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, the host-site of CBC’s national Canada 150 NYE broadcast, hosted by Rick Mercer.
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 two-time country pop female vocalist of the year, Jess Moskaluke, emerging country stars, James Barker Band and Toronto-raised, R&B artist, Jessie Reyez. The incredible musical performances continue with multi-platinum-selling, Montreal-bred band, Simple Plan and JUNO Award-winning, Vancouver-based band, Marianas Trench.
Scheduled lane closures will commence on Sunday, December 31, as follows:
Murray Street – West bound lanes from Queen Victoria Park into the Fallsview tourism district will be closed to vehicles beginning at 3:00 p.m., while east bound lanes into the Park will be closed at Fallsview Boulevard starting at 7:30 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 traveling 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 3:30 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 evening event. Lost children 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.
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, Celebrate Ontario, 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, please visit www.niagaraparks.com/nye or contact:
Communications Coordinator, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
(905) 356-2241 ext. 2224