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.

Once again, some of this year's events and Christmas in Pelham traditions will take a modified approach to ensure the community's safety. All elements are reviewed and updated based on the recommendations of the Province and Niagara Region Public Health.

Although some elements continue to be different from years past, we are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in Pelham with you.

🎅🤶 Straight from the North Pole 

Santa and Mrs ClausLast year, Santa and Mrs. Claus loved all the letters and emails from the children in Pelham!


They even received a special email from the Mayor. Take a look and see what the elves were able to capture in 2020.


Click here to watch 2020's message.


We can't wait to hear from them this year!

❄️ Town of Pelham Christmas Card Design Competition

Calling all Pelham Youth in Grades 1-8! Help us to create this years Town of Pelham Christmas Card!


blank card with your design could be here

Artwork will be reviewed by the Town of Pelham’s Public Art Committee.

Selected illustrations will be chosen the Town of Pelham’s 2021 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 (te 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 Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

🎅 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 Monday, December 13, 2021 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 Tuesday, December 22 before he heads out on his Christmas route!

🎀 Decorating Elves hard at work around Town! 

christmas Elves creating bows

This year is even more important than ever to spread some good cheer.

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

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 10, 2021

Friday, December 9, 2021 | 4:00-9:00pm | $25.00/ child (dinner included)

Registration for the Town of Pelham's Santa's workshop opens Friday, November 19, 2021.


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 (physically distant) 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!

🎅 Santa Claus Parade - 2021 Details Coming Soon!


Thank you to everyone who attended in 2020 and made this annual tradition a reality this year! It was a rainy day, but the smiles and Christmas Cheer were in full force!


thank you


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


In 2020, a modified "Reverse Parade" in Centennial Park replaced the traditional parade experience. Parade attendees were required to have a Parade Pass for entry into the Parade route. Parade passes were available in limited quantities based on event capacity. 


2021 Pelham Santa Claus Parade info to come soon, as well as applications for community businesses and service groups to participate in 2021 will open late October, 2021.



2020 Reverse Parade FAQ

What is a Parade Pass? 

Parade attendees will be required to have a Parade Pass for entry into the Parade route. Parade passes are available in limited quantities based on event capacity. Town of Pelham residents can register for a pass starting on December 1, 2020. Open registration begins December 10, 2020 for all other area. 

What is a "Reverse" Parade?

In this format, the floats become a stationary display and spectators instead drive through the route to view the displays from the safety of their vehicle. 

What type of floats are there?

Local businesses and community groups will have displays instead of the traditional floats. They will be along the route that parade attendees will drive by. This years parade will have fewer participants than normal in order to allow for physical distancing. There will be a minimum of 12 different displays.

I'm a Local business - can I participate?

Applications are still open for businesses and community groups who would like to have a display along the route. Please complete an application form. 

How long with the Parade take?

We anticipate there will be a line to enter the Parade in Centennial Park. Once a vehicle has passed the start of the Parade, it is expected that the actual drive by of the displays will take approximately 10 to 15 min. 

I have my Parade Pass, how do I get to Centennial Park?

Please enter Church street by way of Foss Road only. Niagara Regional Police and parade volunteers will be onsite to assist with traffic. 

How fast will vehicles be going?

Once vehicles enter the parade route inside Centennial Park, we ask that you maintain a 10km/h speed to ensure the safety of our volunteers. Watch for volunteers directions and maintain the distance between vehicles. 

Will Santa be there?

Yes! Santa will be part of the Parade!

Do I have to stay in my vehicle?

For the safety of our volunteers and community, each participant will need to remain in their vehicle for the duration of the Reverse Parade. No foot traffic will be permitted. 



❄️ Winter Break Camp - 2021 Details Coming Soon!

Registration info and details for the Town of Pelham's Winter Break Camp to come soon!


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


Weekly registration is $120.00 and includes camp from 9:00am-4:00pm, as well as a daily lunch. Extended Care is available from 7:30am-5:30pm for $8.50/day. Visit our Camp page for more information!


A detailed description of the camps daily events can be found below. For more information regarding COVID-19 protocols, please click here.


🎄 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 - 2021 Details Coming Soon!



pile of assorted coloured christmas lights with get your lights ready message included


Thank you to our Christmas in Pelham: 2020 Light Tour Sponsor - Niagara Peninsula Energy.

🎄 Holiday Colouring Contest - 2021 Details Coming Soon!


Thank you to everyone who decorated a tree as part of our Christmas in Pelham colouring contest in 2020! Such creativity!


Colouring Contest entries


⛸️ Pelham Community Holiday Events Listing - 2021 Details Coming Soon!


Is your organization hosting virtual or physically distant in-person events?

Contact Amanda Deschenes at to add your event details here



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