The Top Christmas Events in Niagara

It’s getting close to everybody’s favourite time of the year, which means it’s time for us to do a quick recap of all the best Christmas events in Niagara this year.

From an interactive, light-filled drive-through experience to a stunning floral display, we’ve been digging deep to ensure that we can provide you with a comprehensive list of the Top Christmas Events in Niagara to get your holiday season started off on the right foot this year. Read on to discover the top Christmas events to be found in Niagara in 2020.

1: Glow Niagara

Top Christmas Events in Niagara

There’s only one contender for the number one spot on our list, and it has to go to the Glow Gardens Niagara experience. Not only can you look forward to a toasty drive through 3 sparkling kilometers of more than a million lights — there’s also live music, food and drink, and all the Christmas lights you could ask for.

To make things even more fun, you’ll need to be on the lookout for any of Santa’s lost presents which you might notice throughout the experience. If you find any, be sure to snap a pic of them and post it on social media with the hashtag #GlowNiagara. It’s the perfect way to keep your kids busy, and grown-ups might just get a guilty kick out of it too!

2: The Poinsettia Show

Top Christmas Events in Niagara

Based at the Floral Showhouse, the Poinsettia Show has built quite a name for itself throughout the 65 years of its existence, and every new edition of the event continues to add new levels of excitement and seasonal fun. This year, the floral show will feature cyclamen, azaleas, poinsettias, narcissus, and even Christmas cactus.

The Floral Showhouse itself is always nice and toasty, making it an ideal choice to escape the brisk winter chill. Perfect for families and groups of friends alike, the show features thousands of different flowers, thoughtfully arranged into a stunning visual feast. 

3: The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights

Top Christmas Events in Niagara

As well as providing a sparkling backdrop for the outdoor Christmas Market, the Niagara Winter Festival of Lights is a showstopper in its own right, featuring everything from animated installations to enchanting projections. The scale of the festival itself isn’t anything to be sniffed at either, given that it spans an 8km route, including Queen Victoria Park as well as Niagara tourist favourites, like the Victoria Centre and Lundy’s Lane.

And when you think it can’t get any more impressive, you should note that the entire festival is 100% free of charge to any and all comers. Running from November 14th to January 20th, there’s plenty of time to come back for repeat visits, so you don’t need to wear yourself out trying to take in everything on one trip. Instead, why not plan a few different days to visit ahead of time? That way, you’ll be sure you won’t miss anything without the risk of the magic wearing off.

4: Winter Fireworks Displays

Top Christmas Events in Niagara

Every single night from December 22nd to the last day of the year, Niagara residents will be able to look forward to a dazzling fireworks display. From Roman candles to stunning multicoloured explosions, there’s more than enough to light up the entire sky in each five-minute display. 

Every single night from December 22nd to the last day of the year, Niagara residents will be able to look forward to a dazzling fireworks display. From Roman candles to stunning multicoloured explosions, there’s more than enough to light up the entire sky in each five-minute display. 

The grand finale takes place on New Year’s Eve, with a special display that will be choreographed to start the second the clock strikes midnight. The shows are fun for the whole family (not to mention free), so be sure to catch at least one or two of these nightly displays in Niagara this Christmas season — but do be aware that the shows are heavily weather-dependent, so it’s advisable to check out the forecast ahead of time before planning your outing to avoid disappointment.

5: The Ultimate Christmas Village

Top Christmas Events in Niagara

This holiday season, the Heritage District of Niagara is transforming itself into what is called the “Ultimate Christmas Village”, which offers a ton of different seasonal activities to get you into the Christmas spirit. With theatrical productions like A Christmas Carol, a caroling candlelight walk, an outdoor ice skating rink, and even a party based around ugly Christmas sweaters, there’s something in the Ultimate Christmas Village experience for everybody.

Running all the way until January 2nd, it’s an unmissable addition to an already exciting lineup of Christmas events in Niagara. You won’t want to miss out on this one!

6: Christmas in Pelham

Top Christmas Events in Niagara

Pelham, Ontario, isn’t a million miles away from Niagara, which is why we’re going to include the small town’s festivities in this year’s list — and when you see the fantastic lineup of events they’ve got planned, you’ll see where we’re coming from!

The 2020 edition of Pelham’s Christmas bonanza will include craft bazaars, gingerbread house contests, free carriage rides, live music, ice carving demonstrations, and much, much more. Whether you know all about it or you’ve never even heard of it before, make sure to schedule a time to head down and check it out. You certainly won’t regret it.

Whether you’re into skating, handmade crafts, fireworks, or just beautiful Christmas lights displays, there are a ton of fantastic events on offer this year in Niagara. With so much to choose from, it can almost look a little overwhelming, but don’t worry — that’ll be easily fixed by doing a bit of planning in advance to make sure you’ve got time to see everything you want to see. 


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