Niagara Falls in Ontario has always loved a big celebration, and has both the facilities and the scenery to stage some unforgettable festivities. So New Year’s Eve in particular is a highly anticipated event in Niagara Falls, and the New Year is always brought in with a bang.
The epicentre for the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Niagara Falls in recent years has been Queen Victoria Park, running along the Niagara River’s course with the waterfalls as the one-of-a-kind backdrop. A full festival is set up throughout the park – a community event that’s free and open to the public.
Niagara Falls New Years Eve Concert
As well as setting up a variety of food stalls and fully-licensed outdoor beverage areas, the feature entertainment is a free concert with performances by the biggest and best in Canadian music. International singing sensation Nelly Furtado was the headline performer in.
This year’s musical acts have just been announced:
- Keith Urban
- Nick Jonas
- Shawn Mendes
This is without a doubt the deepest and most star studded line-up in the 20+ year history of the event. Hotel rooms have been selling like wildfire since the announcement.
More Than Music
It wouldn’t be a New Year without the fireworks – for the 2014 New Year event an estimated 2 000 pounds of fireworks was launched from the landmark Skylon Tower over the river in two pyrotechnic displays during the night. With the main event reserved for midnight as usual, it serves as the perfect way to cap off what’s arguably the largest New Year celebration in Canada.
Broadcast live on TV
The event is broadcast live nationally as New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls – airing on Global, hosted by and in association with Entertainment Tonight Canada – and draws huge crowds each year. For New Year’s Eve 2013, the estimated turnout was up to 60 000 revellers, and the TV viewership was estimated at around 2 million nationally.
For anyone in the Ontario area, bringing in the New Year at Niagara is usually high on the to-do list. The free festival is fully serviced and kept safe with security, and the national TV coverage means it’s one of the most important locations in Canada at that midnight moment.