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10 things to do in Niagara this winter

Canadian winters tend to be the toughest season of all. Being cooped up indoors can make it seem never-ending. Luckily, the Niagara Region hosts a plethora of events and activities that can entertain the entire family! We’ve put together a list of our favourites, with hopes that your family will enjoy them as much as we do!

Grimsby Santa Claus Parade

Date: December 1, 5:15pm

Location: Blessed Trinity to Ontario St. via Livingston Ave and Highway 8

Details: A holiday tradition, the Town of Grimsby’s Santa Claus parade features bands, local schools, community groups and of course, Santa Claus himself! Keep an eye out for Schooner, who will be handing out cookies to all the good girls and boys!

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Public Skating

Date: Sundays beginning November 25, 3:30pm - 5:00pm (see website for blackout dates)

Location: Meridian Centre, 1 IceDogs Way, St. Catharines

Details: Enjoy a leisurely skate with family and friends at the Meridian Centre.

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Family Holiday Movie Night

Date: December 9, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Market Square in Downtown St. Catharines

Details: Bring a chair, pillows and blankets and enjoy two Christmas favourites - A Charlie Brown Christmas and Elf!

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Winter Festival of Lights

Date: November 3, 2018 - January 31, 2019

Location: Dufferin Islands and surrounding Niagara Tourist District

Details: Canada’s largest illumination festival, the Winter Festival Of Lights captures the magic of the holiday season by transforming Niagara Falls into a wonderland of sparkling lights and breathtaking colours.

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Fort George Garrison Christmas

Date: December 8 and 9

Location: Fort George, 51 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Details: Fun for the whole family! Participate in an afternoon of Christmas activities, crafts, and games.

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YMCA Public Family Swim

Date: Every Sunday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: E.J. Freeland YMCA, 1555 Garrison Rd, Fort Erie, ON L2A 1P8

Details: Escape the winter cold and go for a dip with the family at the Fort Erie YMCA!

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village

Date: January 20, 11:00am - 5:00pm & January 21, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Details: In celebration of our wine country’s Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Queen Street hosts an unforgettable weekend filled with liquid gold, ice sculptures, and Icewine-inspired culinary creations.

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Downtown Ridgeway Spirit of Christmas

Date: December 7 and 8

Location: Downtown Ridgeway

Details: Choirs, carriage rides, Christmas tree decorating, and photos with Santa - just the festival to get the family into the Holiday spirit!

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Christmas Market at Grace

Date: November 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Grace United Church, 222 Victoria Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake

Details: Shop unique handmade decor, gift baskets, baked goods, jams and preserves at the annual Grace Christmas Market.

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Niagara Falls Firework Show

Date: December 23 – 29, 9:00pm

Location: Niagara Falls Brink

Details: Canada’s longest running firework series, the Niagara Parks firework display is a must-see with the family!

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