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Free Activities in Niagara for the 2022 Holidays

From the beauty of twinkling lights to the soft sounds of carolling, the warmth of hot cocoa, and the glee of kids seeing Santa, the holiday season is a special time of year that brings together family and community unlike any other. The Niagara Region truly embraces the magic of the season and offers a wide array of FREE events and activities to be enjoyed by everyone.

Let It Glow - A Celebration of Light

Location: St. Catharines and Port Dalhousie
Dates: December 2nd - January 8th

Enjoy a family-friendly outdoor festival featuring interactive light installations, entertainment, winter workshops and more. Dine, shop and explore amongst the glow of twinkling lights.

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Holiday Skating Rink at the Outlet Collection At Niagara

Location: 300 Taylor Road Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Dates: Every Thursday - Sunday before December 25th

Share in the magic this holiday season with free ice skating on their outdoor skating rink! Located in our Curbside Area, skating is available Thursdays - Sundays in December leading up to Christmas Eve. Bookings are available in 45-minute time slots.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade

Location: Old Town, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Date: Saturday, December 10th, 11 am - 1 pm

The parade will start at the intersection of King and Center Street in Old Town and travel throughout its traditional route down Castlereagh, Wellington, Byron/Prideaux, Simcoe and Queen Streets.

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Niagara Falls Christmas Market

Location: 4605 Queen St., Niagara Falls
Dates: Weekends until December 18th
Fridays: 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturdays: 1 pm - 10 pm
Sundays: 12 pm - 4 pm

This year’s outdoor Christmas Market will run every weekend with a variety of activities to experience and up to 50 different local vendors to shop from. Vendors will operate out of Christmas cabins that will be lit up and decorated on the street.

The Christmas Market will include overlight structures, interactive art displays, nightly live music, string lights, glow swings, fire pits with Muskoka chairs, and more.

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25th Annual Santa Claus Parade in Pelham

Location: Pelham through downtown Fenwick
Date: Saturday, December 10th, 1 pm

Come one, come all to the Santa Claus Parade in Fenwick! Starting at Bethany Christian Reformed Church on Balfour Street to Canboro Road, the parade goes through the downtown core of Fenwick to Church St., finishing at Centennial Park.

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2022 Welland Winter Lights

Location: Various homes, Welland
Date: December 5th - 19th

Plan a self-guided tour of 27 km of Winter Lights. This self-guided tour will take approximately an hour to complete. Joining the fun is simple; download the official list and map of 2022 Welland Winter Lights entrees. The tour is also accessible through Google Maps.

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