Christmas on the Farm is getting back to its traditional roots as it returns for its 48th year in 2022.

The annual event, held in cooperation with the Seaway Kiwanis Club, returns on Dec. 2 and 3 in its traditional in-person format at Canatara Park. The return follows two years of altered format versions of the event, the latter of which netted the City an Achievement Award from Festivals and Events Ontario.

“We’re so excited to be returning to our traditional celebration of the holiday season with a free event featuring all the old favourites our community enjoys, alongside some new attractions that are sure to delight all ages,” said Community Services Coordinator Rachel Veilleux.

Returning, long-time attractions include horse and carriage rides, craft making, ice carving demonstrations, train rides, and a festival favourite — roasted chestnuts.

Alongside well-established favourites, this year’s Christmas on the Farm will feature some new additions including storytime with Mrs. Claus; letters to Santa; a character meet and greet on Saturday; and a cookie giveaway.

During the event, the Children’s Animal Farm will be open, free to visitors.

Christmas on the Farm runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 3. To prepare for the event, the section of Cathcart Boulevard west of Lake Chipican Drive will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 2.

With the exception of the food and beverage station, the event is entirely free. For more information visit