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PHOTO GALLERY: Crowds raise their glasses at 'Icewine Village'

Niagara-on-the-Lake's Icewine Village will be open today until 5 p.m., Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Jan 29 from noon to 5 p.m.

The first day of the 2023 Icewine Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake couldn’t have been better — the weather was perfect, Queen Street was busy but not overcrowded, and it was evident people were enjoying the icewine and the experience.

Minerva Ward, president of the NOTL Chamber of Commerce and Tourism NOTL, organizer of the event, was thrilled with the number of people who turned out to enjoy the festival, and the vibrant, exciting atmosphere of the crowd enjoying the day — the icewine, the fire pits, the food and the music provided by George St. Kitts.

“I saw this band a while ago, and I just knew we had to have them for the festival,” she said. “They’re perfect for this kind of event.”

The Sparkle & Ice Gala which opened the festival Friday night was just as successful, she added.

Many of the guests at the gala and enjoying Saturday’s Icewine Village had come from the GTA, Oakville, Burlington and around the region, “which is great for Niagara-on-the-Lake,” said Ward.

The Icewine Village will be open Sunday, Jan. 22, from noon to 5 p.m., Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Jan 29 from noon to 5 p.m.

Also offered in the village are informative speaker series, and culinary and mixology demonstrations. A VIP Lounge area is offering an exclusive experience which includes fire tables, private seating, and an icewine cocktail bar, with a great view of the street and the entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 905-468-1950 or visit