By BOB BOUGHNER, QMI Agency
With a lineup of unparalleled entertainment and the eyes of the nation watching, New Year's Eve in Niagara Falls, Ont. promises to be like no other place this year.
A massive party is planned in Queen Victoria Park, featuring a roster of Canada's hottest musical acts, which will be watched by two million people across the country.
Niagara Falls also offers a myriad of restaurants for every taste, entertainment of all kids and hotel rooms with stunning view of the iconic Niagara Falls.
The honeymoon capital of the world will feature big bashes and live music, two casinos, world-class restaurants and the charm and beauty of Niagara wine country.
More Canadians will tune into Entertainment Tonight Canada and Global TV's New Year's Eve at Niagara Falls broadcast than any other New Year's show in the country.
Queen Victoria Park will be packed with 30,000 revellers, including ET Canada's Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli.
Featured artists include Nelly Furtado, Hedley and Dragonette.
The party also includes fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight.
New Year's Eve packages at the Gateway and Fallsview both include free transportation to the casinos and attractions of Niagara Falls.
ILLINOIS LOVES US
Illinois is rolling out the red carpet for Canadians this winter.
There are four main regions in Illinois that offer something for everyone including Chicago, the Great Rivers county, trails to adventure and Land of Lincoln.
Uncover the history behind everyone's favourite Peanuts characters at the Museum of Science and Industry's Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit.
The Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Gardens welcomes visitors now through Jan. 6.
Lincoln Park Zoo's Zoolights are back on now through Jan. 6.
The Central Illinois jazz festival is scheduled for Feb. 1-3. Visit enjoyillinois.com to choose from more than 60 travel packages.
WINTER IN ICELAND
You don't have to be crazy to arrange a vacation to Iceland and Greenland dead in the middle of winter.
But there's a great deal of sanity in a new on-week tour package offered by The Great Canadian Travel Company dubbed "winter madness."
In fact, folks at the tour company may be saner than they seem. Especially when you consider that Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, is not only the closest European city to New York but is, on average, as warm in January as New York.
Certainly its nightlife is red hot. For party animals, Reykjavik jumps into the wee hours - with clubs and bars open about 18 hours a day. It also offers dining on global cuisine as well as traditional local and Scandinavian fare and matchless fresh seafood.
Top-rate shopping ranges from fine art and folk crafts to stylish clothes and fashion accessories.
Greenland is a different proposition. There you'll definitely be travelling off the beaten path - way off - as you visit Ilulissat, where you'll have the chance to explore the frozen wilderness by dog sled - a mode of transportation that is very much part of daily life there.
Simple statistics point to an essential mode of transportation in and around the third-largest settlement in Greenland. Population is about 4,500 while the sled dog population is at least 4,000.
Nature's sky show also charms visitors. Greenland is a prime viewing destination for the Aurora Borealis - the famed northern lights - and 2013 is "solar max," the peak period of the 11-year solar activity cycle,
Heightened solar activity generally means a greater intensity and frequency of northern lights.
Winter madness is priced from $2,769 per person. The program is available Feb. 15 to April 9 with departures on Fridays.
For more information call 800-661-3830.
This story was posted on Mon, December 31, 2012
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