Well hello there 2020, I hope you’re going to be a good one! January is always such a fun time in this area with lots of (somewhat boozy) festivals and events taking place. The start of the new year can feel a little slow after the busy month of December but these events are a great way to keep the spirit going and stay away from the post-holiday slump.
Twenty Valley Winter WineFest (Jordan Village, January 10-12)
The 11th annual Twenty Valley Winter WineFest is a must for Canadian wine lovers. Taking place outdoors in Jordan Village (don’t worry, there are lots of fires and warming stations to help you stay warm during your visit), the free fest features sampling from local wineries & craft beverage makers (tokens can be purchased at the festival or online beforehand) along with ticketed events like cocktail workshops with Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers, dinners featuring dishes created by chefs from the Twenty Valley and workshops.
Wayne Gretzky Estates – The Great One’s Backyard Rink (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Is there anything more Canadian than skating on The Great One’s rink in the middle of winter? Didn’t think so. The rink ($5 to use, with skate rentals available), located behind Wayne Gretzky Estates is perfect for getting back on the ice and having a little fun. The best part? The Whisky Bar Patio is located just off to the side so you can warm up with some boozy drinks, like their house spiked cider or a Winter 99, afterwards.
Niagara Icewine Festival (Niagara region, January 10-26)
The Niagara Icewine Festival kicks off on January 10th with their Icewine Gala, which features delicious food from the top chefs at Niagara’s Casinos paired with some of the region’s best icewine. Following that, Discovery Passes can be purchased for $45 + HST which includes 8 food + wine pairings at participating wineries during weekends in January. It’s the perfect chance to check out a few new wineries or return to some favourites.
Waterdown Memorial Park Rotary Skating Loop (Waterdown Memorial Park)
Now open for the season, the free Waterdown Memorial Park Rotary Skating Loop is perfect for those who want to get their blades out and get outside to enjoy a little winter fun. Grab some hot chocolate before you head over and get skating – it’s the perfect winter date!
Winter Beer Festival Burlington (Holiday Inn Burlington, January 24-25)
Beer lovers, get ready – the Winter Beer Festival is almost here for a 6th year! You’ll be able to sample beer and ciders from local brewers. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite! Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time – the early admission tickets save you $5!