Celebrate the beginning of winter Uptown! We activate the Uptown Saint John BIA on the first Friday of December with ice sculptures, music, outdoor firepits, and winter-friendly outdoor activities!
Many Uptown boutiques, shops, restaurants, cafés, businesses, and galleries offer special activities and stay open late.
2022 Uptown Sparkles happened Friday, December 2nd; the schedule below is for 2022.
(Uptown Sparkles is returning on December 1st, 2023 )
Discover all the fantastic things happening at Uptown Businesses during Uptown Sparkles by clicking the button below!
Uptown Sparkles 2022 Activities
City Hall Sparkles Kick off 6 pm to 6:20 pm
- Mayor’s Tree Lighting (A City of Saint John event with special guests Saint John Energy celebrating 100 years and counting)
- East Coast Caroling
- Ms Sparkles (Naomi Leslie)
- Twinkle the elf (Magical Memories Princess Parties)
Kings Square powered by Saint John Energy 5 pm to 9 pm
Princess Street 6:30pm to 8pm
- First Nations Story Tellers interpreter (Germain Street corner)
- Ice sculpture – Richard Chiasson (Germain Street corner)
- Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark interpreter (Prince Willaim Street Corner)
- Ice sculpture – Richard Chiasson (Prince Willaim Street Corner)
CenterBeam Place (Inside) 5pm to 9pm
- 5pm to 7pm, Live music by Jennifer Power & Richard Kidd
- 7pm to 9pm, Sparkles Swing Dancing with Saint John Swing Dance
Saint John Night Market (a Saint John City Market event) 5pm to 9pm
- Regular Vendors
- Pop-Up Vendors
- Hot Chocolate / Coffee
- Festive music & lighting
City Market 5pm to 9pm
All Around Uptown 6pm to 9pm
- Ice Sculptures – Richard Chiasson
- Ice Sculptures -Swamp Bear Art Joel Palmer
- East Coast Caroling
- Ms Sparkles (Naomi Leslie) (finishes at 8pm)
- Twinkle the elf – Magical Memories Princess Parties (finishes at 8pm)
- Jolly Trolley rides 6pm to 9pm – In front of Service New Brunswick, King Square North
- Sea Belles of Harmony, Inc – 7pm to 8pm Brunswick Square
- Jardine Alley – Festivally lit up all night long!
On-Street parking is FREE after 5 pm, compliments of the Saint John Parking Commission.
Uptown Saint John Inc reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any Uptown Sparkles without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. Uptown Saint John Inc may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by Uptown Saint John Inc, including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.