Tis the Season for hot coco, snowmen, carolers and rosy cheeks. With Christmas just around the corner, we’re busy planning a few activities that are sure to delight. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events and activities. 

 Annual Community Christmas Card Contest 
 A call to children for “Christmas in Port Colborne." Help design the City of Port Colborne’s community Christmas card. 

Attention all parents and teachers: a favourite City of Port Colborne holiday tradition is happening again this year; the Christmas card design contest.

On behalf of the City of Port Colborne, Mayor Bill Steele is inviting the children of our community to help design the city’s 2023 Christmas card.

Submissions may be painted with fingers or brushes, or drawn with pencils, crayons, pastels, or markers on a standard white sheet of paper, 8 ½” X 11” in vertical or horizontal format. Remember that deep, dark colours produce a better illustration. The contest is open to all children who live or go to school in Port Colborne; up to and including those in Grade 8.

Time is of the essence: to be chosen and reproduced for printing in time for the holiday season, all submissions must be received at the Mayor’s Office in City Hall, 66 Charlotte St., Port Colborne ON L3K 3G8 by Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 at 4 p.m.  

Please include the child’s name, address, and telephone number on the back of the artwork.

For more information, call Gail Todd at 905-835-2900, x301, or email gail.todd@portcolborne.ca.

 Lighted Santa Claus Parade 
The City of Port Colborne is excited for the return of our traditional Lighted Santa Claus Parade in Port Colborne's downtown core.  

Port Colborne's Lighted Santa Claus Parade is always held the first Saturday in December.

Join us on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. and witness the streets of Port Colborne lit up by our local businesses, community groups, schools, and more.

2023 Parade Applications are now OPEN 


2022 Float Winners:


Musical Category: Port Colborne High School
Community Group: QUAD ATV Niagara
Business Category: Waste Innovators Niagara
Other Category: Falls BMX Park
People's Choice: Flat Broke Racing
Event Services will be in contact with the winners regarding your prizes.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who PORTicipated!



 Tug Boat Santa
Santa's arrival into Port Colborne for the annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade happens in true marine fashion, with his arrival by tugboat. Mrs. Claus also joins him for this special visit to Port Colborne.  


For more information, email downtownportcolborne@gmail.com 

 Toy Drive in support of Port Cares 
Every Christmas season, Port Colborne Fire & Emergency Services hopes to ‘Fill the Fire Truck’ with toys in support of Port Cares. During the campaign, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-18, along with non-perishable food items, can be dropped off at the Fire Hall, 3 Killaly Street W, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Toys are also collected at the annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade.

For more information, call 905-835-2900 x403.
 Christmas at the Museum
 The Historical and Marine Museum hosts their Grand Old Christmas Festival the first Sunday of  December from 12-4 p.m..

Stay tuned for details on how you can celebrate Christmas the old-fashion way, with traditions we have all come to love, on Sunday, December 3, 2023.


For more information, visit the museum's website.

 Port Colborne Business Lighting Contest 
 In partnership with the Port Colborne Downtown BIA, we invite all local businesses and storefronts across the City to decorate their storefronts and help us light up Port Colborne for the Christmas season. All businesses that participate, will be entered into a light display contest with the winner being chosen by the community. 


Christmas lights and decorations must be installed by Friday, December 9, 2022. To enter the contest you must submit a picture to eventservices@portcolborne.ca 


The winners are chosen by the community, with voting taking place on the city's Facebook page. 


Prizes will be awarded to the three businesses with the most votes.


For more information, email eventservices@portcolborne.ca 

 Home for the Holiday's Decorating Contest
 Calling all Clark Griswold's of Port Colborne!


Since 2020 we have been looking for the best holiday decorations in town! Port Colborne residents are invited to PORTicipate in their very own home decorating contest. With multiple categories, including best lawn display/house lights, and balcony and door display.


Entries must be submitted by Friday, December 9, 2022, to eventservices@portcolborne.ca


The winners are chosen by the community, with voting taking place on the city’s Facebook page.


The winners in each category receive a $50 gift card to a local Port Colborne business of their choosing. 


For more information, email eventservices@portcolborne.ca 

 Downtown BIA Christmas Market 

The Downtown BIA is hosting a Christmas Market in place of the Farmers Market on Friday, November 25, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market will feature a variety of retail and artisan vendors. This is a great opportunity to look for unique gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season. Visit the Downtown BIA website for more information. 


If you are interested in being a vendor, email downtownportcolborne@gmail.com