The Niagara area is spectacular year-round but it is never more magical than in winter! The lead up to the holidays is an exciting time with fantastic events on offer every single weekend. If you're looking for the perfect Niagara region winter activities, you've come to the right place! We've created the ultimate festive to-do list that includes theatre, wine, ice skating, holiday crafts and inspiring seasonal home decor.
As if Reif Estate Winery wasn't a big enough draw all on its own, imagine it at Christmas! They really get into the spirit, holding two seasonal blockbuster events on the same weekend. The first, The Magic of Christmas Holiday Open House, features must-have wines for your Christmas dinner and offers complimentary tastings, as well as an array of festive culinary creations to accompany them. The second, A Very Victorian Christmas, is a heritage holiday party held at the Grand Victorian Mansion. This is the stuff of Christmas dreams, and includes mulled wine, Christmas caroling and delicious holiday fare!
What better way is there to spend an afternoon or evening with the family than watching a holiday skating spectacular? Christmas on Ice 2019 at the amazing Fallsview Casino Resort is the kind of show that guarantees great holiday memories for all ages. One of the most popular Niagara region winter activities on offer, the show features champion ice skaters, international dancers, phenomenal singers and, of course, Santa himself!
The Charles Dickens' play A Christmas Carol is a perennial favourite - and for good reason. Put on by the major talents at the Shaw Festival in stunning Niagara-on-the-Lake, this is a cultural outing that checks multiple boxes. The beloved classic, written by a master, is brought to life at the Royal George Theatre, which just happens to be set in the heart of a true Victorian winter wonderland. As the playbill suggests, it's the perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about!
If you've never gone on a holiday house tour, you absolutely must! Nothing rivals it in terms of holiday spirit, home decor inspiration, good cheer and sheer jaw-dropping beauty. You'll see some of the area's grandest homes decked out in their seasonal best; you'll get many ideas you can use in your own home. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Holiday House Tour is put on by the local chapter of the Rotary Club and features 6 beautiful homes, 4 local landmarks and 3 wineries, as well as the 225th anniversary celebrations of St. Andrew's Church! Come for the house tour, stay for the complimentary sparkling wine.
If you're a fan of craft marketplaces and holiday craft marketplaces in particular, you can't afford to miss Christmas In The City in downtown St. Catharines. You'll find over 65 unique artisans and vendors from all over Southern Ontario, featuring crafts, art, food, clothing, jewellry, handbags, knits, home decor and more! Finish up your Christmas shopping, grab a few stocking stuffers or goodies for the holiday table, and score handmade finds you'll cherish for years to come.
As you can see, there are so many festive Niagara region winter activities that your calendar will be filled in no time! Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow along the Marina Homes blog for more great tips on St. Catharines events.