Winter is coming! And with it a slew of cheer-filled holiday events from Ontario to Erie. Grab your gloves and get ready to sip hot cocoa while taking in the twinkling lights. 'Tis the season to have fun. 


Winter Festival of Lights | Nov. 12 - Feb. 20
Niagara Falls
With over 3 million lights and 75+ spectacular displays, Niagara Falls has been transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland along the Niagara Parkway and across the tourist districts. Bundle up and walk or drive through the festival route to explore it all.

Wild Winter Lights | Nov. 15 - Dec. 30
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Walk or drive along the Holiday Trail where more than 1.5 million twinkling lights guide the way through themed areas like Candyland, the Enchanted Forest, Starry Skies, Future for Wildlife Trail and Santa's Workshop. Tickets range from $22 per person to $66 per car, depending on age, member status and whether you walk or drive. 

Brewdolph Bash | Nov. 17
The Toledo Zoo
Adults only are invited to a preview of the Lights Before Christmas, including a souvenir cup with a signature drink, strolling holiday characters and musical entertainment. $55 for non-members.

Christmas in the Village of Westfield | Nov. 18-20
Westfield, New York
Three full days of holiday cheer, including a holiday market in Eason Hall, horse-drawn carriage rides, a hot toddy crawl and the Let There Be Light Parade on Saturday at 7pm.

Pints & Plaid Beer Festival | Nov. 19
Port Dover Community Centre in Port Dover, Ontario
Put on some plaid and head to Lake Erie's newest craft beer festival to sample regional craft beer and hard cider, plus delicious food, games, live music and more.

Twinkle in the 216 | Nov. 19 - Dec. 31
The Cleveland Botanical Garden
Highlights include dozens of trees decorated by more than 30 local garden clubs and candy-coated gingerbread houses assembled by bakers from across the community. You'll also be greeted by a stunning 16-foot-tall holiday tree, which makes a delightful background for holiday photos.

Niagara Parks American Thanksgiving | Nov. 24
Table Rock Restaurant at Niagara Falls
It's Thanksgiving like never before — overlooking the Falls and with an exquisite turkey dinner featuring classic gastronomic delights from an à la carte menu. It's no work but lots of very special memories. Reservations suggested. 

WinterLand | Nov. 26 - February
Downtown Cleveland
The weekend after Thanksgiving, WinterLand kicks off for its 37th year with Santa, carolers, hot chocolate and the opening of the Cleveland Foundation ice skating rink. It culminates with a massive tree lighting and fireworks display in Public Square. But there are more winter-fun events held all season long as part of this Cleveland celebration.

Christmas in Ellicottville | Nov. 25-27
Downtown Ellicottville, New York
The charming village pulls out all the stops with decorations a visit from Santa and more. Even better, the many shops and restaurants allow you to shop local while indulging in some of the best food and drink in Western New York.

Dark Sky Nights | Nov. 26 and Dec. 17
Point Pelee National Park in Ontario
Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night. Visitors can pick up a seasonal star chart at the front gate upon arrival. The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo | Nov. 27 - Jan 1
The Buffalo Zoo
Stroll through this illuminated wonderland after dark, enjoying a hot cocoa bar, Holiday Express Train and special guest like Santa. Tickets range from $8 to $16 per person. 


Presque Isle Lights | Dec 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-23 and 29-30
Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie’s largest outdoor playground comes alive for the holidays with a self-guided evening driving tour of seasonal lights. Visitors will follow the park’s full 13-mile loop road encountering along the way a variety of lights and displays coupled with the natural beauty offered by Presque Isle after dark.

Light Up Vermilion | Dec. 2
Downtown Vermilion, Ohio
Head downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. for an evening filled with family-friendly activities, shopping, dining and more. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and the tree lighting ceremony follows at 6:15 p.m. There will also be treats, carolers, chestnuts roasting, hot chocolate and even alpacas (reindeer are hard to find) to pet. Stores and restaurants will be open late.

Victorian Holidays | Dec. 2 - Jan. 9
Hagen History Center in Erie, Pa.
The Watson-Curtze Mansion will be decorated for the holidays and all four buildings will be open for self-guided tours. Be sure to check out the holiday market where local vendors will be selling the perfect holiday gifts. Free admission Dec 2-5. 

A Lakeside Christmas | Dec. 2-3 and 9-10
Lakeside, Ohio
Visit with Santa, attend a cookie decorating workshop, see a family movie in Orchestra Hall and enjoy live entertainment with Chip Richter. Equally charming is a stroll along the lake and through the quaint downtown. 

Hamilton | Dec. 6 - Jan. 16
Playhouse Square in Cleveland
This story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton has created a revolutionary moment in theatre — and it returns to town this winter for a second showing.

Bare Naked Ladies at Caesars Windsor | Dec. 21
Canada's favorite foursome will perform holiday fan favorites from their holidays album, as well as a few other surprises. If you like this group, you'll absolutely love them in person.

Looking for even more fall fun? Check out these 10 autumn excursions, including hard cider in the city, picnics overlooking the water in Ontario, miles of hay mazes in western Ohio and more. 

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