2018 Christmas Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Christmas Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake: 2018

Christmas 2018 in Niagara-on-the-Lake promises to be one of the most special yet, so plan your holiday getaway now to have something truly extraordinary to look forward to once the snow starts falling. From taking care of your gift-giving through to festive events and activities the whole family can enjoy, Niagara is the perfect destination to get you and your loved ones in the holiday spirit this season.

Discover what’s going on in Niagara-on-the-Lake during Christmas 2018 and have a magical holiday experience in the heart of Ontario wine country.

A Christmas Carol at the Shaw Festival

A Christmas Carol at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
A Christmas Carol at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake – Image courtesy of the Shaw Festival

There are few holiday traditions that are more beloved or universally shared than a viewing of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol during the Christmas season. Visit the Shaw Festival to enjoy a thoughtful rendition of this classic tale, which has been reimagined by talented director, Molly Atkinson, and her extraordinary cast.

Dates: From November 14 through December 23, 2018 (times vary)
Tickets: From $35 for adults | Students & youth – $25 | Those under 30 years of age – $30

Niagara’s Candlelight Stroll

Niagara’s Candlelight Stroll
Credit: Richard Harley/Niagara Now

Each year, Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts a breathtaking candlelight stroll that offers visitors a truly unique way to experience choral Christmas music, while also touring our town’s elegant Heritage District. The Candlelight Stroll begins at the Old Courthouse. From there, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of our historical town and, at a number of the stops, you’ll be serenaded by local choirs and other seasonal entertainment.

Date: Friday, November 30th, 2018- 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Outdoor Ice Skating in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Ice Skating in Niagara-on-the-Lake

In 2016, Niagara-on-the-Lake made a festive addition to the heart of town – an outdoor skating rink! Vintage Hotels and its proud partner, Parks Canada were so excited to unveil this wonderful space for families and couples to enjoy the blustery weather, newly fallen snow and cherished memories with friends.

This 7,200-square foot skating rink in Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect way to spend a winter evening. Because we wanted to ensure everyone could partake in the festivities, there are skate rentals available for our guests. Warm up with some tasty concessions and skate away the evening under the stars.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade

2018 Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Clause Parade

Come to see Santa when he visits Niagara-on-the-Lake this December. Considered one of Ontario’s most anticipated Santa Clause parades, it’s a favourite for locals and Niagara visitors alike. See the many beautifully constructed floats that are sure to inspire holiday memories.

Date: Saturday, December 8th, 2018 – 11:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: FREE

Annual Handmade Christmas Craft Show at the Legion

Join your friends from Niagara at the local legion where you’ll discover more than 25 vendors who can offer you more unique gift options than you can possibly imagine. Over and above the great presents you’ll be able to pick up, at the Annual Handmade Christmas Craft Show, you also have the chance to win raffle prizes and indulge in a delicious bake sale.

From the casual atmosphere to the cool artisans you can find all in one convenient location, this craft show is definitely the more attractive and festive alternative to an over-crowded mall.

Date: December 1, 2018 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fort George Garrison Christmas

Fort George Garrison Christmas in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Fort George Garrison Christmas – Image Courtesy of the Fort George National Historic Site

Fort George is arguably Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most beloved historical landmark. During the Christmas season, this important site is transformed with the holiday spirit to offer an idyllic setting for your family to participate in high-energy activities, festive crafts and light-hearted games.

While you indulge in a few great holiday adventures, you’ll also get to warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy tasty treats provided by the Friends of Fort George. And, just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the historical element of the Fort – there will still be musket demonstrations throughout the event.

Date: December 8 and 9, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

New Year’s Day Levee

Continue your New Year’s celebrations through to the big day where you’ll be surrounded by the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada, as you ring in 2019. This event, which takes place at Navy Hall, will include toasts, music by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, as well as a ceremonial cannon firing to get the New Year off to an exciting start.

Date: January 1 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Escape to Niagara-on-the-Lake this Christmas season and enjoy a holiday getaway in Niagara with Vintage Hotel. Consider changing up your holiday traditions to incorporate refined dinners, jolly festivities and VQA and vintage wines that will put even the grumpiest of Scrooges in a great mood for the holidays.