Our Favorite Winter Festivals in Niagara Falls

Need an extensive listing of the many winter festivals happening throughout Niagara Falls USA? There’s the Festival of Trees, Light Up Lockport and of course, Jingle Falls USA happening throughout Niagara County this winter.

There’s a certain ring to Jingle Falls USA — as is there to all the other events across the Niagara Falls USA region during the holiday season. From candlelit carol singing, to light shows and sleigh rides, here’s our top holiday events list to get you in the festive spirit!

Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights

November 23, 2019 to January 6, 2020
Every year from Thanksgiving to the Epiphany (January 6) the quaint town of Lewiston glows for its Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights. The magically ambient event features a labyrinth of glowing displays, all designed by the shrine’s rector and created by the shrine’s maintenance team. After taking a walk through its twinkling exhibits, climb to the top of the Basilica — decorated with a life-size nativity scene and festooned in Christmas foliage.

Light Up Lockport

November 30, 2019
Got a favorite Christmas sweater? Well bring it along to Light Up Lockport — a day of festive celebrations in this picturesque town before its annual “big switch.” Along with the much-awaited lighting of the tree, other highlights include horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookie stalls and yes, a tacky sweater competition! Maybe this is your year!

Gingerbread Wonderland

Weekends: November 30 to December 22, 2019
Every weekend from November 24 through December 22, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute hosts Gingerbread Wonderland — where you’ll find the largest life-size gingerbread village in western New York. There’s also plenty of family-friendly activities like face painting, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, letters to Santa, story reading and chef demos. You can also look forward to live entertainment and music, magicians and plenty of holiday décor.

Jingle Falls USA

November 30, December 7, and 14, 2019
Following its success in 2018, Jingle Falls USA returns for its third run this year in downtown Niagara Falls — and there really is something for everyone. Kids and families can enjoy real-life reindeers and sleighs, make-and-take holiday crafts and Santa Claus sightings. Adults only? Why not saddle up for SantaCon, where your festive DIY costume could even win you a prize. Hungry? Look forward to the Festival of Slice, the celebration of all things pizza at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls.

The Festival of Trees

December 1, 2019 to January 1, 2020
A “fir-m” favorite on the Christmas calendar is the Festival of Trees at one of the region’s top visitor attractions — the Niagara Power Vista–NYPA Niagara Power Project. As well as learning all about the hydroelectric wonders of the Niagara region, you can also marvel at a veritable woodland of reusable Christmas trees, decorated by local non-profit groups and decked in, of course, energy-saving lights!

Holiday Light Up in Newfane

December 6, 2019
For some small-town New York charm, take a drive to Newfane for the Holiday Light Up festivities on December 6. Along the town’s historic Main Street, there’ll be a holiday parade, horse-drawn carriage rides and a visit from Santa Claus himself — and cookies and hot chocolate will be served to keep the winter chill at bay! After the parade, visit Grace Bible’s Living Nativity and the Candy Cane Craft Show at the United Methodist Church. Then at Newfane’s community center, you can enjoy the snowflake village and local vendor fair.

Village of Lewiston Christmas Walk

December 7 & 8, 2019
Here are more dates for this festive diary. The Village of Lewiston Christmas Walk takes place in this charming historic town just north of the Falls. The event is a cozy throwback to Christmas of yore, with jolly carol singers and shopping markets as well as carriage rides across the snowy streets. Santa Claus will be appearing for merry meet-and-greets throughout town and local businesses will be serving up entertainment and tasty refreshments. Cheers!

Castle by Candlelight Tours

December 7 & 14, 2019
Fancy experiencing a sprinkling of yesteryear yuletide? Visit Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown this Christmas, where they’ll be ringing in the festive season with an annual candle-studded event. A cast of 18th century-style merrymakers are the hosts, touring you along the illuminated pathways and festively decorated gardens of this French-inspired historic chateau. Expect music and the famous canon-firings to add to the festive joie de vivre!

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