Family-Friendly Weekend Events

family-friendly weekend events

Here are the top picks for family-friendly weekend events!


Carousel Caravan 2018

November 16, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hernder Estate Wines, 1607 8th Ave., St. Catharines

Give the gift of live theatre to schools! Join us for a Social Hour, Play Readings, and a Silent Auction to raise funds to bring theatre to schools with limited resources. The event also raises…

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Breakfast with Santa

November 17, 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
The Pen Centre, Glendale Ave., St. Catharines

Have breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Enjoy children’s entertainers, characters, and face painting. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Education Foundation of Niagara’s Winter Warmth Campaign. Tickets will go on…

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Children’s Grief Awareness Event

November 17, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, St. Catharines

This is the 3rd annual event created and facilitated by some members of Grief Network Niagara who are passionate about creating space, education and resources for children’s grief to promote a foundation and support for…

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Ruldoph’s Winter Wonderland Craft Fair

November 17, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cavalry Church, 89 Scott St., St. Catharines
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NIAGARA FALLS Santa Claus Parade 

Saturday November 17, 2018 @ 11 am
The Parade Route begins at 11:00 am on Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street, and travels north along Victoria Avenue, turning right onto Valley Way, right onto Queen Street and ending at Niagara Falls City Hall.

The Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade will feature fabulous bands, colourful floats, mascots, entertainers, and of course, our Grand Finale – Santa Claus himself! The Parade begins at 11:00 am sharp on Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street, and travels north along Victoria Avenue, turning right onto Valley Way, right onto Queen Street and ending at Niagara Falls City Hall.

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FORT ERIE Santa Claus Parade

Saturday November 17, 2018 @ 4 pm
Parade will begin at Jarvis Street to finish with Santa photos and other activities!
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WELLAND Santa Claus Parade

Saturday November 17, 2018 @ 4 pm

Welland’s annual Santa Claus Parade begins at 4pm at Canadian Tire Financial Services travelling west towards Civic Square. Along the route, Canada Post carriers will be collecting letters to Santa and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will be collecting donations for the Welland Open Arms Mission.

Back at Civic Square, the fun is just beginning with the lighting of Welland’s Christmas Tree. Here, kids can visit with Santa, while warming up with free hot chocolate and treats. After the parade, why not stay for a showing of Disney’s Prep & Landing on the big screen at Civic Square.

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ST. CATHARINES Santa Claus Parade

Sunday November 18, 2018 @ 1 pm
Parade Route: Parade begins on McGuire Street behind the Meridian Centre, travels along McGuire Street, left on Carlisle Street, travels along Carlisle Street, left on St. Paul Street, travels down St. Paul Street to Queen Street, ends at Queen Street.
Meridian Centre – Post Party and Free Skate 2 pm – 4 pm – you don’t have to skate to enjoy the festivities

  • Visit with Santa – bring your own camera for photos with Santa from 2 pm – 4pm.
  • Kids Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Pony Rides (outside)

More info here

Christmas At The Vineyard

Saturday, November 17, 10am-4pm
Rockway Vineyards, 3290 Ninth St., St. Catharines

FREE admission!!
Shop from over 35 handmade artisans & enjoy a glass of Rockway Vineyards wine as you shop from local talent.
Something for everyone on your list!
We will also have raffle prizes, you receive one free ticket with entry, extra raffle tickets can be purchased as well!


Christmas Craft and Penny Sale

Saturday, November 17, 9am-2pm
Guild Hall, 72 Charlotte St., Port Colborne

Crafters and vendors, bake sale, penny sale. Stop by for lunch- soup and sandwiches will be available.


A Very Mori Christmas Palooza: NOTL Christmas Market

Friday November 16th 9 – 5pm
Saturday November 17th 9 – 5pm
Sunday November 18th 10 – 4pm
Mori Gardens, 1709 Niagara Stone Rd., NOTL

 Come and kindle your Christmas Spirit with the scent of pine, the twinkle of white lights and the delights of the season at the ‘Very MORI Christmas PALOOZA’. Our handmade Artist’s Market brings something for everyone; treats for the kids and friends, knits for Grandma, and a hot beverage…or two, for Mom and Dad as you stroll through our winter wonderland.

Entry to the Palooza is $5 dollars at the door.
Entry fee is waived for Mori Card holders and kids & youth 15 and under.
Just looking to pick up your Christmas tree or seasonal planter? Your entry ticket gives you $5 off any purchase of Mori Gardens Plant Material or Décor, with your purchase of Mori Gardens Plant Material or Décor over $10 before taxes.
Enjoy a weekend filled with fresh greens, Christmas trees, handmade vendors, warm drinks, sweet and savoury goodies, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, so many photo opportunities and the joy of Christmas…it’s like Santa came early!


Thorold’s Christmas Art & Craft Show

Saturday, November 17, 10am-4pm, Sunday, November 18, 10am-4pm
Thorold Secondary School, 50 Ormond St., N, Thorold

A popular seasonal Thorold event – with over 85 exceptional Artisans from across the Province. Find us at Thorold Secondary School, Ormond St & St Davids Rd., Thorold, ON $3. Admission (proceeds to TSS). Find Handmade items including Art, Glass, Clothing, Seasonal Decor, Pottery, Vintage, Steampunk, Primitive Decor, Fine Jewellery, Home & Garden Decor, Accessories, Children’s Clothing, Edible Art, Rustic Signs, Skin & Body Care, Alpaca Fibre Products, Sticks & Stones Framed Art, 1812 Era Clothing, Plus So Much More! Mennonite baking (Saturday only). Superb Christmas shopping at its best!

Port Colborne Christmas Market

Saturday, November 17, 10am-3pm
Brebeuf Hall, 300 Killaly St. East, Port Colborne

The Port Colborne Christmas Market is a one stop shop for everyone on your list. Our guests can shop while enjoying the tastes, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas. Santa will also be visiting….



Roselawn Christmas Market

Sunday, November 18, 10am-3pm
296 Fielden Ave. Port Colborne

FREE admission! Shop for gifts from local vendors. Enjoy refreshments and the Christmas ambiance of the Roselawn Centre, in downtown Port Colborne. Linger and enjoy live entertainment including Doug Mundy on the grand piano.

Toys for Tots Concert

Sunday, November 18, 12pm-6pm
Welland Legion

Why not pick up a new toy or add a few extra items to the grocery list this week and join the Toys for Tots Concert on Sunday, November 18th at the Welland Legion from Noon to 6pm? There will be live music, food and a visit from Santa.



We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about event and activities in the Niagara Region. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, other websites, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are published here. Sometimes details change. Whenever possible, we strongly encourage you to confirm the details before you go. 

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