Family and friends around the campfire roasting smores, at Holiday Trail



Holiday Trail features skating rink, live entertainment, local food and drinks, photos with Santa, selfie stations and more!

The Ball’s Falls Holiday Trail is on now until January 9, with countless of opportunities to experience the wonders of winter and the holiday season.

“This magical holiday tradition is sure to please visitors of all ages, with a brilliantly illuminated accessible trail that takes folks down the escarpment, over the Twenty Mile Creek, through these local woods, and into the Heritage Village of Glen Elgin,” says Alicia Powell, Manager of Conservation Area Services at NPCA. “In its second annual year, the Ball’s Falls Holiday Trail is bigger and better, offering numerous activities for folks to experience.”

As weekday and weekend evening programming differ, all Holiday Trail ticket holders will be sure to enjoy:

  • Illuminated accessible walking trail
  • Selfie photo stations along the trail
  • Children’s craft station
  • Family scavenger hunt activity
  • Heritage building displays
  • Warming station in the Big Barn
  • Synthetic skating rink and skate rentals
  • Campfire and Smore Station

On weekend evenings, from Friday to Sunday, guests will also enjoy:

  • Live music and entertainment
  • Country Date Nights with Brad Battles on Fridays
  • Classic Rock Christmas with Ron Whitman on Saturdays
  • Sunday Family Nights featuring illusionists and magicians
  • Local food and drinks, including craft beer and wine
  • Holiday shopping from craft vendors
  • Visit and photos with Santa (until December 19)
  • Heritage demonstrations and tours

“We are excited to welcome back craft vendors on the weekends and encourage guests to stop by for some holiday shopping from amazing jewellers, woodworkers, and unique edible providers, or stop by for charcuterie, glass of local wine or craft beer as they watch the family skate on the synthetic skating rink,” adds Powell. “We hope they will enjoy the thousands of bright lights illuminating the conservation area, and of course, the lower waterfall, which is an incredible sight to see.”

Several holiday displays can be spotted inside Heritage Buildings, offering interpretive demonstrations and tours on weekend evenings, and the Centre for Conservation is wonderfully decorated with a beautiful winter village scene created by a family of volunteers and staff.

This year’s Ball’s Falls Holiday Trail offers both indoor and outdoor activities, with all COVID-19 rules and regulations in place. This includes the mandatory use of masks while indoors and complying to Ontario Regulation 364 regarding proof of vaccination for all guests over the age of 12.

To learn more and to make a reservation, please visit For questions, reservation assistance, or to reserve over the phone, please call 905-788-3135 ext. 321.

The Conservation Area’s accessible trails are stroller friendly. Pets are not permitted at this evening event, except for valid service dogs. The Holiday Trail is open every evening until January 9, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, and 31. 

Admission fees Monday to Thursday are $10 per adult, $8 per child between 3 to 11 years of age and seniors. Admission fees Friday to Sunday are $12 per adult, $10 per child between 3 to 11 years of age and seniors. Children under two years of age are free.

The Ball’s Falls Holiday Trail is funded with generous contributions from the Government of Ontario and Ontario Power Generation.


About NPCA:  

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 60 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management. 

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture, and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery. 

Questions related to the above release should be directed to: 
Erika Navarro, Communications Specialist
Mobile: 905-650-4027