It's the most wonderful time of the year in Pelham!

Partnering with not-for-profit organizations and community groups, the Town of Pelham brings the holiday season's fun and festivities to you in a central location.


🎄 Outdoor Christmas Market 

We are excited to share that this beloved Town of Pelham tradition will once again return to downtown Fonthill on Friday, December 2, at 4:00-9:30pm.

Bring the family to Town Square to enjoy fresh, local food and beverages in our licensed area, live music, and tick off names from your shopping list by supporting Niagara artisans in their market booths. And of course, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves! 


Experience local food and artisan vendors:

Fonthill Lion's Club

Passion Events

Talent 2 Design

Cured Charcuterie

Love Dala Art

Agape Valley

Mom & Manga

Welland Jackfish Baseball Club

Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Chocolate Expressions

Heritage Designs

Shriners Creek Kettle Popcorn

Moore House Fine Alpacas


Tiffany's Spice Cupboard

Forgotten Tide

Wilde & Whimsical

Natures Corner Bakery and Café


Local entertainers will be spreading cheer through beloved holiday songs from 4:00-9:30pm. 


FILL THE TRUCKS! Don't miss Brayden's #Joymaker Truck on site from 5:00pm accepting food drive donations on behalf of Pelham Cares, and the Fonthill Firefighters Associations Vintage Pelham firetruck accepting toy donations on behalf of Pelham Cares!

🦌 Reindeer Games on GooseChase

You have twelve days for the festive game, each day new missions, no two the same! Every morning at 8:00am you can do, a fun mission for the day... times two! The order they are done is up to you, you can catch up if you miss a few. Complete them all or do just one, most importantly have some fun!



The Race starts on GooseChase logoMake sure to download the app:

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play


How to use Goosechase:

Join a Game
Once you login to the Goosechase app on your device, the first thing to do is join a game, the Reindeer Games will go live on the app on December 1 at 8:00am. The game code is BL8P9M. You will search for the name of the game and proceed to enter the specific game code within the app. You will need to register an account on goose chase if you wish to exit and come back to the game, playing as a guest will not save your submissions. 


Complete Missions
To complete a mission, select it from the list and follow the instructions to receive the allotted points. Sometimes you’ll be submitting a photo or video, while other times, you will be solving a puzzle or riddle. Remember that while you receive the points right away, all submissions are subject to review by the organizer.

Leaderboard - Track Opponents
The ability to see everything as it happens is one of the best parts of GooseChase. That’s because whenever someone completes a mission, it’s added to the activity feed, and the rankings are automatically updated.

Don't quit if you're behind! 
Make sure to finish all the missions in the game even if you're behind on the leaderboard. Organizers still need to announce the final scores after they review the submissions!


Goosechase is an app that requires to be downloaded on an electronic device as participants are required to submit photos and videos to play the game and win.


🎅🤶 Straight from the North Pole 

Santa and Mrs. Claus love all the letters and emails from the children in Pelham! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Market in Fonthill on December 2 and the Santa Claus Parade on December 10!


Santa and Mrs Claus
❄️ Town of Pelham Holiday Card Design Competition

Calling all Pelham Youth! Help us to create this years Town of Pelham Holiday Card!


Artwork will be reviewed by the staff at the Town of Pelham.

Selected illustrations will be chosen the Town of Pelham’s 2022 Holiday card and all of the artwork received will be displayed throughout the Meridian Community Centre during the holiday season.

The young artists who have their illustrations chosen for the greeting card will be formally recognized at the December council meeting for making this year’s holiday greeting card so special.

Identify: on the back of each submission: first and last name, age, school and phone number

Paper: must be white

Size: regular 8.5” x 11” letter size paper, portrait or landscape
Tools: colourful paints, pastels, markers or coloured pencils (the printing process recognizes more vibrant and vivid colours – no lead pencil please)

Please Avoid: completely black or dark backgrounds, sparkles or glitter

We ask that students submit a hard copy of their design to Pelham Town Hall by no later than Friday, November 18, 2022.

🎅 Letters to Santa! Handwritten or Digital!

To help the big man in the red suit get messages from all the boys and girls in Pelham, the Town’s Recreation, Culture, and Wellness staff are working with Santa’s elves to get all the children of Pelham letters to the North Pole.

There are two ways the Town has teamed up with the elves to get your letter to Santa:

In person:  Meridian Community Centre, 100 Meridian Way, Fonthill, ON

You’ll see a red mailbox marked “Santa’s Mailbox” near the Christmas tree through the main entrance. Drop your letter in the mailbox by Friday, December 16, 2022 to ensure Santa has enough time to get you his response. Don’t forget to include your return address!

Email: The Town of Pelham has worked out an arrangement to provide Santa with his own Pelham email address.

For quick and easy letter submissions, you can email Santa your letter to Santa will be checking his email right up until Monday, December 19, 2022 before he heads out on his Christmas route!

🎀 Decorating Elves hard at work around Town! 

christmas Elves creating bows

Now more than ever, it is important than ever to spread some good cheer throughout the community.

Watch for the festive boughs and bows around town as this long standing Christmas Tradition continues!

If you are interested in hanging boughs around Pelham, please contact Amanda at Student volunteer hours available!



Special thanks to the Pelham Beautification Committee, the Pelham Garden Club and their friends for volunteering their time and talents. 

🎁 Santa's Workshop at Meridian Community Centre

Friday, December 9 & 16 | 4:00-9:00pm | $25.00/ child 

With parents being just as busy as Santa’s Elves this time of year, this is the perfect opportunity to get your last minute shopping done as the holidays quickly approach! Bring your children to the Meridian Community Centre for a night of crafts, movies, popcorn and holiday spirit! With chicken fingers and fries for dinner, your child will have a night of fun while you get your shopping done!


❄️Mayor's Youth Advisory Holiday Craft Night

The Pelham Mayor's Youth Advisory Council will be hosting a Holiday craft night in the atrium of the Meridian Community Centre on Thursday, December 15 from 5:00-7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your family out for a night of holiday spirit and crafting!

🎀 Holiday Workshop Series 

Farmhouse Clock Workshop
Sunday November 20th at 3pm - Kinsmen Room at the Meridian Community Centre

Come and join Erika Bachynski and create a 27" farmhouse clock from a repurposed wooden spool. This interactive workshop costs $60 and space is limited.

Registration is now full.


Niagara Symphony Orchestra - Instrument Petting Zoo 
Sunday December 4th from 11am -3:00pm
At the Meridian Community Centre | Accursi Room 

The NSO regularly hosts instrument “petting zoos” at local festivals, Culture Days throughout the Niagara Region, and as part of local March Break programming. Partnering with local music stores and volunteers from the Niagara Youth Orchestra, NSO staff and musicians offer fun instrument demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to try out orchestral instruments for any member of the public. With instrumental music programs becoming a rarity in elementary schools, the Instrument Petting Zoo may be a student’s – or adult’s – first opportunity to hold and explore any type of instrument up close.

Drop in program. No advance registration is required.


Modern Christmas Centrepiece Workshop

Wednesday December 7th at 7pm - Accursi Room at the Meridian Community Centre

With the expertise from Marian from Rice Road Greenhouses, participants will create a modern centrepiece to be displayed at your holiday meal. 

Space is limited.

Registration is now full.


🎅 Annual Santa Claus Parade 

Saturday, December 10, 2022 


Each year the Fabulous Fenwick Lions host the Santa Claus Parade. 


Come one, come all to the Santa Claus Parade in Fenwick! Starting at Bethany Christian Reformed Church on Balfour Street to Canboro Road, through the downtown core of Fenwick to Church St. The parade finishes at Centennial Park.


Applications are now open to interested businesses, not-for-profits and community groups to join the fun. Click here to complete a parade float application.



❄️ Winter Break Camp 

January 2-6, 2023


This week of fun will continue the holiday spirit through games, skating, gym time, movies, crafts and more!

Weekly registration is $150.00 and includes camp from 9:00am-4:00pm, with the option of purchasing a hot lunch for $7.00/day. Extended Care is available from 7:30am-5:30pm for $38.00. Visit our Camp page for more information!


For more information regarding COVID-19 protocols, please click here.



 ⛸️ Free Holiday Skates with support from Community Sponsors

December 11, 1:00-2:20pm
Free Public Skate at the Meridian Community Centre 
Sponsored by Century 21 Today Realty Fonthill

December 16, 7:30-9:20pm
Free Public Skate at the Meridian Community Centre
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fonthill

December 18, 1:00-2:20pm
Free Public Skate at the Meridian Community Centre 
Sponsored by the Fenwick Firefighters Association

🎁 Gingerbread House Giveaway & Decorating Contest

Gingerbread House Giveaway

Join in and add to the FUN this holiday season with a Gingerbread House Decorating kit sponsored by the Pelham Mayor's Youth Advisory Council! Kits are available by pre-registration only.  Pickup of the Gingerbread Craft Kits will take place on Thursday, December 15 from 10:00am-7:00pm at the Meridian Community Centre. Limited quantities available, one kit per household. Pelham residents only.

Thank you for your interest - due to overwhelming demand the kit have all been reserved.


Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Celebrate the Holidays with MYAC's Gingerbread House decorating contest! Homemade houses, pre-purchased kits or other gingerbread creations are encouraged to enter!

Please click here to enter the decorating contest

🎄 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 

Are you looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit from the comfort of your own home this year? Pelham's 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is the perfect way to get ready for the Holidays! Each day will give you a new holiday task to do at home with your family!

Click here to print your own calendar, or follow along with daily posts on our social media!

How to assemble your Advent Calendar:

Step 1- Print the 2 page calendar found here
Step 2- Cut out the Pelham ball ornaments on page 2
Step 3- Glue the hook of the Pelham ball ornaments onto the hooks of the coloured ornaments on page 1
Step 4- Each day fold up the Pelham ornament to reveal the daily holiday tasks. Have fun and enjoy!

🎄 Christmas Light Competition & Self Guided Tour


The Town of Pelham is encouraging its residents to light up the town!

We are excited to once again recognize the efforts of those who spread cheer this holiday season through our Christmas Light Competition. Addresses of entries will be shared following the contest so everyone can enjoy - think of it as your own personal Christmas parade. 




⛸️ 2022 Pelham Community Holiday Events Listing - Submit Your Event!

Is your organization hosting a holiday event in Pelham?

Contact Amanda Deschenes at to add your event details here



November 3 - December 22
Creative Fall Harvest Festival
The Country Christmas Store, Downtown Ridgeville
Thursday-Sundays @ 10am-5pm

November 3 - December 22 - Sundays only
A Country Christmas Traditional Afternoon Tea
The Country Christmas Store, Downtown Ridgeville
Sundays | Pre-registration required. 

November 5, 9:00am-2:00pm.
Fenwick United Church Christmas Bazaar
Store, bake table, silent auction and more.
Coffee and muffins served from 9:00-11:30am, soup, sandwiches and chili served 11:30am-1:00pm. Free admission. 

November 9
Meet the Makers
The Country Christmas store, Downtown Ridgeville
More details coming soon.

November 19, 10:00am-2:00pm
Christmas Market on Canboro
Pelham Community Church

November 26, 4:00-6:00pm
Fenwick Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Downtown Fenwick
FREE hot dogs, hot chocolate and hot apple cider presented by the Fabulous Fenwick Lions. Special guest: Santa Tree lighting at 6:00pm.

November 26 - Early January
Rotary Club of Fonthill Temperanceville Display 
Peace Park

December 2, 12:00-4:00pm
Christmas Carolling
Downtown Fonthill and Downtown Fenwick
Contact Karen Blake at to join!

December 2, 4:00-9:30pm
Town of Pelham 'Christmas in Pelham' Market
Under the Arches Fonthill

December 2, 8:00pm
Fenwick Firefighters Association Turkey Raffle
Station #2, Fenwick
Free admission, $2/entry
Contact Sylvia Zappitelli at for more info.

December 3-10
Pelham Cares Food Drive
Volunteers will be accepting donations at the Meridian Community Centre
Sat. Dec. 3: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sun. Dec. 4 - Fri. Dec. 9: 9:00am-6:00pm
Sun. Dec. 10: 9:00am-3:00pm

December 3 - 11
33rd Annual Fonthill Firefighters' Association Toy & Food Drive for Pelham Cares
Drop off: Station #1, 177 Highway 20 West, Fonthill
Monday – Friday 8:30am-430pm & 5:30-8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:00pm 

December 3, 10:00am-3:00pm
Pelham Panthers U9 MD Fundraiser
Meridian Community Centre, Accursi Room
Santa Photos by Katie Stewart Photography & Raffle Prize Table
$20 for 2 professionaly edited photos
For more info and to pre-book your time slot go to:

December 4, 3:00pm
Treblaires Presents: Twas the Night Before Christmas
Holy Trinity Anglican Church 
Cost: $15, Children under 12 FREE.
Please contact 905-892-6011 or to reserve a seat

December 11, 1:00-2:20pm
Free Public Skate at the Meridian Community Centre 
Sponsored by Century 21 Today Realty Fonthill

December 16, 7:30-9:20pm
Free Public Skate at the Meridian Community Centre
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fonthill

December 18, 1:00-2:20pm
Free Public Skate at the Meridian Community Centre 
Sponsored by the Fenwick Firefighters Association

December 24, 5:30 and 9:00pm, December 25, 9:00am
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Christmas Day & Evening Services
Please contact 905-892-6011 or to reserve a seat

December 30, 1:00-3:30pm
Free Public Skate at the Meridian Community Centre 
Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union



❄️ Name a Pelham Plow!

Help name a snowplow! 

The Town of Pelham is excited to invite Pelham residents to participate in the Name a Pelham Plow contest! Everyone is invited to submit their most creative ideas. 

 Name the Snow Plows


Visit the contest page and submit your ideas here! 

🎁 Unique Community Gifts

Through the Town of Pelham Community Project Donation Program, you can recognize a loved one, honour a particular group, or mark a milestone. 


By purchasing one of the donation items, your gift beautifies the Town and provides a lasting remembrance in honour of a loved one, individual, or group. The Town of Pelham is responsible for the installation of all elements. Specific selection and placement of elements are at the sole discretion of The Town of Pelham. Still, collaboration with the donor to determine a general location is part of the process. 


There may be an extended lead time to acquire items or in the installation process. Installation typically happens  annually. An email will be sent to the individual after installation is complete. The Town of Pelham thanks you for considering this heartfelt gift. 


Visit to see a full listing of available options.


Please contact the Recreation, Culture and Wellness Administrative Assistant to discuss your requests.



Local Area Business Highlights

Pelham is home to many different businesses owned and operated by our neighbours and community members. From family run shops, restaurants, retailers, service providers and more, there are so many Pelham businesses to discover.


Learn more here.



October 29, 8:00am-2:00pm
VineRidge Stables Country Fall Fair
Local artisans, baked goods, tack swap, baby farm animals, pumpkins and more! 
Equestrian demo by LGS farms at 1:00pm
503 Metler Rd. North Pelham

November 26, 11:00am-3:pm
Everyday Market Outdoor Christmas Market
Thousands of handmade artisan goods, warm beverages, Santa photos, and prizes!
Behind Everyday Market, Pelham Street


More coming coming soon! 


2022 Christmas in Pelham is supported by Niagara Region Economic Development.

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