20+ Unique Flavors Await You On Niagara Falls Hot Chocolate Trail This Winter

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An annual winter tradition, the award-winning Niagara Falls WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Canada’s largest and longest running FREE outdoor light Festival includes more than 50 larger than life displays and dozens of trees wrapped in lights along the Niagara Parkway, including Canadian wildlife displays, the two-story tall Zimmerman Fountain, 40ft light tunnel, castle and more!

Enjoy the lights while you treat yourself to Hot Chocolate Trail. Hot chocolate lovers will be able to warm up with a hot beverage while exploring the Niagara Falls WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.

This self-guided trail leads you to all the delicious chocolaty concoctions created by chocolatiers, chefs and mixologists at some of the excellent restaurants and bake shops across Niagara Falls.

20+ Unique Flavors On The Hot Chocolate Trail

From classic combinations with mint, orange and s’mores to inventive cocktails like a Velvet Kiss or a Dirty Snowman featuring unique homemade ingredients like flavored marshmallows and even eyeball gummies – this year’s Hot Chocolate Trail has 22 stops with 36 unique flavors to sip and savor (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic options):

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Signature Rich and Creamy with Marshmallows*
BeaverTails (Clifton Hill)

Christmas Chocolate Holly***
Nonalcoholic: Whipped Cream, Sprinkles, Candy Cane
Alcoholic: Whipped Cream, Nutmeg Sprinkled, Cherry and mystery spice alcohol.
Coco’s Terrace Steak House

A photo of a cup of Hot Chocolate with mini churros next to the cup.

Dulce de Leche with Mini Churros*: Dulce De Leche Hot Chocolate & Mini Churros. Dulce de Leche and cinnamon flavored hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Served with a bag of cinnamon sugar mini churros.
District 11 (Hilton Hotel & Suites)

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White Chocolate Christmas’ & ‘Burt Rudolph. Each infused with a merry splash of spirit.
Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub

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Bulleit Bourbon Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate**
Great Room (Marriott on the Falls)

Photo of a Hot Chocolate in a Togo cup from Hershey's Chocolate World.

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate*: Candy Cane hot chocolate with crushed candy cane and a candy cane flavored Hershey’s Kiss on top of whipped Cream
Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and an Oreo on the top.

Oreo Mint**: Hot chocolate with crème de menthe and Kettle One vodka
Lobby Bar (Marriott Fallsview)

Peppermint Hot Chocolate*
Whiskey Hot Chocolate**: Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Our version of a Black Forest Cake hand crafted beverage!
Moose & Squirrel (DoubleTree Fallsview)

Hot Chocolate with marshmallow fluff and graham crackers on top.

Cinnamon  Fall Spice Hot Chocolate 
S’mores Hot Chocolate***
Clifton Family Restaurant

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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate, Coconut Hot Chocolate & Rockin Rudolph Hot Chocolate.
Niagara Distillery


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Cocoa Craze Hot Chocolate***
Niagara Vines Lobby Bar (Sheraton Fallsview)

Photo of Hot Chocolate with whip cream.
Parisienne Chocolate Chaud***

Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel

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Gingerbread, Hazelnut Hot Chocolate and Lavender Hot Chocolate.
Red Ganache Bake Shop

Photo of a hand holding a Hot Chocolate in front of Ripley's Believe It or Not building.

Ripley’s Hot Shock-o-late*: Hot cocoa, whipped cream, candy eyeballs and marshmallows, pop rocks, chocolate “Shock” rocks, and an eyeball gummy on a stick
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Salted Caramel*: A salted caramel flavoured hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream, drizzled with caramel sauce and finished with a dash of Kosher salt.
Naughty But Nice Hot Chocolate**
Naughty But Nice Shooter**
Ruby Tuesday

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate**
Caramel Hot Chocolate 
Table Rock House Restaurant

A Few Notes:
A full menu of items can be found at wfol.com
*Nonalcoholic options average $2 and up to $11 each
**Alcoholic hot chocolate creations average $7 and up to $16 each
***Available in both alcoholic and nonalcoholic versions

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Niagara Falls Tourism

Niagara Falls Ontario Winter Festival of Lights Details

DATES: November 18, 2023 – February 07, 2024

While sipping your way around the Hot Chocolate Trail be sure to enjoy the 3+ million lights and 75+ spectacular displays the transform Niagara Falls into an incredible winter wonderland. 

Drive or bundle up and walk through NEW displays and themed illumination areas, including the Royal Promenade, Frosted Falls, Enchanted Forest, and Great Canadian North with downloadable maps for planning.

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Niagara Falls Tourism

Enjoy these fun events happening during the festival of lights:

Sparkling Winter Lights: The display is part of the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, with the five-minute lighting display playing through on the hour, at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm each evening between November 18, 2023 and January 7, 2024.

Fireworks : The WFOL Fireworks series will kick off on Saturday, November 18th and continue every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00pm. Nightly shows will take place over the holidays from December 22 through until the finale on Sunday January 7th, 2024. 

Santa Meet & Greet: You are invited to visit Santa Claus and get a complimentary digital photo to capture this holiday tradition on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 from 6pm-8pm.

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Niagara Falls Tourism

There is so much to enjoy during the festival that you’re going to want to stay a night or two. Find hotel details here.

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