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There will be plenty of ways to welcome the start of 2013. Whether it’s New Year’s Eve events you’re looking for or a new tradition for New Year’s Day, Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding areas have you covered. Here’s a rundown on what you can do to welcome the new year:

• Party the night away at the old courthouse downtown with the St. Andrew’s Society. The New Year’s Eve Ball will feature live music by the 5th Avenue Dance Band, a gourmet dinner and a bagpiper ringing in the new year around the cenotaph/clock tower on Queen Street at midnight.


Organizer Margaret Middleton said the event is always a fun time and is open to the whole community. The evening starts with cocktails at 7:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 8:30. The meal includes appetizers, leek and potato soup with aged cheddar and two choices of mains, wine-braised boneless short ribs or pan-roasted filet of salmon with wild forest mushroom cream. Dessert is included. There will be a cash bar for the evening and the dress code is formal, men can wear suits, tuxedos or kilts. Tickets are $90 per person and must be purchased in advance.

For tickets contact Middleton at    905-468-1539       or email

• Niagara Falls will be playing host to one of the largest New Year’s Eve parties in the country with thousands of people heading down to the brink of the world-famous falls to welcome the new year. Live performances for the Dec. 31 event include Dragonette, Hedley and Nelly Furtado.


The free show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park. Presented by the Niagara Parks Commission and Entertainment Tonight (ET) Canada, the event will air live on TV for those preferring to stay at home. The evening also includes two fireworks display. For full details visit

• On Jan. 1, 2013 the Royal Canadian Legion General Nelles br. 124 will once again host its annual New Year’s Day Levee to welcome the new year. The whole community is invited out to reflect back on the year that just passed and to toast the year to come. The event will run from 1-4 p.m. at the Legion hall at 410 King St. There will be light food and refreshments available.

• When all of the partying is said and done, don’t forget to hold on to those extra bottles. The Newark Squadron 809 Air Cadets will once again be conducting a holiday bottle collection drive. On Jan. 5 the cadets will conduct door-to-door pick-ups of bottles in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Old Town, Garrison Village, Queenston, St. Davids and Virgil. The pick-ups will take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those who prefer to drop off their bottles can do so at Van Noort Greenhouses, 2069 Creed Rd., at the corner of Hunter Rd. on Jan. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call us for your accommodation needs at:  1-866-226-4730

Gazebo in Niagara on the Lake

Niagara on the Lake Cottage Rental

Niagara on the Lake Cottage Rental feels very blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family. This year, was great meeting and hosting so many incredible new guests at our cottage rental. Thank you for being a part of my life and I look forward to a great 2013!! Cheers, Maria

Call us at 1-866-226-4730 to make a reservation over the Christmas Season.

What to do in Niagara on the Lake

I have been told there are druids in our midst, and a lone beautiful fir in the nearby forest, currently bedecked with shiny baubles, may be proof. More evidence was the fairy dust and magic in the air at the Kristlemas Market at Stratus.
Everyone was sweet and joyous; the mild weather prevailed, luring folks out onto the patio to sip, savour and shop.
I’m sorry if you missed it all, including the Permtones in the press alley, but there’s hope for you yet: We plan to collaborate with Stratus on an expanded Kristlemas Market next year, among other things!
This weekend’s film at the Shaw is a popular one (W.E.), as will be the LunchMarket vendors: AVella’s Wood Fired Oven with several pizza options, and Curbside Crepes with sweet and savoury choices outside; and Lovin’ From the Oven inside with sandwiches, soup, chili, cheese trays and pomegranate panna cotta.
On the horizon, when you have made it through bustlemas and new cheers, you are invited to the Hottest Night in January: a Trinidadian Fete at the Old Winery Restaurant. The neo-Calypso, ever-adventurous band Kobo Town will keep you moving all night, even as you eat the special West-Indian-themed dishes; and you can slake your thirst with the featured rum-based cocktails. Limin’ strongly encouraged! (Thursday January 10; tickets, $15, available soon!)
Should you feel peckish and social the night before the concert, we will be relaunching the CounterCulture Supper Club on Wednesday January 9th at Balzac’s! Come and join your friends and neighbours over great food and fine spirits of all kinds—some in a glass, some in the souls sitting next to you.
So many more great things in the distance (Singles Minglecoworking! and more!), so much to look forward to. Mainly seeing you!
Merry, happy, joyous, soulful and profound wishes to all. And to all a good night!
Looking for a Bed and Breakfast or cottage rental while in Niagara?
Lauren O’Malley Norris

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Peller Estates- January 19-20, 2012


Peller Estates- January 19-20, 2012


Peller Estates It’s back and cooler than ever…Intense Ice wine Weekend January 19 & 20, 2012

Winemaker<> Katie Dickieson has a really cool job?literally. Are you tough enough to live the life of our winemaker during Icewine harvest?

Over a weekend can you: Brave sub-zero temperatures in our Icewine vineyards? Taste over 25 wines? Tend an acre of Icewine vines? Eat and sip through 16 courses?

Peller Estates’ Intense Icewine Weekend: A Boot Camp for Bon Vivants gives guests the opportunity to experience all of these activities and more. Join Winemaker<> Katie Dickieson and<>

Chef Jason Parsons for an intimate, non-stop journey through the exclusive world of Icewinemaking.

Check out the<> full itinerary of the weekend! Price is $550 per person, $895 per couple, exclusive of taxes and gratuities (includes accommodation at White Oaks Resort & Spa, transportation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and an exceptionally memorable Icewine weekend.)

Peller Estates Winery

Peller Estates Winery

Our New Year’s Eve Dinner & After Party is almost full! With a dinner setting like this, there’s no wonder. Make your reservation today before it’s too late!




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Looking for accommodations call             1-866-226-4730       for the Christmas Season.