For three weekends in January, the Niagara region is transformed into a wintry wonderland in celebration of one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. The 23rd edition of the Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty for every taste – glamour and indulgence at the Niagara Icewine Gala, unique wine and food pairings at over 35 wineries, and vibrant outdoor street festivals. To see what’s happening in our town, read more about the events and attractions below!


The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival blends heritage and  gastronomy with attractions for every taste. Sip, savour, and shop in what’s known as ‘Canada’s prettiest town’. Enjoy a variety of icewines from local wineries, dine on local and seasonal fare prepared by Signature Kitchen Chefs, and experience the magic of a Canadian winter in historical Niagara-on-the-Lake.

What to do

Throughout the month of January, Niagara-on-the-Lake offers an array of community events for the icewine festival. Enjoy an icewine cocktail in the century-old courthouse ballroom for the Sparkle and Ice Diamond Gala (January 19th). Raise a glass in the iconic Icewine Village (January 20th) on historical Queen Street and enjoy inspired culinary creations paired with decadent icewine. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the free admission Cocktail Competition (January 20th) and see Niagara’s mixologists get creative with icewine. And if you’re looking for an evening of lavish luxury, don’t miss the Niagara Icewine Festival Gala at Fallsview Casino Resort (January 12). Experience an entire month of festivities and celebrate the exquisite bounty of Niagara’s winter harvest.   

What to eat

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Signature Kitchen Chefs will tempt your palate with icewine inspired culinary creations. Savour delicious food pairings alongside decadent icewine as you explore the many attractions and events of the festival. The White on Ice Dinner (January 26th, 7pm – 10pm), held in Queen Street’s Icewine Village, offers a beautiful outdoor dinner in the comfort of a heated tent and the opportunity to dine on the best seasonal fare Niagara has to offer.

Where to Stay

Niagara-on-the-Lake is an incredibly quaint town, with several historic boutique hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and luxurious Vacation Home Rentals.

Pillar and Post boasts one of the nicest spas in town, with hot springs and Babor skincare. Cecile’s Bed and Breakfast is one of the finest for a couple to enjoy a stay in town.

simcoe pines - notl vacation homes

For those looking for something with more privacy and amenities than a hotel or a B&B can offer why not stay in your own Private Vacation Home? Our Luxury Vacation Rentals sleep up to 10 guests in comfort and feature multiple fireplaces and gourmet kitchens (and in the summertime you can enjoy our private heated pools set in mature gardens) check out our Niagara on the Lake Vacation Homes at: Low season rates starting at $375 per night for up to 8 guests are in effect all winter long up until May 1st. Winter is a great time to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake. All the wineries, restaurants and shops are in full swing! 

Learn more about the festival and its amazing events 

Photo Credit: Niagara Icewine Festival