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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, 2023Downtown 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