December 2022

Local Breweries Awarded for Best Beer in Canada:

Niagara is known for its incredible wine and food scene, but the beer scene continues to grow and gain recognition across Canada. The Canada Beer Cup is Canada's newest beer competition and local talent showed up and showed out. If you're looking for a unique activity to try this season with friends or family, why not hit up one of the winning breweries in Niagara? From beer tastings, delectable menu offerings, and plenty of cozy holiday comforts including firepits, board games, and more, see for yourself why these breweries are winners:

Bench Brewing, Beamsville

Awarded Silver in the Canadian Beer Style category and Best-in-Show Bronze medal. Bench Brewing offers a fantastic array of food and drink, as well as firepits, a yurt, and holiday-themed pop-ups. Try out the Culp on Golden Plums blonde sour ale. Check out their menu here.

Photo by Bench Brewing

Exchange Brewery, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Awarded Bronze in the Grisette/Farmhouse Ale category. The Exchange Brewery is a small setting that packs a big punch with its beer selection. Sit upstairs and break out some board games while you get cozy with a beer flight. Try out the Homestead Farmhouse Ale. Check out their menu here.

Photo by The Exchange Brewery

Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Awarded two Gold medals in the English Style Old Ale and Bock categories. Nestled in between the vineyards and a stone's throw from the Niagara Outlet Collection, meet some of the Niagara College brewmasters and students who worked to create these incredible beers. Try out the BEER 101 Strong and BEER 101 Bock. Check out their menu here.

Photo by Niagara College Teaching Brewery

Holiday Season: The Search for Santa Claus Continues...

December is here and it's time for some holiday cheer! Around the Niagara Region, there is still time to meet the famous Santa Claus!

65th Annual Grimsby Santa Claus Parade

December 3, 2022


The 65th annual Santa Claus Parade returns just in time for Grimsby's 100th birthday! Community floats, walking groups, marching bands, and various entertainment, the parade starts at 5:15 pm Eastbound along Livingston Avenue/Main Street West starting at Blessed Trinity Secondary School and ending at the Ontario Street intersection.

Photo by Town of Grimsby

Fort Erie Family Fun with Santa & Fireworks

December 3, 2022

Fort Erie Racetrack, Fort Erie

A free family-friendly event with music, pony rides, a kid's game zone, food trucks, a craft area, and a visit with Santa! Kick off the Christmas season with an incredible fireworks display and performances by The Peacock School of Dance and Fort Erie School of Music.

Photo by Fort Erie Festivals

Port Colborne's Santa Claus Parade

December 4, 2022

Port Colborne

Starting at 6:30 pm, the traditional Lighted Santa Claus Parade returns. The magic runs from Port Colborne High School to south on Steeles St, to Clarence Street, turns on West Street and turns west on Charlotte Street ending at City Hall.

Photo by City of Port Colborne

Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade

December 10, 2022

Old Town, Niagara-on-the-Lake

The traditional Christmas Parade in Old Town is back! Scheduled for Saturday, December 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m, the parade will start at the intersection of King and Center Street in Old Town and travel throughout its traditional route down Castlereagh, Wellington, Byron/Prideaux, Simcoe, and Queen Street.

Photo by Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

What's Happening in Niagara:

Here are a few of our featured events for the month of December:

Holiday Market


December 2 - December 11, 2022

Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Shop for all sorts of one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season or treat yourself to something special from one of the 25 local artisans. There will be festive treats, gift packaging available, and all proceeds will benefit the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre children and seniors programs.

Photo by Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre

All I Want for Christmas Market

December 3 - 4, 2022

Niagara Falls Convention Centre, Niagara Falls

The holiday season is here and this is the perfect place to get your shopping done! This Christmas market features over 80 vendors and artisans, prizes, giveaways, and a special appearance from Santa Claus himself. Tickets are available at the door for $3 (cash only, children 12 and under are free).

Photo by KB Events/Falls Convention Centre

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

November 12 - February 20, 2023

Niagara Falls

Celebrating 40 years, the largest free outdoor light festival returns in time for the holidays. With millions of lights, interactive displays across various tourism areas, and a new illumination light show called "Sparkling Winter Lights", the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will also be illuminated nightly!

Photo by Winter Festival of Lights

Best Deals: Hot Deals for Niagara

Save big on your next stay in Niagara with Destination Niagara's BEST DEALS!

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview

Need to Know

  • Promotional Code: LPR
  • Valid through: March 30, 2023

Niagara Falls Getaway

  • Spacious Cityview Room
  • Receive $70 dining voucher at Ruth's Chris Steak House 
  • Receive $30 voucher for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar overlooking Niagara Falls 
  • Receive $30 dining voucher at Outback Steakhouse
  • Receive $30 dining voucher at TGI Friday's Restaurant & Bar 
  • Receive $15 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant
  • Receive admission for up to 4 to four attractions in the Funzone Fallsview location, Select four of the following attractions: Apocalypse Lazer Tag, Galaxy Lazer Tag, Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, Haunted Hallways, Torture Chambers, Maze Mirrors
  • Receive admission for up to 4 to four attractions located in the Funzone Clifton hill location: Lazer maze, Cannon Blasters, Time Freak, Lazer Tag

See here for more information.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview 

Starting at $145 CAD per night

Stay Until December 22, 2022

  • Luxury, two-room suite accommodations
  • Complimentary Evening Reception including two alcoholic drinks
  • $30 Voucher for Fallsview Dining at the Keg Steakhouse + Bar
  • $20 dining voucher at TGI Fridays Restaurant & Bar
  • $20 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant

See here for more information.

Wyndham Garden Niagara Falls Fallsview


Winter Festival of Lights Package

  • Comfortable, spacious Accommodations 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 
  • $40 voucher at Sky Fallsview Steakhouse (available Friday & Saturday) per stay 
  • $30 voucher for Fallsview dining at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar overlooking Niagara Falls (available Sunday - Thursday) per stay 
  • $20 voucher at TGI Fridays Restaurant & Bar per stay* 
  • $15 voucher IHOP Restaurant per night 
  • Bottle of Niagara wine per stay (choice of red or white) 
  • Admission for up to four select attractions located in the Fun Zone – Fallsview location, per stay:
  • Apocalypse Lazer Tag
  • Mini Golf
  • Galaxy Lazer Tag
  • Haunted Hallways
  • Torture Chamber
  • Maze of Mirrors
  • Admission for up to four attractions located in the Fun Zone – Clifton Hill location, per stay:
  • Lazer Maze
  • Cannon Blasters
  • Time Freak
  • Lazer Tag

See here for more information.

All Best Deals are subject to change without notice.

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