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6 Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Season Safely in Belleville

There’s no doubt that the holiday season looks a lot different this year. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the season with your family/bubble, we’ve put together a list of things you can do while keeping safe.

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties are currently in the Yellow-Protect category. Whether you live in the Belleville area or are planning a future visit, please follow the recommendations of your local Public Health Unit regarding travel within/outside your community. Thanks for helping to keep our region as safe as possible! For the latest COVID updates, please visit the Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health website.


This year’s Festival of Lights is a driving event to enjoy the holiday magic in Belleville and the Downtown District from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Take a leisurely drive along the festival route to experience 5KM of holiday cheer with lighting displays and holiday music! Click here to learn more and see the route.


There is so much to enjoy in the Downtown District this holiday season! Go for a stroll to see over 8,000 lights, large snowflakes and other holiday decor adorning the historic downtown streets. Stores are open later on Thursday and Friday night for your shopping convenience and they have a Holiday Passport Program so you just might win a prize for shopping in Downtown Belleville. Don’t forget to book your pedicab ride and take a photo in the #GiantSantaChair!


Walking or driving around with a hot chocolate and looking at holiday lights evokes a nostalgic feeling, no matter how old you are. We put a call out to our community to register for the Home for the Holidays Decorating Contest and have created a map so you can tour around and see the decorated homes! View the map.
Bonus: The Festival of Lights route is also highlighted on the map so you can make it part of your light tour!

Glanmore National Historic Site in the winter


Glanmore National Historic Site’s popular “Gaslight” evenings have been re-imagined for your safety and enjoyment. Visit Glanmore on Wednesday nights to enjoy the glow of faux gaslight and the magic of Victorian Christmas. As you explore, our interpreters will provide information about Glanmore and Victorian Christmas traditions at socially-distanced stations throughout the historic house. Timed-entry tickets are very limited and must be purchased online in advance of the event at


Donini Chocolate is a long-time Belleville favourite, and their line of holiday products are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Their products range from festive bark and truffles to creamy hot chocolate. Visit their retail store or shop online and take advantage of their curbside pickup! Visit for more information on Donini and their delicious treats, made right here in Belleville.


The Quinte Mall has adapted to create a safe experience for families to visit Santa and take photos with him! Check out their website to learn more and book your appointment in advance (which is mandatory).


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