Let It Glow – A Celebration of Light

That’s a wrap for Let It Glow in St. Catharines

Thanks for joining us to enjoy the magic of winter in Port Dalhousie and Downtown St. Catharines.

Let It Glow – A Celebration of Light is a family-friendly, outdoor festival taking place from December 1, 2023 to January 7, 2024 and featuring dazzling interactive light displays, enchanting entertainment, colourful cultural programming and much more.

It was an amazing season. Thanks again for celebrating with us!

Dine, shop and explore amongst the glow of twinkling lights,
have your picture taken with a glowing palm tree, a giant snow flake and more.

Family Skate with Santa

Sunday, December 10 at the Meridian Centre

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Light Installations

Rennie Park

Port Dalhousie

Let It Glow Tree Farm light display

By the Water’s Edge

Nestled on the shore of Martindale Pond, Rennie Park will be aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. Follow the path under the archway of lights, be in tune with the singing light bulbs, have your picture taken with palm trees, snowflakes and snowmen or inside a beautiful lit frame.

Rankin Bridge

Meridian Centre

Let It Glow Your Time to Shine Light DisplayYour Turn to Shine

Show your smiles at this interactive winter selfie-station! Whether it’s with a 7-foot-tall snowman or Christmas tree, you’re sure to shine!


James St. Alley


Light display.

A Winter’s Night

Even in the darkest places, the light can shine through. This alleyway connecting James Street to Garden Park will be adorned with string lights and stars, making this a cozy place for a stroll on a winters’ night.

50 Church St.


Light display at St. Catharines City Hall.

City Hall

City Hall transforms into the Griswald’s house with thousands of lights and a 3-storey, fully lit Christmas tree!


Port Delicious

Visit Let It Glow – A Celebration of Light at Rennie Park in Port Dalhousie from December 1 to January 7 and scan the QR codes at each location for a chance to win a Port Delicious dining experience.

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Downtown Dining

Visit Let it Glow – A Celebration of Light in Downtown St. Catharines from December 1 to January 7 and can the QR codes at each location for a chance to win a Downtown Dining package.

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Let It Glow Events

November 24

Kids Winter Workshop with The Watering Can. Have fun on the November PD Day creating your very own Grinch tree!

Kids Winter

St. Catharines Kiwanis
Aquatics Centre

Have fun creating your very own Grinch tree! The City of St. Catharines and The Watering Can present the Kids Winter Workshop Friday, November 24 to help keep your youngsters busy on the PD Day.

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November 26

BIPOC Holiday Market

3rd Annual
BIPOC Market


Shop more than 40 amazing vendors, enjoy DJ beats and mouth-watering food from across the diaspora, and find fantastic DOOR Crashers! Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Skip Black Friday and support local businesses.

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December 1

Santa Claus at the Let It Glow - A Celebration of Light event in Port Dalhousie.

Let It Glow
Kick Off Event


Join us Friday, December 1st from 5-8 p.m. in Port Dalhousie to kick off Let it Glow – A Celebration of Light with Santa Claus and other special guests, carousel rides and more. Everyone welcome at this free family event.

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December 2 to January 6

Gifts collected for local families in need.

Mitten Tree

St. Catharines Museum
and Welland Canals Centre

The annual Mitten Tree Campaign is back and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre invites everyone to help local families in need by dropping off winter clothing donations at the museum.

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December 6, 13, 20

Artisans market at Market Square,

Winter in
the Market


Open from 4-8 p.m., shop from a selection of fine preserves, local wines, handmade items, including as toys, games, jewelry, and home decor, luxurious beauty products and more.

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December 10

A mother is at the skating rink with her son teaching him how to ice skate. She is holding him up and supporting him so he doesn't fall.

Family Skate
with Santa


Lace up your skates Sunday, December 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Meridian Centre for a free, magical holiday experience that your family won’t want to miss. Take photos with Santa, meet other special guests, enjoy hot chocolate courtesy of the Meridian Centre and more. In partnership with the Meridian Centre and ASM Global.

Skates and Helmets NOT provided. All kids under the age of 14 must wear a CSA helmet. 

No sticks allowed on the ice.

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Meridian Centre

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