Two branded glasses of Icewine sit in front of an outside fire pit.

Niagara Icewine Festival | Destination Ontario

Tips for attending the Niagara Icewine Festival

Two branded glasses of Icewine sit in front of an outside fire pit.

Niagara Icewine Festival | Destination Ontario

The annual Niagara Icewine Festival takes place over three weekends in January and features wine and culinary events, tours and tastings showcasing innovative local wineries, restaurants and chefs.

Here are some tips to make the most of your time at the festival.

Book tickets in advance

Each year the festival unveils exciting new events and programs. Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out. 

Get the Discovery Pass

The best way to experience the festival and explore the region is on a self-guided tour of six wine and food experiences at participating wineries and vineyards with the Discovery Pass. Purchase a pass for the weekend of your choice or opt for a Flex Friday pass to attend on all three Fridays.

Details: this year, event dates are January 13–15, 20–22 and 27–29, 2023; the pass costs $49 per person ($39 for the Driver’s Pass)

Purchase tickets for special events

  • New this year, Cool As Ice is a ritzy event hosted at the recently reimagined Niagara Parks Power Station. Guests will enjoy wines, cocktails and mocktails paired with some of the best of the region’s cuisine, live entertainment, music, dancing and the opportunity to experience immersive exhibits and stunning views of the Falls at the venue.

    Details: this event takes place on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. and tickets cost $225 plus tax each
    Location: 7005 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
     
  • Kicking off the festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s heritage district, the Sparkle and Ice Gala event takes place in the magical Icewine Village. Samples of Icewine and a special menu of local culinary treats will be on offer, as well as live music and evening fireworks.

    Details: the event takes place on January 20, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. and tickets cost $150 plus tax each
    Location: Old Court House, 26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
     
  • Peller Estates Winery and Restaurant invites you to enjoy handmade Icewine marshmallow and a glass of Icewine while seated outdoors around a toasty fire at their Winter Wine Garden.

    Details: book your visit between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. during festival weekends; tickets cost $37 per person plus tax
    Location: 290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake
     
  • Be transported to a winter wonderland in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Icewine Village during the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival.

    Details: this event takes place on two Saturdays, January 21 and 28, between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; tokens are $6 each and a wine glass is $5 plus tax, or purchase a bundle with one glass and five tokens for $35
    Location: Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Stay local

Select and reserve local accommodations in advance so you have a comfortable and welcoming home base. From boutique hotels and refined inns to cozy bed and breakfasts, there is a variety of places to choose from, including:

If you prefer to leave your car at your hotel, consider Niagara Falls Taxi service to transport you safely to events.

Dress warmly

Because many of the festivities and events take place outdoors, you’ll want to dress appropriately. Bring a warm coat, boots, hat, scarf and mitts.

If you’re looking to update your winter wardrobe, head to:

Explore more

There are numerous wineries in the region, each with their own delicious blends that will surprise and delight you. Make time for discovering more:

And finally, don't let your time at the festival end here. Continue your wintry weekend with a visit to the icy wonder that is famous around the world: view the majestic Niagara Falls and explore more at Journey Behind the Falls.

Last updated: December 23, 2022

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