From farm gear and Santa parades to stepping back in time, there are plenty of ways to get into the spirit of the holidays in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here’s how.
Friday, Dec. 1
Candlelight Stroll, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: A hugely popular event with proceeds going to charity. The annual walk, organized by the Chamber of Commerce, starts on Queen Street at the historic courthouse. Candles can be purchased for $5 each and will be on sale onsite until 8 p.m. Prior to the stroll, there will be a number of warmup events, including performances by members of the Shaw Festival and the Niagara Star Singers from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Santa Claus will also be on hand.
Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3
Rotary Holiday House Tour, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day: Visit six uniquely decorated NOTL homes, plus cultural and historic sites. Tickets are $45 and include a complimentary wine tasting. All proceeds to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Christmas Parade, Saturday, 11 a.m.: Enjoy floats, marching bands and more. The parade will start at the intersection of King and Centre streets in Old Town and make its way down Castlereagh, Wellington, Byron/Prideaux and Simcoe streets before heading back to Queen.
Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10
A Garrison Christmas at Fort George, noon to 4 p.m.: Visitors will experience Christmas traditions from the early 19th century as the fort will be done up for the holiday season with traditional decorations of garland and natural greenery. Hot beverages and treats will be available.
Thursday, Dec. 14
Third annual Christmas Tractor Parade, 6 p.m.: Fifty or more tractors decked out with an array of lights and other holiday decorations take to the streets of Virgil. The parade is also a fundraiser for Joe Pillitteri’s Team Pillsy, which raises money for cancer research for the Terry Fox Foundation.