While Niagara Falls’ Winter Festival of Lights may hold the title of Canada’s largest free outdoor light festival, the region is also home to other holiday lights events that, while lower key, are equally as lovely. If you’re keen to bypass the crowds and traffic this year and soak up a simpler, but equally spectacular holiday scene, St. Catharines and Port Dalhousie have some delightful surprises in store!
Let It Glow, Downtown St. Catharines
Celebrate the magic of winter in downtown St.Catharines from December 2 – January 8, 2023, at Let It Glow – A Celebration of Light. This free, accessible, family-friendly outdoor festival features interactive light installations, entertainment, winter workshops and cultural programming.
Bask In The Glow
Grab a hot drink at one of the many coffee and sweet shops in Downtown St. Catharines and take a snowy stroll to catch the festive light installations at www.lovestc.ca
- Westchester Ave at St. Paul Street
- Rankin Gateway at 142 St. Paul Street
- 201 St. Paul Street (corner of St. Paul Street and James Street)
- FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre at 250 St. Paul Street
- James Street Alley
- Old Court House at 101 King St.
- City Hall at 50 Church Street
- Montebello Park at 64 Ontario St at Lake Street
Let It Glow, Port Dalhousie
The Let It Glow fun flows all the way from Downtown St. Catharines to Port Dalhousie with picture-perfect views at:
- Rennie Park at 60 Lakeport Rd
- Olde Lock One Commons 45 Lakeport Rd.
Let It Glow revelers can warm up with a cozy meal at restaurants like The Twisted Pig, Kaiser Haus, Portside Social Bar & Kitchen and Patio Andaluz. Afterward, grab a hot drink from 416 Coffee, Balzac’s, or Captain’s Cabin Café for your wintery walk.
Stay A Little Longer
Instead of rushing back home after a leisurely light-filled evening, relax a little longer by booking a room at a great St. Catharines hotel. Excellent options for a romantic escape include The Juniper Inn, and Stone Mill Inn. If you’re bringing the family along for the fun, Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre the Comfort Inn St. Catharines and Capri Inn are all fabulous choices.
Supported by the Tourism Partnership of Niagara