Winter brings an added dimension of beauty to Niagara Falls. With guaranteed sub-zero temperatures every year, this natural wonder transforms into a frozen landscape unlike any other. The mist and spray from the falls combined with the ice-cold winds of winter spray the nearby ornamental walls, lamp posts, trees and buildings creating lovely frozen ice sculptures. On bright sunny clear days when the sky is blue and the snow brilliantly white, these ice sculptures turn into frozen natural art. This can’t be replicated anywhere! With the buildup of ice it gives the illusion that Niagara Falls has stopped moving and actually frozen over. Based on Niagara Parks records, the falls froze in 1848 due to build up from ice glaciers stopping the flow of the falls and sub-zero temperatures. Since then the falls have never frozen over.
Take it one step further and see the frozen falls during the free nightly illumination. With different colours dancing off the ice formations, you will be able to see the winter wonder in a whole new light.
Every year the Winter Festival of Lights takes place from early November continuing until the end of January. The festival boasts over two million lights and over 125 animated light displays along the Niagara Parkway. Best of all, it’s free for the whole family!
Join the thousands of people who congregate near the falls to celebrate a free outdoor New Year's Eve event with live entertainment for all ages. There are fireworks over the frozen falls for the young ones and another display at midnight for the adults.
Be sure to bundle up warmly and bring your camera to capture the frosted beauty of Niagara Falls in winter. As a four-season destination Niagara Falls showcases the beauty of a natural winter wonder, paired with many attractions, accommodations and culinary experiences that are sure to beat any beach destination! Come #ExploreNiagara a truly inspiring, natural and magical winter wonderland.