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Extend The Excitement of the Holidays Into The New Year

Wednesday December 27th, 2023, 5:15pm


Extend The Excitement of the Holidays Into The New Year!

Original blog by Tourism Windsor Essex

The rush of the holiday season comes in like cold winter blast and tends to leave just as abruptly, but if you’re looking to keep the thrill and excitement going for just a little while longer we have a list of events and attractions to keep you busy and having a blast well into the new year! We’ll even include the blast of fireworks on New Year’s Eve to jump start things!


Ring in the New Year with some of your favourite local businesses in Windsor Essex! Our New Year’s Eve Guide is your tool to find the area’s best eats, beats and parties as we head in to 2024. From family fun for all ages, to a swanky night out. Swimming, skating, quiet night over candlelight or dancing the night away under a disco ball and of course, fireworks — our New Year’s Eve Guide has all of that and more! Take a look, grab your friends and family and make sure to ring in 2024 in the best way!


Staying in more your style? Take a look at the delicious offerings from our Follow the Flavours partners and plan a delectable night in! Enjoy a cozy dinner for two or order up party platters and invite the whole crew. You’re in for a treat no matter what you decide. Make it a theme night and travel the world from the comfort of home by ordering mouth-watering options of global flavours like Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, German, African, Caribbean and Mexican – celebrate by ringing in the New Year in each time zone!


Twinkling lights shining bright are not just for Christmas! The light festivals throughout Windsor Essex will be lighting up the nights into the first week of January. If you don’t have a chance to see them before Christmas, or just go for a repeat visit. Grab a warm beverage, your favourite people and bundle up for a stroll through Jackson Park for Bright Lights Windsor open until January 7th, King’s Navy Yard Park for Amherstburg River Lights open until January 8th, Lakeside Park in Kingsville for Kingsville Fantasy of Lights, open until January 3rd and LaSalle Civic Centre for LaSalle Holiday Lights and Heritage Nights, open until January 7th. Don’t forget to check out the W.E. Made It: Bright Lights Market taking place every Friday & Saturday through January 6th – your chance to start the new year by supporting local and getting a jump start on your 2024 gift giving from artisans and makers!


Need to keep the kids busy during the holiday break? Make a splash at Adventure Bay Family Water Park which will be open every day from 12pm to 4pm, December 27th to January 7th. They’ll soak up the fun on 10 water slides including the Master Blaster and Python, FlowRider surf simulator, wave pool, Tot Lock slides for the younger visitors and of course the lazy river!


The Chimczuck Museum has a a festive event schedule and interactive activities to entertain and delight the whole family. Visit the Museum during the winter break and try your hand at Holiday Bingo: search through the exhibitions and fill up your bingo card for a small prize. Be sure to check out the Worlds of the Night travelling exhibition providing a mysterious and exciting experience while learning about astonishing night facts!  The Rosalie Trombley Commemorative Exhibition explores the life and work of radio pioneer Rosalie Trombley and includes musician features, audio recordings, fashion, awards and artifacts from the Big 8. Regular admission rates apply.


Start your New Year’s celebrations off a bit early with a 2pm Windsor Spitfires game as they take on the Sarnia Sting! Kick off your New Year’s Eve at the WFCU Centre and still have plenty of time to grab dinner or head to a party for the ball drop! Blast away the January blues with games throughout the month as well!


Treat yourself to a Flight Log to explore the Barrels Bottles and Brews Trail, better yet – treat yourself and a friend! Get a taste of craft breweries, like Walkerville Brewery where you can enjoy Seriously Trivia on January 4th: form a team and compete in a series of trivia questions, word games and puzzles in a fast-paced format that will keep you guessing! PLUS enjoy beer, pizza, hot pretzels and hot dogs. Free to play with prizes to win! Or, head to Wolfhead Distillery for Caesar Sunday’s where you can enjoy Caesar Bar Sunday, running from 10am to 4pm, offering an over-the-top, limited time experience!


Our EPIC Wineries aren’t just for summertime sippin’ — they are perfect to ring in the New Year at home with a bottle of bubbly! Stop in to any of our local wineries and pick up a bottle of white, red, rose or sparkling and you’ll be toasting in 2024 in good taste! Better yet, purchase an EPIC Digital Wine Tasting Pass to redeem for a 4oz tasting flight at six participating wineries. Explore the wineries throughout the winter!


Kick off January with some action on the court as the Windsor Express 2024 Season kicks off vs the Montreal Tundra on Friday January 12th at 7pm at the WFCU Centre.  The Windsor Express season runs through April with single game, flex packs and season memberships available.


Winter Bites Restaurant Week hosted by WindsorEats is back and giving you the perfect reason to dine out. Food lovers visit participating restaurants across Windsor Essex to feast on special prix-fixe 3 course menus. Winter Bites Restaurant Week will take place January 15-21.


The Colosseum, The Capitol Theatre and Chrysler Theatre will all be serving up excitement on their main stages in January and throughout the Winter months. Break up those cold winter nights with a hot night out! Blue Rodeo and Lance Burton will entertain you at Caesars Windsor, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra will serenade you with 3 different shows in January and celebrate dance at the Chrysler Theatre at the I Am King: Michael Jackson Dinner Show or EH Celebration of Dance at the Chrysler Theatre.


Visit our Event Guide for a full listing of the hottest events this winter to keep you and your family entertained and engaged all season long!

Sponsored story by Tourism Windsor Essex. For more details on Tourism Windsor Essex click their website, or visit them on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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