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 wine and food pairing 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 12-14, January 19-21 and January 26-28, 2024

Purchase tickets for special events

Cool As Ice is a ritzy event hosted at the 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 13, 2024 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 & Ice Celebration 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 26, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Old Court House, 26 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:

Canada One Factory Outlets
Location: 7500 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls

Outlet Collection at Niagara
Location: 300 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Don’t miss the Icewine Festival kick-off weekend at Outlet Collection at Niagara on January 13 and 14, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event invites shoppers to visit the Outlet Collection at Niagara outdoor courtyard for wine tastings, ice sculptures, entertainment and more engaging activities.

Explore more

There are numerous wineries in the region, each with their own delicious blends that will surprise and delight you. Make time to explore the Niagara wine region.

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, explore more at Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara Parks Power Station.

Last updated: January 30, 2024

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