Family in town for the holidays? Kids on winter break? There are plenty of things to do and see in Niagara Falls and the surrounding region!

December 18: Fall Culinary Series - Dinner and Wine Pairing ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
5:30pm-8:30pm. Build a taste profile and learn about the art and chemistry of food and wine pairing. Participants must be 21. 

December 18: Paint Nite ($)
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls / www.paintnite.com
7pm-9pm. Drink, paint and connect! A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from a blank canvas to a final unique masterpiece in about two hours. Pre-sale tickets only!

December 19: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Wear your Christmas sweater and celebrate the holidays with Nashville recording artist, Joseph Zack.

December 19: NFCI Gingerbread House
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
12pm-8pm. Meet Santa, decorate cookies, enjoy crafts and more!

December 19: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
7pm. Live music featuring Chicago Authority and Vincent Bonelli.

December 19: Winter Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA
9pm. Bundle up and enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Falls!

December 20: Santa on the Carrousel ($)
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda / 716-693-1885
11am. Visit with Santa and enjoy festive crafts, hot chocolate and treats, and rides on the carrousel. Reservations and prepayment required for lunch.

December 20: Ultimate Holiday Frozen Meet & Greet ($)
Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
11am-4pm. Enjoy brunch, crafts, bounce house, meet and greet with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, Cinderella and Belle! Show up in costume and receive a character sticker set. Seating is limited.

December 20: NFCI Gingerbread House
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
12pm-8pm. Meet Santa, decorate cookies, enjoy crafts and more!

December 20: Youth Programs - Kids in the Kitchen ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
12pm. Children can expect to learn to cook a variety of foods while learning about kitchen safety, healthy foods and culinary careers. In this class, make a chicken finger casserole. Ages 8-12.

December 20: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
7:30pm. Live music by Nick Spacone.

December 21: NFCI Gingerbread House
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
1pm-5pm. Meet Santa, decorate cookies, enjoy crafts and more!

December 22 - 26: Winter Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA
9pm. All week, enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Falls!

December 23: Carriage Rides in Hyde Park
Hyde Park, Niagara Falls USA
6pm-8pm. View the holiday lights and enjoy a FREE carriage ride! First-come, first-served.

December 27: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music by Michael Krisch.

December 30: Carriage Rides in Hyde Park
Hyde Park, Niagara Falls USA
6pm-8pm. View the holiday lights and enjoy a FREE carriage ride! First-come, first-served.

January 1: First Day History Hike
Old Fort Niagara State Park, 4 Scott Ave., Youngstown / Register by Phone: 716-282-5154
1:30pm-4pm. Enjoy a walk to view the Niagara River, War of 1812 Cemetery, lighthouse and Old Fort Niagara from the parking lot. (The Fort is closed on New Year's Day). There will be a tour of the Officer's Club to view the paintings and visit the museum displays.

January 2: Winter Fireworks over the Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA
9pm. Bundle up and enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Falls!

Ongoing Events in Niagara USA:

December 6 - January 2: Lewiston Family Ice Rink
Academy Park, Lewiston
Mon.-Thurs., 4pm-8pm / Fri., 4pm-10pm / Sat., 12pm-10pm / Sun., 12pm-8pm
Bring the family and enjoy free outdoor ice skating. Closed on Christmas Day. Hours are subject to change due to weather conditions.

December 1 - January 3: Festival of Trees
NYPA - Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston
10am. The Niagara Power Vista is transformed into a winter wonderland with a dazzling display of reusable trees, adorned with energy efficient holiday lights and decorated by local non-profit groups.

November 29 - December 31: Winter Wonderland Project
Along the Erie Canal, Lockport
Enjoy holiday lights and discover all there is about Lockport's Erie Canal bike path and walk way!

November 26 - December 31: Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail
Hyde Park, Niagara Falls USA
5pm. Drive through Hyde Park and admire the beautiful holiday lights this season!

November 22 - January 5: Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd., Youngstown / 716-754-7489
5pm. See the grounds lit up every night until 9pm with over 75 beautiful lighted displays and an illuminated Shrine. Gift shop and cafeteria open.