Year-End 2015 Delights in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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“Are you open during the winter? What happens in Niagara-on-the-Lake during the winter?” These are two common questions our guests ask us throughout the summer. Here’s the good news: Yes, we are open for most of the winter and, if you book directly through this website or call us at 905-468-4021 or 1-866-835-4446, the nightly rates are lower between November and the end of April. And there is more than enough to do. So why not, stay overnight and enjoy it all?

Taste the Season

This must-do event throughout the month of November celebrates the season’s bounty with local VQA wines and food pairings at each participating winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Designated-driver passes are available.

Sample local Niagara wines.
Sample local Niagara wines.

Niagara Historical Museum Events

The oldest museum in Canada, at 43 Castlereigh Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, has organized a calendar of merry and informative events for November and December:

From 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 6, a Mustache Bash invites you to wear your best moustache (real or not) and swing to the sounds of Aaron Berger and Perpetual Peace Project, dine on food by Smoking’ Buddha and engage in fun activities and more. Tickets are $10 at the door and it’s cash only for food and beverages. Call 905-468-3912 for information.

Then, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, join in the singing and share the memories of classic wartime songs, poems, letters and more. Tickets are $15 each. Reservations are required. Call 905-468-3912.

The Niagara area is renowned for its very active paranormal visitors. The Niagara Area Paranormal Society (NAPS) completed a paranormal investigation of the Museum in September and you’re invited to learn about their findings and other local investigations they have conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 21. Tickets are $5. Space is limited, so call 905-468-3912 to reserve your seat.

Remembrance Day, November 11

From noon to 1 p.m. on November 11, Music Niagara presents a free Remembrance Day Concert and “Soup Canteen” lunch at St. Mark’s Church located at 41 Byron Street. The Diary of a Young Soldier features a reading by Edmund Stapleton, accompanied by the music of Suppé, Vaughan Williams, Waldteufel, Offenbach and Koussevitzky, played by accomplished musicians. Both concert and lunch are free with a “pay what you can” collection to support the Canadian Armed Forces Military Families Fund. Call Chris Blake at 905-468-5566 for more information.

Fabulicious is back!

From November 12–19, enjoy 14 of the finest restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake at amazing prices. These veritable feasts invite you to enjoy the local seasonal artisan cuisine, prepared by renowned chefs throughout the area and offered at prix-fixe prices for three-course menus consisting of an appetizer, main course and dessert. For instance, chef Frank Dodd’s Fabulicious selections at the Trius Winery Restaurant range from $25 per person for a three-course lunch menu to $35 per person for a three-course dinner menu while chef Jason Parsons at the Peller Estates Winery Restaurant offers a three-course lunch menu for $25 per person or a three-course dinner menu for $39 per person. Prices exclude wine, coffee/tea, taxes and gratuities. Spots are limited and reservations are required. Reserve online or call 1-800-583-8412, ext. 3.

Fabulicious features three-course menus at amazing prix-fixe prices.
Fabulicious features three-course menus at amazing prix-fixe prices.

Cork’s 3rd Annual Great Gatsby Party, November 20

From 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, November 20, Cork’s restaurant will be transformed into a speakeasy, with staff dressed up in 1920s-inspired clothing and a live DJ spinning fabulous tunes. There will also be a casino and a silent auction, where you can walk away with some amazing finds. There’s no cover charge. Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged.

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly…and Charitable

Niagara-on-the-Lake is the place to be to get you into the Christmas spirit:

Get into the Christmas Spirit in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Get into the Christmas Spirit in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

It all begins with the Candlelight Stroll from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 4, which winds through the historical town, accompanied by local choirs and seasonal entertainment. Proceeds from candle sales support local family/non-profit organizations.

From 10 a.m., Saturday, December 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 13, the Fort George Garrison features a family holiday event that includes activities, crafts and games for all to enjoy. Call Parks Canada t 905-468-6614 for more information.

AND, on Saturday, December 12, Santa comes to town! Join us as we welcome him with open arms to Niagara-on-the-Lake and watch the sweetest little parade in all of Canada. It all starts at 11 a.m. Call 905-468-4261 for details.

Welcome Santa to Niagara-on-the-Lake on December 12.
Welcome Santa to Niagara-on-the-Lake on December 12.

Shopping for Special Gifts?

A visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake also gives you time to get some Christmas shopping done at any of the many unique boutiques and galleries found throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake.

If you’re in town on December 4 & 5, check out the Artful Treasures Show & Sale at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the best place to find holiday gifts for those who appreciate unique and beautiful objects crafted by Niagara region artists. It’s held in coordination with the Rotary Holiday House Tour happening the same weekend.

Don’t forget we also have the Outlet Collection at Niagara, featuring close to 100 marquee retailers including Old Navy, North Face, Pandora, Bench, Ugg and so many more. Other venues definitely worth exploring for very special gifts include the NEOB Lavender BoutiqueChocolate F/X and the Queenston Pottery located at 1648 York Road in Queenston.

See you in Niagara-on-the-Lake!

 

Posted by Donna S. Vieira, Owner, Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake