Niagara Winter Traditions Alive and Well in 2020

Niagara Winter Traditions Alive and Well in 2020
Oct 26 2020 2 min read

What we hear all too often lately is that the winter of 2020/2021 will be especially dark because of the ongoing pandemic.

While there’s no doubt the season will be different than most of us are used to, we want to shine some light by reminding ourselves that there is still plenty to do this winter right here in southern Ontario.

Here are 5 things to do this winter in Niagara (safely).

Note: always check ahead to familiarize yourself with special hours and safety procedures that are in effect.


Running November 14th 2020 – January 10th 2021, the annual Winter Festival of Lights is naturally designed to be Covid friendly. Wide-open spaces on Dufferin Islands with the option to drive through make it easy to physical distance. This free activity is a tradition for many families. This year you can make it yours.

While you’re down there pay a visit to the falls if you’re able. It’s a sight to behold in the winter when there are ice and snow all around.

More info: www.wfol.com


Another similar type of event is coming to Safari Niagara between November 18th 2020 and January 2nd 2021. It’s described as “a family-friendly drive-thru holiday journey surrounded by the twinkle of a million lights.” Tickets are $30 per car.

More info: www.glowgardens.com/niagara-christmas/



Niagara on the lake is a quaint, picturesque town on the water during any season but seems to have extra special magic during the winter. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, pay a visit to Just Christmas or simply stroll down beautiful Queen Street with a hot beverage.

More Info: www.niagaraonthelake.com


Niagara has some great outdoor ice skating options for everyone no matter where you live.

  • Chippawa Park (Welland)
  • Patrick’s Park (St. Catharines)
  • The Freise Zone (Grimsby)
  • The Lions Outdoor Skating Rink (Niagara Falls)
  • Hilary Bald Outdoor Rink (Beamsville)
  • Wayne Gretzky Winery (Niagara On The Lake)

More Info: www.niagarafamilies.com/indoor-and-outdoor-skating-rinks/


Every year Welland Hydro sponsors a holiday decoration contest for residents to compete in. There are cash prizes for the top vote-getters but what drives the participants is their love of Christmas. See the list of addresses participating here and take a self guided tour any night this month.

Whether you want to compete or just enjoy a driving self-guided tour past all the top finishers, this has become a local tradition for many. Something tells us this year might be the best yet in terms of lighting and participation.

No matter what you decide to do this season, please do it with safety in mind. Winter can be dark, but that doesn’t mean there needs to be a lack of warmth.

Erie Mutual Insurance proudly serves the commercial insurance, farm insurance, home insurance and auto insurance needs of members throughout Southern Ontario including Haldimand, Niagara and Hamilton.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about this or any other topic related to your insurance.

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