What’s Happening at the Niagara Falls Christmas Market
There is a lot going on at the Niagara Falls Christmas Market, come to Queen Street in Downtown Niagara Falls to see the market that grew three sizes! The Market will be bigger and better than ever before with an expanded footprint, new light displays, character visits, and we even have some special surprises in store. The Niagara Falls Christmas Market will run from November 12 – December 18 every Friday (5 pm – 10 pm), Saturday (1 pm – 10 pm), and Sunday (12 pm – 4 pm). Do some Christmas shopping, listen to live music, take photos with Santa, and so much more at Canada’s most magical market.
Read on for more details on what to expect! For more information, including how to become a vendor, check out this page.
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade
On November 12th, 2022, The Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade Presented by Ontario Power Generation will kick off the first night of the Christmas Market. The parade will begin at 4:00 pm at Victoria Ave and Armoury Street and travel to Valley Way, turn right on Queen Street and end at City Hall with a Tree Lighting ceremony. Come join us to watch the floats, bands, dance groups, and more as they make their way through Downtown! More information about the parade can be found here.
From cafes to clothing stores and everything in between, there are plenty of businesses in Downtown Niagara Falls that you’re sure to love! Get some Christmas shopping done while supporting local. Some of the Downtown businesses will have goods for sale in cabins on the promenade and others will have their storefronts open during the Market. We encourage you to visit their shops and explore all that Downtown has to offer! Check out a full list of the Downtown businesses here. Many of these businesses will have specials and promotions only available during the Christmas Market, stay tuned!
There will be plenty of small business vendors in cabins to peruse on the promenade. With a wide variety of goods, there’ll be something for everyone on your shopping list! You can expect to find jewellery, crystals, woodworking, handmade crafts, apparel, and more!
Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
There’s still time to get on the nice list! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking some time out of their busy schedules to visit you at the Niagara Falls Christmas Market every Friday from 5 pm – 8 pm. They’re so excited to hear what you have on your wishlist and to take a photo with you! Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are presented by Niagara Helicopters and will be located at City Hall, 4310 Queen Street.
Visits from the Grinch
Santa Claus is coming to town, which means the Grinch isn’t far behind! Mr. Grinch is leaving his home on Mount Crumpit to stomp around the market again this year. You can find him causing mischief along the promenade or bugging Santa and Mrs. Claus while they try to take photos. Maybe if he’s in a good mood, he’ll let you get a photo with him too!
Some of your favourite characters such as princesses, princes, superheroes, and more have let us know that they are excited to be coming to the Niagara Falls Christmas Market this year. Characters will be visiting every Sunday from 1 pm – 3 pm at City Hall, 4310 Queen Street, ready to meet you and take photos!
Not only can you get a photo with Saint Nicholas himself, but there will be plenty of other gorgeous scenery to get a nice photo for your feed! There is no shortage of twinkling lights at the market that makes for the perfect background. As well, there are light displays scattered around the market such as Santa’s sleigh, giant ornaments, and even a selfie wall equipped with the cutest vintage couch and adorable decorations.
Interactive Light Displays
As we said, there will be plenty of light displays to admire at the market, but there will also be some that are interactive! Walk through our magical star tunnel (pictured), make your way through a giant light-up present, play a tune on our giant piano, and more!
We’re bringing these market favourites back again this year! These fun egg-shaped swings are filled with LED lights that illuminate at dusk, flashing in a luminous rainbow glow! These swings are equipped with built-in handles, so you can spin around to your heart’s desire.
The seesaws are also lined with colourful LEDs inside of them, adding a little extra magic to playtime. These glowing playground classics are fun for all ages, perfect for the kiddos and those who are a kid at heart!
Who doesn’t love dancing along to live music? You can expect to see live performances by local bands and musicians playing a variety of genres, and of course a lot of Christmas tunes!
Getting hungry from all the fun you’re having at the market? Don’t worry, there will be plenty of food options to help boost up your energy! Not only can you grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants in Downtown Niagara Falls, but there will also be food trucks along the Market street with some grab-and-go goodies available.
Lots of Holiday Magic and Christmas Cheer
We cannot wait for the 2022 Niagara Falls Christmas Market and hope you’re as excited as we are! With so much to do and see, there will be no shortage of holiday magic, joy, and fun at this “more than just a market” event. Come on down to enjoy some holiday cheer and experience the Downtown that stole Christmas for yourself!