Explore the Bay of Quinte with some of the best that the holiday season has to offer. From spotting Santa to makers’ markets and musical entertainment to light displays, there’s endless festive entertainment around here! You can find more local events on our calendar.
SANTA’S COMIN’ TO TOWN
Grab your Santa hat and get ready to wave at the floats as they pass by at one of the many Santa Claus parades around the region.
Brighton Santa Claus Parade, November 18
Belleville Santa Claus Parade, November 20
Frankford Santa Claus Parade, November 26
Quinte West Santa Claus Parade, November 27
Greater Napanee Parade of Lights, December 3
BIG, BRIGHT LIGHTS
The Belleville Festival of Lights Launch Night will take place on Friday, November 18, at West Zwick’s Park with live music, food truck vendors and fireworks, plus we’ve even heard that there will be a couple of special guests visiting from the North Pole. The Festival of Lights display will run until January 3 in Jane Forrester Park.
Quinte West’s annual Fantasy of Lights returns in both Fraser Park and Frankford Tourist Park. The displays will be lit after the Santa Claus Parades on November 26 and 27, remaining lit until January 1.
Make sure to visit downtown Napanee in the evenings leading up to the holidays to see their spectacular light displays. Every year, they cover the buildings on Dundas St. in 750,000 colourful, twinkling lights for the Big Bright Lights display. Go early to do some holiday shopping before the sun goes down and the lights shine!
From November 17 to December 18, visit the Belleville Downtown District for their signature five-week-long event, Enchanted. Shop from downtown retailers and dine at your favourite restaurants, with some added holiday magic in the air. Take the family ice skating, go on a romantic (free!) carriage ride and take photos with Santa.
The Enchanted Holiday Market will feature new vendors weekly to ensure you find that perfect gift. You can visit them in the holiday huts spread out on Front Street on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MARK-ET ON YOUR CALENDAR
Speaking of markets, plan to visit one of the many other markets that are happening around the Bay of Quinte this holiday season. You can visit any of the below holiday markets and craft sales to find unique gifts for everyone in your life — even the one who is hard to shop for.
PTGA Community Christmas Market, Quinte West – November 19
Greater Napanee Indoor Holiday Market – November 26
Timber House Resort Annual Holiday Market – Brighton, November 26/27
Seasons Celebrations Vendor Show – Frankford, December 3
Events for You Crafts and More Market – Trenton, December 11
CUT DOWN YOUR OWN TREE
Those who prefer a real tree know that cutting one down is an event in itself! After being closed for the last two holiday seasons, Carole’s Christmas Tree Farm in Greater Napanee is excited to open to the public again this year. They are opening on November 24, so make sure to visit their website to stay up-to-date on upcoming details.
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
Catch The Quinte Symphony on December 10 for their holiday show at Maranatha Church. They’ll be performing nostalgic music from your favourite holiday movies (Home Alone, Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street), a Charlie Brown Christmas, Beatlecracker Suite and have a sing-along with the Hallelujah Chorus. Get your tickets here.
ENTERTAINMENT AT THE EMPIRE
Love music, theatre and live entertainment? Want to get into the Christmas spirit? The Empire Theatre, located at 321 Front Street in Belleville’s Downtown District, has music, comedy and A Charlie Brown Christmas (jazz-style) coming up this December. You can purchase tickets using the links below or visit The Empire Theatre box office in person.
FEAST BY THE FIRE
Grange of Prince Edward Winery, one of our winery partners, is giving you a chance to spoil yourself this holiday season with a Fireside Feast @ Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards & Estate Winery on November 18. Focusing on seasonal and local wintery fare, enjoy a delicious meal from chefs Matt DeMille and Keirra Reid.
SIT AND SIP
There’s a lot going on this holiday season in the Bay of Quinte and it can be pretty tiring keeping up with it all! Wind down at one of our local cafes if you need to pause from the hustle and bustle. Check out this blog to see some of our favourites.