Wintertide Holiday Festival

Wintertide Holiday Festival 

November 22, 2021 - January 9, 2022

The 2021 Wintertide Holiday Festival features a collection of many seasonal celebrations, events, and recreational activities being coordinated by the City of Charlottetown, community organizations, and residents during the Holiday Season for all to enjoy, including a number of signature celebrations. A calendar of activities will once again be available leading up to the Festival and thousands of festive lights will continue to illuminate the Capital.

In a traditional year, the Wintertide Holiday Festival would kick off with the Official Tree Lighting. While the tree will still be lit, an official ceremony will not take place due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

Wintertide Holiday Festival Calendar of Events
Download the calendar here

The activities and events listed are a highlight of the many Christmas and holiday season related events 
taking place in Charlottetown during the Wintertide Holiday Festival.

Holiday Projection on the Plaza
Projection Show Photo

Holiday Projection on the Plaza presented by Confederation Court Mall, is an animated holiday-themed projection and music show that will bring the Grafton Street façade of the Confederation Centre of the Arts mainstage to life beginning Friday, November 26. 

Created by Wasko AV, a multimedia and creative technology studio specializing in projection, production, and motion graphics design, Holiday Projection on the Plaza will run every 5 minutes from 5PM – 10PM nightly through January 9.

Special thanks to the Province of PEI, PEI Events Innovation Fund, Discover Charlottetown, Charlottetown Special Events Reserve Fund, and Confederation Centre of the Arts for making this magical production possible. 

Annual Free Christmas Concerts
The City's annual Christmas Concerts, in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle, will take place December 11 and 12 at the PEI Convention Centre. Three concerts will be held, with a capacity of 1,000 at each concert. The schedule is as follows: 

Saturday, December 11
7:30 p.m. – John Gracie's Once Upon a Christmas 
Sunday, December 12
2:00 p.m. – Ava & Lily’s An Island Christmas 
7:30 p.m. – A Christmas to Remember

John Gracie’s Once Upon a Christmas is an annual Christmas concert featuring recording artist John Gracie. Ava & Lily’s An Island Christmas features twins Ava and Lily Rashed and will include a mix of Christmas songs, original songs, and cover songs to help spread some Christmas cheer. A Christmas to Remember features heart-warming holiday music and storytelling featuring talented local performers Cam MacDuffee, Catherine O’Brien, Caroline Bernard, Hank Stinson, Don Fraser, and The Reindeer Express Band. 

Free tickets for both events will be handed out at the Confederation Court Mall Centre Court (134 Kent Street) between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, November 27 (while quantities last). 

Concerts will follow public health guidance. Proof of full vaccination and masks will be required to attend.

Wintertide Holiday Festival Home Decorating Contest
Register by Monday, December 6.

Share in the magical spirit of the holiday season with neighbours and friends by decorating your home for the Wintertide Holiday Home Decorating Contest!

Judging will take place the week of December 13, with winners announced at a later date. Homes must be within the city of Charlottetown boundaries. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: Use of natural materials, use of lighting, creativity with materials, and overall design. All entries will be judged in the Best Overall category and have the option to be entered into the Kids’ Choice category. 

Register for the contest here:

Wintertide Holiday Festival Home Decorating Contest

First & Last Name: 

Home Address: 


Phone Number: 

All submissions will be judged in the Best Overall category. Please select below if you would like your home to be considered for the Kids' Choice category:

 Kids' Choice

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