January 2023

Happy New Year!

Niagara Icewine Festival:

The annual Niagara Icewine Festival returns for three weekends this January in Niagara!

Featuring exclusive winery and culinary events, the Cool As Ice Gala (formerly, the Niagara Icewine Gala), and more, the Niagara Icewine Festival runs from January 13 until January 29, 2023.

The Cool as Ice Gala will celebrate and showcase Ontario's icewines, cocktails, and culinary specialties from a very special location - the Niagara Parks Power Station.

The Discovery Pass Program is also back! Over the course of three weekends, from 11 am to 5 pm, snow-covered vines will be the backdrop to your winter experience! Each Discovery Pass includes six icewine and culinary experiences with over 20 participating wineries.

Niagara's favourite wineries will be participating in this year's self-guided Discovery Pass Program. From 13th Street Winery's icewine poutine paired with the Riesling Reserve Icewine, to De Simone Vineyards' Thai chili chicken slider paired with their Vidal icewine, there is something for everyone.

Looking for something nice and cozy? You can also enjoy an authentic Canadian experience by sitting fireside at Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant's Winter Wine Garden or bundle up with blankets at the Riverbend Inn & Vineyard for their Oaklands Firepit Experience.

At the Peller Estates Winter Wine Garden, up to five guests can settle in around a fire pit and enjoy a glass of wine or signature beverage in a souvenir glass or mug and an Icewine marshmallow handmade by Chef Jason Parsons. Reservations are required in advance and bookings are open Friday through Sunday starting at 11:00 am.

At Riverbend Inn, enjoy a glass of wine or a warm Firepit Feature Beverage served in a souvenir stemless glass or mug, served alongside a grilled cheese with red-wine caramelized onions and a Wine Country S'mores bundle by Chef Ross Midgley. Bookings are available Friday through Sunday starting at 11:30 am.

Photos by Niagara Wine Festival

Niagara Helicopters Announces Winter Experience:

Niagara Helicopters has announced their new Winter Nights and Lights Experience! From now until April 30, 2023, guests can experience the first and only flight-seeing tour over Niagara Falls at night. The exciting and seasonal adventure is offered from sunset to 8 pm daily, weather permitting. Fly over the famous Winter Festival of Lights and see the largest outdoor light festival from the skies above.

Along with this new twist on their Classic Tour of Niagara Falls, other special offerings include wedding and winery flights and charters. Check them out today and see why locals and tourists alike have been thrilled for over 50 years by the most scenic and one of the most thrilling experiences in the Niagara Region.

Photo by Niagara Helicopters

What's Happening in Niagara:

Here are a few of our featured events for the month of January:

Let It Glow

Now - January 8, 2023

Downtown St. Catharines & Port Dalhousie

This family-friendly, outdoor festival features interactive light installations, winter workshops and entertainment!

Photo by Downtown St. Catharines

Safari Lights

Now - January 8, 2023

Safari Niagara, Niagara Falls

The holiday lights drive-thru adventure is on now until January 8, 2023, at Safari Niagara! Immersive light tunnels, motion lights, and animal light displays for the whole family to enjoy! Tickets start at $24.95 and can be purchased online.

Photo by Safari Niagara

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

November 12 - February 20, 2023

Niagara Falls

Celebrating 40 years, the largest free outdoor light festival returns in time for the holidays. With millions of lights, interactive displays across various tourism areas, and a new illumination light show called "Sparkling Winter Lights", the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will also be illuminated nightly!

Photo by Winter Festival of Lights

Best Deals: Hot Deals for Niagara

Save big on your next stay in Niagara with Destination Niagara's BEST DEALS!

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview

Need to Know

  • Promotional Code: LPR
  • Valid through: March 30, 2023

Niagara Falls Getaway

  • Spacious Cityview Room
  • Receive $70 dining voucher at Ruth's Chris Steak House 
  • Receive $30 voucher for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar overlooking Niagara Falls 
  • Receive $30 dining voucher at Outback Steakhouse
  • Receive $30 dining voucher at TGI Friday's Restaurant & Bar 
  • Receive $15 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant
  • Receive admission for up to 4 to four attractions in the Funzone Fallsview location, Select four of the following attractions: Apocalypse Lazer Tag, Galaxy Lazer Tag, Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, Haunted Hallways, Torture Chambers, Maze Mirrors
  • Receive admission for up to 4 to four attractions located in the Funzone Clifton hill location: Lazer maze, Cannon Blasters, Time Freak, Lazer Tag

See here for more information.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview 

Starting at $145 CAD per night

Stay Until January 31, 2023

  • Luxury, two-room suite accommodations 
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast 
  • Complimentary Evening Reception including two alcoholic drinks 
  • $30 Voucher for Fallsview Dining at the Keg Steakhouse + Bar 
  • $20 dining voucher at TGI Fridays Restaurant & Bar 
  • $20 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant

See here for more information.

Wyndham Garden Niagara Falls Fallsview

Winter Festival of Lights Package


  • Comfortable, spacious Accommodations 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 
  • $40 voucher at Sky Fallsview Steakhouse (available Friday & Saturday) per stay 
  • $30 voucher for Fallsview dining at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar overlooking Niagara Falls (available Sunday - Thursday) per stay 
  • $20 voucher at TGI Fridays Restaurant & Bar per stay * 
  • $15 voucher IHOP Restaurant per night 
  • Bottle of Niagara wine per stay (choice of red or white) 
  • Admission for up to four to four select attractions located in the Fun Zone – Fallsview location, per stay:
  • Apocalypse Lazer Tag
  • Mini Golf
  • Galaxy Lazer Tag
  • Haunted Hallways
  • Torture Chamber
  • Maze of Mirrors
  • Admission for up to four to four attractions located in the Fun Zone – Clifton Hill location, per stay:
  • Lazer Maze
  • Cannon Blasters
  • Time Freak
  • Lazer Tag

See here for more information.

All Best Deals are subject to change without notice.

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