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Ring in the New Year in Niagara!

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Keen to start 2013 with a bang?  Niagara’s the answer!  Whether you’re looking for music and lights for New Year’s Eve or a fresh take on New Year’s Day, Niagara has just what you’re looking for.

Rock on in Queen Victoria Park

Chill out in Queen Victoria Park on New Year’s Eve.  Free as always, the party this year is expected to draw more than 60,000 visitors, will feature performances by Dragonette, Hedley and Nelly Furtado and will wrap up with a huge fireworks display over the Falls.  What could be better?! Dress warmly – the mist from the Falls is cold – and bring your best party attitude.

Toast with Ice Wine

Whether you choose to celebrate at home beside your own cozy fire, or head to one of Niagara’s many wonderful restaurants, be sure that ice wine is on the menu – there’s nothing more Niagara than that!

Cross-Country Ski in Short Hills

Niagara has dozens of great spots for cross-country skiing but one of our favourites is Short Hills Provincial Park.  The fresh snow we’ve had recently means you’ll have perfect conditions for that New Year’s Day ski to clear away the champagne bubbles from the night before and give you a clean start to 2013.

Enjoy a Carriage Ride

Is there any more romantic way to finish off the old year and start the new than by taking a carriage ride through old Niagara-on-the-Lake?  Snuggled under the blankets with the horse snorting and pawing the frozen ground, you’ll reflect on the joys of the year past and look ahead to the promise of the new year just begun.

Take a Dip

Feeling adventurous?  Join the crazy polar bear dippers who charge into the frigid waters of Lake Erie each New Year’s Day.  Smarter than that?  Make your plunge in the warm heated waters of one of Niagara Falls’ indoor waterparks, such as the Great Wolf Lodge or the Fallsview Waterpark.

The Author

Liz Fleming, Managing Editor of NaturallyinNiagara.ca, is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly travel gear column for The Toronto Star as well as regular travel features for The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and CAA Travel. She’s currently a featured commentator on the Astral Media radio stations in southern Ontario, providing daily travel ‘minutes’ and is the editor of WO, the White Oaks Magazine.

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