Canada 150 Niagara Falls Style

Canada 150 Niagara Falls Style

As Canadians we are so honoured and blessed to be born in such an amazing country.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Canada is such an Awesome Country to Live In and Why You Should Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday Niagara Falls Style.

Canada is so awesome because…

#1 Canada is known for its Caesars. It’s a magic antidote and is the perfect beverage for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The secret ingredient is Clamato juice, not Tomato Juice and it’s served with a pickle, pickled beans, pickled onions (anything pickled will do). And the best part is that you can order one of these beauties at the Courtyard Marriott on-site Keg Steakhouse + Bar every Saturday for only $5.

#2 Maple Syrup is a staple. We treat this golden nectar with respect and it can be purchased at any local grocery store here in Canada. You can see this golden nectar being produced live at the White Meadow Farms, located right here in Niagara. Be sure to stay for their amazing pancake breakfast and taste their maple syrup goodness firsthand.

#3 Currency. We have funny coins like the loonie and twoonie and our bills look like Monopoly money (we wouldn’t have it any other way). As Canadians we proudly accept all of this funny money with a smile and we might apologize for it too.

#4 Coffee Crisp. We’re the inventors of Coffee Crisp and its delicious layers of crunchy wafer, milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. It’s a Canadian treasure for sure. This scrumptious treat can be found in our Market at the Courtyard, which is open 24 hours – even when your craving hits at midnight.

#5 Hockey – we live and breathe hockey. This sport is part of our DNA. And we’ve produced some pretty great hockey players: Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr, Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur, Phil Esposito, Sidney Crosby (and the list keeps growing). On occasion, we’ve been known to have a few of these hockey celebrities stay at our hotel.

#6 – Poutine – we’re very creative with our food. Potatoes, cheese curds and gravy = one of the greatest comfort foods in the world and we are proud of it. There’s a great Poutinerie just around the corner from our Niagara Falls Hotel (see in Canada, Poutinerie is a word that is often used).

#7 Canadian Music. I think we can all agree that Canada produces some pretty incredible musicians: Arcade Fire, Gord Downie, Justin Bieber, Feist, Drake, Michael Buble, Deadmau5, Metric, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Diana Krall (the list goes on). While our Keg Lounge might not showcase some of these top performers, it is a very popular hot spot for local musicians every Friday night from 8 – 11pm.

#8– We’re also pretty funny. Producing many of the great comedians of today. Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Seth Rogan and Will Arnett. Just to name a few. Some of these greats have also been known to perform at the Fallsview Casino, just 593 footsteps from our hotel.

#9 – Canada is vast and beautiful. All 9.98 million square kilometres of it. As the second largest country in the world (after Russia), Canada is full of endless lakes and rivers. We are surrounded by three oceans, and we’re one of the few places in the world where you can ski and surf (outside) in the same day.

#10 Niagara Falls. Is without a doubt one of Canada’s hidden treasures and the power and beauty of Niagara Falls never ceases to amaze, whether you’re seeing this natural beauty for the 1st or 100th time. Lucky for us Canadians, the best place to view the Falls is on the ‘Canadian side’ (we mean this in the least boastful way). Millions of people from around the world pose in front of the Falls every day to capture that perfect selfie.

So the next time you find yourself blindfolded, spinning around 3 times and pointing your finger aimlessly on a map, looking for that next lucky spot to visit, think of all the amazing reasons to visit Canada and Niagara Falls in particular. Celebrate Canada 150 Niagara Falls Style and stay at one of the top Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard Marriott, we’re just footsteps from the fun (literally).

593 footsteps….Fallsview Casino

604 footsteps…Clifton Hill

1107 footsteps…Casino Niagara

1201 footsteps…American Falls

1302 footsteps…Canadian Horseshoe Falls


And here’s why it is so important that you visit Niagara Falls in celebration of Canada’s 150 this year:

#1 – The Falls – see #10 (above). Its beauty will leave you speechless.  With heights of 176 feet and a colossal 150,000 gallons of water crashing down per second (just picture approximately one million bathtubs filled with water every minute). That’s how powerful and wondrous Niagara Falls truly is…

#2 – The Events

Live with Kelly and Ryan Niagara Falls style on June 5th in Oakes Garden Theatre

Elton John will be in Niagara on November 15th at the Meridian Centre

ArtPark Events  – just 20 minutes from our Niagara Falls hotel in Lewiston, New York. Experience ‘Tuesdays in the Park’ (ZZ Top, Tears for Fears, Randy Bachman and 54-40, Loverboy and Kim Mitchell, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd). Plus so many more musicians will be announced.

#3 Niagara Wine Country and the Ever-growing Beer Country. Wow your taste buds with over 70+ Niagara wineries and Craft Breweries.

#4 The Amazing Niagara Falls Attractions

  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises
  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Wildplay MistRider Zipline to the Falls and Whirlpool Adventure Course
  • Jet Boats Niagara
  • Niagara Helicopters
  • The new go-carting roller coaster track coming mid-July – it’s supposed to be one of the largest go-carting tracks in North America

 

#5 Two Incredible Casinos The Fallsview Casino and the Casino Niagara, which are both just footsteps away from our Niagara Falls Hotel.

Have we convinced you yet? Start planning your Canada 150 Niagara Falls getaway…you’ll be glad you did.

Sources: Huffingtonpost.ca and globalnews.ca

Mother’s Day in Niagara Falls

Make Room for A LOT of Mother’s Day Fun in Niagara Falls

We know it’s mission impossible to find that perfect gift for one of the most important women in your life. We do however have some incredible suggestions that we know will make her day extra special. From breathtaking to wine-derful and maybe a bit theatrical, your mom will certainly feel like one lucky lady. So get ready to make room for a whole lot of F-U-N with your M-O-M!

Breathtaking

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is truly one of the most breathtaking Niagara Falls attractions that you simply must experience. Get up close and personal with Mother Nature with your Creator (a.k.a. Mom) by your side to hold your hand. There are so many tour options to choose from – from the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour to the NEW Evening Tour and the Illumination or Fireworks Tours. So many options, that will keep you coming back.

Journey Behind the Falls

This Niagara Falls attraction is equally breathtaking and can go hand in hand with your Hornblower Niagara Cruise experience. Here you and your mom will get a back stage pass (literally) to all of the secret portals behind the Falls. This Journey is simply awe-some! Plus there’s also rumours that the mist produces these negative ions that help increase your health and wellness. So you can tell your mom that she’s receiving a spa treatment too (compliments of Mother Nature).

Ziplining

Or perhaps ziplining might be on your mom’s bucket list. We all have dreams and aspirations and today is her day after all. So check out Wildplay Niagara Zipline and get ready to travel 2,200 feet through the wide river gorge while getting some pretty spectacular views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Skylon Tower will be lit in Pink

We all know that mothers are special. In honour of your mom and Mother’s Day, the Skylon Tower will be lit in Pink.

Wine-der-ful Experiences

If your mom has a weakness for grapes (the tipsy kind) then she is going to love Niagara Wine Country and all of its glory.

Here are all the wine-der-ful events happening in May.

Sip and Sizzle – weekends in May

This is an annual event that we know your mom will LOVE. This is definitely a ‘glass half full’ kind of experience. Get ready to sip your way through 20+ Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries and tempt your taste buds with unique grilled food goodness paired with your VQA wine.  Tour passes start at $45 per person.

Handmade Market – May 12th – 13th

This wonderful event is back for another year and for this reason you know it’s a good one. Raise a glass to mom while checking out over 110 Artisans, the 13th Street Bakery, fine wine, gourmet food and live music. Your mom will have the time of her life, as she sips, savours and shops the day away.

Party in the Vineyard – May 20th – 22nd

While this event might be the week after Mother’s Day, it’s a great excuse to keep the celebrations going all month long. The Party in the Vineyard is an event you don’t want to miss – wine, food truck deliciousness with the vineyard as your backdrop…the only question she’ll be asking is where do I sign up?

Vino and Cocoa – Peller Estates Winery – Monday – Thursday at 3pm. Friday – Sunday at 3pm and 5pm

We had you at wine and chocolate – right? It’s the perfect combination for your perfect person.

Market at the Village – Wednesday Night Supper Market – starting May 24th

If you can sneak away during the week with your mom, this is a must stop. Market at the Village happens every Wednesday night from 4:30pm – 9pm. Here you’ll experience some of Niagara’s favourite food truck fare and some of the top Niagara Wineries and Craft Breweries.

Port Dalhousie Spring Market – May 12th – 14 and May 19th – 22nd

Don’t miss the Port Dalhousie Spring Market – a marketplace full of treasures, live music, food trucks. Sounds like the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day weekend!

Bring out the Inner Child in Your Mom

Who doesn’t love a tea party? The thought of a tea party always brings me back to the Alice in Wonderland days, but we promise this one won’t involve crazy rabbits or mice who won’t serve you a cup of tea. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and freshly baked goods at the McFarland House in celebration of your mom.

For the Love of Theatre

Shaw Festival

Niagara-on-the-Lake is also a quaint place to take your mom for the day. You can spend the afternoon or evening exploring this unique town full of character and history – from the unique boutiques to cozy cafes and the world class theatre at the Shaw Festival.

Over Mother’s Day weekend, there are so many plays to catch. From Saint Joan to Me and My Girl or the Farmer’s Revolt (and much more), there’s surely something that will make your mom happy!

The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls hotels just footsteps from all of the fun. Check out our Mother’s Day Niagara Falls Packages for one or two nights.

Make room for a little fun this Mother’s Day!

 

Easter in Niagara Falls

Easter in Niagara Falls

Easter weekend this year is from April 14th – 16th, just a few days away. I don’t know if as a parent Easter just gets more exciting every year when you have young ones or if it’s just parents reconnecting with their inner child. From secretly hiding the eggs and allowing them to consume a little more chocolate than the average day (because it’s Easter after all) to the big turkey dinner feast with the family. Easter is a time to get together with family and celebrate whatever Easter means to you – whether it has a religious meaning or whether it’s a more playful time celebrating Easter bunnies, chocolate and the love of family.

If you’d rather get away from cooking and doing dishes and just focus on the family part, then celebrate Easter in Niagara Falls. With so much to do in Niagara Falls, the focus is always on family and fun.

Family Tradition Time

The Bird Kingdom

Speaking of traditions, every year the Bird Kingdom has a family special during Easter Weekend.

Children’s admission is $7.00 and includes an easter egg hunt and prizes (with paid adult admission). Here you can explore 3 levels of fun – reptile zone, nocturnal nook with bats and owls, and a rainforest setting with hundreds of free-flying birds. It’s hours of fun for the whole family.

Heartland Forest – April 15th – 11am – 2pm

This is a day of family fun in the forest. Featuring a campfire and marshmallows, scavenger hunt with delicious treats, train rides, mini putt, kid crafting. And the cost is only $5 per car.

If you haven’t been to Heartland Forest you are missing out. This place was truly created from the heart.

With a mandate of preservation, education and accessibility, Heartland Forest opened in 2004.  Founder Dan Bouwman,  purchased the land in 1999, rescuing it from industrial development. Heartland Forest is a registered charitable organization created in memory of his granddaughter, Sydney who passed away in October 2009 from a rare brain birth defect. He wanted to create a place where people of all ages and abilities could enjoy the easy access trails, gardens, carvings, turtle, frog and fish ponds, picnic and interpretative areas. 

Skylon Tower

This is new this year and it’s a fun tradition that the kids will love. Let your kiddies stay up a wee bit later on Sunday night (April 16th) and allow them to experience the Skylon Tower turning yellow (yellow has long been a traditional colour for Easter). You can also share this little nugget of information with them, because as parents we are always trying to tie it back to education (insert wink here).

Easter Egg Hunt at Fireman’s Park  – April 14th at 11am

This is an annual tradition that all families in Niagara Falls enjoy! Plus the best part is that there is no cost and the kids get to enjoy the great outdoors while hunting for eggs.

Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm

Get ready for your kids to experience an Easter Eggstravaganza. Warner’s Ranch is so much more than an easter egg hunt, there are pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides and an outdoor play area adventure.

Floral Showhouse Annual Spring Display

This is something that the whole family can enjoy. Plus it’s fun and educational. At the Floral Showhouse you can experience the extensive rose gardens, ponds, collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species. This is just the beginning of what Mother Nature has in store for us this Spring.

Spring will definitely be in the air Easter weekend. There is so much to do in Niagara that isn’t scheduled. From exploring the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and their boutiques and restaurants to the 70+ Niagara wineries and microbreweries to all of the fun Niagara Falls Attractions (Hornblower, Journey Behind the Falls, Clifton Hill and so much more).

There’s something fun always happening http://niagara-falls-attractions/in the Niagara Region – every Season. If you’re looking for something to do Easter weekend, you have to check out Easter in Niagara Falls – it might be the start of a fun tradition.

Stay at the hotel close to all of the fun, the Courtyard Marriott. We’re one of the most fun-filled Niagara Falls Hotels, with Niagara Falls Packages for everyone.

Things to do in Niagara Falls for March Break

Things to Do in Niagara Falls for March Break

Kids everywhere are counting down the days until March Break. For those families who are looking for more of a funcation experience close to home, there are a ton of things to do in Niagara Falls for March Break.

Get ready to pack your bags and head over to the city filled with F-U-N!!

Here is a list of the must-see, must-do experiences while you are here:

#1 Stay at a Family Focused Hotel (hint, hint we know of a good Niagara Falls Hotel)

We all know that kids love hotels and for that one reason alone, you don’t really need to leave the hotel, because the kids will have fun jumping on the beds (shhh don’t tell the hotel), watching movies, staying in the their jimmies all day, splashing in the indoor pool and checking out the arcade room. We do know however that as a parent for your sanity (insert a happy face emoji here) you need to leave the hotel.

#2 Clifton Hill

Kids under 12 are drawn to this place of fun. They could spend hours playing all the games in the Great Canadian Midway (over 70,000 square feet of fun to be exact). There is also the Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, Strike Rock N’ Bowl, Glow in the Dark mini golf and the Niagara SkyWheel. Plus there are tons of Haunted Houses and Museums.

#3 Butterfly Conservatory – Northern Owls Exhibit

This is a limited time exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory featuring these magical birds of prey. Learn about the fascinating behaviour, biology and lifestyle of owls during this special exhibition! During March Break week there will be a display with demos on March 11th, 12th 15th and 18th. And parents you will love this too because it’s fun and educational (fun-cational). I think we just created a word. Nope, just googled it and it is a word.

Northern Owls Exhibit

Butterfly Conservatory

#4 Bird Kingdom

A trip to Niagara Falls would not be complete without a trip to the Bird Kingdom, the World’s Largest Indoor Bird Aviary. Here you’ll experience exotic birds flying freely in a multi-level rainforest, a night jungle with bats, owls and other noctural creatures, a whole room dedicated to reptiles such as snakes, tortoises, bearded dragons and other exotic species. Check out their website to receive $2 off of your admission

#5 March Break and the Museum

The Niagara Falls Museum is just a 10 minute walk from the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel. During March Break you’ll make new discoveries about science and learn about the history of snow.

Mad Science – March 14th – 17th – 10am – 4pm

There are two different shows at 11am and 1pm. Kids will experience the coldest snow around and the magic of chemical reactions! Afterwards they can take a journey through the museum, make a winter-themed craft and complete a scavenger hunt, then finish the day off with a movie at 3pm.

Family Yoga Series – March 16th – 7pm – 9pm

This is a great way to connect with your family through interactive yoga games, stretching and hopefully having a zen moment (even a small moment would be good).

#6 Greg Frewin Magic Show

What child doesn’t like magic? Greg Frewin is not like your typical magic shows. This show is similar to one that you would experience in Las Vegas – it’s captivating, featuring illusions and real siberian tigers and exotic birds that will take your breath away. Greg Frewin is an illusionist and “World Champion of Magic”. His awards include First Place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM); The Gold Medal of Excellence, also from the IBM; First Place at the Society of American Magicians‘ annual magic convention competition; and first place at FISM, the “Olympics of Magic”, which were held in Yokohama, Japan in 1994. Greg Frewin was also featured on the Penn and Teller Show.

 

The Greg Frewin Theatre has two shows playing each day during March Break, from March 13th – 18th (one at 1:30pm and one at 7:30pm).

Plus, there are the obvious Niagara Falls Attractions that never sleep in the Winter, such as Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, Imax Theatre and more.

Stay at one of the most family-focused Niagara Falls hotels because there is so much to do in Niagara Falls for March Break.

Check out all of our packages, from one night to family fun, you and your family are guaranteed to have loads of fun.

Contest Time

Enter to win some free family fun on Parents Canada.

Make room for a little March Break fun at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls!

 

Family Day Niagara Falls 2017

Family Day Niagara Falls 2017 – This City was Made For Families and Fun

Family Day was one of the best inventions ever….it really was. To be able to spend the entire day with your family and also be considered a statutory holiday in Ontario. Canada is a great place to live and Niagara Falls is a great place to spend the weekend or the day with your family.

Here are our most favourite things to do for Family Day Niagara Falls 2017 (Out of the mouths of babes themselves):

#1 Sleepover at a Hotel – really it’s true. Kids love sleeping over at hotels. Some don’t even want to leave the room. They just want to have pillow fights, watch movies, stay in their jammies all day, eat lots of snacks and have a bubble bath.  They do however love the pool and if there is an arcade room…well they might leave their room for that too!

#2 Clifton Hill – if you have kids under 12 they do like venturing over to the “Street of Fun” and experiencing the Great Canadian Midway. With over 70,000 square feet of F-U-N (featuring games, the Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, Strike Rock N’ Bowl, Glow in the Dark mini golf and the Niagara SkyWheel). Big kids over 12 like some of those things too. Plus this steep hill also has haunted houses and museums like Ridley’s.

#3 Butterfly Conservatory – Northern Owls Exhibit

This is a limited time exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory featuring these magical birds of prey who sleep all day and hunt all night. During Family Day Weekend (Feb. 18th and 19th – 10am – 5pm), there are some fantastic live demos. It’s where education meets fun. It’s a win-win situation for parents and kids.

#4 – Fort George Outdoor Skating Rink

Weather pending, enjoy this incredible outdoor skating rink with your whole family. Plus you can take a break whenever you want and sip some hot cocoa by the fire or enjoy some warm snacks with your family. Skate rentals are available.

Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 4pm

Friday: 5pm – 9pm

Saturday: 10am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 4pm and 5pm – 9pm

On Monday, February 20th , the family fun starts at 10am. And get this? From 2 – 4pm you can skate with some of the Niagara IceDogs – how fun is that? #IceDogsFamilyDay

#5 Family Day FunZone at the Scotiabank Convention Centre

In support of the Education Foundation of Niagara, don’t miss this annual charity event. Your kids can jump to their heart’s content on some of the biggest bouncers, obstacles, slides and more.

Stay at one of the most family-focused Niagara Falls hotels, the Courtyard Marriott during Family Day Niagara Falls 2017.

Check out all of our packages, from one night to family fun, you and your family are guaranteed to have loads of fun.

Contest Time

Enter to win some free family fun on Parents Canada. The Courtyard Marriott is giving away a One Night Family Fun Package to one lucky family! Good Luck!

Make room for a little Family Fun at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls!

 

Niagara Falls Valentine’s Day

Niagara Falls Valentine’s Day…the countdown begins

The countdown to one of the sweetest days of the years begins. Whether you’ll be celebrating with an intimate dinner at home or doing something more grandiose like closing your eyes, doing the old spin around and seeing where your finger lands on the map. Always know that whatever you plan, whether big or small, what matters most is that you are with that person that makes your heart go pitter patter.

Niagara Falls is known for being one of the most romantic places to be any day of the year (not just on Valentine’s Day). After all it has been coined the ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World.’

Here’s a list of some of the most desired things to do to make your Niagara Falls Valentine’s Day one that will be remembered for years to come:

That’s Music to My Heart

Music definitely plays a big role when it comes to romance. And speaking of romance, there are a lot of Niagara Falls Casino Concerts happening just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Country Classics – for those who love country, you’ll love these classics. From songs from the 1950’s to those tunes topping the chart today.

Man in the Mirror – what better way to celebrate a day of love than with music from this soul, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson whose life revolved around music.

Bobby Bazini – It’s an evening of folk/country and soul with this Canadian celebrity– February 10th – 7:30pm

Some Kind of Wine-der-ful

Niagara Wine Country is the place to be this Valentine’s Day with so many delicious events.

Days of Wine and Chocolate – weekends in February from 11am  – 5pm

Experience over 20 VQA wines matched with chocolate-infused dishes – from classically sweet flavour combinations to unexpected surprises. This is definitely a romantic celebration for two.

Vino and Cocoa – Monday – Thursday – 3pm | Friday – Sunday – 3pm and 5pm

We are definitely starting to see a trend here in Niagara and this is an interactive experience you won’t want to miss. Sample four premium chocolates from around the world paired with award-winning VQA wines.

Plus create your own wine country s’more using Chef Parsons’ famous Icewine marshmallows and use a Brule torch to melt gourmet chocolate to perfection. This is something you definitely won’t do every day!

Things are Brewing Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Niagara is also becoming known for its ever-growing Micro-Breweries. And to make it simple, just follow the Niagara Ale Trail, which will lead you to some of the best micro-breweries in the Region.

Niagara Ale Trail

The Way to a Man/Woman’s Heart is Through Their Stomach

Niagara is also over-flowing with some fantastic restaurants. Name the cuisine and Niagara has it.

Who doesn’t like steak and seafood? Our favourite is the traditional and always consistently good, Keg Steakhouse + Bar, located in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Just ignore all of the listed calories on the new menus, because this day is all about indulgence. How about starting with some shareable appetizers, such as scallops and bacon or baked brie? For the main course, you can never go wrong with the Keg classics: Prime Rib, Top Sirloin or a Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon (everything tastes better with bacon). Nothing says romance like sharing a dessert, half the calories, double the fun. The perfect ending to an exceptional meal?! You have to try the traditional Billy Miner Pie or the Crème Brûlée?

We weren’t joking when we said – name the cuisine and Niagara has it.

Italian – Antica Pizza | Mexican – Cabo Cantina | Greek – Koutouki | Indian – Moksha | Japanese – Wind

Dreams Do Come True

If your Valentine’s Day consisted of the ‘closing your eyes, spin around 3 times and landing on Niagara Falls’ routine, then your 2017 is all about crossing things off of your bucket list. And have we got one of the most romantic Niagara Falls Valentine’s Packages for you. You’ll love our limited time, One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night which includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for The Keg or T.G.I. Fridays, a bottle of wine with keepsakes wine glasses, chocolates, wine tasting, beer tasting, cheese tasting and a lavender culinary experience. This dream can certainly come true in one click.

Out of all the Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard is just footsteps from all of the fun: Niagara Falls during the day, afternoon and night (you’ve got to check out the new Illumination technology). Plus the Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino are so close you can see both of them from your guestroom, plus all of the incredible Niagara Falls Events (listed above) are moments away.

FUN and Free Valentine’s Cards

And speaking of fun, check out all of these fun and free Valentine’s Day Cards to share with that special someone. Feel free to post some of your favourite pics on our instagram page 

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Make room for a little Niagara Falls Valentine’s Day Fun!

Niagara Icewine Festival

Niagara Icewine Festival

If you haven’t experienced the Niagara Icewine Festival in the Winter, you are certainly missing out on some delicious fun. The fun starts this weekend. It’s not too late to experience some true Canadiana fun, because in Niagara we know how to do Winter right:

Xerox Icewine Gala – Fallsview Casino Resort – Friday, January 13th

The first gala started in 1995 and 22 years later this annual tradition continues at the Fallsview Casino Resort. At this event you’ll experience VQA’s largest icewine and wine tasting table featuring 35 Niagara wineries as well as the finest cuisine created by the Fallsview Casino’s top chefs. Every year is a different theme and this year, it’s Sugar and Spice and at this celebration Sugar and Spice comes with everything ice.

For three weekends in Niagara, there will be spectacular festivals celebrating everything icewine:

Twenty Valley Winter WineFest – January 13th – 15th

In true Canadiana spirit, get your warm boots and parka ready for a weekend of fabulous fun. This Festival does it right. Over 100 VQA wines and culinary delights from Niagara’s finest. There will also be fashion shows, the annual barrel rolling challenge and the chef’s one pot challenge.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival – January 20th – 22nd 

This weekend is full of tasty temptations.

Sparkle and Icewine Gala – Friday, January 20th – 8pm – 11pm at the Courthouse – Icewine and impeccable food pairings from some of Niagara’s most renowned Signature Chefs

Bravo Niagara presents Molly Johnson – Saturday, January 21st – 7:30pm – See the Courthouse transform into a one-of-kind jazz club

Outdoor Festival – January 21st (11am – 5pm), January 22nd (12pm – 5pm) – Embrace the Winter by seeing Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street turn into an Icewine and Culinary Winter Wonderland

Flash and Panache Icewine Cocktail Competition – January 21st – 9pm – 11pm

Icewine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Centre – January 27th – 29th

Enjoy Icewine from 20+ participating wineries along with some culinary creations and live entertainment.

Discovery Pass

The best way to experience the Icewine Festival is by purchasing a discovery pass. It’s your ticket to experience three weekends of icewine bliss and eight wine and culinary pairings. Discovery passes start at $40 per pass. There’s also a discovery pass serving delicious mocktail creations for all of the wonderful designated drivers starting at $30. Check out the list of participating wineries.

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

January is full of entertainment with tons of Niagara Falls Casino Shows to choose from. Check out our Niagara Casino Shows blog for all of the details.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Wonder continues until January 31st with 3 Million Twinkling lights and displays. You’ve got to check out the incredible displays at Dufferin Islands and along the Niagara Parkway.

Niagara Falls Fireworks and Illumination Schedule

The spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks displays and the new state-of-the-art Falls Illumination also continue into January.

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night during the Winter Festival of Lights starting at 9pm.

The Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls is just a short drive from the Niagara Icewine Festival. It’s the perfect way to end your romantic day at the Icewine Festival. Book our Ultimate One Night Package, starting at $110 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotels Deals and includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for two at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, wine tasting, beer tasting, lavender culinary experience, cheese tasting, fudge tasting and so much more.

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

April is here, which means that it’s time for the nice weather to be upon us. April is a month of growth and renewal and doing things that make you happy, like attending some of these incredible Niagara Falls Casino Shows and Niagara performances.

Music is such a big part of our lives. It evokes emotion. It inspires us. Music brings people together. So get together with your favourite person and check out the music scene in Niagara Falls.

We are surrounded with some incredible concerts in Niagara. From the Niagara Falls Casino Shows to getting out your blue suede shoes at Elvis Fest…Niagara certainly is the place to get in touch with your musical side…

Fallsview Casino Concerts

From the ringing of the slot machines to the singing at the top of our lungs to our favourite tunes, here’s what is happening at the Fallsview Casino:

Billy Crystal – April 12th – 13th

Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band – April 20th

Kool and the Gang – April 21st and 22nd

Dance Temptation – April 25th – May 2nd

The Band Perry – May 4th and 5th

Moon River and Me – A Tribute to Andy Williams and his Music Hosted by Jimmy Osmond – May 10th – 13th

Pippin – May 16th – 27th

Songwriters – Featuring Bon Dipiero, Nicolle Galyon  and Rodney Clawson

Olivia Newton-John – June 1st – 2nd

A Night of Comedy featuring Sinbad, Jim Breuer and Tom Papa

Dancing Queen – June 8th – 18th

Sammy Hagar and the Circle – June 21st – 22nd

Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider – June 23rd – 24th

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Just a five minute drive from the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls is the Scotiabank Convention Centre. On May 20th, it’s Jully Black and Divine Brown.  Jully Black is a true Canadian icon, named one of the 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever. Divine Brown is also a true talent. She has starred in several musical plays and has received several awards: Certified Gold Album for her debut self-titled project (2005 – Universal Music), a Juno Award for R&B Album of the Year (The Love Chronicles) as well as a SOCAN #1 Award.

ELVIS is in the BUILDING – May 19th – 21st

It’s the Ultimate Elvis Tribute experience. Canada is the only country outside of the US where Elvis performed on stage. To celebrate Elvis and his connection to Canada, the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival is a three-day festival of Graceland style entertainment and competition.

For the first time in history, Niagara Falls will host an official Elvis event sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Graceland. If you love the King of Rock & Roll, then you’ll want to be a part of this ultimate inaugural Elvis tribute experience.

First Ontario Performance Arts Centre

The Performing Arts Centre is located in the heart of downtown, St. Catharines, just a short drive away (10 – 15 minutes) from the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel. It features a 95,000 square foot academic and cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues.  There are 600 events hosted annually for those who love the arts.

Here’s what’s happening:

 

M6/P4 – MESSIAH: TOO HOT TO HANDEL – April 15th – 2:30pm

CAL: Jimi Hendrix-Are You Experienced – April 18th – 7:30pm

Berg, Murphy, Northey & Page – April 19th – 7:30pm

Gerry Dee Live – April 21st – 7:30pm

Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures – April 22nd – 11:00 and 2:00pm

Frank D’Angelo & His 15 Piece Band – April 22nd – 8:00pm

Immortal Chi – April 25th – 7:30pm

Gnaw – April 28th – 6:00pm

Let’s Try This Standing – April 28th – 8:00pm, April 29th – 3:00pm

And last but not least, don’t forget to stay at one of the most fun-filled Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out this outstanding performance, our Ultimate One Night Romance Package, starting at $119 per night. Plus we have another special offer coming out next week, so check back for that one.

Things to do in Niagara Falls this Weekend

Things to do in Niagara Falls this Weekend

It’s the most wonderful month of the year (well one of them). December is such a great month, with so many things to do in Niagara Falls.

Here are all the incredible and festive things to do this weekend:

Let’s Get Festive

The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights – the 34th annual Niagara Festival of Lights is back even with more holiday pizzazz. The route has expanded from 5km of festive fun to 8km and there are so many new and exciting displays.

NEW and improved Falls Illumination – come and experience radiance at its finest. Featuring new LED lights which will provide over twice the current brightness and a wider range of colours. The new, energy-efficient system will also use 82% less power than the previous Xenon lights.

Fireworks over the Falls – every Friday starting at 9pm and every night at 9pm from December 23rd – 30th, experience the spectacular display of fireworks over the Falls

Laser Light Shows – this weekend you’ll get to see exhilarating laser light shows in the Fallsview Blvd. District. Come again between Dec. 23rd – 31st and experience the magic in our own backyard, the Clifton Hill District.

Deck the Falls Walking Tour – this weekend from 5pm – 10pm. This is a new self-guided tour, where you get to taste, sip and experience the tastefully decorated lobbies and venues of the Fallsview Boulevard District. You’ll start your tour with some keepsake Deck the Falls mittens.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade – this Saturday, December 10th starting at 11am. Come and see Santa and a wonderful display of festive fun in the beautiful and historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Let’s Shop and Sip

Port Dalhousie Christmas Market – it’s the first annual Christmas Market in the quaint town of Port Dalhousie. Here you’ll experience the talents of local artisans, as well as local fare and beverages, plus live entertainment.

Let’s Have Fun

Greg Frewin Theatre – experience magic and mystery this weekend at the Greg Frewin Theatre.

Shrek the Musical – this is a fun experience for the whole family. All of the Shrek characters come to life in a live performance this weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

And let the planning begin for a New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. This year there will be musical performances from High Valley, Serena Ryder and Sam Roberts Band.

Stay at the Niagara Falls Hotel close to it all, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Romance Package starting at $110 per night.

 

Niagara Falls in December

Niagara Falls in December

Yes you heard us correctly? Niagara Falls in December! It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to an end and Christmas is just around the corner. With that being said, there are so many exciting Niagara Falls events happening in the month of December. So get your calendars out and start planning for some Winter Fun!

Holiday Fun

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights – a trip to Niagara Falls in December has to include a drive through the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights. Plus it’s new and improved. 8km of lights, new state-of-the-art illumination technology, new displays, Deck the Falls walking tour – need we say more?!

Laser and Light Show – it’s a truly memorable audio/visual experience using visual effects with a kaleidoscope of colour & texture treatments, visual transitions, with dynamic music and sound. The fun happens nightly every 15 minutes from 6 – 9pm from now until January 31st.

Christmas Parades – the fun has only begun. Don’t miss the Port Colborne parade on Dec. 3rd and the Niagara-on-the-Lake one on December 10th.

Handmade Markets – don’t miss the 1st ever handmade market in the quaint town of Port Dalhousie. On December 2nd, it’s the annual Ridley Christmas Market in St. Catharines, which features 60 plus vendors with unique creations just in time for the holidays.

Concerts

Fallsview Casino’s Christmas on Ice – it’s a thrilling event featuring world-class ice skating from some of the best performers.

Festival of Stars – Dec. 4th – 5th at the Meridian Centre  – These two days will be filled with popular tunes from popular Irish crooner, Daniel O’Donnell, after his nearly two-year hiatus from performing, joined by Mary Duff. Branson-favourite Mike Walker, will perform his tribute program “Conway Twitty Remembered”, with hits including “Hello Darlin’” and “I may Never Get to Heaven.” Don’t miss five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer BJ Thomas, singing “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and other hits from his 50-year career. Festival of Stars brings world-class artists to the world-class Niagara region.

Shrek the Musical – Looking for a little fun and musical adventure for the whole family? Check out “Shrek the Musical.” It’s a one-of-a-kind, hilarious, fairy tale of princesses, monsters, dragons, donkeys and more.

Stay at the Niagara Falls hotel close to all of this holiday fun, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out our Niagara Falls Packages and find the perfect one for you.