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The Downtown District

Experience the magic of the holiday season in Downtown Belleville! Head downtown for light installations, local shopping, dining and selfies in the giant Santa Chair!

Discover a magical holiday experience.

Be Enchanted in the Downtown District.


To help you finish your holiday shopping before December 25, many retailers are open late to help you decide on that perfect gift. Restaurants, cafes and bars with scents of food from around the world drift through the carriageways. Click here for Downtown holiday hours!


Walk the streets of our historic Downtown with a warm drink from one of our several cafes and take in the beauty of light displays and holiday windows. Until January 10, catch your Instagram-worthy snaps at the giant trees at Front & Dundas or Century Village Square, the square frame by Empire Theatre, the gift ball frame between Ekort Realty and Twisted Anchor or the giant stars at Belleville Public Library!


A socially distanced Santa Selfie? Coming right up! Find the giant Santa Chair in Market Square and take a selfie with the Father of Christmas. Share it online and tag @downtownbelleville!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with over 40 businesses Downtown having their windows painted with festive designs by Mural Maiden and She’s High on Vibes. See if you can find all 40 windows as you stroll, shop and eat Downtown.


From November 19 to January 2 experience the array of lights, movements and sounds of the holidays with Belleville’s Festival of Lights! Click here for the lights route which will take you through Downtown, along the waterfront and end at Keegan Parkway at Herchimer Avenue.


Get the perfect gifts you’ve been searching for at one of our several retailers offering products for everyone on your list!

Weekends in the Winter

  • Thursdays

    Beat the weekend rush of shoppers to get your gifts on Thursdays thanks to our retailers! With many open late to serve your holiday needs, you’ll be kicking your feet up well before December 25 with all your shopping complete.

  • Fridays

    Allow yourself to be fully immersed in the holiday spirit, listening to live music from our restaurants while the snow falls. Check out The Smokin’ 116 Bistro, Capers and Export Grill online for their Friday night line ups.

Parking Downtown

There are just under 1,000 parking spaces located within a three block radius of the downtown core.

We are challenging our visitors that are able-bodied to support the downtown by giving yourselves a bit of extra time to park in the municipal lots and walk into the downtown so that people with mobility challenges can take advantage of the on street parking. For more information about parking availability click here.

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