New Year’s in Niagara Falls

Concert audience

When the stage lights come on this Dec. 31, will you be here?

Will you be in Niagara Falls for the hottest New Year’s Eve concert in Canada?

A free concert, by the way.

New Year’s Eve is always a big night in Niagara Falls. We have hundreds of restaurants and night spots, and every one of them lives large on that night. Casinos, too (and we have two of them).

Most of the attention, though, goes to the big concert in Victoria Park – a two-minute walk from the Horseshoe Falls, and nestled at the foot of the Niagara gorge.

The headliner this year is one of the biggest we’ve ever had here. Bryan Adams is a true giant of Canadian rock and has been selling out huge concert venues for decades.

The show is always part of a national TV broadcast, and it truly is a show like you won’t see anywhere else.

For starters, there are two fireworks shows over the falls planned for that night. First at 9:15 p.m., and then at the stroke of midnight.

In Niagara Falls, we don’t have a ball drop like Times Square in New York. Here, everyone is familiar with the iconic Skylon Tower (which towers over the concert area, by the way).

As the crowd counts down 10-9-8-7… the exterior elevator climbs the tower. It reaches the top right at midnight, the fireworks go off and the crowd goes wild.

And here you will be, celebrating with 20,000 other overjoyed revellers while Bryan Adams is rocking on stage.

And it’s all free!

There is a poignant note to this year’s show, too.

The opening act is Walk Off The Earth. They were slated to play last year’s show, but on Dec. 30, 2018 one of the band members, Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor, died suddenly.

The band was devastated, and quite understandably pulled out of the concert. They will be back this year, though, making a triumphant return to the stage in Niagara Falls.

It’s the greatest night of the year in Niagara Falls, and a good place to call party central for that night is the Holiday Inn By The Falls.

Staying there puts you right on Murray Street, which is a short downhill walk to the park and the outdoor concert. That way, you avoid the traffic that always comes to Niagara Falls on that night.

Not only that, it puts you right in a great neighbourhood to enjoy the brilliant sights and sounds of the city before and after the show.

You won’t even have to leave the hotel to enjoy a great pre-game meal, as it were – Coco’s Steakhouse and Terrace Grill offers a great menu to satisfy every appetite.

A fine warm meal will prepare you for the likely chilly weather so close to the falls, but by the time you arrive you will bask in the warmth of the crowd and the stage lights.

Bryan Adams. Fireworks. New Year’s Eve – come on! Be part of the best show in Canada. You will remember it forever!

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