Winter Fest – Downtown Windsor

Monday, November 15 to Friday, January 14, 2022

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Join us for fully inclusive, non-ticketed events and activities taking place this holiday season.

Programming includes:

Light Up The Night

November 15 to January 16, 2022

A dazzling light show illuminating mainstreet commercial properties on Ouellette Avenue, from Tuscarora Street to Riverside Drive, and Maiden Lane West. LED colour bars and gobo light imagers create magical experiences that encourage residents and visitors to rediscover downtown’s many treasures.

Storefront Decorations

November 26 to January 9
Local artists spread holiday cheer by creating colourful holiday window art on 20+ business storefronts. This art display mirrors the festive holiday décor that makes North American urban centres destination spots for the season.

Downtown Holiday Village

Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11 from 12pm – 4pm
The Holiday Village transforms our beloved Maiden Lane into a pseudo-North Pole, where downtown residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy their very own winter wonderland. Christmas trees will line the lane, while carolers serenade passers-by; pop-ups by local confectioners and retailers will be on-hand to sell their wares, perfect for wrapping under the tree. Shoppers can extend their stay by visiting neighbouring retailers and restaurants, and browse offerings at the nearby Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market.

Santa on the Lane

Nov 27 & Dec 11
Photos with Santa! A socially-distanced photo-op with Santa Claus provides Windsor-area families with a safe alternative to the sitting-on-Santa’s-lap tradition.

House to House Combat: Battle of the Gingerbreads

December 1 to December 21
The online competition features Windsor and Essex County residents submitting their gingerbread house masterpieces to the Windsor Star for a chance to be declared the Best Gingerbread House in Windsor-Essex.

Comfy With Claus: Virtual Meet & Greets

December 1 to December 20

Streaming live from his workshop in the North Pole, Santa meets kids and families online. Participants schedule five-minute, one-on-one virtual appointments with the jolly ‘ol fella and receive a screenshot keepsake following their appointment.

Send an Email to Santa!

December 1 to December 21

We’ve pulled some strings and are bringing Santa to the core again this Christmas. We’ve even set him up with his own downtown email address!

How to get your letter to Santa:

No matter how busy Santa is this time of year, he’s never too busy for you. Email Santa at Write him soon! Email Santa your letters no later than December 17, 2021 to guarantee a reply before Christmas Eve!

Songs of the Season: Virtual Concert Series
Local singer-songwriters and musicians present a series of 15+ virtual concerts throughout the month of December, giving audiences the gift of music and bringing enchanted into their homes and onto their screens. The concerts will be streamed on YouTube and social media platforms, and are free to anyone who wants to watch, enjoy and celebrate the wealth of talent we have in our region.

Cooking with Claus

December 7 – 24
Santa teams up with local chefs or restaurateurs to present virtual cooking, baking and mixology classes. The shows include Cocktails & Claus, Sides with Santa, and Cooking with Claus. 8-10 video shows.

12 Days of CHristmas

Celebrating the countdown to Christmas, the Downtown Windsor BIA presents innovative digital content designed to spread festive cheer and attract new patrons to the city centre, just in time for the holidays. The 12 Days of Christmas is a series of video vignettes that attracts patrons to the downtown core and encourages them to #ShopLocal this holiday.


Stroll the streets in Walkerville and get in the holiday spirit #YQG #WindsorEssex #DiscoverON #DiscoverCanada #DiscoverYQG ...

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Reconnect with your artsy side with a visit to @agw401 and explore their latest exhibits including Catherine Blackburn: New Age Warriors, The Bridge Artists, Links As Bones & more #YQG #WindsorEssex #DiscoverON #DiscoverCanada #DiscoverYQG ...

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All things merry & bright - click for millions of twinkling lights scattered across the city #YQG #WindsorEssex #DiscoverON #DiscoverCanada #DiscoverYQG #YQGHolidays ...

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