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!

 

Santa Claus Parades in Niagara 2016

Santa Claus Parades in Niagara 2016

 

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout….Santa Claus is coming to Niagara.

Children are patiently waiting for the arrival of Saint Nick and every parent is patiently waiting for the arrival of their elf on the shelf. Everyone will be on their best behaviour this holiday season.

If you’re looking for a Santa Claus parade to attend, there are many Santa Claus Parades in Niagara starting this weekend:

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 19th11am

This year’s parade will include 12 marching bands, superheroes, stilt walkers and of course Santa Claus himself.

The parade starts on Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street and heads north along Victoria Avenue, right on Valley Way and right on Queen Street and ending just past City Hall.

After the parade, children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and Canada Post will be collecting Christmas letters to deliver back to the North Pole.

Port Colborne Santa Claus Parade – December 3rd

Starting at 9am, children can have a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus (how amazing is that?). At 1pm, Santa will be travelling along the canal on his tug boat for a stop along West Street, followed by the ever popular photo session with Santa from 1:30 – 3:00pm.

In the evening, the fun continues at 6:30pm with the annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade  – December 10th

Santa is making his rounds in Niagara with his next stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake from 11am – 2pm.

This Winter is going to be a very exciting one with so many Niagara Falls Events. From the famous Niagara Festival of Lights starting on November 19th and running until January 31st to the various Niagara Craft Shows which have already begun. And we can’t forget about the annual Icewine Festival from January 13th – 27th. There’s a new event happening every weekend in Niagara.

Twenty Valley Winter Winefest – January 13th – 15th

Niagara-on-the Lake Icewine Festival – January 21st – 22nd

Niagara Falls Icewine Festival – January 27th – 29th

Book your stay at the Courtyard Marriott, one of the most festive Niagara Falls Hotels. With rates starting at $119 this November, you can’t beat a deal like that!

 

 

 

 

 

What to do in Niagara Falls

What to do in Niagara Falls?

(Said no one ever)! If you are a first timer to Niagara Falls this might be the one and only time you will be asking the question “What to do in Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls is so much more than a huge waterfall (well let’s clear one thing up…there are actually three waterfalls to be exact), The Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Now let’s get to the good stuff. The fun stuff…the making memories with your family kind of stuff.

Even as a local Niagarian, there are so many places to explore with your family.

Here are a few favourites for the first timers and second timers because you can’t do everything in one day. Niagara is a whole region, not just one city…so get ready to make room for a little fun with the fam.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Young and old, this is an adventure for all ages. Hold on tight and be sure to grab a red poncho because you are going to get wet.  These catamarans hold up to 700 people and take approximately 8000 trips #IntoTheMist. Cast your vote and coin Hornblower Niagara Cruises as the Top Ontario Attraction – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBKFKHN

Journey Behind the Falls

Wardrobe change time, this time to a yellow poncho. Get ready to literally take a journey behind the Falls (the name tells it like it is). Here you’re going to experience the mighty Falls crashing from 13 storeys above. During the summertime, there is over 2,800 cubic meters of water thundering over the brink of the Falls every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour (and you get to experience that from behind the scenes). Yes, you get a back stage pass…

Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls

This is the newest and most talked about attraction. It officially launches to the public on July 20th. Get ready to fly as you soar through the sky on four parallel ziplines, travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wide river gorge. And the best part is that you get front row seats to the American and Horseshoe Falls. The minimum age to fly starts at 7 years old (or 65 pounds).

There’s also the Whirlpool Adventure Course to explore. Choose your own adventure (Classic, Extreme or Kids Course).

Kids Course

Picture fun obstacles suspended up to 5 metres (16 feet high), including a dozen cool games and Bumble ziplines. The minimum age to join in the fun is 5 years old.

Classic Course

The Classic Course is just that, an obstacle course that includes ladders, nets, ropes, logs, bridges and a few surprises. The minimum age to join in is 7 years old.

Extreme Course

Take the classic course and add more challenging everything. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old and they must be accompanied by a chaperone.

Hiking in the Niagara Gorge Trail

The Niagara Glen is one of those hidden gems loved by the locals and those adventurous visitors who discover it have an equal fondness and appreciation for this nature beauty. The Niagara Gorge Trail has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Don’t let the metal stairways intimidate you. These stairs lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. It’s a history lesson in beauty by your tour guide, Mother Nature.

There are many different paths to take: red, white, blue. Whatever path you choose, all lead to the thundering and wondrous Niagara River. During your journey, you’ll also discover interesting wildlife (such as salamanders, snakes or if you are lucky you might be able to spot the peregrine falcons nesting in the Niagara Gorge).

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara is one of those attractions that you might explore during your second visit to Niagara Falls. It’s a bit of a hike (a 20 minute drive) to the quaint town of Stevensville, but so worth it! It’s so much more than a zoo. It’s the coolest classroom setting you can imagine. It’s a lesson in Zoology. A chance for the kids to learn about all different species (1000 to be exact). It’s a cooling zone where kids can cool off after a hot day of exploration. It’s a physical education lesson where kids can burn off tons of energy in the sand park or jump on the pillowy trampoline. It’s a place of inspiration where kids can become a zookeeper for the day. A zookeeper? How cool is that? In honour of National Zookeeper Week, July 17 – 23, Safari Niagara is giving the opportunity for one lucky child to become a Jr. Zookeeper for the day on August 9th. Check out the details on Facebook. It’s also a music lesson for parents, where they can recite the lyrics to ACDC on July 23rd or Pink Floyd on August 13th.

Urban Slide

If you happen to be visiting Niagara Falls on August 13th, you have to check out the urban slide. It’s 1000 feet of slip and slide fun. There are also custom designed surfboards, tubes and towels to enhance your experience (yes please)!

If you’re more into tradition, don’t forget all the popular things to do in Niagara Falls. From the Butterfly Conservatory to the Bird Kingdom and you can’t forget the place that screams fun, “Clifton Hill.”

Stay in the “centre of it all,” the Courtyard Marriott is one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels loved by those big and small. We’ll help solve the “what to do in Niagara Falls” mystery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

Niagara Falls continues to amaze us with ever-evolving new and exciting attractions.

Here are our top five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions that you MUST experience:

#1 Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonderment of this watercraft attraction, well you simply must. You can experience it day or night, as there are many cruise options to choose from:

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

This is a 20 minute exhilarating boat cruise that provides spectacular views of the American, Bridal Veil and gets right into the mist of our personal favourite, the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Hold on tight because this is a thrilling boat tour that will leave you speechless.

Falls Illumination Cruise

Experience 40 minutes of getting to know our natural wonder, Niagara Falls at night. This is a sensory experience that your eyes and ears will love. You won’t believe how close you get to both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls and to see both Falls illuminated in all colours of the rainbow and the spectacular skyline of the city – ummm breathtaking.

Fireworks Cruise

This cruise is similar to the Falls Illumination Cruise, but also includes an extraordinary display of the fireworks over the Falls (your kids might even use the word “epic” to describe this experience).

Check out the Day Cruise for yourself:

#2 Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

This one is equally as exhilarating as #1 and will definitely get your heart racing. This 45 minute to 1 hour journey will be one history and geology lesson you will be talking about for years. You’ll learn important facts about the majestic Niagara River and experience class 5 whitewater rapids first hand. Be sure to hold on to your seats for a ride of a lifetime.

 

 

#3 Journey Behind the Falls

With this Niagara Falls attraction, you’ll take a journey deep below (45 metres (150 ft.) through bedrock to tunnels) leading to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls and YES you WILL get WET! The mighty Niagara Falls mist will tumble from 13 storeys above.

Now here are some cool facts (again more history lessons – it’s a win-win situation for you and your kids):

  • over 2,800 cubic metres of water thunders over the brink every second, traveling 65 kilometres per hour
  • you’ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below

 

#4 Whirlpool Aero Car

On this spectacular attraction you will soar the Great Gorge above the Niagara River in an antique cable car (your kids might be thinking “archaic”, but by the end (trust us) they will be thinking “awesome”). During this ride you’ll see the thunderous rapids of the Niagara Whirlpool right below you (this is the point where “archaic” turns to “awesome”).

The whirlpool aero car travels safely between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular Whirlpool. A round trip is about one kilometre (3,600 feet) and can carry up to 35 standing passengers. Be sure to explore the White Water Walk and experience the raging rapids that twist and turn right before your very eyes.

#5 a) Ziplining Niagara Falls

This unbelievable attraction is now very much alive and is one of the most talked about Niagara Falls Canada Attractions.

The MistRider Zipline will soar high and fast towards the breathtaking Niagara Falls.

This is how it’s set to work:

  • there will be four parallel ziplines travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wild river gorge, where you will experience picture perfect views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls
  • Pricing is currently expected to be $49.99 per person
  • Minimum age is 7 years old (rider must weigh between 65 and 300lbs)
  • Youth under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult

 

Pre-book your adventure today!

b) Whirlpool Adventure Course

This is a thrilling and adventurous new experience that is sure to bring out your inner child. This course involves suspended obstacles and ziplines high above the Whirlpool and Great Gorge. There will be three self-paced courses which involve climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging aerial games.

‘What’s to Fear Jump’

This is a loose line leap from 40-feet (yes you heard us correctly – 40 feet)! The heart-pounding plummet to terra firma (here’s your chance to polish up your latin skills) is a mental and physical adrenaline-rush for people age seven to adult. The ‘What’s to Fear Jump’ can be done as a stand-alone activity, or to enhance WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course experience.

Prices range from $19.99 to $39.99

We don’t have any cool pictures or videos to share at this point, but when we do you’ll be the first to see them or feel free to send us some shots of your great adventures.

Are you ready for some awe-inspiring new adventures this summer? Be sure to check out all of these incredible Niagara Falls Canada Attractions very soon! And get ready to add some good old memories to that memory bank of yours.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Are you looking for that perfect gift for that special lady in your life? Come and enjoy the beauty of Niagara Falls with your beauty.

Here are some of our favourite fun-filled things to do with your Mom:

Sip & Sizzle – Weekends in May

We can think of so many ways to thank your mom and this one is at the top of the list (along with a dozen others). Spend the afternoon sipping fine VQA wine from 25 Niagara Wineries and taste some great sizzling BBQ goodness.

Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts

Experience a “Symphony of the Senses” – world class music, wine, visual culinary arts combined with Niagara’s natural beauty and historic riches at Stratus Vineyards.

May 6th – Peter Bence & Laila Biali @ 8pm

May 7th – Tony Yike Yang @ 1pm

May 7th – Emily Bear @ 5pm

Handmade Market – May 6th – 7th

Sip, savour and stroll the annual Handmade Market with your mom. With over 100 talented artisans, handmade food and local wine, this event is sure to make mom happy.

Food Truck Eats – May 21st – 23rd

Celebrate Mother’s Day for the whole month of May. This event is one you cannot miss. Three days of food truck bliss, award-winning wine and and local entertainment with the beautiful Peller Estates’ Vineyard as your backdrop. Book soon because these tickets sell out fast.

Inniskillin Cooking Club – May 8th 

It’s 2.5 hours of fun with Executive Chef Tim Mackiddie. Experience the magic of Niagara’s freshest ingredients paired with Inniskillin Wine. And the best part… is you don’t have to do the dishes.

Niagara Wineries

Speaking of wineries, there are over 70 to choose from in this glorious place we call home. So pick your favourites and explore by foot or bike.

Get to Know the City

Niagara Falls has so much to offer. From hopping on board Hornblower Niagara Cruises to exploring the natural beauty of the Botanical Gardens.

Shopping at the Outlet Collection at Niagara 

We can’t forget that magical place that all women love. The Outlet Collection at Niagara is a must stop during your time with mom. With over 100 stores, boutiques, restaurants and the new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth, you’ll have mom smiling ear to ear.

Niagara Falls Casinos

Test your luck at one of the two Niagara Falls Casinos, Fallsview Casino or Casino Niagara.

Dining at the Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Who doesn’t love the Keg? Mouth-watering steaks and seafood. Check out the new menu – from the California Greens to start to the sweet minis to finish, you’re sure to find something mom will love.

Stay for a night or spend the weekend. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the perfect place because of the location “in the centre of it all,” footsteps away from both Casinos, favourite attractions and the world famous Falls.  With so many Niagara Falls hotel packages to choose from, there’s one with mom’s name on it.

 

Niagara Falls Easter Weekend

Niagara Falls Easter Weekend – Hop on Over

Peter Cottontail is going to be hopping on over to Niagara Falls really soon to prepare for all of the great Easter traditions happening in our neck of the woods.

Here are a few of our favourite Easter traditions:

Bird Kingdom – March 25th – 27th

Enjoy an Eggstra special Easter weekend. Kids (4-15) are just $7.00 with a regular adult admission. Enjoy hundreds of free-flying birds in a 50,000 square foot tropical rainforest setting, as well as an Easter egg hunt all day with prizes.

Food and Wine Pairing – 13th Street Winery – March 26th – 28th

Sample homemade Chorizo puffs paired with the perfect glass of wine.

Easter Weekend at the Good Earth – March 26th – 28th

It’s a weekend of Good Earth treats paired with Good Earth grapes (compliments of Mother Nature).

Easter at Heartland Forest – March 26th – 11am – 2pm

It’s a day of family fun in the forest: campfire and marshmallows, scavenger hunt, train rides, mini putt and more.

Floral Showhouse Annual Spring and Easter Show – until Easter weekend

Don’t miss this annual tradition! For over 60 years visitors have come to Discover Paradise at this lush oasis, just a short walk from the Niagara Falls. Collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons. Flying throughout the greenery are colourful tropical birds that may sing for your entertainment!

The Outlet Collection at Niagara is open all Weekend

With over 100 retail stores, you can shop ’til you drop all Easter weekend long.

Friday, March 25th and Monday, March 28th – 10 am – 6pm

Easter Egg Hunt at Fireman’s Park – Good Friday at 11am

This is an annual event that kids adore, as Fireman’s Park is filled with over 450 pounds of hidden goodies. Admission is $3 per child and the funds raised go towards Project Share and the Park maintenance.

You can also create your own Easter experience with dozens of Niagara Wineries & Microbreweries and Niagara Falls Attractions to choose from and you can’t forget a special visit to see Mother Nature.

Check out our Packages! From family fun to a romantic getaway, we’ve got a package with your name on it.

 

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

January is just flying by and before you know it, it will be time for our mini break with our families. Whether it’s just for a few days or a week away, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. It’s the little things in life that make us happy and having fun with our family is one of the greatest things.

Here are our favourite fun things to do in Niagara Falls with our families:

 Bird Kingdom – great Family Specials

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission on a daily basis. However check out this great deal: during March Break (March 14 – 20), receive 50% off your child’s admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

March Break at Niagara Falls Museums – March 18th – 10am – 5pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with Club Rex @ 11am & 1pm! Get hands-on with their collection of dinosaur skulls, claws, teeth and real fossils! After the show, join museum staff to make a craft and search the museum for clues about our past! Finish the day off with a movie @ 3pm.

March Break Fun at Heartland Forest 

Get one with nature during March Break at Heartland Forest. While there are no scheduled events or activities, bundle your kids up (weather permitting) and explore the trails, see what’s lurking in the pond and let your kids get dirty in the playground area. After all that’s what childhood is all about – exploring and learning.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!! You also can’t miss the “We are the Insects” Exhibit – it’s a perfect family day adventure. The renowned Montreal Insectarium will be occupying the Butterfly Conservatory’s main atrium until March 31st. There will be educational displays along with live specimens including varieties of Praying Mantis, Flower Beetles, Cockroaches and Scorpions. Click here for additional information and workshop schedules.

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Get one with nature and learn how the magic of Maple Syrup is created…right in the heart of the Sugar Bush. This is what your adventure will look like…Visit interactive stations along your route where the Natives retell the tales of maple syrup’s discovery and modern sugarmakers measure the girth of their trees. Jig with the pioneers to their favourite fiddle tunes while maple syrup boils over an open fire, or clasp the handles of a lumberjack’s saw to cut your own sugar bush bling. Whether you go to zigzag through the boggling sap line maze, swagger across the old rickety bridge, or test your wingspan back-to-back with a mighty bird, fun times await in the sugar bush for the whole family. Let our period-dressed re-enactors answer your maple questions while they transport you across the awe-inspiring world of 100% Pure Maple Syrup.  And don’t miss the legendary, stick-to-your-lips delicious, sugaring-season tradition — Taffy-on-Snow!

Clifton Hill – “the street of oh so much fun”

A trip to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Clifton Hill. From the spooky haunted houses to bowling and the Canadian midway, there’s lots of fun to be had on Clifton Hill.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. In a few weeks it will be time to say good-bye to the 33rd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 31, 2016. Many of the associates have had a chance to see the Festival of Lights this year and the feedback has been outstanding. One of the favourites are the trees wrapped in lights along the Parkway and in Dufferin Islands.

DUFFERIN ISLANDS

Speaking of Dufferin Islands, this year has been one to remember. From the incredible Canadian Wildlife displays to the dozens of individually wrapped trees and inukshuks, this year’s Winter Festival of Lights is truly wondrous.

FREE LASER LIGHT SHOWS

Don’t miss the free laser light shows in the Fallsview Boulevard District nightly at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm until January 24th. There is also an interactive laser booth where you can write messages and see them immediately on a near-by building with laser-light. How cool is that?

FIREWORKS AND FALLS ILLUMINATION SCHEDULE

There are also the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at 9pm until January 29th. Plus nightly Niagara Falls illuminations. Check out the 2016 Niagara Falls Illumination and Fireworks Schedule.

NIAGARA FALLS IN WINTER EVENTS:

– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs until January 31st

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – February 26th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January, February and March

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events – Both Sides of the Border  (Taylor Dayne, Michael Bolton, Little Big Town, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan and more)

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $109 per night. And check back on Monday for our next special offer.

Make Niagara Falls in Winter an annual tradition!

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Niagara Falls is the place to be this Christmas Season.

Here is what is happening in Niagara this Holiday Season:

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Over 3 Million lights over a 5km route – how spectacular is that? Don’t miss the 32nd annual Winter Festival of Lights happening just minutes away from our hotel. The magic happens every evening until January 31st. This is one holiday event, you won’t want to miss.

Laser Light Shows

NEW to the Winter Festival of Lights this year are the laser light shows. One is happening right in our neighbourhood at the top of Clifton Hill. From December 19th – 30th, each evening there will be two lights shows, one at 6pm and the other at 9pm. There’s also a fun interactive laser booth where the whole family can write messages or draw pictures with laser light. Plus this Saturday, December 19th visit Santa Claus himself from 5 – 6pm or 7 – 8pm. The next event is happening from January 14th – 24th in the Fallsview District.

Fireworks over the Falls

During the Winter Festival of Lights enjoy Fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at dusk. Plus during the holiday season, December 21st – 26th, celebrate the holidays with fireworks every evening.

Hoot for the Holidays – Butterfly Conservatory – until January 2nd (each Saturday)

You’ll give the gift of nature this holiday season when you visit the Butterfly Conservatory’s special exhibit, Hoot for the Holidays. Featuring a variety of owls and other birds of prey along with its own stunning Owl Butterflies. The exhibit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Saturday until January 2. Join local conservationists David and Kim Gibson as they introduce these beautiful Sky-Hunters or birds of prey and educate us all about their habits, unique abilities and the importance of habitat conservation. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.

Floral Showhouse Holiday Display

The Floral Showhouse Holiday Display is a beautiful and exotic annual floral favourite for 65 years! It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season.

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015

Don’t miss the Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015 concert in Queen Victoria Park starting at 8pm. This year’s line up includes: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, Down with Webster and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies.

Niagara Wineries

Raise a glass to the holidays and celebrate at one of the 70 Niagara Wineries throughout Niagara Wine Country. Choose your favourites in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Twenty Valley. Plus hop on over to one of the Microbreweries – Niagara Oast or Silversmith.

After all of this holiday celebrating you are going to need a place to rest your head. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Our One Night Package has it it: accommodations, breakfast, dinner voucher, beer, wine, cheese and fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience starting at $109 per night.

Happy Holidays!