More Winter in Niagara

When you come down to Niagara this Christmas/Winter here are some more fabulous places to visit and things to do. After a sleigh ride at Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm or some outdoor skating at the TD Rink at the Brink, consider visiting these sites “across the river.”

On December 10th and 17th, Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY, will be hosting their annual Castle By Candlelight event. The venue is an original 18th century fortress where the empires of Britain, France and the Iroquois struggled for control. There are also exciting living history programs, exhibits and spectacular scenery. Contact by phone at 716-745-7661 or visit their website.

This fabulous fireplace can be enjoyed by you and your family on Saturday December 10th and 17th at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY. Photo courtesy of http://www.thedailynewsonline.com.

And if you get a chance, go and visit The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda, NY. From December 13-30, from noon to 4 pm, you can enjoy one last ride on the carrousel before they are closed for the season.

Facebook/Herschell Carrousel Museum

And don’t forget the Niagara Power Authorities Festival of Trees in Lewsiton, NY December 3 – January 6.

Photo by Harry Scull Jr.

Back on the Canadian side of the Falls you can have lots of fun with a lovely horse and carriage ride through the Niagara Parks Commission. Rides are offered all year and start at $45 for a 15 minute  experience. No reservation is required and you can find the carriages at beautiful Queen Victoria Park.

Bundle up and enjoy a winter carriage ride in Niagara Falls. Photo - Virtual Tourist

And no trip to Niagara would be complete without experiencing Niagara-on-the-Lake in Winter! Sentineal Carriages will tour you around this fabulous town with special tours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Queens Royal Tours also provides carriage rides in NOTL and can be found outside the Prince of Wales Hotel.

Photo courtesy sentinealcarriages.ca

Queen's Royal Tours Photo: Lori Pori

I hope you have a lovely time in Niagara this Christmas and throughout the Winter. So many lovely attractions for you if you are planning your wedding or honeymoon here in the Falls or if this is your wedding anniversary.

Please post a comment on your winter visit to the Falls and the exciting things you experienced. I would love to hear from you!

All the best! Jordin

Winter in Niagara

Winter can be as much fun as summer in Niagara Falls.  And besides the usual Falls, Casinos and Clifton Hill, the region offers a lot more to couples here on their honeymoon or just a romantic get-away.  Here are some things I’ve found on both sides of the river.

Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm, Niagara Falls, offers traditional Sleigh rides.  Their price is $125.00 for a 1 hour ride.  They also have a party room where you can bring refreshments.  They have 2 sleighs, one seating small groups up to six and another for 12 or more.  They are located at 7705 Schisler Road in Niagara Falls and can be contacted at 905-384-2684.

Beautiful Belgian horses at Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm

There is nothing like an outdoor winter skating experience! And it can’t get any better when it’s overlooking the Falls. Just adjacent to Table Rock at the Falls is the TD Rink at the Brink.  This open air outdoor skating rink is open from December 1st to Feb 29th.  Please visit http://www.wfol.com/TDRINKatTheBrink/ for more information.

What fabulous fun and view of the Falls!

The CAA Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls offers the experience of wonder in the Christmas season – and it’s free!  Set along the Niagara Parkway at the falls these displays range from religious, to traditional Christmas to Disney and fun characters for the kids.  Every day (November 5 – January 31) as the sun sets these works of art will be sure to make you smile and are all made available by by CAA.  It is said to be one of the best light displays in the world.

Photo courtesy of the Festival of Lights

A really wonderful way to end the day and the evening is to enjoy the fireworks provided by Niagara Parks all year round.  All performances take place at 9pm on Fridays unless otherwise noted.

Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks

A Christmas Wedding

With family and friends gathered for the holiday season, Christmas can be a lovely and romantic time to have your wedding. Today we are featuring some Christmas Wedding ideas decoration ideas that can turn your wedding into a Christmas miracle!

A Christmas Tree

It’s not Christmas with out a tree so if you have space HAVE ONE!!! You can have the tree decorations reflect your Christmas wedding colours scheme or you can get your guest involved by having everyone, even the bride and groom, adding decorations to the tree! Why not get plain paper ornaments – maybe shaped in Christmas, winter shapes and have your guests write you notes on them, and hang them on the tree. For a finishing touch, have your guests place your wedding gifts underneath the tree.

Moravian Stars

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These stars which are part of the German Moravian tradition make beautiful tree decorations or garlands. You can purchase Moravian star garland online (see the beautiful strand below) . . .

Purchase individual stars from Linda Baxter at www.moravianstarlady.com or find instructions to make your own online.

Mistletoe

Nothing is more romantic than mistletoe at Christmas. There are many ways you can add mistletoe to your wedding decor. Use coloured ribbon to hang mistletoe balls along the head table. Have a giant Mistletoe ball hanging over the dance floor so that when couples pass under it they kiss. Have fun!

I found this pinecone and mistletoe deocration at etsy.com

Have your decorations, name cards, table numbers, flowers and center pieces reflect the season. Ornaments, garland, lights, holly, and evergreen add that seasonal touch. A generous amount of poinsettias will fill the room with their warmth. You can even have miniature Christmas trees on the tables!

Instructions to assembly this lovely traditional mini can be found at candlelightsolutions.com. You could easily find decorations for these mini trees that would match your wedding colour sheme.

Christmas Stockings 

If you plan on giving your guests receptions favours, place them in stockings and hang them from the chairs. Add and orange for old fashioned fun, and maybe ad odd piece of coal for fun and laughs. If you are going to use real coal or charcoal, make sure you wrap it in a clear plastic wrap or you might not have a very happy wedding guest!

Here’s a stocking I hung on the back of a chair at the Little Wedding Chapel to give you an idea of how it would look. You could purchase or make Christmas stockings to suit your wedding colour scheme.

If you have had a Christmas or Winter Wedding or are planning one now and would like to share your decorating ideas with everyone, please drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you!

All the best! Jordin