Despite the -27 temperatures (with the wind chill) 12,000 to 15,000 brave people crowded Queen Victoria Park at the foot of Murray Hill below the Skylon Tower to enjoy the annual free outdoor New Years Eve celebration. The show, hosted by comedian Rick Mercer and featuring all Canadian bands, was one of the last events of the year celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The celebration and Niagara Falls were centre stage in a live CBC broadcast that also featured other New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout Canada.

The event began at 8 p.m. and ended with fireworks over the falls at midnight.

The New Year’s Eve celebration was a partnership with the City of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Parks Commission and other tourism stakeholders.

Visitors to Niagara Falls were also treated to magnificent views of a frozen Niagara Falls. These views of a frozen river and nearby lampposts and trees should be here for some time. Combine this with the thousands of lights and displays found here as part of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights are not to be missed. The festival continues until the end of January.