The historic town of Niagara on the Lake holds it’s annual Candlelight stroll on the first Friday in December every year. I first heard about the event about 10 years ago but only this year did we finally manage to attend.
Locals and visitors congregate by the Clock tower at 6pm bundled up against the usually frigid temperatures where they purchase candles (the proceeds of which go to a charity or worthy cause) and sing along to festive songs and carols. A couple of the Niagara on the Lake horse and carriages lead the way through the streets where a variety of performers entertain the crowds along the route. This year the performers included various choirs, a bell choir made up of an amazing group of young girls, a bagpiper and ends with a very talented male acappella group called A Cappella Niagara. Who were not only fabulous singers but also extremely funny and had the crowd chuckling at their humorous number.
Many of the homes along the route are decorated for the festive season and the Romance Collection Gallery, showcase for local artist Trisha Romance, has an almost life size nativity scene in the front.
All this creates a fabulous festive atmosphere and was every bit as lovely as I hoped it would be, it is a great way to kick off the Christmas season.
I am so pleased that we finally got to go to this magical event and next years date is already marked on the Calendar!
If you are ever in the Niagara area in the beginning of December I highly recommend you go and check out this wonderful family evening.
Make sure you arrive in plenty of time, many streets are closed to traffic and parking so you may have to park quite far away and walk in.
Dress appropriately, comfy shoes and winter coats, hats and gloves are essential, it’s usually a couple of degrees cooler by the lake.
Bring some money, most shops in the town remain open late and offer unusual and unique gifts. A perfect opportunity to finish off your holiday shopping!