Where is the loudest, wildest, warmest (and yet occasionally coldest), brightest and most fun place in Canada to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Niagara Falls, of course.
The centre of it all is the annual concert in Queen Victoria Park, within sight of the mighty falls themselves. The show is always part of a national and sometimes international TV broadcast and attracts more than 20,000 revellers. And it is free.
We’ve had some big-name headliners over the years but none bigger than this year. Bryan Adams has a slew of hits over the past three decades and is truly one of the giants of the Canadian rock scene.
Admit it – songs like Run To You, Diana, Heaven, Summer of ’69, Cuts Like a Knife, and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – bring back great memories.
Adams is also one of those performers whose songs sound better live than on the original recording.
This year’s show is extra special, too, for the story behind one of the opening bands. Last year, Walk Off The Earth was slated as one of the acts for Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve, but cancelled due to a personal tragedy.
Only a day before the show, on Dec. 30, 2018, band member Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor died suddenly, at age 51. The grief-stricken band had to pull out of the show, of course.
This year, though, they return to support the headliner Adams, along with Niagara Falls singer Valerie Borghesi for what should be a bang-up concert.
It’s more than just a free concert, though – the setting so close to Niagara Falls on that special night, makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
There will be fireworks over the falls twice that night, at 9:15 p.m. and midnight. You’re so close it will feel like the sparks will land on you!
Add in the countdown to midnight marked by the world-famous elevator ride on the Skylon Tower that overlooks the park, and the entire falls area lit up for Christmas with the Festival of Lights, and you’ve got a breathtaking night of fun and memories.
Come down and be part of the crowd. When you’re planning your night (or several nights, because it’s a great time to be here), start by finding a place to stay in the Fallsview community.
Several reasons: First, it will put you within easy walking distance for the big show on New Year’s Eve. Traffic and parking can be an issue, but not if you’ve already got a room in Fallsview.
There are numerous great hotels to choose from and even if you end up staying in your room at midnight, think of the view you will have of fireworks at the falls!
Also, Fallsview has so much more to offer than hotel rooms.
There is the Fallsview casino resort, for starters, plus a ton of great restaurants that range from fine dining through casual to others that are just nice places to bring the kids during the day.
This Dec. 31 is going to be so exciting – and Bryan Adams, for free!