Five holiday attractions in Niagara

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As the months grow colder and darker, the Niagara Region still manages to provide quality attractions and entertainment. While the weather outside may be frightful, the events going on through the holiday season are delightful, so bundle up, grab your loved ones and see what Niagara has in store for you this festive season.

1. Winter Festival of Lights

The Winter Festival of Lights has become a staple holiday tradition in Niagara Falls as Queen Victoria Park and Dufferin Islands become illuminated with the spectacle of colourful light displays. If strolling through a winter wonderland is not for you (you scrooge), the lights can still be enjoyed from the warmth of your vehicle as well. Just add hot chocolate, and the Winter Festival of Lights serves as sweet holiday date idea.

The festival can be enjoyed until Jan. 12. For more about the festival, visit niagarafallstourism.com/events/winter-festival-of-lights

2. Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Annual Christmas Display

Beyond the Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls has a variety of attractions this holiday season including the Annual Christmas Display at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, also located on the Niagara Parkway. This display has been a tradition for over 65 years where guests can expect to see a miniature Christmas village, along with strikingly colourful arrangements of poinsettias and other tropical plants. The showhouse also contains a number of free-flying tropical birds, creating the much needed illusion of an oasis during these cold winter months.

Visit niagarafallstourism.com/events/minature-village-return for more information.

3. Cheer like never before

On Dec. 13 and 14, Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will be making a stop in St. Catharines. The event will allow young, local hockey teams to submit a video of their pre-game cheer in order to win tickets to an NHL game. The Hometown Hockey Tour will also bring two days of exciting hockey events to the downtown core of St. Catharines, including Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean hosting the Dec. 14 Calgary Flames vs. Chicago Blackhawks pre-game show live from the Sportsnet Mobile Broadcast Studio located at the corner of Church St. and James St.

For more information visit stcatharines.ca

4. Public skating

With hockey in mind, it seems appropriate to mention how necessary it is to get out onto the ice at least once over the holidays. Even if you’re at the skill level where holding a pylon or chair seems to be the best course of action, a few laps around the rink is something everyone should do each winter season. St. Catharines public skating will take place at the Seymour-Hannah Sport & Entertainment Centre until Dec. 31.

For specific dates and times visit stcatharines.ca

5. Artisans Market at Mahtay Café

Mahtay Café, located at 241 St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, will be hosting the Artisans Market on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The markets provide a space for artisans to showcase their work and for shoppers to buy handmade items that will impress even the most cynical recipient on your “to buy” list. See page 9 for more about the Artisan Market.

For more information visit mahtay.ca

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