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Winter Wonderland: Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls USA is a place for all seasons, but during the winter months, visitors can experience a snow-covered wonderland. Beyond the magical icy vistas of the Falls, discover an abundance of outdoor adventure, quaint eateries and vineyard views — making for the perfect cozy couple’s getaway.

For one of nature's most spectacular views, visit the Observation Tower at Niagara Falls State Park for a panoramic snapshot of all three waterfalls at once. If you’re lucky, you may even witness the phenomena known as the “Frozen Falls.” At the Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip, travel down the elevator into the Niagara Gorge to observe the Bridal Veil Falls in their frosted glory from one of the two permanent decks. If there’s snow on the ground, complimentary snowshoes are available to continue your wintry exploration of America’s oldest state park.

After exploring the Falls in all of their frosty, glistening glory, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Snag a seat next to the enormous Tudor-style fireplace at the historic Red Coach Inn, and toast with a local glass of wine before picking your meal off the award-winning menu. Or, head north to charming Lewiston and savor regional Italian cuisine in an intimate setting at Carmelo’s. Finally, top off your meal with a warm cup of coffee and some fresh vegan baked goods from Orange Cat Coffee Co.

Not far from the thundering Falls, the Niagara wineries offer a diverse selection of traditional vinifera style, native, late harvest and ice wines, fruit wines, and mead. Plan the perfect wine-tasting experience and choose from nearly two dozen wineries, breweries, and cideries — and be sure to pick up a bottle from your favorite to relive the memories later!

Beyond the snowy landscapes of Niagara Falls State Park and the iconic, icy Falls themselves, Niagara Falls USA transforms into a cozy, tinsel-topped destination come the colder months. With winter festivals, glistening lights and shopping, make merry memories in Niagara Falls this holiday season.

Witness the wintry, wondrous Falls, then take a stroll over to Old Falls Street for Jingle Falls USA – the highlight of the holiday season in downtown Niagara Falls, New York. Hop aboard a horse and carriage ride, listen to live music, see Santa and his reindeer, and top it all off with a tree lighting and fireworks display. (Saturdays November 26, December 3 and December 10, 2022).

Wander through 15 acres of twinkling lights in the shape of angels and other inspirational figures at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine’s annual Festival of Lights (November 19, 2022 to January 6, 2023). After exploring the exhibits, climb to the top of the Basilica, decorated with a life-sized nativity scene, and festooned in Christmas foliage.

After all of that outdoor adventure, warm up indoors with some shopping. Check off all the gifts on your list at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA, offering over 120 designer outlets with up to 75 percent off in savings. If independent boutiques are more your style, score one-of-a-kind finds in clothing, jewelry, home accessories and more, scattered throughout the region.


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