Niagara Falls has the distinction of hosting some of the most spectacular new year's eve fireworks in both the United States and Canada, providing a great focal point for a celebration that spans both sides of the border and drawas huge crowds right across the holiday period.
The big public event here is of course the Niagara Falls New Year's Eve party in Queen Victoria Park.
This free public event gets underway at 8pm and provides live music and entertainment with the Niagara Falls New Year's concert taking place throughout the evening, leading up the spectacular huge fireworks display at midnight, launched from the Niagara Gorge and viewable for miles around.
A crowd of around 60,000 is expected in Queen Victoria Park for the event so make sure you get there in plenty time! There are always big name live performers at the event, we'll have the lineup for the new year 2019 concert as soon as it is announced.
For the fireworks, there is actually a smaller, family show at 9pm but the main event is reserved for the stroke of midnight, with launch points on the Skylon Tower, in the Niagara Gorge and actually above the falls themselves, about as spectacular a backdrop as you could wish for.
There are actually fireworks shows in Niagara Falls throughout the holiday season in the form of the famous Winter Festival of Lights so you don't need to necessarily be there over new years to see some pyrotechnics. You can see the full fireworks and illuminations schedule here.
There are great views of the fireworks from all around the gorge, but one of the most popular new year's eve options is to take to the water with a Falls Fireworks cruise, taking you right into the mist of the falls and guaranteeeing you a front row view of the action.
These cruises are hugely popular all year around and as I'm sure you can imagine spaces for the new year's eve events book up well in advance, so if this is what you want to do make sure you reserve as soon as you can - tickets are available online here.
Away from the big party in Victoria Park there are plent yof other options to see in the new year in Niagara Falls. One popular option is the big event at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, where the Old Falls Street's Family Fun New Year's Eve celebration takes place.
This party includes music and dancing, childrens' entertainers and a countdown and balloon drop at 10pm. get more details and tickets here.
The bars and nightclubs of Niagara Falls also do their but to add to the range of parties on offer and top venues will be competing to draw the younger crowd - there are big nights this year at the Dragonfly Nightclub, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Blush Ultra Lounge, Coco Cobana and Club Se7en.
Niagara falls is of course a busy resort all year round so there is no shortage of hotel accommodation to choose from. On new year's eve anywhere will a falls view comes at a premium so if you're hoping to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your hotel we advise booking well in adanace.
Top hotels to consider include:
Sheraton on the Falls
Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview and Spa
Four Points be Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview
The Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls
As you can see, the clue is generally in the hotel's name!
You can search, check availability and book your rooms at these locations and all the top Niagara Falls hotels here.
If you're looking for new year dining options then there are plenty of restaurants to choose from on both the Ontario and New York side of the falls.
Top recommendations include La Galera Mexican, Fortuna's, Casa Mia, Koutouki Greek Cuisine, Zaiki Indian (where there are plenty of veggie options) and Donatello's. See the full range of restaurants here for Ontario and New York.
There are several live webcam views in Niagara falls which can help take you live right to the heart of the new year party.
Our favourite live view by far is this fantastic live streaming view provided by EarthCam:
There has in the past also been live TV coverage of the fireworks, although not so much in recent years. We'll bring you any links that do become available right here.
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