Nine Events To Get Festive At in YQG!

Tis the season to eat, drink, be merry and FESTIVE! Windsor Essex has no shortage of events to entertain you straight into the New Year. Visit for all of your Holiday planning and to keep up with everything to see and do in YQG.

Caesars Windsor is your home for holiday shows this season with something for everyone gracing the Colosseum Stage.


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  • Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland will have two all ages performances on November 17th at 3pm and 8pm.
  • Marie Osmond brings a festival twist with A Symphonic Christmas on Friday Decmber 2nd at 8pm.
  • Two more ALL AGES shows will appear on Saturday and Sunday December 10th and 11th when The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays perform.
  • Barenaked Ladies arrive Wednesday December 21st on their Hometown Holidays tour, performing holiday fan favourites from the Barenaked for the Holidays album as well as a few other chestnuts and surprises.
  • Windsor’s favourite philanthropic super-group, The S’Aints join forces with St. Clair College and Caesars Windsor Cares to sleigh hunger with an ALL AGES fundraising concert Friday December 23rd at 8pm.

The CP Holiday Train rolls into town Thursday December 1st


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Celebrating 24 years of supporting food banks and food shelves across North America., the Holiday Train show is free to attend and attendees are asked to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation. All donations made stay with local food backs to help people in need in the community. The train will make its way into the CP Yard at Erie Street West and Janette Street at 5:45pm with the show running from 6pm to 6:30pm.

Taste your way through the season with An EPIC Taste of the Season Open House, returning December 3rd and 4th


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Enjoy the spirit of the season with family and friends in EPIC Wine Country! Discover unique gifts, delicious local wines and cheerful festivities at each participating winery. Each participating winery will be accepting donations of canned goods for local food banks.

Add a little sparkle to your season with twinkling lights at the Light Festivals brightening area parks


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  • Bright Lights Windsor takes over Jackson Park December 2nd to January 8th. Be sure to check out the W.E. Made It: Holiday Market featuring local artisans and makers every Friday and Saturday.
  • Amherstburg River Lights Winter Festival runs November 19th to January 8th and features 100s of customized LED light displays in Toddy Jones Park and King’s Navy Yard Park. Downtown businesses are lit up for the holiday season too!
  • Kingsville Fantasy of Lights begins the celebrations Saturday November 19th with Opening Ceremonies at Lakeside Park. Catch the lights before they go dark on Wednesday January 4th.
  • An outdoor light display will transform LaSalle Civic Centre into a beautiful outdoor walk-through holiday and light experience November 25th to January 8th

Santa Claus Parades

Santa sure is busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but he always makes the time to visit local towns for their Santa Claus Parades:


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Find The Magic of Christmas by downloading the FREE digital pass to discover wonderful businesses in Windsor, Amherstburg and Essex while you visit each community and enjoy the holiday parades all while collecting points to WIN one of Santa’s Magic Keys Ornament.

A Christmas Carol


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Spend an evening with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future at Windsor Light Music Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol The Musical November 18th to 27th at the Chrysler Theatre.


Downtown Windsor turns into Winterfest November 26th to January 15th. Non-tickets events and activities will take place throughout the season. Check out the Winterfest website for full programming details.


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The Windsor Symphony Orchestra returns with much-loved holiday traditions to inspire the holiday spirit in everyone!


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  • Maestro Robert Franz leads the WSO in a program of highlights from Handel’s Messiah December 1st and 2nd.
  • The Windsor Symphony Community Orchestra celebrates the holiday season in grand style with music from around the world for A Viennese Christmas & More! Tuesday December 13th.
  • Enjoy a “Grinchy” Holiday Pops performance Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th at The Capitol Theatre with music from The Grinch and some fun holiday favourites.

Breakfast With Santa

Enjoy breakfast with the big guy himself in the beautiful surroundings of Willistead Manor at Breakfast With Santa Sunday December 4th.


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Your experience includes breakfast buffet, Santa visit and photo op and a self-guided mini-tour of Willistead Manor.


While you’re out experiencing the Holiday Magic in Windsor Essex be sure to #SupportLocal and use our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for unique gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Click here for a printable version of our 2022 Holiday Events Guide for festival fun all season long.


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