A Guide to The Best Holiday Events in Niagara
One of the best things about living in the region is that all four seasons come out in full swing, and as a result, we have some amazing holiday events in Niagara. During the winter season, there are plenty of things to see and do that the whole family can really enjoy.
Plan your holiday season now so you don’t miss out on any of these awesome Niagara events.
The Winter Festival of Lights
One of Niagara’s finest winter attractions, the Festival of Lights is something that everyone adores. No matter if you’re a resident who has lived here your whole life or a visitor from out of town, this is a classic Niagara tradition. For a small donation, you can experience the 8km route of glowing displays made from millions of lights and be amazed at the sparkling sights before you.
The Festival of Lights is open from November 3 to January 31.
Christmas and holiday markets provide the perfect opportunity to find a truly unique and special gift for those loved ones on your list, while simultaneously supporting local businesses.
Here are just a few of the upcoming Christmas markets in and around Niagara:
- Annual Holiday Handmade Market at the Scotiabank Convention Centre – November 9-11
- Holiday Eco Market at Jackson-Triggs Winery – November 10
- A Very Mori Christmas Palooza at Mori Gardens – November 16-18
- Beamsville Christmas Market – November 24
- Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Craft Show – December 1
- Lock & Main Winter Wonderland in Port Dalhousie – December 7-9
Cascades of Fire Fireworks Competition
From November 9 to 18, Niagara Falls is hosting the international fireworks competition Cascades of Fire. Visitors can watch teams from China, Finland, Brazil, Vietnam, Italy, and Canada present competing displays of pyrotechnics synchronized to music. It’s free and you can take in the whole show right from the base of Clifton Hill. Each show starts at 9pm.
Santa Claus Parades
There are multiple Santa Claus parades that happen in Niagara, and if you plan it out right, you could catch them all! During each parade, Santa Claus makes a visit to town, along with a parade full of his friends. There are also plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy, such as face painting and hot chocolate.
Here are the parade dates:
- Niagara Falls – November 17
- St. Catharines – November 18
- Thorold – November 24
- Niagara-on-the-Lake – December 8
Niagara-on-the-Lake Candlelight Stroll
Each year, Niagarans join in historical Niagara-on-the-Lake to participate in a guided stroll, accompanied by local choirs and entertainment. All participants can purchase a candle to carry along that provides a peaceful, seasonal ambiance. This year’s Candlelight Stroll will take place on November 30.
New Year’s Eve on Clifton Hill
Every year, Niagara Falls is the place to be to ring in the new year with a concert in Queen Victoria Park. No concert announcements have been made yet, but some big-name bands have played in the past, from the Tragically Hip to Demi Lovato. There are also two major fireworks displays to add to the party.
2019 Niagara Icewine Festival
From January 25-27, 2019, celebrate one of Niagara’s finest goods – Canadian icewine. The main festival takes place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, where you can find a hub of tastings, food pairings, and live entertainment. Outside of the main event, there are a variety of associated events to enjoy, including the elegant Niagara Icewine Gala.