The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festivals

Icewine in the Niagara Icewine Village in Niagara on the Lake

Experience Niagara’s Icewine Village

Come experience Niagara’s Icewine Village with Vintage Hotels! The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival is a local favourite. Sample a variety of Icewines from local vineyards on the streets of the heritage district, snack on delicious culinary pairings, all while enjoying live music, ice sculpture and more. A day trip just doesn’t do it justice, so booking a stay in one of our beautiful locations in Niagara-on-the-Lake is the best way to get the most out of the festival. With Prince of Wales’ convenient location in the heart of Old Town, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the festivities of this winter wine festival.

Ice wine served at the Niagara Icewine Festival

Taste Icewine: Niagara’s Liquid Gold

Often referred to as Niagara’s “liquid gold” because of its premium production process and rich flavours, Icewine is a delicious dessert wine made by concentrating the sugars in wine to create a thick, sweet beverage. It involves leaving grapes on the vine after the typical harvest season ends and into the winter, allowing them to freeze before pressing. This process deepens the flavour of the grapes, creating the classic, refreshing sweetness that Icewine is known for. Icewine is usually served chilled, and—as the name “dessert” suggests—after the evening meal. Due to our ideal climate, Canada is the world’s largest producer of Icewine, producing more than all other countries combined, and 90% of our supply is made right here in the Niagara Region.

Icewine Series Events

The Icewine Discovery Pass for the Icewine Series Events

Icewine Discovery Pass

Image courtesy of the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

Explore the enchanting world of Niagara’s winter wine country with the Icewine Discovery Pass! Taste your way through Niagara Icewine, learning how it’s made and enjoying the many exquisite flavours. Attend one (or more!) of the six memorable seasonal tasting experiences at some of the area’s top wineries, hosted on January 12-14, 19-21, & 26-28, 2024.

The Cool as Ice Gala in Niagara

Cool as Ice Gala

Image courtesy of the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

The Cool as Ice Gala is the ideal place to sip on some of Niagara’s finest Icewines! Hosted at the Niagara Parks Power Station on Saturday, January 13, you can enjoy a wide array of flavours from some of the region’s top wineries, with samples paired with gourmet bites from local restaurants. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Tickets to the Cool as Ice Gala are available through the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.

The Original Icewine Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Each year in January, Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts the original Niagara Icewine Festival, where expert sommeliers and casual sippers alike converge to sample a variety of Icewines from the area’s local vineyards, enjoy great food, and participate in exciting winter activities. The festivities kick off on the weekend of January 13-14, with a new event. Visit or for full details.

The Sparkle and Ice Gala, hosted by the original Icewine Festival in Niagara on the Lake

Sparkle and Ice Celebration

If you’re a passionate Icewine lover, we invite you to celebrate Niagara-on-the-Lake’s best winemakers and their award-winning VQA wines at the Sparkle and Ice Celebration! On Friday, January 26th, you can enjoy culinary delights paired with premium wines, live music and entertainment, and unforgettable festivities. Cocktail Competition and live entertainment will keep you dancing to the end of the evening’s festivities. To end the night there will be a toast outside as you watch the skyline dazzle with fireworks! Tickets to the Gala are now available for purchase for $150 +tax.

Where: Courthouse Building Ballrooms

When: January 26th 8pm -11 pm

The Icewine festival in Niagara on the Lake

Icewine Village

Get ready for one of the most anticipated events of the year – the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village! Watch as historic old town transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with some of the region’s best wines, ciders, craft beer, and savoury bites on January 20, 21, 27 and 28! Plus, you can experience the Icewine season like never before! This year, we’ll have an outdoor stage with live music, a guest speaker discussing the history of Niagara Icewine, and so much more. Admission to the festival is free to enjoy, though tokens, glasses, and festival packs are available for purchase online and at the event!


  • January 20th: 11am – 6pm
  • January 21st: 12pm – 6pm
  • January 27th: 11am – 6pm
  • January 28th: 12pm – 6pm
The Icewine cocktail competition, hosted at the Niagara on the Lake Icewine village

Icewine Cocktail Competition

Join us at the Old Courthouse ballroom for the Icewine Cocktail Competition. Discover the endless possibilities of Icewine, beyond just sipping it, as our mixologists compete to serve the most creative Icewine cocktail. Your ticket grants you the privilege of sampling up 3 cocktails, so you too can enjoy the perfect fusion of Niagara-on-the-Lake spirits and Icewine!

The Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara on the Lake

Plan an Icewine Getaway at Prince of Wales

The best of Niagara’s Icewine Festival takes place right in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, just steps away from the Prince of Wales Hotel. Our opulent Victorian manor is the perfect place to relax and take in the festivities while enjoying luxurious accommodations, fabulous fine dining, and more.

Our Icewine Lover’s Getaway Package is the ideal option for exploring Niagara wine country and sampling the spectacular Icewines of the region. You’ll enjoy a delicious charcuterie platter in our cozy lounge by the fire, complemented by a fabulous Icewine martini. After you’ve had your fill of the festivities, spend the night in one of our charming guestrooms, brimming with elegant vintage décor, and experience the difference that the royal treatment makes.

Reservations fill up quickly, so book your stay with us today and enjoy everything the Niagara Icewine Village has to offer!

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