The star of the show on New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls is, of course, Burton Cummings, the iconic Canadian singer who will entertain at Victoria Park. He’s got a pretty strong supporting cast, though – starting with the 30,000 to 40,000 people expected to crowd the park to watch, and then the other bands on the bill – the Sheepdogs, Walk Off the Earth and Avenue Inn.
The show will be broadcast across Canada on the CBC and CNN will cut in at times, with its host Anderson Cooper.
All this is in the Fallsview tourist district. And Fallsview has a whole day full of activities for you, and more. Come for the show – but stay for the fun. First, the Fallsview area features a ton of top-notch restaurants and bars that cater to every wallet and family size. Most of them have special events planned for the big night, too, letting you choose your own style for saying bye-bye to 2018 and halllooo! 2019.
Unless y0u’re planning to show up right on time for the concert in the park and then heading out afterward – why come all the way to the Falls just to do that? – here are a few tips that’ll make it worthwhile to stretch out your stay.
Go ahead, laugh – yes, we have a Yuk Yuk’s in Niagara Falls, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Fallsview Boulevard. It’s a seriously funny place. And of course there is the grand Niagara Fallsview Casino and Resort, one of the biggest gaming halls in Canada.
Do you have the nerve to try a little freefalling? Then head over to Niagara Freefall Indoor Skydiving, on Stanley Avenue.
Maybe to relax you before Burton Cummings sings Stand Tall, Break It To Them Gently, These Eyes (yes, he has all those Guess Who classics to draw from too) and I’m Scared, you’ll want to try the Serenity Spa By The Falls, on Fallsview Boulevard. Or take the elevator (or why not climb the stairs) to the top of the Skylon Tower where, in our version of the Times Square midnight ball drop, the yellow bug-like elevator climbs the tower to much applause, light and fireworks. And you’ll be blown away if you drop in to see master glassblower Angelo Rossi at work in his studio on Robinson Street. The creations he comes up with are spectacular.
We could go on … and on … and on. There is so much to do in this city, and some much of that is centred in the heart of the tourism district in Fallsview.
It really is a day-long adventure if you’re here for that most spectacular night of the year in Niagara Falls.