Christmas in Port Colborne

Posted by Michelle Cuthbert on Monday, November 26th, 2018

Port Colborne is set to kick off the holiday season this weekend!

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

Santa delivered Christmas early to the Port Colborne Public Library

The Port Colborne Public Library has been undergoing renovations the past few months and is inviting patrons to celebrate the gifts of the renovations, including new shelves and comfy chairs. Visit between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for some hot apple cider, Christmas cheer, and be sure to use your Library card to borrow a book, movie or board game.

Santa arrives in Port Colborne

Organized by the Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA), Santa arrives by tugboat into Downtown Port Colborne along West Street at approximately 1 p.m. (pending Seaway traffic), greeted by music and his adoring fans. The man in red will the lead a procession to the Guild Hall, 72 Charlotte Street at approximately 2 p.m. where he will listen to everyone’s wish list and parents are welcome to snap their own photos. Attendees will enjoy free crafts, complimentary fair trade hot chocolate by Ten Thousand Villages Canada and complimentary cookies by The Pie Guys.

Port Colborne's Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade

Since 2001 the parade has marked the beginning of the Holiday Season as an opportunity for families to watch Old Saint Nicholas rolling into Port Colborne. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., hundreds of people line the parade route at night to watch the seemingly endless number of colourful floats lit with Christmas lights.

Beginning at Port Colborne High School and travelling south on Steele Street to Clarence Street the parade will then move east on Clarence Street to West Street.  Making its way south on West Street to Charlotte Street, the parade will then travel west on Charlotte Street to end at the Market Square, in front of City Hall. Note: parking restrictions and road closures will be in effect. Listing of restrictions and parade route attached.

 King George Park will light up the downtown core prior to the parade’s start, sponsored by Allison’s Department Store. Niagara Face Painting will be set up in King George Park to paint kids’ faces for free. A photo booth will also be set up in the park.

In partnership with Port Cares, the Port Colborne Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items along the parade route (poster attached).

Returning this year, parade floats will be judged and your voice matters. PORTicipate & cast your vote for the best float. The link to voting will be made available on the City’s website and social media sites. Voting will close on Monday, December 3 at 9 a.m.

 Afterwards, children are welcome to visit with Santa and enjoy fair trade hot chocolate at the Guild Hall. Interested in volunteering? Safety ambassadors are needed. Email or call 905-835-2900 ext. 566.

 Special thanks to parade sponsors:

Santa’s Sponsors: Scotiabank, Harvey’s Swiss Chalet Port Colborne, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Desjardins, Brandon’s No Frills, Sherk Timber Mart, and Newport Signs.

Santa’s Helpers: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Sid Grabell Contracting, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Erie Muffler and Brake.

Secret Santa’s: Enbridge Gas Distribution and David Chevrolet Corvette.

 Lighted Tree Sponsor: Allison’s Department Store


Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018       

42nd Annual Grand Old Christmas Festival

 From 12 to 4 p.m. visitors are encouraged to step back in time and enjoy holidays of old at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, 280 King Street. Rediscover the spirit of the season indulging in traditional Christmas pudding and caramel sauce at Arabella’s Edwardian Tea Room; enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride; decorate wreaths; dip candles; make an ornament; visit the Blacksmith shop; and cross names off your list at the  museum’s gift shop and craft sale in the L.R. Wilson Heritage Archives. It is easy to get in the festive spirit when carolers are singing, chestnuts are roasting, and the village is bedecked in greenery and bows.


Dec. 3-8, 2018

Arabella’s Tea Room
Arabella’s Tea Room gives visitors a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle with their famous Christmas Pudding & Sauce. Volunteers dressed in Edwardian style serve Christmas pudding and caramel sauce along with tea and coffee in fine china. 


Until Dec. 20, 2018

Christmas Exhibit at the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum

Under the Tree: Christmas through the Years. Visit and appreciate trees decorated in styles of earlier eras, together with toys and games, which once delighted children on Christmas morning past.



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