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Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11

Brace for a blast!

Chill out in the Niagara Benchlands at Ontario's Ultimate Winter Festival

Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11

Brace for a Blast!

Chill out in the Niagara Benchlands at Ontario's Ultimate Winter Festival

Brace for ...

SIP’SATIONAL BEVERAGES

  • Sip local, award-winning wine, beer, cider, and cocktails in our charming winter village
  • ‘NEW’ Warm-up and sample local TasteMaker favourites at our Best of the Benchlands Bar

CULINARY DELIGHTS

  • Sample the season’s best – enjoy a variety of delights from the Benchlands’ top chefs and tastiest artisans

HOLIDAY SHOP TIL' YOU DROP!

  • ‘NEW’ Ho’ Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market featuring local artists and craft vendors
  • ‘NEW’ Purchase your favourite festival sips at our first-ever Benchlands Bottle Shop

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Entertainment line-up coming soon!
  • ‘NEW’ A Not-So-Silent Night After Party in the Ball’s Falls Historic Barn

FAMILY FUN

  • Children’s crafts and vintage toy experiences
  • Campfires and s’mores galore!
  • Heritage displays and demonstrations
    • 11:00 – 5:00 pm daily: family outdoor adventure programs, guided hikes, snowshoeing (conditions permitting), winter science experiments, and scavenger hunts
    • 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday, 6:00 pm on Sunday: accessible illuminated nature trails and 1800s heritage village

Daily Festival Hours

Friday, December 9

Craft Beverage & Culinary Village
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ball’s Falls Holiday Light Trail
Presented by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, December 10

Craft Beverage & Culinary Village
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ball’s Falls Holiday Light Trail
Presented by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A Not-So-Silent Night After Party
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sunday, December 11

Craft Beverage & Culinary Village
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ball’s Falls Holiday Light Trail
Presented by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brace for … THREE DAYS OF WINTER FUN!

Friday, December 9 – Sparkle & Shine

Break out the glitter, sequins, and your holiday season blingy best, as you do your part to help make the first night of Winter WineFest the brightest one yet!

A Starry Night VIP Reception

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Invited guests only

Holiday Comfort Classics Workshop

7:00 pm

Enjoy a selection of local cheese favourites paired with bubbly Benchlands Sparkling Wines. Consider this your cheat sheet for your next holiday gathering. *Additional fees apply.

Saturday, December 10 – Let’s Get Cozy!

Show off your favourite faux furs, woolly winter mittens, and toastiest holiday knits as day two of Winter WineFest heats up the Niagara Benchlands.

Shake-Up this Season’s Cocktail List

2:00 pm

A hands-on workshop where guests will learn to whip up delicious and easy holiday cocktails that are sure to be a hit this holiday season. *Additional fees apply.

The Annual Golden Blunnies Barrel Rolling Championship

4:00 pm

The rolling returns! A heated competition featuring the Benchlands’ top winemakers, brew masters, and distillers.

A Not-So-Silent Night After Party

8:00 pm

Dance the night away in the Ball’s Falls Historic Barn. *Additional fees apply.

Sunday, December 11 – Catch the Holiday Spirit

We can’t wait to celebrate this most-festive day of Winter WineFest with you! Be sure to sport your best ugly holiday garb and you could win the grand prize, in our first-ever Holiday Cheermeister competition.

Icewine & Chill Anyone?

2:00 pm

A sip-and-learn workshop where guests will get a chance to taste the Benchlands’ coolest winter wine tradition; Icewine! *Additional fees apply.

Glow in the Dark Dance Spectacular

5:00 pm

Let it Glow Dance Company presents a Glow in the Dark Dance Spectacular featuring elite youth dancers from across the Niagara Region.

All Weekend Long

Tis’ the season for giving- share a monetary donation or donation of any ‘new’ winter clothing item, and receive a ballot to enter to win a Benchlands swag bag filled with all our local holiday favourites.

Get your tickets today!

19+ General Admission
$27.50+ taxes and applicable fees

Single-day entry includes:

  • Two (2) craft beverage/culinary sample tokens *$10.00 value
  • One (1) commemorative festival glass
  • Exclusive access to the Ball’s Falls Holiday Light Trail, Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market, live entertainment, and endless family programming

Purchase tickets:

Not-So Silent Night After Party + General Admission (19+)
$47.50+ taxes and applicable fees

Single-day entry includes:

  • After party entry
  • Four (4) craft beverage/culinary sample tokens *$20.00 value
  • One (1) commemorative festival glass
  • Exclusive access to the Ball’s Falls Holiday Light Trail, Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market, live entertainment, and endless family programming

Purchase tickets:

Ages 3-18 General Admission
$6.00+ taxes and applicable fees

Single-day entry includes:

  • Exclusive access to the Ball’s Falls Holiday Light Trail, Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market, live entertainment, and endless family programming

Purchase tickets:

3 & Under General Admission
FREE!

Includes

  • Exclusive access to the Ball’s Falls Holiday Light Trail, Ho’ Ho’ Holiday Artisan Market, live entertainment, and endless family programming

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Parking Information

*No Parking onsite. Complimentary shuttle service will be available throughout the duration of the event. *Limited barrier-free parking available onsite at Ball’s Falls

Complimentary Shuttle Locations: 

Ball’s Fall Holiday Light Trail

The Holiday Trail is an outdoor, evening trail walk experience featuring a 1.5 km (round trip) illuminated path through natural areas along the Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Mile Creek and through the 1800’s heritage village of Glen Elgin at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area.

Along the way, visitors will get to take in the stunning winter vistas, including the 27-metre lower waterfall, illuminated like never before, and experience history in the village with each building lit up with thousands of lights.

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Wander Longer in the Niagara Benchlands

Ready to start building your perfect Niagara Benchlands blend? Get trip planning with our Benchlands favourites tool and build your own itinerary!

Plan Your Wander

Winter WineFest @ Home

Winter Cocktail Class with Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers

Unconventional Pairings with 13th Street Winery

Golden Blunnies Competition Winner’s Circle

Thank You, Partners & Sponsors

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