Welcome to the festive wonderland of Niagara, where the Christmas spirit comes alive in a series of wonderous events! In this season of joy and merriment, Niagara offers many different Christmas celebrations that promise to captivate and create memories to last a lifetime. From dazzling light displays to magical performances, join us as we explore all the amazing Christmas events in Niagara that will make your holiday season truly extraordinary. Get ready to unwrap the magic!
Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights
DATE RANGE: November 18th 2023 to January 7th, 2024
The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights returns this year with animated light installations and amazing projections – all of which will leave you spellbound! The festival literally shines up the entire Niagara Falls destination with its brilliance and dazzles people with its joy.
The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights is FREE and open to everyone! It takes place November 18th, 2023 to January 7th, 2024 along 8 km of the Niagara Parkway and within Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Islands, and various tourist areas throughout Niagara Falls including: Clifton Hill, the Victoria Centre, Fallsview Boulevard, and Lundy’s Lane. Visitors should come out early and often to catch all the lighting arrangements throughout the festival.
Niagara Falls Fireworks
DATE RANGE: November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Celebrate the Holidays with Fireworks at Niagara Falls
The festivities begin with the WFOL Fireworks series launching on November 18th, treating you to dazzling displays every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. As the holiday season unfolds, don’t miss the nightly fireworks spectacle from December 22 until the grand finale on January 7, 2024. This winter, seize multiple opportunities to marvel at the breathtaking fireworks illuminating the spectacular Falls.
November: 18, 24-25 at 8:00 pm
December: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-31 at 8:00 pm
December 31 * NYE at 12:00 am
January: 1-7 at 8:00 pm
DATE RANGE: November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Safari Lights is a family-friendly, drive-through holiday journey, surrounded by the twinkle of holiday lights. Sing along to Christmas tunes as you cruise through a dazzling landscape. Safari Niagara transforms the outdoor park space into a 3-kilometer, twinkling Christmas landscape with over a million lights. It’s a drive-through light journey, creating a wonderful, warm and safe experience for the young… and the young-at-heart.
Poinsettia Show at the Floral Showhouse
DATE RANGE: NOV 18, 2023 – JAN 7, 2024 (Closed Dec 25th)
A family holiday tradition for over 65 years featuring poinsettias, cyclamen, azaleas, Christmas cactus and paperwhite narcissus, and many other Christmas surprises.
Open all year long the Floral Showhouse is the perfect tropical oasis to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Collections of orchids, succulents, and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year that reflect the changing seasons.
Featuring over 1,400 poinsettias along with cyclamen, azaleas and colourful lighting installations.
Fallsview Casino’s Christmas On Ice
DATE RANGE: November 24th to December 12th 2023
Christmas Wonderland is quite simply one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever. The New York style Christmas spectacular is now making its way to Niagara! Complete with glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, your favourite Christmas songs and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole!
Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas journey with your favourite songs such as White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bells, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus is coming to town, All I want for Christmas is You and many more…
At OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino Thursday, November 24th through Friday, December 12th
Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony
DATE: Thursday, November 23rd 2023 8:30pm
“…Sarah Brightman’s ‘A Christmas Symphony’ audibly is an angelic holiday home run! …a voice that is so angelic sounding it literally takes you to a higher power.” –Broadway World
Experience the magic as Brightman, accompanied by an orchestra, choir, and special guests, presents a magical holiday show featuring her timeless classics and greatest hits. Following its international success last year in Japan and Southeast Asia, “A Christmas Symphony” earned standing ovations and glowing reviews, solidifying its status as the ultimate holiday event.
Join Sarah Brightman in welcoming the holiday spirit with “A Christmas Symphony” at the OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino on Thursday, November 23.
Niagara Falls Holiday Handmade Market
DATE RANGE: November 17th to November 19th, 2023
Experience a one-of-a-kind shopping extravaganza at the Holiday Handmade Market. Shop, sip, savor, and enjoy a vibrant blend of offerings from over 200 talented makers. This event promises a delightful mix of crafts, artisanal goodies, and entertainment.
Explore the rich tapestry of handcrafted gifts, ideal for making your holiday season extra special. It’s the perfect place to source unique, locally made items that support your community
- Where: Niagara Falls Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON.
- Friday: 12pm–7pm
- Saturday: 10am–5pm
- Sunday: 11am–5pm
- Ticket Price: Adults $10, children under 16 enter free.
Garrison Christmas at Fort George
DATE RANGE: December 9 and 10, 2023, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Come experience early-nineteenth-century Christmas traditions, including crafts, activities, and games for the entire family! Enjoy the gardens and musket demonstrations while seeing Fort George decked in traditional Christmas greenery. Join Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George for some festive holiday cheer!
December 9 and 10, 2023, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door for regular entry.
Balls Falls Winter Solstice Concert
DATE RANGE: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023
Experience the Magic of Winter at Ball’s Falls!
Mark your calendar for the Winter Solstice Concert on December 20, 2023, featuring the captivating WomEnchant Chorus & Drummers. Hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation, this event builds on the success of our 2019 collaboration, promising an enchanting evening amid the beauty of Ball’s Falls as winter unfolds. Nestled in the scenic Glen Elgin Room at the Centre for Conservation, the concert offers breathtaking views of the park, elevating your enjoyment of seasonal songs and drumming. Join us for a heartwarming celebration of music and community spirit as we embrace the new season together. All proceeds from ticket sales, priced at $25 for Adults/Seniors (available online at Showpass), contribute to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation, ensuring the preservation of our natural environment for current and future generations. Families are welcome, with free admission for children 12 and under. Enjoy light refreshments during the concert and engage in the excitement of our Silent Auction. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of winter and support a meaningful cause!
McFarland House Heritage Christmas
DATE RANGE: December 9 – 10, 2023 · 10 am – 4 pm
Step back into the charm of a 19th-century Christmas at McFarland House, where the Garden Club of Niagara brings the era to life with authentic decorations! Get ready for Victorian crafts, carols, and delightful refreshments that will whisk you away to a bygone time at one of Niagara’s most cherished historical sites.
This unique experience comes as an added treat with your regular entry to McFarland House.
McFarland House, a living legacy standing tall for over two centuries, reflects Niagara-on-the-Lake’s enduring grace, refined taste, and hospitable living. Constructed in the early 1800s by Scotsman John McFarland, the house played a pivotal role as a military hospital during the War of 1812, serving both American and British forces. Today, the house is brought to life by costumed interpreters offering guided tours, while various events throughout the year add to its vibrant history.
Grimsby Fantasy Of Trees
DATE RANGE: November 23 to Sunday, December 3, 2023
Experience the joy of Christmas with your family and friends by heading to the Grimsby Museum during our event dates to see dozens of decorated seasonal trees, wreaths and prizes. If you’d like to win the displayed items to take home in early-December, you can purchase raffle tickets or bid on our online auction.
As always admission and entrance to our magical event is FREE. Don’t forget to visit the Museum’s own gift shop while you’re there.
All the proceeds from the 2023 event go to 11 local registered charities.
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade
DATE: Saturday November 18, 2023 @ 3:30pm
Parade commences at 3:30 p.m., followed by tree lighting, live entertainment, and a meet & greet with Santa at City Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.
The City of Niagara Falls shared details today for the 2023 Santa Claus Parade, presented by Ontario Power Generation, to take place on Saturday, November 18th.
More than 50 community groups, bands, floats, characters, performers and, of course, Santa Claus, will be participating in this year’s parade. See below for the official route. The parade will run rain or shine.
The Ultimate Christmas Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake
DATES: December 1st to January 29th, 2023
Dive into the enchanting realm of the beloved Dickens classic at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Ultimate Christmas Village. From December to January, this unique “village” offers a blend of activities crafted for adults, kids, and the whole family. Experience the magical metamorphosis of Niagara-on-the-Lake with festive decorations, holiday joy, and everything you could wish for this Christmas season.
Other Amazing Christmas Activities
Give the Gift of Fun, Get Fun Passes at Costco!
Stop by a Costco Warehouse to get a great deal on our Clifton Hill Fun Pass! Costco Fun Passes can be used directly at any of the Clifton Hill attractions listed on the card! They are an awesome deal for your next Niagara vacation or could be an amazing winter holiday gift for all your friends and family.