Updated Guest Information Ahead of New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Queen Victoria Park
- Important information for concert-goers, including road closures
Niagara Falls, ON – Niagara Parks is pleased to provide updated guest information for all those planning to ring in the New Year in Niagara Falls and take part in the outdoor celebrations at Queen Victoria Park.
Featuring two spectacular fireworks displays at 9:00 p.m. (sponsored by Tim Hortons) and midnight, the highly anticipated free outdoor concert kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with an all-star lineup of Canadian talent, including one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history, Burton Cummings, along with Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum musical phenomenon, Walk Off the Earth and the triple Juno Award-winning Saskatoon-based quintet the Sheepdogs. The evening opens with Niagara Falls-based band, Avenue Inn, winner of band of the year at the Niagara Music Awards.
Scheduled lane closures will commence on Monday, December 31, as follows:
Murray Street – Westbound lanes from Queen Victoria Park into the Fallsview tourism district will be closed to vehicles beginning at 3:00 p.m., while eastbound lanes into the Park will be closed at Skylon Driveway starting at 7:30 p.m. Both directions of Murray Hill from Fallsview Boulevard to Queen Victoria Park will be closed at 10:00 p.m.
Clifton Hill – Clifton Hill from Victoria Avenue to Falls Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic starting at 10:00 p.m.
Niagara Parkway/River Road – The Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to Fraser Hill will be closed to all vehicular traffic (including WEGO bus service) at 8:00 p.m. This closure is under the direction of Niagara Parks Police and it is possible that the Parkway could be closed earlier if necessary.
Parking and WEGO Public Bus Transportation – Niagara Parks will be offering convenient parking and public transportation options for individuals and groups wishing to attend the outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration, including:
Falls Parking Lot – Guests will be able to park their vehicles at Falls Parking lot, located directly across from the Table Rock Welcome Centre, and walk along the pedestrian pathway to the outdoor concert site (at the corner of Murray St. and Niagara Parkway). Falls Parking Lot will be open until 1:00 a.m. and fees will be $20 per vehicle. Please note that Niagara Parks’ seasonal Rapidsview Parking Lot (7651 Niagara Parkway) will not be available on New Year’s Eve.
Falls Incline Railway – The Falls Incline Railway will take guests travelling from the various parking lots, hotels, restaurants etc. located in the Fallsview tourism district into Queen Victoria Park, where they may walk along the pedestrian pathway to the concert site (at the corner of Murray St. and Niagara Parkway). Niagara Parks’ Falls Incline Railway will be in operation throughout the day and evening of the show, until 1:00 a.m., with round trip tickets available for $5.50 per person.
WEGO Bus Transportation – Niagara Parks will be operating an extended WEGO Green Line bus service between the Niagara Falls Train Station / Bus Terminal (4267 Bridge Street) and the Clifton Hill WEGO Stop (intersection of Clifton Hill and Niagara Parkway), with buses running every 30 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The WEGO Blue and Red Lines, which travel throughout the city of Niagara Falls, will be operating until 1:30 a.m. For more information on all WEGO bus routes and schedules for New Year’s Eve, please visit: www.wegoniagarafalls.com/routes.
Other helpful tips for concert attendees include:
Designate a Meeting Spot – Niagara Parks recommends that friends and family attending the show take a moment at the beginning of the evening to assign a designated time and location as a meeting place, should individuals become separated following the show’s conclusion. Please ensure everyone in your party is aware of this location, particularly children attending the event. Should any children get separated from their party, they will be escorted to a First Aid van, which will be located on Murray Street.
Dress for the Weather – Visitors are advised to dress warmly and in layers to prepare for all types of weather conditions and take extra precautions to protect extremities such as hands, feet and ears.
Warm up Station – Niagara Parks will once again offer a warm up area on two heated WEGO buses stationed in front of Queen Victoria Place (across the street from the event site). The buses will be available from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The celebration will also feature a variety of food and beverage options, as well as an outdoor licensed area. As always, the presence of security and policing will be on-site to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the night.
Community partners involved in the New Year’s Eve festivities in Queen Victoria Park include: The Niagara Parks Commission, The City of Niagara Falls, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, Tim Hortons, Fallsview Tourist Area, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Victoria Centre Tourist Area, Clifton Hill Tourist Area, Canadian Niagara Hotels, Skylon Tower, Lundy's Lane Tourist Area and many other stakeholders within the City.
For more information, visit niagaraparks.com/nye or contact:
Mathew Bilodeau, Manager of Transportation Engineering
The City of Niagara Falls
(905) 356-7521 ext. 5204
Tony Baldinelli, Senior Manager
Communications and Stakeholder Relations
The Niagara Parks Commission
(905) 356-2241 ext. 2206