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We are fortunate to live near (~45 minutes’ drive) one of the world’s natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Read more HERE. Last weekend, free from doggie houseguests, hubby and I took an overnight getaway there, to enjoy the annual Winter Festival of Lights. We missed the fireworks (Fridays only until the week before Christmas, then daily), but otherwise had a fabulous time exploring the displays. We’ve been to Niagara dozens of times, but this was our first visit to the top of the Skylon Tower. It’s much smaller than Toronto’s CN Tower, but the views are still amazing! Enjoy the show.

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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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  1. Hi Debbie,

    I know you are off for the holidays but I wanted to wish you a good holiday vacation. Hope you are enjoying your break. The Niagra Falls WinterWonderland looks absolutely beautiful. How fun. See you in 2016! : )


    1. Belated Merry Christmas, Irish! 🙂 Thanks so much for dropping in. Hubby and I are having a nice time with our houseful of doggie boarders. The annual Niagara Falls Festival of Lights gets bigger and better all the time.
      Wishing you all the best for 2016.

  2. Debbie, enjoy your Christmas break from blogging. I am taking a couple of weeks of beginning Monday and won’t be back until January 4th, but I wanted to stop by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and I pray for God’s blessings upon you in the coming new year, my friend.

  3. No need to reply. I haven’t been around to visit many for awhile. I just wanted to stop by. A Christmas break is sane to say the least. Happy Holidays from Georgia.

  4. These are fabulous, Debbie! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve never been to Niagara, even during the 2 years I spent in NJ, so I enjoyed these immensely. Glad you got a chance to get away before hectic times hit… The blogosphere will miss you 🙂 Happy holidays!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the slideshow, Guilie. Interesting that you lived in New Jersey. We were there once, in the 80s – Atlantic City. It ‘s a long drive to Niagara Falls from there. 🙂

      Yes, the plan was to have a relaxing weekend and get into holiday mode. It worked! It’s nice to be missed, but sometimes, one has to step back, for sanity’s sake! Happy Holidays to you and your family as well.

    1. It sure is, Myke! 🙂 I’ve never seen an actual aurora borealis – we’re too far south – but I love the analogy. Thanks for dropping in. Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season.

  5. I still need to visit Niagara Falls – it’s so close, I really have no reason not to do so! All the best to you over the holidays, and “see” you again in January! 🙂

    1. You should definitely go, Laurel! 🙂 We’ve been dozens of times and still enjoy it immensely. That view never gets old.
      Thanks for dropping in. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  6. Debbie these are wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I love the Holiday lights and look forward to just walking or driving around the neighborhood, but this was beyond lovely!
    Wishing you and yours a truly Merry Holiday, and a prosperous and most peaceful New Year!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the slideshow, Yolanda. 🙂 It was even more impressive than our last visit in Jan. 2012. There’s just something magical about Christmas lights. Thanks for coming by. Happy Holidays to you and your family as well.

  7. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    You’re going out with a bang, dear friend. How lucky you are to live so close to one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls, a destination on millions of bucket lists including mine and Mrs. Shady’s. I think I would most enjoy the falls in the winter time. I’d love to take in the Winter Festival of lights and feel the cold wind and invigorating spray from the falls on my face. I watched the Skylon Tower video. What a spectacular view it affords. I would love to ride a Yellow Bug to the top, snap dozens of pictures from the observation deck and dine in the revolving restaurant. Thanks for sharing the fantastic sights you encountered on your latest trip to Niagara.

    Debbie, you are one of the best things that happened to me this year. I am very happy to have you as one of my closest blog friends. I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and look forward to taking our friendship to even greater heights in 2016, (775 feet to be exact :). Bless you!

    1. Good evening, Shady. I’m glad you enjoyed my last post for this year. We love going to Niagara Falls and are definitely lucky to be living so close by. Back in the “good old days”, it was our party town. If you and Mrs.Shady ever make it up here, let me know and I’ll show you around. 🙂

      Well, you almost succeeded in making me blush, kind sir. (Not something I’m prone to.) My blogging world has been vastly enriched by meeting you as well. Long may this friendship continue! 😀

      Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays and beyond.

      1. How nice of you, dear friend! I love it and never heard it before! Why isn’t Pat Boone singing along with those other metal men? He did some headbanging of his own a few years ago. 🙂

        Thanks again, Debbie, and have a delightful holiday!

        1. Pat Boone was serious about that? 😮 I thought he was putting everybody on! It was bloody awful. 😛

          According to Wikipedia, it was actually a HIT! Now I’ve heard everything. LOL Wiki says:

          In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy is a 1997 album by Pat Boone in which Boone covers hard rock and heavy metal songs in a jazz/big band style. Boone promoted the album by appearing in leather clothing (and, at that year’s American Music Awards, wearing a dog collar). (I remember that!) He succeeded in propelling Metal Mood onto the Billboard record charts (making it Boone’s first hit album in 35 years), but it did not please some of his longtime supporters who consider the heavy metal genre in bad taste, or worse. HA! ~Rolling eyes~ The album has since become somewhat popular as a joke gift to metal fans (as often indicated in reviews given to it) although some serious sites have given it good reviews. Hard to believe there were good reviews! 😛

          1. Now I know what to get you for Christmas, Debbie the Doglady! 🙂

            ANNOUNCER: Pat Boone’s In a Metal Mood makes a great stocking stuffer! 🙂

            You’ve heard of Vanilla Ice. Pat should have called himself or his album “Vanilla Iron.” 🙂

            At least his voice isn’t too girly. 🙂

            Smiles to you, dear friend Debbie!

  8. This looks so beautiful! I’m sincerely jealous that it’s only a 45 minute drive from you! It’d be a probably two-three day drive for me!

    Have a great holiday time! 🙂

    1. HI, Madilyn; Thanks for dropping in. We love going to Niagara Falls and that view never gets old! The light festival is getting bigger and better every year, too. Happy Holidays to you and your family! 🙂

  9. I’ve only been to Niagra Falls once. It was years ago and my friends and I made a week long tour of different theme parks. We did Kings Island and Cedar Point in Ohio and then went to visit Canada’s Wonderland. On our way home, we took a roundabout way back to Wisconsin, via New York and found ourselves in Niagra Falls. We were right there so decided we had to check it out. The Canadian side reminded us of Wisconsin Dells, a city in Wisconsin that is essentially a Summer get-away and a money-trap. But for whatever reason, everyone feels they NEED to go. I’ve only been a few times, but they have umpteen hundred Water Parks there too. It’s kind of an odd city.

    Anyway, sorry for going on. I love the light show you presented. I like the blue fountain sculpture particularly. Something about lights against the dark sky. I love it. Thanks for sharing all the photos.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey; We love Niagara Falls and go there often. (Believe it or not, I’ve never been to Wonderland, but have driven by there many times.) In the “good old days”, it was our party town. 😀 Definitely not cheap, but that spectacular Fallsview never gets old. The light show is getting better and bigger all the time and it’s absolutely FREE! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. The blue one is a perennial favourite. Thanks for dropping in.

    1. This is the second time we’ve been during the Festival of Lights. It’s even bigger and better than the last one! 🙂
      Thanks for dropping in, Lee. Merry Christmas to you and your family. See you next year!

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