Christmas in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday season might look a little different in Niagara-on-the-Lake this year. Despite inevitable changes to some holiday traditions and community events, we're certain that if we all work together, this Christmas may just be the most special, meaningful season yet.

We're calling on Niagara-on-the-Lake community members to join us in giving back this Christmas season. While many families have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many who have had the opportunity to continue to work. Therefore, if you're able, let's join together to give graciously and generously to our fellow community members who may be struggling this time of year. Let's fill their homes, hearts, and tree skirts with gifts of love!

We would love for you and your family to be a part of all that Niagara-on-the-Lake is doing this Christmas! There are many ways to get involved by giving back and engaging in community-wide holiday cheer! See below for details. 


3-in-1 Donation Drive

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, Town Staff will be at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre between the hours of 10 AM and 1 PM, collecting food, new or gently used warm winter clothing, and gift donations benefiting a variety of vital support programs within our local municipality and beyond. 

Event details: 

  • December 5, 2020, from 10AM  - 1PM 
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre (14 Anderson Lane, NOTL) 
  • Contact-free, curbside drop-off will be observed. If possible, please place your items in your trunk for Staff to safely remove on your behalf in a contact-free manner. 
  • Unable to make it during the allotted timeframe? No problem! Donations can be dropped off at the Community Centre from December 1 - December 4 during regular operating hours. 

Join us for this one-day event that will benefit many through the following initiatives:

Newark Neighbours Christmas Food Hamper and Gift Programs 

More families than ever need help making ends meet this year.

As Niagara-on-the-Lake's only food bank, Newark Neighbours helps to keep residents in need fed and clothed.

Click here to see a list of needed items for holiday gift baskets.

Cold Weather Clothing Drive

Help others keep warm by donating new or gently used winter wear. Drop off coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for local children in need.

Donations will benefit Newark Neighbours, Community Care, the Hope Centre, and the Open Arms Mission.

For more information, contact Tara Druzina at 905-468-6468.

Christmas Gift Drive

Every child deserves to unwrap a gift at Christmas, even if a health emergency means they can't spend the holiday at home.

Help Town Staff collect Christmas gifts for McMaster Children's Hospital.

Click here to see a wish list.


Holiday Decorating Contest 

This year, we're issuing a challenge to all Niagara-on-the-Lake residents and business owners to help make this the most magical holiday yet! Couldn't we all use a bit of holiday magic this year?

Click here for more information. 

Santa Around the Town

Santa Claus is coming to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake! 

Santa Around the Town, the alternative to the traditional Christmas parade, will bring Jolly Old Saint Nicholas through all five Niagara-on-the-Lake communities.

So get your family ready to shout a very merry welcome from the safety of your driveway or vehicle on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

It is important to note that Santa Around the Town is a targeted local event only for Niagara-on-the-Lake residents.

While Santa will visit every community, he will not be able to hit every street. Residents are asked to please stay within your community and, if you need to drive to get to the nearest route, please avoid gathering by waving to Santa from within your vehicle.

In case of rain, Sunday December 13, 2020, has been blocked off as a back-up date.

Santa's Route: 

Candlelight Stroll

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce is keeping the much anticipated, well-loved Candlelight Stroll alive this year with an exciting new, virtual format. Engage in the festivities right from the safety of your front yard!

Click here for more information.