagara

christmas-tree-wallpaper1024x768-562x421The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it is the perfect time to start shopping for your holiday gifts and treasures! The Niagara Region is home to a number of exciting stores, malls, and craft shows that are sure to make this season’s shopping fun and easy. A few must-visit holiday shopping destinations include:

Just Christmas in Niagara-on-the-Lake: This year-round Christmas store offers 5000 different Christmas items, including unique ornaments, lights, tree tops, and more. Just Christmas offers personalized items that make for perfect gifts, and is a unique and fun holiday shopping destination.

Christmas by the Falls in Niagara Falls: The 17th Annual Christmas by the Falls craft show is taking place December 6th-7th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. This seasonal craft show features over 100 vendors, a Christmas tree raffle, on-site hairstyling, and chocolate demonstrations, and is the perfect activity for people of all ages.

Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Outlet Collection at Niagara is a new mall that features brand name outlet stores that offer unbeatable items and fashion finds. Promotions run year-round, allowing you to find great deals on the latest items and approach the gift-giving season with satisfaction and ease.

5 Exciting Things To Do in Niagara Falls This Winter

NFHorseshoeMC3Winter is an exciting time in Niagara Falls, and there are plenty of fun and exciting activities happening in the city that you won’t want to miss out on. Here are five things to look out for when visiting Niagara Falls this winter:

  1. OPG Winter Festival of Lights– The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights will be running from Nov. 15, 2014 to Jan. 12, 2015, featuring millions of sparking lights in dazzling displays set up along the Niagara Parkway. This wonderful winter attraction attracts millions of visitors annually and is a one-of-a-kind winter experience in Niagara Falls.
  1. New Year’s Eve Concert– Ring in 2015 at ET Canada’s New Years Eve in Niagara Falls outdoor concert, which features exciting musical artists in a setting that directly overlooks the beautiful Niagara Falls. The concert is completely free, and will also feature fireworks shows and food and beverage vendors, which will help you to ring in the New Year right!
  1. Winter Fireworks– As part of the OPG Winter Festival of Lights, fireworks shows will be happening by the Falls every Friday night at 9pm, starting in December, with additional shows during the holidays. The fireworks will run throughout the OPG Winter Festival of Lights season and will light up the beautiful Niagara skyline like you’ve never seen before.
  1. Floral Showhouse Christmas Display- The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Annual Christmas Display is a beautiful site for visitors to experience, with sparkling lights, ribbon, and garland adorning the Floral Showhouse. The display will be running from Nov. 27, 2014- Jan. 12, 2015 and also features selections from the original Cullen Miniature Village collection, various horticultural wonders, and free-flying tropical songbirds that add to the beauty of the season.
  1. Casino Niagara- For 95,000 square feet of indoor gaming fun, make sure to visit Casino Niagara, located directly across the street from the Niagara Falls. Featuring live entertainment, over 1,300 slot machines, 40 gaming tables, and the largest Poker Room in Ontario, it is a thrilling and exciting 24-hour gaming experience.

Upcoming Seasonal and Savoury Events in Niagara

culinary-bg-1Experience the very best fall-inspired food and wine in Niagara this month with a number of exciting culinary and wine events happening throughout the region.

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Taste the Season event kicks off this month, pairing fall food with holiday-inspired wines at 26 different wineries. The event runs for four weekends starting on Nov. 7th, from 11am-5pm.

For a celebration of the Alto Adige wine region, join Massimo Capra at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview on Nov. 14th for Alto Adige with Massimo Capra, featuring a delicious five-course menu paired with wines from one of the most innovative wineries in Alto Adige. This event is a part of the Niagara Culinary Experiences Series, which offers unique dinner events at Falls Avenue Resort, running through April 2015.

And if you’re looking for an interactive dining experience, try a Trius Winery Black Glass Dinner, taking place on Nov.8th, 22nd, and 29th, where guests will experience a guided wine tasting followed by a four-course meal that features secret wine-pairings. If you can correctly identify the wines you will take home a bottle of award-winning Trius Brut.

All of these events feature delicious food and first-rate wines, showcasing the bounty and beauty of the fall season in Niagara. Don’t miss out!