Amherstburg River Lights Winter Festival

Saturday November 17, 2018 – Saturday December 23, 2018. Beautiful light displays, tree lighting in olde towne square, Holiday house tours, hot chocolate, carolers, children crafts, story time Sundays and fireworks!

Amherstburg’s Town Square – Richmond & Dalhousie Sts, Amherstburg

Special Events:

Downtown Holiday Night

November 17, 2017 Enjoy a Night promoting local commerce, our beautifully historical town and the holiday season including a “12 days of Christmas” themed Scavenger Hunt with Grand Prize worth $600, Horse and Carriage Rides, Costumed Carollers and Actor Vignettes.
5 pm – 10 pm

Super Santa Run

Saturday November 17, 2018. One of the popular events on Opening Night is the Annual Super Santa 5km Run/Walk presented by the Essex Regional Conservation Foundation in partnership with River Lights Winter Festival. Stay after for the tree lighting and fireworks! 

More info to come.

River Lights, Ignite the Night

Saturday November 18, 2017. The tradition continues with the annual tree lighting ceremony! Join us at this winter family event. Festivities include an outdoor movie, SUPER Santa Run, municipal tree lighting, Gingerbread Warming House activities, hot apple cider, over 100 light displays and a spectacular fireworks finale!

5 pm – 8 pm, Free
Amherstburg’s Town Square – Richmond & Dalhousie Sts, Amherstburg

Gingerbread House Contest

Saturday November 18, 2017. Our Annual Gingerbread House Building Contest invites baker and decorators to show us their skills and creativity. Participants are extremely creative in their designs and use of materials. Five Categories: Youth 6 and under, Youth 7-12, Teen 13-18, Adult 19-64, & Seniors 65+. Entries must be dropped off with registration form Thursday, November 17 between 2 pm – 6 pm at the Gingerbread Warming House at Toddy Jones Park.

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade

Saturday November 25, 2017. Jolly tradition with fabulous floats, marching bands, and a spectacle of fun in downtown Amherstburg! Visit the big guy Santa afterwards at the Gingerbread Warming House at Toddy Jones Park.

6 pm
Start location – Sandwich St. N. at William St., Amherstburg

Gingerbread Warming House

Saturday November 18 to Saturday December 23, 2017. Each year, a hardworking crew adds new additions to the decorations used to make the Gingerbread Warming House the jewel of the festival. Please be sure to drop by and view the wonderful artwork both outside and inside of the Warming House. Then, step inside to ‘warm up’ enjoy Christmas Crafts for Kids, Sunday Story Telling Time and view the entries in our Gingerbread House Building Competition.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Toddy Jones Park – 50 North St., Amherstburg

Holiday House Tours

Saturday November 24 – Sunday November 25, 2018. Each year, we invite you to visit 10 beautifully & professionally decorated homes and sites. You will have the opportunity to see a wide assortment of decorative styles; some very modern, some whimsical, and some very richly historic.


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