Christmas 2019 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 2019 and have a magical holiday experience in the heart of Ontario wine country. Here are some wonderful festive events taking place in Niagara-on-the-Lake this holiday season:
- The Ultimate Christmas Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake
- The Candlelight Stroll in Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade
- Fort George Garrison Christmas
The Ultimate Christmas Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Dates: November 14 to January 2, 2019
Immerse yourself in the festive world of everyone’s favourite Dickens’ classic during Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Ultimate Christmas Village. Running through much of November and all of December, this “village” combines activities that are tailored to adults, children and the entire family. See how Niagara-on-the-Lake is transformed with decorations, holiday cheer and all the fixings you’ll be wishing for this Christmas season.
Shaw Festival a Christmas Carol
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. Purchase tickets well in advance to ensure you have a seat at Ebenezer Scrooge’s table as he learns the most important lessons we all need to keep in mind during the holidays.
Dates: From November 13 through December 22, 2019 (times vary)
Tickets: From $58.42 for adults | Students & youth – from $28.25 | Those under 30 years of age – from $33.90 | Senior – from $49.72
Enhance your time-travelling experience in Niagara by booking a spot at the Dickensian Feast within the truly spectacular Prince of Wales. This Victorian hotel pays the perfect ode to the classic tale, and the plates will be unparalleled for dinner guests with the same cultivated taste for food as they have for theatre.
Dates: Fridays beginning November 15 to December 20, 2019
Cost: $55, includes dinner, punch, tea and coffee – reserve your Dickensian Feast at Vintage Hotels today.
Winery Tours and Tastings
Many of our favourite wineries are celebrating the season alongside all our visitors. Spend a wintry weekend tasting your way through the Niagara region at many of the most beautiful winery estates in the area. Taste holiday-inspired food and enjoy the luxurious decorations that elevate the typical wine-tasting experience even further.
Music Niagara Christmas Concert
On December 8, the Ultimate Christmas Village will come alive with the sounds of Christmastime. Sing, jingle and celebrate alongside the Toronto All Star Band during their Christmas Concert. They will be featuring a wide array of tunes from the “Golden Age of Swing,” so prepare for a lively evening as you travel back in time.
Date: December 8, 2019 – starting at 7:00pm
Tickets: starting at $35 + HST – get your ticket at Music Niagara
Holiday Shopping at Niagara Heritage District & Outlet Collection
Why shop in a humdrum mall when you can spend your weekend looking in truly unique stores, within one of Ontario’s most festive towns? During the Christmas season, you can enjoy a hot chocolate as you walk between our heritage boutiques – or you can hit up the outlets before coming into the heart of town to enjoy a magical night for holiday memory-making.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Every day, during the Ultimate Christmas Village, you can skate outdoors and explore the beautiful heart of Niagara’s Heritage District. Bring your own skates or rent them at the rink and enjoy a beautiful night under the winter sky.
In 2016, Niagara-on-the-Lake made a festive addition to the heart of town – an outdoor skating rink! Vintage Hotels and its proud partner, Parks Canada were so excited to unveil this wonderful space for families and couples to enjoy the blustery weather, newly fallen snow and cherished memories with friends.
This 7,200-square foot skating rink in Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect way to spend a winter evening. Because we wanted to ensure everyone could partake in the festivities, there are skate rentals available for our guests. Warm up with some tasty concessions and skate away the evening under the stars.
Date: From winter 2019 until March 2020
Cost: Admission is free, skate rentals can be purchased for 5$ and there is an on-site concession for snacks and hot cocoa.
Niagara’s Candlelight Stroll
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 historic town and, at a number of the stops, you’ll be serenaded by local choirs and other seasonal entertainment.
Date: Friday, December 6th, 2019- begins at 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Cost: Event is free to attend, candles can be purchased 1 for $3 or 2 for $5
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District, starting at the Old Courthouse.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade 2019
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. See the Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade route for details.
Date: Saturday, December 14th, 2019 – 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District,
Fort George Garrison Christmas
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 14 and 15, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Fort George National Historic Site, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Plan a Magical Holiday Getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake
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.