Victorian Candlelight Stroll

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight Stroll

Picture Perfect!!  I could have stayed and looked at this house for hours.  There was just something magical about it!

Our Christmas season officially begins with this annual event, and with it all the traditions my family enjoy every year!

Last night we attended the Victorian Candlelight stroll, which kicks off a host of activities between now and Christmas.   It really is a joyous evening with hot cider and chestnuts roasting by an open fire!

Following a ceremony at the old town all with a few Christmas carols and announcements from the Town Cryer (which by the way, I cannot understand a word of!), the candles are lit and we wander the streets of Niagara On The Lake and are greeted by various performers along the way.

It really was picture perfect with the snow lightly falling the entire evening.

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight Stroll

Carriage ride anyone?!  The carriages were lined up waiting for passengers.  They were very enticing with their warm blankets ready and waiting.

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight Stroll

This annual event draws a very large crowd with people coming from all over Southern Ontario and Western New York!  After singing carols in front of the Court House the crowd then starts to wonder through the streets to enjoy all the musicians scattered throughout the neighbourhood.  We always hold back a bit and let the crowd get ahead!

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight Stroll

Reminiscent of the War of 1812, this group performs every year.  I do believe they are from Fort George.

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight Stroll

Shaw Cafe and Wine Bar is just one of the many establishments that are all decked out for the holidays.  Queen Street really is a sight to behold during the holiday season!

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight Stroll

Every tree that lines the street is strung with twinkle lights.  Garland and bows are everywhere.

Niagara On The Lake Victorian Candlelight Stroll

These sweet group of youngsters were playing carols with bells!  What a talented bunch they are.

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight Stroll

Our timing was perfect when we approached this quartet.  They were singing “Let it Snow”!

Cecile's Bed and Breakfast

If you are ever in Niagara On The Lake, this Bed and Breakfast would be a great place to stay.  It is called Cecile’s House and is just as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the out.  They also own a shop on the main street, which is filled with all kinds of beautiful things for the home.

Many residents of the town get on the holiday displays.

Niagara On The Lake Victorian Candlelight Stroll

Angels We Have Heard On High!

Christmas in Niagara On The Lake

A group of students singing We Three Kings!

Victorian Candlelight Stroll

Amazing Men’s Choir sing a Christmas medley!

Niagara On The Lake Candlelight stroll

This was once the home of artist Trisha Romance, and now is her art gallery.

Niagara On The Lake Christmas

The reason for the season!

Niagara On The Lake Victorian Candlelight Stroll

Never too old for a picture with Father Christmas!  (I must be getting old.  I really don’t care what I look like, as long as I’m warm!!)

Does your family have Christmas traditions that are carried out every year?

Until next time….


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  1. What a fun tradition! I wish that I could attend! Every year I attend the Holidazzle parade in downtown Minneapolis. Standing in the cold watching a parade of lights set to fun Christmas music and warming yourself with a hot chocolate or cider is always a good way to bring in the season :).

  2. Oh my husband and I have stayed at Cecile’s House many times. The owner, Chris, is such a nice guy. It’s a lovely place to stay. Niagara on the Lake is such a charming town. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. For years we’ve been going to the Granville, Ohio Christmas walk. It’s truly Christmas magic. You should check it out. I believe you’d enjoy looking at the pictures of another quaint town.

  3. Hi Maureen,
    Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of my favourite places – the prettiest street in Canada! And, I adore Trisha Romance. My husband and I visited many years ago, met Trisha’s mom at her art gallery and brought home a gorgeous print. We have always cherished it and our visit there. You are so lucky to be able to experience Christmastime in such a pretty town. I enjoyed my visit with you today and look forward to going back one day…Thank you for sharing your tradition!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas