It’s that magical time of year! Niagara sees over 1 million people over the course of the Winter time, partly due to the Winter Festival of Lights. However, there are many other fabulous Christmas events in niagara to check out.
Grab your family and friends and check out any (or all!) of these upcoming Christmas themed events to help keep things festive!
Dec. 11 Christmas at the Safety Village 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 300 Woodlawn Rd., Welland. Event features fun and games for children, hot chocolate and snacks; a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at 7 p.m. and a gift for each child. $5 per family and an RSVP is required: 905-714-4446 or email email@example.com.
Dec. 11, 12 Free, live music at Casino Niagara Bands perform Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight for live entertainment on the third-floor stage near the Market restaurant.
Dec. 11, 13 The Gallery Players of Niagara perform in Christmas Trifles featuring Glissandi and Guy Bannerman with carols, and readings from the British Isles. Christmas Trifles is performed by narrator Bannerman, with Deborah Braun on harp; David Braun on violin and Douglas Miller on flute. Two concerts Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace United Church, 212 Victoria St., NOTL, and Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 33 Queenston St., St. Catharines. To purchase tickets, visit https://galleryplayers.ca/shop/tickets.
Now until December 24th, 2015: Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Now until December 19th, 2015: It’s A Wrap! Holiday Dinner Musical, Niagara Falls
Now until December 6th, 2015: Christmas on Ice, Niagara Falls
Now until January 31, 2016: Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls
Now until January 15th, 2016: Floral Showhouse Christmas Display, Niagara Falls
Now until Jan 31 WFOL Spirit of Niagara Sound and Lights Show A thematic journey of Niagara experienced through music, spectacular lighting and image projections. The city-facing side of the Oakes Hotel is the canvas for the Festival’s newest lighting technology. Acting as a storytelling aid, Heno, the Thunderbeing, who lived in a huge grotto behind the Great Falls, and his arch nemesis; the Great Serpent of the Falls, will steer you through the “Spirit of Niagara” Light and Sound Show which features Niagara’s rich history. This 15-minute free show airs each night with four 15-minute shows (6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.)
Saturdays, now through Jan. 2 Skyhunters Owl Exhibit at Butterfly Conservatory
The exhibit will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each Saturday, from Nov. 28 to Jan. 2. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.
Salvation Army Christmas Toy Collection on NOW Donate your new, unwrapped toys to one of the following locations: Niagara Falls Public Health 5710 Kitchener St; The Salvation Army Thrift Store 4420 Drummond Rd; Eventide Nursing Home 5050 Jepson Ave; Meadows Pharmacy 3770 Montrose Rd and 3493 Portage Rd; Niagara Falls Fire Stations 5815 Morrison St, 7036 McLeod Rd, 3401 Dorchester Rd.; Niagara Regional Police 4343 Morrison St.; YMCA McBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Rd.; Bass Pro Shop 300 Taylor Rd., NOTL.
Now until Dec. 18 The Brock Art Collective presents: Art Block
Opening reception Dec. 11, 2015, 7-9 p.m. Art Block showcases the artwork of Brock University students, and is hosted by the Brock Art Collective. Held in the Art Gallery, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines.
December 12th, 2015: Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake
December 12th, 2015 – December 13th, 2015: Fort George Garrison Christmas, Niagara-on-the-Lake
December 12th, 2015: “Sounds of Christmas” at Simcoe Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Dec. 12, 13 A Night in Bethlehem at Redeemer Bible Church 3017 Montrose Rd., Niagara Falls. A free family event celebrating the first Christmas; walk through Bethlehem as it was 2,000 years ago; enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents. Meet its citizens and view a live Nativity scene. Taste some delicious treats and watch some dancing; children can enjoy seeing and petting live animals, and create hand-made crafts in a variety of shops. Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 12 Pelham Santa Claus Parade Begins at 1 p.m. Parade will start at Bethany Christian Reform Church and head north on Balfour Street to Canboro Road, then west on Canboro Road to Church Street, and North on Church Street to Centennial Park (999 Church St., Fenwick). Following the parade, the Fabulous Fenwick Lions continue the party with visits with Santa; free hot dogs; hot chocolate; chili; face painting; hay rides and caterpillar rides.
December 12th, 2015: Port Dalhousie Lantern Walk, Port Dalhousie
Dec. 12 Java 98 Music Coffee House and open mic at Stamford Lane United Church. 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 3855 St. Peter Ave., Niagara Falls. An evening of music with open mic for acoustic musicians to share their talent. Musicians sign up at the door to perform 2 songs (please be at the door at 7:00 for sign up). $3 entrance fee (teens and children enter free), Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Dec. 13 Live Nativity at Queensway Free Methodist Church Noon to 5 p.m. at 4397 Dorchester Rd. A live Nativity with real animals and costumed participants, and inside there will be refreshments – apple cider and Christmas cookies. 905-356-7800.
Dec. 13 Bethlehem Bound at St. John’s Church, Thorold An interactive play, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 12 Carleton St., Thorold. A journey celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus. The evening includes, crafts, dinner and a play in which you are a part. Journey to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is a free-will offering. 905-227-5431.
Dec. 13 Big Breakfast Event at Chippawa Legion br. 396 9 a.m. to noon at 3860 Legion St., Portage Road at Legion Street, Chippawa. $6 includes either two eggs, three bacon, three sausage, home fires, toast and jam and coffee; or three pancakes, three bacon, three sausage and coffee.
December 19th, 2015: “Sounds of Christmas: at Simcoe Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake
December 19th, 2015: Jimmy Stahl Swinging Big Band Christmas, Niagara Falls
December 23rd, 2015: Surfing Santa, Fort Erie (What is this? See below…)
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