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 Float Contest Winners:

Musical Category: Port Colborne High School

Community Group: EEC Saint Joseph

Business Category: Maple Meadows Farm & Event Centre

People's Choice: Maple Meadows Farm & Event Centre

Other Category: City of Port Colborne (this prize is being donated to Port Cares)


Event Services will be in contact with the winners regarding your prizes.
 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 

 Food Drive in support of Port Cares 
This year the Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services will be hosting a "Fill the Fire Truck" 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝘿𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙚 in support of Port Cares.
The need for food in our community is more pressing than ever. Consider donating non-perishable food items this holiday season.
Drop off locations include Fire Hall (3 Killaly Street W); Vale Health & Wellness Centre (550 Elizabeth Street); City Hal (66 Charlotte Street); and the Port Colborne Public Library (310 King Street) during operating hours.
Port Colborne Fire & Emergency Services will also be collecting non-perishable food items at the upcoming lighted Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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 

The City of Port Colborne invites all local businesses and storefronts across the city to decorate their location 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, with voting taking place on the city’s Facebook page. 

Christmas lights and decorations must be installed by Friday, December 15, 2023. To enter the contest, you must submit a picture to eventservices@portcolborne.ca

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

For more information, please contact olga.loeffen@portcolborne.ca


 Home for the Holidays 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 the following categories:

- Best lawn display/house lights
- Best balcony/door display

Entries must be submitted by Friday, December 15, 2023 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, e-mail eventservices@portcolborne.ca


Roselawn Christmas Makers’ Market