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Family Events This Winter In Windsor & Essex County

Windsor Essex loves to celebrate, so it is no surprise that there are many great things happening during the 2022 festive season.

Get ready to explore the region, experience top-notch entertainment, try delicious food, pick out unique gifts, and make new memories this winter!

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Here’s a quick list of family-friendly activities you can enjoy from mid-November 2022 to January 2023. . . yes, sadly when the holidays are over and kids are back to school again!

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November 19 To January 8: River Lights Winter Festival

Amherstburg’s waterfront parks and town storefronts are merry and bright for the holiday. Take a walk through the colourful displays that light up each night until January 8.

“Our outdoor events are a great way to spend quality time outside in the fresh air with family and friends,” says Anne Ussoletti Rota, Manager, Tourism and Culture, Town of Amherstburg. “Viewing our thousands of beautiful displays in two of our premier parks while strolling the downtown streets are a must-do in the Windsor Essex region. Bundle up, stroll the parks, bring your family and friends, stop for treats or shop our local boutique shops, there is something for everyone this winter!”

November 26: Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade

The Town of Amherstburg is pleased to present the 15th annual Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade, organized by the Windsor Parade Corporation. The parade starts at 6 p.m. sharp on Sandwich Street South, but the fan zone is open from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

There will be holiday music, bright floats and entertainment for the young and the young at heart!

December 7: Christmas At The Museum

Celebrate the start of the Christmas season with a concert featuring musical performances from the Jim Walls Trio and a dessert buffet, inside the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum (277 King Street) on December 7, at 7 p.m.

There are also silent auction prizes, refreshments and access to visit the museum.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.

Until December 15: Digital Scavenger Hunt

Join the scavenger hunt in Amherstburg (also in Windsor and Essex) and use your digital passport to track your progress as you find special businesses that hold the key to a special contest in Amherstburg.

December 16: Santa Claus Shout Out

It’s an interactive meet and greet with Santa!

Find Kris Kringle in his snow globe at the foot of Murray and Dalhousie Streets on Saturday, December 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. where he will call up the kids and talk about their Christmas wishes.


November 19 To January 4: Fantasy of Lights

Kingsville’s Fantasy of Lights celebrations include a 12 Days of Christmas virtual scavenger hunt, train rides (weekends November 25 to December 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) to tour the light displays and drink hot chocolate, and specialty events held at the Lakeside Park Pavilion (315 Queen Street) each weekend leading up to Christmas.

A Christmas Artisan Market takes place on December 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. and December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And on December 6 at Paws and Claus from 6 to 8 p.m., you can bring your pet to get a great howliday photo with Santa!

“Come to celebrate the holiday season, to make memories together, to enjoy the outdoors, and to experience Kingsville!” says Karen Loney, Manager of Recreation Programs and Special Events, for The Corporation of the Town of Kingsville.