The City of Port Colborne is proud of its vibrant culture and marine heritage. Throughout the year we host various events and festivals including Canal Days, Christmas in Port Colborne, New Year's Eve and Canada Day. These events allow us to engage with the local community, invite visitors to experience the very best of Port Colborne, and partner with various stakeholders. 

Although events and festivals right now may look different because of COVID-19, City staff are finding creative ways for residents to PORTicipate and promote tourism in the area. 

If you would like to plan a special event in Port Colborne utilizing town infrastructure, such as roads or parks you must fill out an Event Application. Our event team will be happy to work with you!

2021 Reverse Lighted Santa Claus Parade


This year, the City of Port Colborne will be celebrating Christmas a little differently with a Reverse Lighted Santa Claus Parade. 


When: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Where: H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park


The parade route will be designed to allow vehicles to drive through the parade route and view the stationary brightly lit floats throughout the park. Stay tuned to our website as more information will be released soon!


To assist with traffic flow, staff are asking attendees to book a thirty-minute time slot online. Please register for your spot 
A registration is required per car load, not per person.


If you would like to enter a float into the parade our Parade Application is linked. Once you complete the application, email it to or mail it to City Hall. The mailing address is on the right side of the page.


People's Choice - Vote for your favourite Parade Float! 

What was your FAVOURITE float at our Reverse Lighted Santa Claus Parade?


Voting is open until Monday, Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Port Colborne Business Lighting Contest

In partnership with the Port Colborne Downtown BIA, we are inviting 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 Thursday, December 9, with voting taking place on the city’s Facebook page from December 10-18


To enter in the contest or for more information, please email 

Home for the Holiday's Decorating Contest

Calling all Clark Griswold's of Port Colborne!


We are 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. We want to see your holiday spirit! Entries must be submitted by Thursday, December 9. The winners will be chosen by the community, with voting taking place on the city’s Facebook page from December 10-18


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


To enter the contest, please submit your pictures by email to 

Downtown BIA Christmas Market

The Downtown BIA will be hosting two Christmas Markets in November. Featuring various 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. 


Friday, November 26 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Market Square and the Guild Hall

Saturday, November 27 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Market Square and the Guild Hall


If you are interested in being a vendor, email 

Virtual Tugboat Santa

Santa's arrival in Port Colborne will be captured virtually this holiday season. Both Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in Port Colborne this year and visiting some of our friendly downtown merchant's. Join us on December 4 and view our virtual recap of Santa's visit to Port Colborne.


For more information, email 

Toy Drive in support of Port Cares

Port Colborne Fire & Emergency Services is hoping to once again ‘Fill the Fire Truck’ with toys in support of Port Cares. 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. They will also be hosting a Drive–Thru Holiday Toy Drive on Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Toys can also be brought to the Reverse Lighted Santa Claus Parade and firefighters will be on-site to pick up toys from cars. For more information, call 905-835-2900 x403.

Christmas at the Museum

In celebration of the traditions you have come to love at the Grand Old Christmas Festival, the board and staff of the museum will welcome guests on Sunday, Dec. 5. Although things are different again this year, the heritage village will be decorated, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting, and the holiday spirit will be flowing. There will also be three festive offerings for attendees:


From 12 - 4 p.m. the doors to the Nigh Agora Museum will be open, celebrating the heritage of the century farm and its people. This little country museum was originally housed in a barn on Pinecrest Road, but now has a new home in the Carriage House on the grounds of the museum. The Nigh Agora Museum was a labour of love created in 1989 by the late Mildred Nigh. Mildred and her husband, Harold, discovered a collection of handcrafted tools, utensils, baskets and more—some dating from the early 1800s— when they bought their farm from Olive Knisley in 1972. These beautiful treasures were preserved for decades by Mildred, and her collection was generously donated to the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum in 2020. 


The humble wreath has some serious competition as the Christmas door swag is set to be the new must-have door adornment this Christmas. This year’s Museum Home Kit will include all the natural materials needed to make a beautiful Christmas swag. This Museum fundraiser costs $10 and pre-ordering is required by calling the Museum at 905-834-7604. Pick  up will be Dec. 5 from 12 – 4 p.m.


Missing a nice cup of tea and homemade biscuits from Arabella’s Tea Room? We are too! As a holiday treat Take Home Kits are being offered to enjoy from the comfort of home. Arabella’s Take-Home Kits are $10 and will include a teacup and saucer, our famous biscuit mix, and instructions on how to mix and bake the biscuits. Pre-orders are required by calling the Museum at 905-834-7604. Pick up will be Dec. 5 from 12 – 4 p.m. 


For more information, visit the Museum's website.


After you have visited one of these great Christmas events, be sure to visit our local stores to help cross those names of your shopping list! Visit our Business Directory, the Downtown Port Colborne website, or the Main Street BIA Facebook page to find the perfect stores to finish your Christmas shopping at! When it's time to rest and re-fuel, don't forget to visit one of our many restaurants or cafes. 

In partnership with
Niagara Economic Development