Christmas in Port Colborne

Remember Christmas?

Remember when Christmas was a time of wonder? When you braved the cold between the shops with an armload of "perfect gifts"? Bumping into folks you hadn't seen forever.... being good, for goodness sake? The City of Port Colborne wishes to invite you 'round for Christmas this year, because as much as Christmas has changed in other places, things are much the same here as they were back in the good old days....

Christmas in Port Colborne

 We look forward to having you join us
for the 2020 Christmas Season!




Drive-through Holiday Toy Drive


Home for the Holidays: Decorating Contest


Calling all Clark Griswolds; we’re looking for the best holiday decorations in town! Port Colborne residents are invited to PORTicipate in their very own home
decorating contest.

The contest is open to Port Colborne residents. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 by 5 p.m. To enter, please submit a photo of your home, which category it falls under and a brief description to


Categories include:


Best Lawn Decorations

Best Lawn Decorations could include any decorations, festive lights, ornaments and figurines that are positioned on a front lawn. Decorations for this category do not need to be physically attached to a home.


Best Light Display

Best Light Display could include any type of festive lighting that is physically attached to a home.


Best Balcony or Front Door Display

This category is open to individuals living in apartment buildings or a shared space. This could include any decorations, festive lighting, or ornaments on a balcony or front door.


Best Window Decorations

This category is open to children, up to and including grade 8. For all the creative and artistic children in Port Colborne, we want to see your beautiful window displays. This could include paintings or artwork hung in windows, festive messaging or artistic designs.


There will be 1 winner for each category. The winner will be selected by the community, in an online voting system. Each winner will receive a gift card to a local Port Colborne establishment (retail shop or restaurant) of their choice. Winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.


Please be advised, if you submit an entry, you are granting permission to the City of Port Colborne to use your photo and name for the purposes of this contest and for any future marketing material.


Christmas Market

On Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us at the Market Square for Port Colborne’s first ever Christmas Market. Featuring various local farmers and artisan vendors selling their products, this is the perfect opportunity to look for unique gifts this holiday season. Anyone interested in being a vendor can email


Downtown Christmas Light Display Contest


In partnership with the Port Colborne Downtown BIA, we’re inviting businesses and storefronts across Port Colborne to decorate in the most festive way they know how. There is no such thing as too many twinkle lights!


To enter, please email photos and a brief description to by Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. The winner will be chosen by the community in an online voting system. Voting will take place from Dec. 11 - 19, with the winner being announced on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.


The winner will receive a Christmas Decoration Prize Pack and gift card to a local Port Colborne establishment (restaurant or retail shop).



Santa Claus Parade

Keeping in mind the health and safety of Port Colborne residents and staff, the decision has been made to cancel the Santa Claus parade this year. However, this doesn’t mean the festive fun needs to stop. In fact, the City’s Community and Economic Development Department has come up with a few creative ideas that are sure to delight, including a Christmas Market, home decorating contest and Grand Old Christmas take home kits.




Children's Christmas Card Contest





It is with great pride, on behalf of the City of Port Colborne, we are inviting the children of our community to help us with the design of our 2020 Christmas card.

Christmas is a time of family and friends. It brings many wonderful memories. It's most appropriate that our children be a part of creating those memories which can be passed on to future generations.

The theme is “Christmas in Port Colborne.”

Submissions should be made on a white sheet of paper, 8 ½” X 11”, either vertical or horizontal, using any number of colours. Deep, dark colours produce a better illustration. I encourage you to draw an image that conveys the Christmas spirit with special focus on a Port Colborne person, place or thing.

The contest is open to all children who live or go to school in Port Colborne, up to and including those in grade 8.

All submissions must be received at the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, ON L3K 3G8 by Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Please print your name, address and telephone number on the back of the picture.

For further information, contact Nancy Giles at 905-835-2900, Ext. 301 or

Examples of previous artwork: