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Christmas cheer, finally here: Holiday happenings in NOTL
There's so much to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake for Christmas this year. FILE
There's so much to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake for Christmas this year. FILE.
There's so much to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake for Christmas this year. FILE

Candlelight Stroll | Friday, Dec. 1

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., this hugely popular event will commence for another year, with all proceeds going to charity. The annual walk, organized by the Chamber of Commerce, starts at the courthouse. Candles for the walk can be purchased for $5 and will be on sale until 8 p.m. Get to Queen Street early for a number of acts leading up to the walk.

McFarland House Heritage Christmas | Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 10

McFarland House’s Heritage Christmas returns again this year, providing guests with an authentic Victorian holiday experience. Traditional decorations and recipes will transport guests to a Christmas past. 

Sip, Savor and Shop | Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 

St. Mark’s Anglican Church hosts Sip, Savor and Shop, a day that gives attendees the opportunity to do just that. A drink tasting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be followed by a lasagna lunch running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. all while you’re able to browse different vendors. No reservations required. 

Holiday Market | Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec.  2, Dec. 3-10 

The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre features unique and one-of-a-kind handmade goods for sale during the annual Holiday Market. Opening weekend will feature festive holiday treats. There is no entry fee. 

Holiday House Tour | Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2

Running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, but tickets are selling out quickly. Guests on the Holiday House Tour can visit six uniquely decorated NOTL homes, plus cultural and historic sites. Tickets are $45, include a complimentary wine tasting and all proceeds go to charity.

Christmas Parade | Saturday, Dec. 9

Starting at 11 a.m. enjoy floats, marching bands and more. The parade will start at the intersection of King and Centre streets in Old Town.

Christmas Sing-a-Long | Saturday, Dec. 9

Take some time out of your busy holiday season to indulge in some classic carols at the Wayside Chapel starting at 3 p.m. The sing-a-long afternoon will take place outdoors, so don’t forget to dress accordingly. 

A Garrison Christmas | Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10

Stop by Fort George from noon to 4 p.m. to experience Christmas traditions from the early 19th century as the fort will be done up for the holiday season. Hot beverages and treats will be available.

Christmas Tractor Parade | Thursday, Dec. 14

The third annual Christmas Tractor Parade will commence at 6 p.m. along the streets of Virgil. Fifty or more tractors will be decked out in an array of lights and other decorations. The parade is a fundraiser for Team Pillsy, which helps raise money for cancer research. 

Carols for Christmas at St. Saviour’s | Sunday, Dec. 17 

Carols at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Queenston featuring the Newark Singers will be sure to spread holiday cheer starting at 4 p.m. Freewill donations will benefit St. Saviour’s.

Christmas Bake Sale | Thursday, Dec. 21 

Cornerstone Community Church’s Orchard Campus on Hunter Road will be selling baked goods to the community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit Red Roof Retreat.

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