Family Events in Niagara

Port Dalhousie Christmas Market

December 9, 12-9pm, December 10, 12-9pm, December 12, 12-6pm
Join us for the Inaugural Port Dalhousie Christmas Market located on Hogan’s Alley in Port Dalhousie, for an outdoor festival where city residents gather with friends and family to celebrate the tradition and romance of Christmas. This year’s market will include: Unique and local handcrafted products sold from European styled wood cabins, Santa’s house, live entertainment, choirs, Christmas caroling, festive food and beverages, a warming lounge, and more! Admission is free but we kindly ask that you bring a non-perishable food item for Community Care. Bins will be located at the Christmas Market entrance.

Friday & Saturday: 12 PM – 9 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM



Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade

Saturday December 10, 11:00 am
Parade will begin at the corner of King and Centre Sts and travel to Castlereagh St, turn right on Castlereagh, then left on Wellington, left again on Byron, left on Simcoe and left again onto Queen St. Contact: 905-468-4261Pelham Santa Claus Parade
December 10,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Parade will start at Bethany Christian Reform Church and head North on Balfour St to Canboro Rd, then West on Canboro Rd to Church St, and North on Church St to Centennial Park. Join Santa at Centennial Park after the parade for a visit, hot apple cider, chili, hot dogs & coffee.  Enjoy a hay ride or pony ride! Contact:


Christmas at the Village

Friday December 9, 6-8pm
Niagara Safety Village, 100 Niagara College Boulevard, Welland
Join us for another year of Christmas at the Village! We will have crafts, treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! $5 per family + a non-perishable food donation in support of Open Arms Mission Welland. Please RSVP with the number of adults and children, as well as the age(s) of the children to or (905) 714-4446.

Splash ‘N Boots

December 11, 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Greg Frewin Theatre, 5781 Ellen Ave, Niagara Falls
It’s time to dance with Treehouse TV’s, Splash’N Boots! Seen daily in their show on Canada’s number one pre-school network, Splash’N Boots bring music and laughter to 8.3 million homes across the country from their Big Yellow Boot.

Quiet Time with Santa

December 11, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Pen Centre, 221 Glendale Avenue, St. Catharines
We understand that individuals with sensory sensitivities may find the lights, sounds and crowds challenging when visiting Santa, that is why Pen Centre is offering Quiet Santa. Starting Sunday, December 4th and each Sunday leading up to Christmas Pen Centre will host Quiet Santa.

Lace ‘Em Up Free Skate and Vendor Fair in Support of RAFT

December 11, 2016 from 12:45pm to 4:00pm

Meridian Centre, 1 Ice Dogs Ways, St.Catharines, ON

Sharpen your skates and join us on December 11th for an afternoon of family fun. Lace ‘Em Up is a community free skate event, featuring a vendor fair and will be running from 1-4pm. Multiple vendors and crafters will be offering a variety of unique items and more just in time for the holidays! Admission will be FREE, however, we will be collecting donations for The RAFT, a resource centre supporting Niagara’s Youth. Opportunities will be provided to snap a photo with Dunkin from the Niagara River Lions.
Important: Children under the age of 14 are required to wear a helmet. Disclaimer: Helmets and Skates not provided.

The Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Wed, Dec 21, 2016 7:00 PM

PARTRIDGE HALL, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street,  St. Catharines
Often heralded as one of the most beloved holiday albums recorded, A Charlie Brown Christmas was composed by Vince Guaraldi in 1965 for TV special of the same name. It has since become a worldwide phenomenon and holiday tradition.  The PAC and TD Niagara Jazz Festival invite you to share in a new tradition as the Peter Shea Trio and special guests take you on a nostalgic journey featuring the original music from the film. The unforgettable soundtrack takes the best of jazz, serves it up with traditional holiday music, and provides a wonderful tradition that will delight the entire family. ALL TICKETS: $25

Friday Night Flicks at Old Fort Erie – A Christmas Story

Friday, December 9, 7:00pm

Niagara Parks Heritage will be presenting specially selected films at our historic Old Fort Erie. Featuring award-winning classics and culturally important recent releases, all presented in our grand and storied venue. You won’t just be watching history, you’ll be living it. Doors open 30 minutes before showings. Drinks, popcorn and light snacks available for purchase.
350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, (905) 871-0540

‘Shrek the Musical’ 

Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue , Niagara Falls Ontario

Friday, December 9th and 16th – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 10th and 17th – 2:00pm AND 7:30pm
Shrek the Musical is a one-of-a-kind, hilarious fairy tale in which curses are reversed, monsters get the girls, donkeys and dragons find love, and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes. Grumpy, gruff, green ogre Shrek lives alone in his swamp. The world is fearful and mocking of him, and he is more than happy to leave the world to itself, in turn. Suddenly, his hermit existence is thrown open, when a group of homeless fairy tale characters — Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man, the Three Little Pigs, and more — burst upon his swamp, seeking refuge from the persecution of the cruel, vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad.

Classical Family 1, A Symphony of Stories

Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 2:30PM, Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 2:30PM
Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Beloved children’s classics presented with sparkling music and narration – we offer a feast for the heart. A Snowman comes to life, companion to a young boy’s adventures; Peter’s exploits include a cat, a cheeky bird and of course – the wolf! Vivid musical sketches and persuasive story-telling by veteran actors William Vickers and Karen Wood.

Cineplex Theatre Niagara Falls – The Nutcracker 

December 11, 12:55pm
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll is transformed into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King, whose army is threatening Marie… Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich’s staging of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s fairy tale will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.

Holiday Tea at McFarland House

December 10-11, various times
McFarland House, 15927 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Join us for one last McFarland Tea before the winter – there’s no better way to celebrate the Holiday season! This year we will have a wonderful prix fixe menu available with all of our traditional Christmas treats! Adults $29.95; children 13 and under $17.95. Reservations are required for the tea room with various seatings available each day. Please call for information and reservations; 905-468-3322. Historic tours of the home are also available throughout the weekend from 12:00 to 5:00; last tour at 4:30. Tour admission: $6 adults; $3.90 children 6-12.

Fort George Garrison Christmas

December 10 & 11, regular hours
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and delectable aromas of a Regency Christmas during Fort George National Historic Site’s weekend-long Garrison Christmas program. Admire the period decorations in the Officers’ Quarters while making a traditional decoration to take home. Play games with the soldiers and their families in the barracks, and find inspiration for last-minute gifts as you browse through the Friends of Fort George Gift Shop. Finish your afternoon with a bang at a musket demonstration. Regular admission rates apply. For more information, contact Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.

2016 Christmas Toy Drive 

Saturday, December 10, 12:00pm

Comfort Inn-Niagara’s South, Fort Erie1 Hospitality Drive, Fort Erie
The team at Comfort Inn Fort Erie is hosting a Toy Drive this holiday season! All toys will be donated to Niagara’s NACAP Program which provides assistance to the families & children of the Niagara Region! We are so excited to team up and help those in need!
We also invite you to join us for Milk & cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photos with Santa will be available free of charge with the donation of any toy (minimum $5 value). Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting between 12pm and 2pm.

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