One-Tank Trip for Dec. 28/19
(c) By Jim Fox
They’re gonna party like it’s 1999 – make that 2020 – in Niagara Falls for the bash of the year, both of them.
Ringing in the New Year with the backdrop of the falls has been a popular family event on the eve of the advancing calendar year.
The free party in Queen Victoria Park on the Niagara Parkway has performances by singer Bryan Adams, Walk Off the Earth and local pop star Valerie Borghesi.
|Fireworks will light up the night over Niagara Falls to welcome 2020.|
Hosted in partnership with the City of Niagara Falls, the outdoor event from 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. features two fireworks displays.
Entertainment and the first fireworks over the falls at 9:15 p.m. are for the benefit of kids and others who can’t make it to the awaited midnight hour.
The fireworks are released from the gorge and the Skylon Tower.
There will also be a liquor-licensed area and variety of dining options.
It all happens in the midst of the Winter Festival of Lights until Jan. 12 from Ontario Power Generation that is being called the “brightest season yet.”
It takes place along an eight-kilometre route through the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts that have become a winter wonderland.
More than one-million people turn out to view the spectacle annually, said Niagara Parks.
The lights include the iconic Zimmerman Fountain, 15 three-dimensional Canadian wildlife displays, the world’s largest Canadian-U.S. flag and Noah’s Ark.
|Bryan Adams is set to entertain|
There are also the lights atop the Skylon Tower, 50 trees wrapped with lights in the Dufferin Islands and the Toronto Power Generating Station light show.
Special events include fireworks, now daily through Dec. 31,and the nightly illumination of the falls.
Visitors can stay warm with WEGO, the hop-on, hop-off visitor transportation system, that connects Niagara Parks’ locations with hotels and key destinations in the falls.
There are “warm-up WEGO buses” in front of Queen Victoria Place for visitors to escape from the elements. For more information: niagaraparks.com
- The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington is holding Winter Lights at the Rock Garden.
The event with thousands of festive lights runs from Fridays to Sundays through Jan. 5 as well as Dec. 23, 30 and Jan. 2.
|Royal Botanical Gardens is home to three locomotive attractions.|
This winter wonderland includes the Escarpment Train, “festive sips and bites” and music.
There is also the Botanical Train display that features railway models among Canadian landmarks and the RBG Express that takes up to 20 riders. rbg.ca
- Toronto’s 53rd annual Cavalcade of Lights is burning brightly, highlighted by the illumination of the city’s15-metre tall tree in Nathan Phillips Square at city hall.
|Toronto’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be around the tree in Nathan Phillips Square. (Barbara Fox photo)|
That’s where the big New Year’s Eve party will be held along with DJ skating parties, musical performances and fireworks. Admission is free for this all-ages, alcohol-free event. toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-event
|Revellers will party hearty to bring in the New Year in Toronto. (Jim Fox photo)|
- Count down to 2020 on a New Year’s Eve gala dinner cruise on Lake Ontario.
Enjoy views of Toronto’s skyline on this four -hour cruise aboard Northern Spirit from Mariposa Cruises.
The sailing includes a dinner buffet with entrees, salads and desserts with coffee and tea.
Festivities include a sparkling wine toast at midnight, festive decor, party favours, DJ entertainment and dancing.
The cruise is from 8.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. and priced at $169.90 a person. mariposacruises.com
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