8 Dazzling December Dates In Niagara

Hectic holiday schedules can make it tricky to find time for that someone special in the month of December. This year, make spending time together a priority by dedicating one day away for just the two of you. Then, hop in the car (or on the GO Train) and head to Niagara to sneak in some time that will allow the two of you to reconnect over an activity you both enjoy.

December Date Idea #1:
A Picture-Perfect Outdoor Wine Festival

Niagara Benchlands Winter WineFest, taking place December 9th, 10th and 11th, is a tasty way to experience a diverse selection of Niagara’s best wineries, craft beverage producers and restaurants all in one stunning outdoor location. Admission includes exclusive access to Ball’s Falls Conservation Area’s twinkling Holiday Light Trail.

December Date Idea #2:
Outdoor Art & Butter Tarts

Recognized as Ontario’s number-one winery at the 2022 National Wine Awards, 13th Street Winery offers so much more than just wine. Bundle up and explore the grounds surrounding the winery, which feature a permanent exhibit of spectacular sculptures with scannable QR codes that allow you to learn more about the artwork. There’s also an on-site gallery that specializes in Canadian historical and contemporary fine art. After you’ve browsed the artwork, break for the on-site bakery, where the butter tarts were voted Canada’s best by House and Home magazine. If you’d prefer an indoor winery art experience, visit Henry of Pelham Family Estate, where visitors can enjoy the collection of Canadian art proudly on display in a light-filled space above the tasting room.

December Date Idea #3:
Lager & Lights

Get a taste for St. Catharines’ hopping craft beer scene and enjoy a flight with some fabulous food at Merchant Ale House, Cold Break Brewing, Decew Falls Brewing Company, Dragan Brewing & Wine, or Trust Beer Bar. Afterward, take a stroll through Downtown St. Catharines to enjoy the beautiful Let It Glow holiday light installations. If you’d prefer your pint in Port Dalhousie, visit Lock Street Brewing Co. and then enjoy a winter’s walk along the old canal, where 2,000 feet of twinkling lights will sparkle throughout the holiday season.

December Date Idea #4:
High Tea & Greenery

The Watering lush Vineland greenhouse hosts daily Garden Teas complete with finger sandwiches, scones, sweets and all the trimmings. Before or after, enjoy a few hours of creative crafting in one of their hands-on workshops, and you’ll take home a holiday urn, wreath, or arrangement that’s uniquely yours. Afterward, keep the green thumb fun going with a visit to Adam’s Flora in St. Catharines.

December Date Idea #5:
Campfire & Charcuterie

Cuddling up beside a crackling fire with a glass of wine and some tasty snacks is the perfect way to win at winter dating! Wineries in the St. Catharines and Niagara Benchlands area with fire pits available for visitors include:

If you’d prefer a little protection from the elements, consider one of Fielding Estate Winery’s cozy heated wine domes or a flight beside the fireplace at Westcott Vineyards.

December Date Idea #6:
Waterfall Walk & A Wonderful Meal

A frosty hike with the promise of a stunning waterfall along the way is a pretty perfect way to spend a December day. Excellent options for your waterfall hike include:

After your hike, cue up comfort food favourites that will chase away any chill. Tasty choices include:

December Date Idea #7:
Spa Day & A Sleepover

Spending the afternoon together at the spa and then sneaking away to a cozy hotel room for the evening feels extra luxurious during a busy month like December. Some spectacular spa and stay combinations include:

December Date Idea #8:
Destination Dining

Sometimes a dinner date in your own neighbourhood feels like it’s over too soon. Picking a road-trip-worthy restaurant stretches out the fun, so you have time to enjoy each other’s company a little longer on the commute. Fabulous choices in Niagara for a meal to remember include:

Get even more ideas for enjoying the holiday season in the Niagara Benchlands and St. Catharines.  

 

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