Top-5 things to do on Christmas Day in Niagara Falls

Published December 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Also remember on Christmas Day, the fireworks will be going off over the falls at 8 pm.

The beauty of Niagara Falls isn’t simply the splendor of the falls themselves, even though they are clearly a nature-made wonder of the world.

There’s also the fact that Niagara Falls – and neighbouring Niagara-on-the-Lake – are both tourism-designated.

That means when businesses and attractions are locked up tight on mandatory holidays like Christmas in other Niagara municipalities, such as St. Catharines, Welland and Fort Erie, that’s not necessarily the case in Niagara Falls.

Many of their attractions remain open, simply to cater to the tourists who flock to Niagara Falls 365 days of the year. So let’s look at five things to do in Niagara Falls on Christmas Day.

Winter Festival of Lights
To celebrate the beauty and majesty of the winter season and mark the 40th anniversary of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights, a new illumination light show “Sparkling Winter Lights” has been produced for Niagara Falls Tourism by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board. The display features the subtle and sometimes harsh movements inspired by winter in the north. From gentle snowfalls to the aurora borealis gliding over snowy tundra, to blizzards and the frosted falls; winter’s spectacle is exciting and magical.

The display is part of the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, with the five-minute lighting display playing through on the hour, at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm each evening until February 20, 2023.

Niagara Skywheel
The Niagara Skywheel is a great way to take in the incredible views of Niagara Falls. This 175-foot Ferris wheel offers stunning panoramic views of the city, the falls, and beyond! With climate-controlled gondolas and LED lighting that illuminates the night sky, it’s no wonder why this is one of the most popular attractions in town.

Considered to be the region’s safest attraction, and there is no age limit for riders. So even if you have small children in tow, they can still experience the thrill of being up high! It’s open year-round and provides a great way to get your bearings while exploring beautiful Niagara Falls.

Clifton Hill
For a more adventurous experience, head over to Clifton Hill – Niagara Falls’ lively entertainment district. The street is lined with thrilling attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, 4-D Moving Theater, and Zombie Attack Laser Tag. You can also explore the area’s wax museums and check out live shows like the Great Canadian Midway.

Clifton Hill is one of the top places for souvenir shopping in Niagara Falls, too! From T-shirts to mugs and even glow-in-the-dark rocks, this district has everything you need to remember your trip long after you’ve returned home. There are also lots of food options here ranging from casual quick bites to family-friendly restaurants. You will even find a few local favorites like The Keg and Boston Pizza.

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
If you’re looking to add a bit of excitement to your Niagara Falls adventure, the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is a great Christmas stop. This popular casino offers all kinds of gaming options including table games, slots, and even electronic gaming machines.

The resort also has many restaurants and bars where you can enjoy some fine dining or relax with a nightcap. With its luxury hotel accommodations, it’s an ideal place for both business travelers and vacationers looking for a romantic getaway.

Skylon Tower

For a birds-eye view of Niagara Falls, head to the top of Skylon Tower. This 775-foot-high observation deck offers an incredible panoramic view of the city and the falls below. You can even see as far as Toronto on a clear day.

The ride up the tower is just as exciting with its revolutionary revolving dining room that rotates 360 degrees every hour! There’s also an outdoor observation platform at the summit, complete with a glass floor where you can look straight down to the ground below. This is the perfect spot to capture some amazing photos of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area if you’re feeling brave enough!

So once you open your presents on Christmas Day, if you find like a little out-of-the-house entertainment, Niagara Falls has plenty to offer.


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