It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you live in or are visiting the Niagara Region. There’s something for everybody from winery open houses, candlelight strolls to multiple Santa Claus parades! We’ve put together our top picks to keep you in the holiday spirit and enjoy the best Niagara has to offer! Best of all, some of these events are FREE!
The sights, smells and sounds of Christmas will greet you when you attend The Watering Can’s annual holiday open house. You are welcome to participate in a workshop with a donation to Hospice while sipping a glass of Vineland Estates wine. Stroll around while enjoying the music from a live violinist and being inspired by seasonal creations.
Time: 9:00 – 5:00 pm on Nov 16 & 9:00 – 4:00 pm on Nov 17
2. Santa Claus Parades
Here are 13 parades throughout the Niagara Region and Hamilton!
- Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 17
- 46th Greater Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 17
- Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 17
- Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 17
- City of St. Catharines Santa Claus Parade – November 18
- Thorold Santa Claus Parade – November 24
- Smithville Santa Claus Parade – November 24
- Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade – December 1
- 61st Grimsby Santa Claus Parade – December 1
- Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – December 1
- Grimsby Santa Claus Parade – December 3
- Pelham Santa Claus Parade – December 8
- Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade – December 8
Kick off the holiday season by enjoying a traditional tree lighting in Jordan Village, a Santa flash mob and carolling! Enjoy hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas cocktails and treats.
Time: 5:30-9:00 pm
All of your holiday shopping in one place! Get your handmade local stuffing stuffers crossed off your list at this annual shopping event in Hamilton.
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm on Nov 23 & 11:00 – 5:00 pm on Nov 24
Launched in 1999, The CP Holiday Train program has since raised more than C$14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States. Every pound and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community.
Attendees are asked to bring money or a heart-healthy donation for Hamilton Food Share.
Time: 7:45 – 8:40pm (arrive early)
Enjoy a guided stroll winding through the historical town, accompanied by local choirs and seasonal entertainment. Live entertainment on street corners and carolling make this a magical night to remember.
Photo Credit: Trisha Romance
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Featuring six beautiful homes seasonally decorated by professional designers, six local landmarks, three wineries offering complimentary wine tastings, and special luncheon offerings. It’s the most attended house tour in the region.
Time: 10:oo – 4:00 pm
This self-guided walking tour allows you to view beautifully decorated venues in Niagara Falls. You can enjoy gourmet food samplings, fun photo opportunities, live music entertainment, holiday beverages, ice sculptures, craft workshops, horse and carriage rides & more!
Time: 5:00 – 10:00pm
Combine holiday shopping with wine sampling at one of Niagara’s favourite wineries!
Time: 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Time: 11:00 – 4;00 pm
This outdoor festival features unique and local handcrafted products sold from European styled wood cabins, A visit from Santa, live entertainment, choirs, Christmas carolling, festive food and beverages, a warming lounge, and more!
Time: 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Between Dec 7th – 23rd, take a break from your holiday shopping downtown, enjoy a FREE ride on the wheel, and see a whole new view of Downtown Hamilton!
Time: 3:00 – 9:00 pm on Dec 7 & 12:00 – 8:00pm Dec 8-23
This year’s lantern stroll starts at 6:00pm at the Lakeside Park Pavilion. $5 per lantern $2 per candle- All proceeds got to Community Care and the Port Dalhousie Beautification and Works Committee.
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Enjoy a flowing performance of Crooner classics dating from the ’50s all the way to the modern Christmas tunes you love to hear during the holiday season. This memorable event will take you back to the Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra Christmas specials, all the way to current Crooner’s of today like Michael Buble & Harry Connick Jr.
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm