Santa Claus Parades in Ontario 2015

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            2015 Santa Claus Parades Across Ontario

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Our guide to over 150 parades across Ontario

Take the family to a local parade to kick off the holiday season and deliver the kiddies letters to Santa via the Canada Post elves along the parade route!

NORTHERN ONTARIO    EASTERN ONTARIO     OTTAWA REGION     GTA

CENTRAL ONTARIO     SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO     NIAGARA REGION

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

NORTHERN ONTARIO 

Espanola Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Dryden Santa Clause Parade – December 4th @6:00pm

Gore Bay Santa Claus Parade – December 5th  @ 7:30pm

Kenora Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 6:00pm 

Kirkland Lake Santa Clause Parade – November 27th @ 7:00pm

North Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 12:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 4:30pm

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade – 
November 21st @ 6:00pm 

Sioux Lookout Santa Claus Parade – December 13th @ 6:00pm

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade
 – November 21st @ 5:30 pm

Thunder Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @10:00am

Timmins Santa Claus Parade – November 7th @ 6:00pm

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EASTERN ONTARIO

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade of Lights 
- November 28th @ 5:30pm

Kingston Santa Claus Parade
 – November 21st  @ 5:00 pm

Almonte Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 5:00pm

Belleville Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 
5:00pm

Brockville Santa’s Arrival Parade
 – November 28th @ 2:00 pm

Bloomfield Santa Claus Parade 
- November 27th @ 6:30 pm

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 5:00pm

Cornwall Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 5:00pm

Deep River Santa Claus Parade of Lights – December 5th @ 5:30pm

Gananoque Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 4:30pm

Merrickville Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 11:00am

Napanee Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 5:30pm

Pakenham Santa Claus Parade  – December 5th @ 1:00pm

Perth Santa Claus Parade
 – December 5th @ 5:00pm

Picton Santa Claus Parade
 – November 29th @ 2:00 pm

Prescott Santa Claus Parade – November 2oth @ 7:00pm

Smiths Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 5:00pm

Stittsville Parade of Lights – November 28th @ 6:00pm  


Trenton Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 4:30pm

Vankleek Hill Christmas Parade of Lights 
- December 4th @ 7:00pm

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OTTAWA REGION

Arnprior Santa Clause Parade – November 28th @ 5:30pm

Eganville Santa Claus Parade – December 13th @ 1:00pm

Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
 – November 21st @ 11:00am

Kanata Santa Claus Parade – November 14th @ 10:00am

Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 5:30pm

Gatineau Santa Claus Parade – November 27th @ 7:00pm

Orleans Santa’s Parade of Lights – November 28th @ 6:00pm

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Acton Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 1:00pm

Ajax Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 6:00pm

Aurora Santa Claus Parade 
- November 28th @ 6:00pm

Bolton Santa Claus Parade– December 5th @ 11:00am

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – November 14th @ 10:30am

Brampton Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 5:00pm

Burlington Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 2:00pm

Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 10:00am

Georgetown Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 5:00pm

Markham Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 11:00am

Milton Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 1:30pm

Mississauga Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 1:00pm

Newcastle Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 5:30pm

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
 – November 21st @ 11:00am.

Oakville Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 9:00 am

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
 – November 14th @ 5:00pm

Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
 – November 21st @ 6:00pm

Pickering Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 10:00 am

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 5:00pm

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @1:30pm

Sutton Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 5:00pm

Toronto Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @12:30pm

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 11:00am

Vaughan Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 2:00pm

Whitby Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 10:00am

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CENTRAL ONTARIO

Alliston Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:00pm

Apsley Santa Clause Parade – November 21st @ 6:00pm

Bala Santa Claus Parade – November 14th  @ 1:00pm

Barrie Santa Claus Parade
 – November 21st @ 5:00pm

Bancroft Santa Claus Parade 
- December 5th @2:30pm 

Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 21st @ 12:00pm

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade – December 12th @ 5:00pm

Bracebridge Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade
 – December 6th @ 1:00pm

Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:00 pm

Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
- November 15th @ 2:00pm

Coldwater Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 5:30pm

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade  – November 21st  @ 5:00 pm

Cookstown Santa Claus Parade  -
 November 13th @ 8:30pm

Fenelon Falls Santa Claus Parade – 
November 28th  @ 5:00pm

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade 
- November 28th @ 11:00am

Huntsville Santa Claus Parade – November 27th @ 7:00pm

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 22nd @ 2:00pm

Midland Santa Claus Parade
 – November 28th @ 11:00am

Minden Santa Claus Parade
 – November 21st @11:30am

Orillia Santa Claus Parade
- November 22nd @ 1:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade– November 28th @ 4:30pm

Peterborough Santa Claus Parade
 – December 5th @ 6:00pm

Port Carling Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:30pm

Port Hope Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 1:00pm

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade– November 28th @ 2:00pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 6:00pm

Angus Santa Claus Parade
- November 14th @10:00am

Arthur Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 7:00pm

Brantford Santa Claus Parade  – November 28th @ 6:00pm

Brussels Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 5:00pm

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:00pm

Chatham Santa Claus Parade – November 20th @ 6:00pm

Chatsworth Santa Claus Parade – December 19th @ 10:30am

Clinton Santa Claus Parade – December 4th @ 7:00pm

Corunna Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 7:00pm

Dundalk Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 6:00pm

Elora Santa Claus Parade– November 26th @ 6:00pm

Essex Santa Claus Parade – December 12th @ 6:30pm

Flamborough Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 6:30pm

Fergus Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 1:30pm 

Forest Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 7:00pm

Goderich Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:30pm

Guelph Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 1:30pm

Grand Valley Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 7:00pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 2:00pm

Hanover Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 7:00pm

Harrow Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 7:00pm

Hespler Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 12:00pm

Kincardine Santa Claus Parade
- December 5th @ 
6:30pm

Kingsville Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:30pm

Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 10:00am

Lion’s Head Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 1:00pm

London Santa Claus Parade – November 14th @ 6:00pm

Lucknow Santa Clause Parade – November 27th @ 7:00pm

Meaford Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 6:30pm

Mount Forest Santa Claus Parade – December 4th @ 7:00pm

Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 21st @ 10:00am

Paisley Santa Claus Parade – November 27th @ 7:00pm

Petrolia Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 2:00pm

Port Elgin Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 7:00pm

Rockwood Santa Claus Parade of Lights – December 10th @ 7:00pm

Sarnia Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 6:00pm

Schomberg Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 4:00pm

Seaforth Santa Claus Parade – November 27th @ 7:00pm

Southampton Santa Claus Parade – December 4th @ 7:00pm

St. Mary’s Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade – November 13th @ 7:00pm

St. Thomas Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:00pm

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 2:00pm

Stratford Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 4:30pm

Tobermory Santa Claus Parade  – December 12th @ 1:00pm

Walkerton Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 7:00pm

Wiarton Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 7:00pm

Windsor Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 6:00pm

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 6:00pm

Zurich Lighted Santa Claus Parade – November 6th @ 5:30pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

NIAGARA REGION

Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 12:00pm

Grimsby Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 5:15pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 2:00pm

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 14th @ 11:00am

Niagara on the Lake Santa Claus Parade – December 12th @ 11:00am

Pelham Santa Claus Parade – December 12th @ 1:00pm

Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – December 5th @ 6:30pm

St. Catherines Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 2:30pm

Thorold Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 4:00pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 4:00 pm

West Lincoln Santa Claus Parade – November 28th @ 2:00pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

Helping your child understand Remembrance Day

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As adults we understand what Remembrance Day is, why we observe this day and the significance of the poppy.  Being the parents of young children, we try and shelter them from violence and sadness so they aren’t worried and scared.  That being said though, I think it’s important to be honest with them as to why we celebrate Remembrance Day.

Keep it simple, give them the basic facts and let their curious minds lead the conversation where it may.

Here are some facts to share with them to get the conversation going:

  • Remembrance Day is an annual occasion when our country invites us to remember and honour the men and women who have fought in wars long ago to keep us safe
  • Remembrance Day is always on November 11th as it marks the day that the war was over and there was peace again.
  • We participate in 2 minutes of silence of at 11:00am on November 11th to be thankful and remember all the brave soldiers that gave us a safe country to live in
  • Is there a relative that served in the war?  Tell their story
  • Explain that we are very lucky to live in a country where there is peace.
  • What is a Poppy and why do we wear them? – We wear red flowers called Poppies to show others that you are remembering those who died for their country.  The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War I ended.
  • Be sure to let them know that Mommy and Daddy will always be sure they are safe

If they don’t understand, don’t push it.  You can help them feel involved in this important day in other ways and in time, when they are ready, they will understand.

What can we do to celebrate Remembrance Day with our Children?

  • Teach them about Peace and why it important in everyday life, on the playground and how they can be a peacekeeper
  • Read a book with them about Remembrance Day – A Poppy is to Remember is a great choice.  You can probably find this book at your local library or book store
  • Take them to purchase a Poppy .  Children get excited to put money in the box and wear their poppy proudly  (To stop it from falling off or poking your child, put a piece of cork on the end of the pin.)
  • Observe 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 am
  • Watch a Remembrance Day Ceremony on tv or attend a local ceremony
  • Send a Postcard for Peace to say thank you to those who served
  • Make a Remembrance Day Craft
  • Read a Remembrance Day Poem – In Flanders Fields is probably the most recited for Remembrance Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872-1918)

  • Sing a Remembrance Day song – There are many options out there but this is a kid friendly one and a fave in our house is.  You can sing the first line and your child can sing back to you as the second line

Little Poppy

(Sung to the tune of Frère Jacques)

Little Poppy, Little Poppy

Given to me, given to me

Help me keep Canada, Help me keep Canada

Safe and free, safe and free

I’ll wear a little poppy, I’ll wear a little poppy

As red as red can be, As red as red can be

To show that I remember, To show that I remember

Those who fought for me, Those who fought for me

Thank you to all men and women that fought to keep our country safe and free 

Free Fun Halloween Apps for Kids

Get the kiddies excited for Halloween with these spooky fun apps found in iTunes…for FREE!

HellFree Halloween app for kidso Kitty edition – Halloween Dress Up

By Kuzavkova Oleksandra

The “Halloween Dress Up” would be a cool game for young Hello Kitty fans or any girl who has not lost their love for this popular character. Game contains more than 150 items of clothes, toys and accessories         for Kitty. In this game you can dress up Kitty as you wish.

Free Halloween app for kids

Pumpkin Creation

By Libii Tech Limited

Pumpkin Creation is full with fun and creativity. Different types of pumpkin, eyes, noses, mouse, lights, skin and ornaments. Kids can crave their pumpkin with lots of combinations to make their pumpkin unique.

Free Halloween app for kids

Monster Hair Salon

By Libii Tech Limited

Here you can do a lot of things on the monster’s hair with different tools, such as wash, dry, blow, comb, cut, shave, trim, straight, curl, and color, meanwhile, you can still have plentiful decorations and props to put, not only on the hair, but also on the monster’s face and head, such as interesting accessories, cool masks, attractive glasses, awesome hats and so on.

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Dress Up

Ninja Fish Studios

Halloween is getting close and all of the kids need your help picking out a costume. Choose from 7 different characters featuring 1000’s of different costume combinations. Featuring 6 different themes.

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Doctor

Ninja Fish Studios

The kids needs your help to feel better before Halloween. Featuring multiple tools in order to care for all your patients.

 

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Kids Puzzles: Pirate, Vampire and Mummy Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls

By Scott Adelman

Your kids can go trick-or-treating with a friendly Count Dracula, Frankenstein and his girlfriend, a Fairy Princess, a pirate and a werewolf! Spot carved pumpkins, black cats on fences and witches flying by the moon. All the animals get in on the costume fun- cats dress like dogs, dogs dress like cats, there’s even a Unicorn Bat! You can go to a Halloween dance party- get down with the Mummy and do the Robot with a Robot. Just don’t linger too near the haunted house… there might be ghosts!

Free Halloween app for kids

Free Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle – Funny game for toddlers, young kids and children

By Banana Apps

Trick or treat! Welcome to the best Halloween Puzzle for toddlers and young kids! You can choose out of 40 puzzles with more than 50 different Halloween characters in 2 game settings. The puzzles vary in difficulty and so it helps, in a playful way, to improve the logical thinking ability of your child.

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Voice Transformer

By Better Day Wireless, Inc.

Trick your friends and give yourself a treat this halloween! Record yourself saying anything then morph your voice into an eerie alien, wicked witch, grim reaper, scary monster, spacey robot, or spooky ghost. Sure to provide hours of fun and endless practical joke possibilities. Save your recordings to listen to and laugh at later or share the laughs and email them to your friends.

Free Halloween app for kids

The Very Hungry Pumpkin

By Entertaining Games, Inc.

Witches and Monsters and Ghosts – oh my! Now, bigger and better!  Enjoy every sweet tooth’s favorite holiday any time of the year! Ghoulishly fun game for kids of all ages. Touch the screen to guide the Pumpkin to the candy, while avoiding the other trick-or-treaters.

Free Halloween app for kids

Haunted Hangman

By gwinklosky

Get into the mood with some spooky hangman.

 

 

Free Halloween app for kids

WordSearch Halloween

By AFKSoft

Solve countless puzzles in this special scary holiday edition of AFKSoft Word Search.  This app provides several word searches. These are divided in levels from easy to difficult. Listen to scary music or your own while you play. There are over 200 puzzles under 3 categories- Halloween, costumes, and treats.

 

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its Way! Easter Events Across Ontario

Easter Egg Hunts in Ontario 2014

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FIND OUR GUIDE TO 2015 EASTER EVENTS HERE!!!

Tis the season for the Easter Bunny, Easter Parades and everyone’s favourite EGG HUNT!!!  For the next couple of weekends there are so many fun Easter themed activities taking place across Ontario.  See our Easter Fun Guide that list over 60 events taking place this Easter season!

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Dogs love Easter too!!  Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs brought to you by National Service Dogs –  This event is held on Good Friday!  Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a Milk-Bone treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes.  This special event is being held in BramptonGuelphKitchenerLondonOakvilleSt. Catharines, and Windsor

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Easter Fun … 

Multiple Locations

Easter Fun Day @ Sheridan Nurseries (Saturday April 19th) – Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Fun Day! The fun doesn’t end with our Easter Egg hunt; there will also be a colouring contest, great in-store specials and much more…  Minimum $3 charge per participant.  Proceeds to Children’s Wish Foundation and Upopolis.   Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9.00am sharp!  Participating stores include: Etobicoke/East Mississauga, Whitby, Kitchener/Waterloo, Markham/Unionville, Mississauga/Oakville, Scarborough

Amherstburg

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Libro Credit Union (April 19th) – Easter Eggs galore! Children love this annual event, where they hunt for chocolate Easter Eggs. Come out and satisfy that sweet tooth or just come to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Ancaster

2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Meadowlands Blvd (April 19th) –  Three separate fields designated for three different age groups.  Pre-Register to be guaranteed a goody bag sponsored by local business. All registrations will be confirmed by email. Registration opens @ 12:00pm and the Egg Hunt starts @ 1:00pm  $2.00 donation / child

Aurora

Easter Egg Hunt @ Aurora Senior’s Centre (April 19th) – Join us for Aurora’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Aurora Seniors’ Centre. This egg-citing event will have kids 12 and under searching for eggs to be redeemed for a goodie bag.  Other fun includes a visit with the Easter Bunny, egg-citing activities including face painting, a scavenger hunt, bunny bowling and more.  There are only 1,500 spots for be sure to buy your tickets in advance at Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex for $5 per child

Barrie

Spring Festival @ Chappell Farms (April 12-13 & 18, 19 & 20)- Fun for the whole family including a candy hunt every Hour, magic shows, wagon rides, animals, trike track, jumping castle and food!

Easter Egg Hunt – Join the fun as we celebrate easter with the Barrie City Police on their annual Easter Egg Hunt held at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge.  On Saturday March 30, 2013, bring the whole family out to meet Barrie’s Finest and thier German Shepherd Mascot, Blue.

Belleville

Madoc 2014 Community Easter Egg Hunt @ Kiwanis Centre (April 19th) – We’re back and it’s our 13th Year!!! We have games and a ton of fun with great prizes!  There’s going to be a bbq, raffle table, bake table & of course the Easter egg hunt! And of course what would our Easter Event be without a special visit from…… you guessed it, the Easter Bunny!!!! With visits from Mickey & Minnie Mouse too.So bring out the whole family and come join us for a fun filled day!All proceeds will be going to local community charities!! $2 Admission

Blue Mountain

Easter @ Blue – Send the kids on an EGG HUNT throughout the Village or perhaps try out an EGG DIVEat The Plunge! Aquatic Centre – or do them both! Lots on the go including Horse & Wagon rides 1-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, The Woodlot Low Ropes courseand of course 40 shops & restaurants to explore.

Bracebridge

Easter Egg Hunt – The Bracebridge Agricultural Society and Muskoka Bulk Barns invites children ages 3 – 8 to a Free Easter Egg Hunt at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds on Good Friday @ 1:00pm

Brampton

Easterfest @ Downey’s Farm (April 12-13, 18-20) – Get ready from some eggcellent fun as you enjoy the Abracadabra Magic with Steve Baker, a Puppet Show, an Easter Egg Scramble, some Face Painting, Egg Decorating and Farm Animals.  Downey’s Easterfest is not to be missed!!

Burlington

Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event – On Sunday, April 13th, 2014 the Easter bunny is visiting Ireland House at Oakridge Farm! Children can go on an exciting Easter egg hunt and meet the Easter bunny. The egg hunts will be held between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for ALL AGES. Chocolate goodie bags will be awarded for eggs turned in by children.  It will be a fun-filled afternoon of activities such as festive crafts, carnival style games, face painting, Kicks for Kids inflatables and karate demonstrations, vendors, a fantastic silent auction and children’s raffle, special prizes,  entertainment and more. A delicious BBQ and other refreshments will be available.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Holland Park (April 18th) – One of our longest-standing events, the Easter Egg Hunt is a fun, festive and memorable morning for all! We scatter wrapped, mini chocolate eggs in our greenhouse and allow children to collect a small baggy, which is provided. As well, the Easter Bunny always makes an appearance! Bring your own camera to have your child’s picture taken with Mr. Bunny! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is for children up to the age of 8 years old.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Amazing Adventures Playland (April 18 & 21) – Thousands of Plastic Eggs to collect in the indoor play land, Pizza Pizza Slice & Oasis Juice Box for each child and an Easter Themed Loot Bag for each to take home. Visit website for cost

Caledonia

Caledonia 2nd Annual Easter Egg hunt @ Gateway Church (April 18th at noon) – Come and Join us for lots of great Easter activities for the children and a great day out for the whole family.  Children ages 0-10 years. Donations and Non Perishable Food Bank Collections are being accepted.  DONT FORGET TO BRING YOUR EASTER BASKET !!!!!!  Please contact Lisa Friscolanti @ 905-379-2717 to pre-register

Chatham

Easter Egg Hunt – Maple City Citizens on Patrol and The Kinsmen Club of Chatham are having our 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Firday April 18, 2014. Admission is $3 per child 10 and under. Free refreshments available. Get your photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and visit with Elmer The Safety Elephant. Bake Sale, Penny Sale and many other vendors on site.

Elmvale

Easter @ Rounds Ranch (April 18 & 19) – Bring your Easter baskets for lots of fun for the whole family as they run and explore with the Easter Bunny,  hunt for eggs,  enjoy a  wagon ride, pet the baby bunnies and chicks.  There is so much to do!

Elora

Community Easter Egg Hunt @ Bissel Park (April 19) – In addition to the ever popular egg hunt, there will be a fire truck, cotton candy, popcorn, vendors and much more! Wristbands for egg hunt participation are $5 per child 10 and under. Wristbands are available in advance at Elora Co-op Preschool, Jester’s Fun Factory in Fergus, Dr. Wagler’s office, Village Kids in Elora or at Zehrs in Fergus on Saturday April 12 from 10am-2pm. If you are unable to buy them in advance, they will be available to purchase at the event

Fenelon Falls

Easter Eggstravaganza – Easter egg hunt begins at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00pm. rain or shine. Look for the Easter Poster in participating stores, visit the store and find the Easter Egg pictures. Once you have seen all three pictures then head to the Easter Bunny Headquarters located at Slices and Scoops 10 Water St where there will be face painting, Easter cookie decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and…..receive your Easter Goodie Bag

Gravenhurst

Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your basket and search for eggs all over Gravenhurst.  Annual Gravenhurst Easter Egg Hunt at the Muskoka Wharf. Sat, April 19th at 11am sharp. Ages 3-8.

Hamilton

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Mountain Kidz Klub @ Mountain Drive Park – Good Friday at 11:30AM – 4:00PM   $2/egg Price includes a bag of goodies. The Easter Bunny will also be joining us. All ages are welcome. All proceeds go to support Mountain Kidz Klub Programs

Easter Egg Hunt @ Gourley Park (April 18th) – The events will commence at noon and run until 2pm.We have planned a variety of Free Easter related games, crafts & activities. So come out and join in on the FUN !!! There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children where every child will get a loot bag after participating in some of the activities. There will be a Petting Zoo, Bounce Castle and Obstacle Course. Meet the Easter Bunny, so bring your camera. Bruiser and Stripes may make an appearance as well. Face Painting by the Cats Claws face painting team.

Huntsville

Muskoka Heritage Place and The Nutty Chocolatier Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt – Admission is FREE and gates opens at 12:00 noon sharp and children are split into various age groups, even the very young. They then embark upon a chocolate treasure, hunt and search for the golden eggs to win prizes. The entire event lasts one hour and admission is free. Please no pets and we allow registered service animals.

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Kingsville

Good Friday @ Colasanti’s – There will be an Easter Scavenger hunt for children 10 and under.  All Children Who Participate Will Participate In An Indoor Straw Obstacle Course, Bean Bag Toss, Rubber Ducky Game And A Chance To Meet The Easter Bunny.  All Children Who Participate Will Receive Prizes And Candy.  For an additional cost you can partake in the lunch buffet and buy an all day ride pass.

Kitchener

Easter Fun Day @ Sheridan Nurseries – Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Fun Day! The fun doesn’t end with our Easter Egg hunt; there will also be a colouring contest, great in-store specials and much more…

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Easter Eco Egg Hunt @ Gamiing Nature Centre (April 19th) – The eggs are hidden and ready for you to find.  Other games include the forest bingo, hunting with your senses and more,always  popular games to play with the family while you take in the sights and sounds of the forest, meadows and wetland. And KUBB game for children of ALL ages. Yummy refreshments are available.

London

Easter Party & Egg Hunt @ Storybook Gardens (April 18 & 19) – Join us for a day of fun with Peter Rabbit!  It’s a bunny party with lots of fun for the little ones.  There will be face painting, chocolate Bingo, meet and greet with the bunny himself, carousel rides and of course the hunt for eggs.  There are costs associated with the  activities

The Easter Egg Hunt @ TD Waterhouse Stadium (April 19th) – Join us from 10-12, for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! There will be over 15 000 eggs to be found, as well as games, food, activities, and more! Don’t miss out! Cost: $10/family (Tickets available at the door)

Easter Egg Hunt @ Carroll Park – Cost is $2 for your little ones to participate in a fun Easter egg hunt, get their face painted and dance along to the onsite DJ.

Midland

Easter Spring Fling @ Wye Marsh – There will be an easter egg hunt and kids crafts at the naturalist’s table all day (drop in) 10am to 4pm.

Milton

Easter Egg Hunt @ Mountsberg Conservation Area (April 18) – Come out for a giant Easter Egg Hunt which is sure to be fun for the whole family.  Regular Admission fees apply.

Tea with the Easter Bunny @ Milton Mall –  (April 13 from 1-4pm) Bring your kids out to Sunday Tea with the Easter Bunny.  Tickets are $20 each, and there will be two sittings 1-2 pm, and 3-4pm.  Ticket price covers light refreshments, and a 5X7 photo with the Easter Bunny as well as a goody bag.

Easter Festival @ Springridge Farm – So much fun to be had Easter weekend at Springridge Farm!  Join in an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, watch a professional puppet show, have your face painted like a bunny, go for a wagon ride, take home so crafty bunny ears and play in the super fun Farmyard!  Don’t forget to  check out the yummy snacks in the bakery before you head home!

Mississauga

Port Credit Easter Fair @ Port Credit Lighthouse (April 18 -20) – The Easter fun includes free photos with the Easter Bunny, carnival rides, free face painting and children’s activities and performers.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Alpha’s Discovery Centre – Alpha’s Discovery Club is holding its annual  Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. Fun includes an Easter Egg Hunt, Visit with the Easter Bunny himself, Easter theme crafts and fun on the Indoor Playground.  Cost: $15/child  Space is limited so reserve your tickets today!

Mount Albert

Easter Fun Fest @ Brooks Farms – Upon arrival children will receive their very own Easter basket. Children will collect plastic eggs from our Barnyard Playland and trade in for chocolate when they are ready. For the older children there will be a Scavenger hunt.  Additional fun can be had on a train or wagon ride and in the Barnyard playland.

North Bay

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the YMCA – Come join us and enjoy some fun spring holiday games and crafts and take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Ages 2 to 12 years welcome!

Oakville 

Easter Fun @ Oakville Museum (April 13) – Put a spring in your step and hop on over to the Oakville Museum and enjoy a memorable afternoon with your family. Join us for “egg”citing activities, tour the museum and spot hidden eggs, make Easter crafts, play vintage games and visit McFlurry, the Oakville and Milton Human Society’s education bunny.

Orillia 

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt – Great Easter Egg hunt Saturday April 19th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (noon) outside the Orillia Opera House 20 Mississaga St W Orillia.  There will be chocolate, you can visit the Easter Bunny, face painting and more.

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Ottawa

Easter Egg Hunt @ Valley View Little Animal Farm – Our Farm Easter Bunny has lost 100’s of coloured eggs, he needs your help to find them. The Egg Hunt runs daily throughout the Easter Week-end.  While you’re there be sure to visit the animals, take a train ride and play in their playground

Easter Egg Hunt with Curious Cottontail @ Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (April 19th) – Hop over to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on the Saturday of Easter weekend for a fun-filled day of Easter festivities and even a special visit from a certain bunny…

Easter on the Farm @ Canada Agriculture Museum (April 18 – 21) – Come celebrate spring’s arrival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum this Easter weekend! After a long winter, the barns have come alive with the arrival of newborn animals. Come welcome the soft little lambs, marvel at the rabbits’ silky fur and observe the fluffy newly-hatched chicks and ducklings from up close. Visitors can help make a variety of Easter breads and taste a delicious sample. What’s more, the annual egg hunt is on again – children 6 years-old and younger can participate in the hunt for tots while older children can take on the challenge of hunting for the “signs of spring” throughout the barns. All this from Good Friday through Easter Monday at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum!

Easter Egg-stravaganza Hunt @ Bytown Museum (April 19-20) – Hop to it! Follow the clues as you explore all three floors of the BYTOWN MUSEUM! When you’ve found all our hidden eggs, pick up your prize at the Front Desk.

Easter at the Estate @ Billings Estate (APril 19th) – One of our most popular events, Easter at the Estate, has all the things you’d expect – egg dyeing, egg races, an Easter egg hunt, and of course the Easter Bunny himself is there to visit with families and he loves to have his photo taken! But did you know we take Easter to another level with our depictions of rabbits throughout popular culture (think Bugs Bunny, the Velveteen Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, and more) and our custom Elmer Fudd “shooting gallery”? $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family

Perth

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Stewart Park (April 19th)  – Brought to you by PERTH TOURISM! For ages 8 and under, all children must be accompanied by an adult.  The park will be divided into two sections for the young, and the younger, to search for eggs, which can then be exchanged for EASTER TREATS!! While your child is waiting to receive his/her treats, they can enjoy the music, hang with the Korny Klowns and have their face painted.

Peterborough

Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Nutty Chocolatier (April 20) – Children aged two to seven are invited to take part in the Downtown Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard outside Peterborough Square at Water and Charlotte streets from noon until 2 p.m.  The Easter Bunny will make an appearance,  the Art School of Peterborough is sponsoring a colouring contest and The Nutty Chocolatier is also holding an Easter Bonnet contest during the event. People are encouraged to dress in their most fashionable accessories.

The Big Egg Hunt @ Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre (April 19th) – Pathway Church is pleased to present “the big egg hunt’ which is an event open to the public and all children 10 and under are invited to participate. There will be many activities including: Bouncy Castles, Slides, Cookie Decorating, and Easter Bunny Appearances. Come and join in the fun! Adult supervision is a must! Bring your favorite basket or bag for collecting eggs

Pickering 

Easter Parade – The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 606 & the Ladies Auxiliary proudly present the Annual Easter Parade. Put on your best Easter bonnet, decorate your bike, wagon or doll carriage to win great prizes!  Free lunch and activities at the Legion following the parade.  Parade Route: East on Annland St. at Liverpool Rd. to Krosno Blvd. and along Krosno to Bayly St.

Rockton

Good Friday Easter Fun @ Westfield Heritage Village – Visit the village for some old-fashioned fun on Good (Egg) Friday.  Visit the village for some old-fashioned fun on Good Friday.  Eggs will be the theme of the day, with old-fashioned games, activities and demonstrations throughout the village

Sarnia

Easter in the Park (April 19th) – Visit with the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt!   Bring the family and enjoy: Train rides, delicious food, and lots of activities for the kids

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St. Andrews

Easter Egg Hunt @ McMaze (April 18-20) – Children and adults alike delight in meeting the Easter Bunny and helping him find his eggs. Pile aboard the wagon for a ride out to the forest. Hunt through the bush in search of the Easter Bunny’s lost eggs, and add them to your basket. We’ll dump them all into the Bunny’s Giant Basket and head back to visit the baby animals in the barn. Family fun for all! $10/person over 2 yrs

St. Catherines

Easter Egg Hunt @ Jaycee Gardens (April 19th)- Over 50,000 mini chocolate eggs to be found!!! With the help of community sponsors, JCI St.Catharines (Jaycees) is putting on a free Easter Egg Hunt for children up to the age of 10. There will also be entertainment for the whole family, live music, inflatables, a BBQ and more.

Sundridge

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Copeman Tree Farms (April 20th) – Join the egg hunt with over 1000 eggs to find!! Egg hunts will start promptly at 1:00pm. If kids look closely, they’ll sneak a peak at the Easter bunny hiding the last few eggs in the fields! Kids will separate into different age groups and then search for chocolatey treasures hidden amongst the trees of their designated hunt field.  As always, there will be bigger eggs with bigger prizes!!  Find a golden ticket and you win an Easter gift basket!! After the hunts, food, games, activities, prizes & pictures with the Easter bunny will be available!!

Thunder Bay

Easter Egg Hunt @ Gammondale Farm (April 19th) – Help the Easter Bunny find all the eggs. $10/child includes Egg Hunt, Easter Loot, meet the Easter Bunny, visit the Farm Animals, Duck Races, Tire Swing, NEW! Finger Funnies and more. Also Draft Horse Rides, Face Painting, Jelly Bean Count, Bake Sale and Snacks.

Toronto

Beaches Easter Parade brought to you by the Toronto Beaches Lions – Parade starts at 2pm on Easter Sunday at Queen St. @ Munro Park

Celebrate Easter @ Toronto Zoo (April 19 -21) -This year we are celebrating Easter in the Conservation Connection Centre with crafts, colouring, egg-ducational activities and giant panda mascots who will be dressed in their Easter best! What is Easter without eggs? Visit one of our many free Daily Keeper Talks to experience egg-citing enrichment, plus keep your eyes peeled for festive eggs in various animal exhibits all throughout the Zoo site. Hop by of our Spring Awakening Volunteer Stations to discover the amazing array of unconventional eggs found in the animal kingdom. We want you to get “Springy” with it! Find a Easter photo op inside one of the Zoo’s pavilions, take your photo and post it on Instagram #torontozooeaster. Have fun and be creative!

Welland

Easter Family Fun @ Merritt Island (April 19th) – The fun will include:  Fire Truck, Refreshment, Face Painting, Trivia, Games, Entertainment, Fish Pond, Maze, Inflatables, Easter Bunny, Sparky Ballooning $2 participation cost

Wasaga Beach

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Oakview Woods and RecPlex/ YMCA(April 19th) – Be sure to come out for the 6th annual Easter Eggstravaganza! This fun filled day will provide our community the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring, community spirit and of course Easter!  Activities include an Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, horse and wagon rides, family activities, WBYC BBQ,  the Easter Bunny live on location and Much Much More!

Windsor

Children’s Easter egg-stravaganza @ Willistead Manor (April 19th) – Indoor & outdoor games, activities, crafts & prizes followed by an Easter egg and scavenger hunt!  Includes refreshments, festive treats and a goodie- bag for each paying child. The Easter Bunny will be paying a special visit so parents pack your cameras!  Children ages 3 – 11  $5.00 per child. Tickets must be purchased in advance on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Reserve now, space is limited! Contact Kathie Renaud at 519 915-3310

Easter Egg Hunt @ Windsor High School Soccer Field (April 19th)  – Starts at 10am sharp for children 10 and under.  Egg Hunts will be divided up based on a age so it’s fair for the little ones

From our family to yours we wish you a very Happy Easter

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Santa Claus Parades in Ontario November 29-December 1, 2013

If you’re like our family and have been really busy, you may not have been able to enjoy a good old Santa Claus parade yet this year.  Nothing gets you in the spirit of Christmas like watching a parade, giving your letter to Santa’s elves and seeing the jolly man himself.  Thankfully there are 40 parades across Ontario this weekend and surely there is one near you.  Check out our list below or for an extensive list of all 2013 parades, click here

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

Apsley Santa Clause Parade – December 1st @2:00pm

Arnprior Santa Clause Parade – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Arthur Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm

Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 5:30pm

Bloomfield Santa Claus Parade 
- November 29th @ 6:30 pm

Bracebridge Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade
 – December 1st @ 1:00pm

Brantford Santa Claus Parade  – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Brussels Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:00pm

Brockville Santa’s Arrival Parade
 – November 30th @ 2:00 pm

Burlington Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 2:00pm

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:00pm

Elora Santa Claus Parade
- November 30th @ 6:00pm

Espanola Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00am

Flamborough Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 6:30pm

Fort Frances Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 10:00am

Frankford Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 2:00pm

Gananoque Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:30pm

Gatineau Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Grand Valley Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm

Kenora Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:30pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

Lucknow Santa Clause Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Markdale Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 1:00pm

Markham Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 11:00am

Orleans Santa’s Parade of Lights – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Paisley Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 4:30pm

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade of Lights 
- November 30th @ 5:30pm

Picton Santa Claus Parade
 – December 1st @ 2:00 pm

Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 6:30pm

Port Elgin Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm 

Port Hope Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 1:00pm

Seaforth Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Stittsville Parade of Lights – November 30th @ 6:30pm  


Teeswater Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Thorold Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 4:00pm

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 11:00am

Walkerton Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 1:00pm

West Lincoln Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 2:00pm

Zurich Lighted Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 5:30pm

West Lincoln Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 2:00pm

Zurich Lighted Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 5:30pm

Weekend Fun Guide (Canada Day Weekend 2013)

School is out for summer and we want to wish you all a fun and safe summer!  Happy Canada Day!  Be sure to get out and enjoy some great events this weekend that celebrate the birthday of our great country!

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Around Town this Weekend…

Amhertsburg 

Canada Day – At 9am start your day with a gorgeous course and 5 K run from the Fort.  Enjoy free activities and entertainment throughout the day and end it with a spectacular fireworks finale along the Detroit River!  This traditional event is the best in the region and not to be missed!

Barrie

Canada Day Fireworks – Celebrate Canada’s birthday with Barrie’s annual fireworks spectacular over Kempenfelt Bay beginning at 10:00pm.

Brantford

Canada Day Celebrations – There will be an amazing fire works show, MarketPlace, Citizenship Ceremony, Great Canadian Trail Run, Made in Canada Area, amazing entertainment and many more fun-filled activities!

Burlington

Canada Day Celebrations – Celebrate the beautiful country we live in at Burlington’s waterfront. Starting with a run in the morning the festivities including children’s activities and entertainment take place all day long until 10pm when the sky will light up with fireworks.

Calabogie

Calabogie Country Music Festival – The festival will feature one of Eastern Ontario’s best country music lineups including headliners Dallas Smith and Kira Isabella. A weekend fun for families and people of all ages – beer garden, vendor’s area, kids’ zone, and mountainside camping.

Caledonia 

Canada Day – Starting with a Parade at 11:00 am.  There will be all day children and adult entertainment in Kinsmen Park and the Park by the Dam.  Crafts, Steven Young Duck Race 3 pm, Fireworks at dusk.  Free Family Fun.

Cambridge

Canada Day – Come for the fun at Riverside Park!  There will be a fishing derby, carnival, parade, children’s area, beer garden, live bands and fireworks to end off the celebration!

Carleton Place

Canada Day – Celebrations commence in Riverside Park and include lots of children’s activities and entertainment for all ages. The day is topped off with the best fireworks in Lanark County, if not the Valley!

Cobourg

Waterfront Festival – Come out and have some fun with the family!  Grab a bite from a wide variety of food vendors, take a ride on the midway on the Pier, browse the Marketplace, and  enjoy the all-day entertainment on Cobourg’s Bandshell. Don’t miss the variety of special shows and demonstrations such as Canadian Forces Skyhawks, and Search and Rescue Teams, and Metropolitan Toronto’s Winged Wheels.

Dryden

Moosefest – Welcome to the Annual Moosefest website.   From Music in the Park to the Teddy Bear Picnic there are events for all ages.  Please visit our Calendar for a full listing of this year’s festival events.

Embro

Highland Games – In addition to watching our various piping, athletic and dancing competitions, you can inspect vintage cars, watch dogs at work, investigate Scottish clans, shop at our vendor booths, or enjoy a meal and licensed refreshments. If you want to become more actively involved, try your hand at log sawing or maybe the farmer’s walk. Youngsters have their own just-for-fun competition

Fergus

Twilight Canada Day Festivities – Twilight Canada Day Celebrations including: Kiddie arcade, live entertainment, food vendors and dazzling fireworks.

Gananoque

Family Ribfest – We’ll be rockin’ and a ribbin’!  Come and enjoy a great day or stay for the weekend in the heart of the 1000 Islands.  Browse, shop, relax, taste the delicious ribs and discover the sites, legends, and history Gananoque has to offer, See why we call it Paradise! •Something for Everyone!•4 days of fun for the whole family!•Music, entertainment, vendors, beer tent.•Lots of great ribs and pulled pork to eat!

Grand Bend

Canada Day – Grand Bend’s Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks attracts thousands of people from throughout Southwestern Ontario – and for good reason! We’re the place to be to have fun, enjoy the beach and lake while listening to live music and top off the day with a professional fireworks display.

Goderich 

Children’s Festival – A fun free day for kids aged infant to 12. The Festival starts at 10 am with activities for all ages.
Bubbles, Balloons and Bouncers plus a model airshow by the Sky Harbour Modellers, Fincher’s Tent, Face Painting, Crafts, Playdough and Goop, and much more!

Guelph

Local Food Fest – A fun, colourful and delicious event. Join us for a Farmers Market, Exhibititor Market Place, Cooking Demos, Workshops, Tours, Wagon Rides, Children’s Activities, Live Music and Delicious Local Food.

Hamilton 

Summer Kick-off Celebration – Wild Waterworks invites friends and family to experience a hero-themed weekend at the Summer Kick-off weekend.  Visit with your favourite super heroes who will be visiting the park.  Don’t forget to wear your costume to enter the costume contest for great prizes!

Tall Ships – The majestic tall ships are coming to Hamilton’s waterfront as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations. The excitement will begin June 28 with the Parade of Sail and Opening Ceremonies. Daily June 29 and 30 visitors can go aboard the ships and sail on selected ships (for a fee), enjoy free on-land activities, music, food and more. Return for July 1 Canada Day celebrations at nearby Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks. Fireworks begin at dusk.

It’s Your Festival – Celebrating Canada’s Birthday at It’s Your Festival in beautiful Gage Park FREE ADMISSION. Food, entertainment, games, contests and Canada Day ceremony!

Keene 

Historic Dominion Day – Celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday with historic fun and games for the whole family.  The fun includes but is not limited to musical performances, wagon rides, reenactments, school yard games and crafts for the kids and FREE cake!

London

Canada Day – The Canada Day event is a family day that will begin with opening ceremonies and include live entertainment, children’s air equipment, food vendors, cake cutting, movies and fireworks.

Midland

Canada Day Celebrations – Celebrate Canada’s Birthday at Little Lake Park with Games, kid’s activities, Crafts, entertainment, Firewors and so much more!

Milton

Canada Day Celebrations – The largest attended one day event in Milton will provide an array of exciting activities to include fantastic live music, wide variety of entertainment, diverse food choices, arts and crafts, fun activities for all ages, and the finale featuring spectacular fireworks under the stars

Mississauaga

Celebrate Canada Day – Join us July 1st as we celebrate Canada Day with performances by Mississauga’s hottest DJ duo Kissette, Crystalyne, Eleven Past One, Young Empires and Down With Webster. Don’t miss the amazing performances, delicious food trucks, spectacular cirque shows and fireworks

Niagara Falls

Canada Day Celebration – Kicking it off with a parade in the morning the festivities also include face painting, entertainment, inflatables, car show, cooking demonstrations, food vendors and of course ends off with some amazing fireworks

Orillia 

Canada Day Celebrations – A fun-filled family day at Couchiching Beach Park! Midway, Children’s Village, parade Downtown, craft & food vendors, live entertainment, giant birthday cake & more! Fabulous fireworks at dusk!

Owen Sound

Canada Day Festivities – Owen Sound celebrates Canada Day with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour, a classic rock concert, and lots of family entertainment, games and attractions.

Peterborough 

Multicultural Canada Day – Start your day on George Street and watch the Canada Day Parade in the morning.  At the end of the parade, make your way to Del Crary Park for lunch.  You will find many cultural clubs, groups and vendors selling traditional dishes from around the world.  Then, stay in the park for a rich programme of cultural performances and end the day at the Little Lake Musicfest with great music and a spectacular fireworks display.

Port Burwell

Canada Day – Canada Day Celebrations in Port Burwell – Parade line up starts at 11:00 and departs the Legion at 11:30am followed by cake and children’s festivities.

Port Hope

Canada Day Festivities – Port  Hope Kinsmen celebrates Canada Day, July 1st, with an Antique Car Show in Rotary Park and Town Hall Parking Lot at 9am and Rock the Dogwalk 9am-1030am.  The annual Calithumpian Parade commences at 11am at the corner of Ridout and Bramley streets and continuing down Heritage Main Street. Live local entertainment in the Bandshell from noon to 10pm.There will be food booths, and a beer garden.Fireworks at the Waterfront East Beach  at 10:15pm (dusk).

Ottawa

Canada Day in the Capital – Join us  to celebrate Canada’s birthday!  Canada’s Capital Region buzzes with activity, as Canadians from across the country flock to the Capital to show their national pride.  The festivities take place on Parliament Hill, in downtown parks and on the streets. Witness the ceremonies, take in the musical talent from across the country, see the fireworks — and more!

Peterborough

Peterborough Musicfest – Peterborough Musicfest is a non-profit charitable organization that presents concerts every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00pm on the shores of beautiful Little Lake in Del Crary Park, downtown Peterborough. All concerts are presented free of charge to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy an evening of entertainment in spite of economic or social barriers.  Peterborough Musicfest is proud of the past 26 years and looks forward to its 27th season beginning on June 29, 2013 and ending on August 24, 2013.

Picton

Canada Day Celebration – Please join us in celebrating Canada at Prince Edward County’s biggest Canada Day celebration! Our celebration takes place throughout Picton and offers everyone the chance to explore our town. You can dine at our restaurants, explore our many shops and boutiques, visit the artisan market and enjoy street performers, catch Rising Stars and finish it off with the biggest bang!

Sauble Beach

Canada Day Celebration – Please join us for our Canada Day Celebrations. This year the Canada Day festival will explode on June 30 with our Canadian anthem and opening ceremonies, fireworks will discharge from a barge over the water, outdoor movie and live Canadian bands will perform on the beach. This is a family event for all ages. Come join our family and children’s activities on Canada Day, July 1.  There will be face painting, colouring, arts and crafts plus lots for fun and games.

Stouffville

Strawberry Festival – Free family festival that definitely has something for everyone. There will be entertainment, children activities, arts and crafts, carnival, lots of contests and plenty of delicious strawberries with fireworks on Canada Day!

Toronto 

Canada Day Weekend @ Canada Square – A multidisciplinary, culturally diverse, innovative and fun extravaganza in celebration of Canada’s birthday. Dance, in all ways, shapes and forms, is the central theme to the weekend. Plus enjoy some great food and  join us for fireworks on June 30!

Ribfest @ Centennial Park – Toronto’s largest charity event, held over Canada Day weekend each year! A great family destination with rides, attractions, music and live entertainment and, of course, great food!

Vaughan 

Canada Day 2013 – Celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday at the City of Vaughan’s Canada Day event on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Mackenzie Glen District Park. This fun filled family event held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The features include headline concerts and a host of other activities, including the   Inflatable Zone, a Zip Line attraction, Face Painting and an Official Welcome by the Mayor.

Windsor

Canada Day – Parade 11:00 am featuring local/regional bands, floats, entertainers & Parade starts on Wyandotte at Devonshire, and proceeds to Wyandotte at Glengarry , Cake Cutting is at Riverfront Festival Plaza.

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Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Weekend Fun Guide (December 7-9 2012)

Fa la la la la la la la la  There are only 3 more weekends before Christmas but there is still time to brave the malls, catch a Santa Claus parade, make some holiday crafts and visit a Festival of Lights.  Here’s some things that are going on Around Town this Weekend!

Santa Claus Parades

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Almonte Santa Claus Parade – December 9th @ 1:30pm

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 5:00pm

Carp Santa Clause Parade – December 8th @ 12:00pm

Chesley Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

Essex Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 6:00pm

Mount Forest Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

Niagara on the Lake Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 11:00am

Pakenham Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 1:00pm

Pelham Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 1:00pm

Sioux Lookout Santa Claus Parade – December 9th

Southampton Santa Claus Parade – December 7th@ 7:00pm

Stirling Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 6:30

Tobermory Santa Claus Parade  – December 8th

Vankleek Hill Christmas Parade of Lights
- December 7th @ 7:00pm

Around Town this Weekend …

Alexandria

Alexandria Festival of Lights – 7th Annual Alexandria Festival of Lights.

Burlington

Holiday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring an ALL NEW and extensive botanical model train installation throughout RBG Centre and cleverly themed, decorated doors. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and of course, a traditional Santa and his reindeer.

Cambridge 

Christmas in Cambridge – The Christmas in Cambridge Festival of Events has an event for all ages! Throughout the Christmas season dedicate some family time to enjoy the city & the winter atmosphere.

Dundas

A Dickens of a Christmas Events – Join us in Downtown Dundas every Saturday and Sunday  until December 18th for a trip through the downtown on our festive Horse & Trolley Ride (pick up at the Collins Hotel), Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread cookies, and there is a very good chance youʼll run into the jolly, old soul himself as he wanders through town greeting young and old alike

Georgetown

Holiday Magic on Main – Friday night only, Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, holiday music and the warmth and hospitality of the many businesses Downtown Georgetown. This holiday event, in its third year will put you in the mood for the season.

Goderich 

Festival of Lights – Let Goderich brighten your mood and delight your heart with yuletide joy, glittering lights, magical displays and special events during this annual salute to the festive holiday season. Catch the spirit with all Goderich has to offer.

Hamilton

Victorian “Night in the Village” – Bring the whole family down to International Village for a special 2 hours from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm holiday event including a horse and carriage rides (first come, first serve), live Victorian Carolers, special sales at our shops and restaurants. Free Hot Apple Cider will be available at the International Village BIA office (249 KIng Street West).

Santa’s Workshop @ Gore Park – The BIA welcomes Santa Claus to his Santa Workshop in Gore Park and provides free pictures, free refreshments, free rides, Christmas arts and crafts, entertainment and carolling.

Christmas in Gore Park beginning at 5 pm. A live concert, free refreshments, Christmas miniature train and merry-go-round rides and the official light up of the Christmas Tree of Hope. Festivites includes the opening of free miniature train and carousel rides that will be operating daily until December 24th.

Victorian Christmas @ Dundurn Castle – Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendour with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition.

Kapuskasing 

Festival of Lights – This is one of the more popular events in Kapuskasing. It kicks off mid-November and continues until mid-January. The festival consists of several winter activities including the lighting of thousands of Christmas lights in the Riverside Park.

Tree Lighting

London

Winter Wonderland @ Victoria Park – Each holiday season London residents and visitors can stroll through Victoria Park and enjoy the glittering display of lights that create our city’s Winter Wonderland. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating park trees, there are a variety of displays including Santa and his reindeer, tin soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and the nativity.

Milton

Christmas Open House with Santa @ Springridge Farm –  Visit with Santa, decorate a gingerbread man or ornaments, shop in the country store or sample on of the many yummy bakery treats.

Morrisburg

Alight at Night  @ Upper Canada Village – Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Come experience the enchantment of horse-drawn wagons and romantic carriage rides for two; and hop on board a life-size Toy Train. Holiday music, festive dining, shopping and other seasonal surprises all add to the ambience of the event. Now in its 12th year, the Alight at Night Festival has become a favourite family tradition

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara on the Lake

Stocking Days of Christmas 2012 @ Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake – Take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and let the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake help you with your shopping.  Enjoy access to new and limited releases – the perfect gifts for the hard to please wine lover on your list.

Oakville

Bronte Creek Homestead Christmas – Wander at your leisure around the barns of Spruce Lane Farm where you will find the barn where the reindeer recruits train to be part of Santa’s sleigh team. Next get ready for your family to visit Santa by slipping into your Victorian costumes. Your Victorian portraits will be captured during your visit with Santa and are yours to take home on a souvenir USB stick. Creating memories which will last a life time! Your Homestead Christmas experience will include traditional Christmas games and activities, tours of the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse and seasonal stories and songs in the parlour. Learn about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era!

Orillia

Magic of Christmas in Downtown Orillia – An old-fashioned shopping experience! Carollers on Mississaga Street, free Christmas treats, free horse-drawn wagon rides! Holiday passports at participating merchants for a chance to win $1,000 in Downtown Dollars! 1:00 – 3:00 pm,

winterwagonride

Ottawa

Vintage Christmas Village of Lights – ‘Tis the season of family, friends and good will! Create cherished family memories experiencing vintage Christmas treasures. Make a keepsake ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, and take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through our illuminated village. And of course, have a word or two with Santa Claus! By 5 p.m. each evening, the village will sparkle with lights in the night, a beautiful sight to behold. Be sure to stop by our gift shop to purchase unique, hand-made Christmas gifts!

Christmas Market @ Ernst & Young Centre – Christmas has come early this year. We will be hosting 4 amazing Christmas Markets full of great produce, meat, cheeses, baking, arts and crafts. Getting your holiday meals and gifts in one location – is there a better way to get ready for the holidays?

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Continues until January 6th, 2013

Penetanguishene

Festival of Lights @ Penetanguishene Centennial Museum.  Festivities include live entertainment, crafts, photos with Santa, storytime, face painting and refreshments.   Stroll with Santa to the official tree (Town Dock) for the Official tree lighting by the Mayor and carols

 

Peterborough

Christmas by Candlelight @ Lang Pioneer Village – Get into the spirit of the season with a traditional Pioneer Christmas featuring horse and sleigh rides, roving carolers, a visit from Father Christmas, and much more!

Rockton

‘Twas the night before Christmas @ Westfield Heritage Village – Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples,fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant features light meals and refreshments.

Sarnia

Winter Artwalk and Christmas Festival – Enjoy a walk through downtown Sarnia and visit the many vendors and businesses and artists showcasing unique and one-of-a-kind gifts. Visitors will see ice and snow sculptures, decorated Christmas trees, Children’s cedar maze.  Free entertainment will also be offered in several downtown coffee shops, restaurants and pubs, plus there will be face painting, children’s activities, holiday carollers, roasted chestnuts and other attractions.  Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, live entertainment and specialty hot drinks.

Smiths Falls
Twas the Night before Christmas – A fun and exciting day of Christmas fun in downtown Smiths Falls! Receive your FREE photo with Santa, make a Christmas craft, Decorate a Pet contest, listen to Christmas carolers…and more!
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Visit Town Hall and listen to MC Wayne Cavanaugh and Christmas carolers celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season! Mayor Dennis Staples will light the lights on the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall. Hot chocolate provided.

 

Toronto

Christmas in the Park @ Colborne Lodge – Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.

Toronto Christmas Market – The annual holiday street market takes over the Distillery District with local vendors, craftsmen, family friendly entertainment, shopping & more.

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

Winterfest @ Toronto’s Waterfront – Visit Santa’s Workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal weekends until December 16  for FREE arts and crafts where children can create holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorate an elf hat with our elves from Artbarn School.

Toronto AnimeCON @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Sunday only, Join other anime fans at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for an afternoon with vendors, contests, and special guests.

Winona

Puddicombe Polar Express – Experience the magic of Christmas at Puddicombe Farms.  Train ride on “Little Pudd” our seasonally decorated train, hot chocolate and cookie, visit our Pullman car (just like the one in the movies) and visit the north pole-meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. Children’s crafts and story time also available. Advance Tickets required

Woodstock

Santa House and Sleigh Rides – Santa makes a special trip to Downtown Woodstock to see all the boys and girls! Visit him in his House in Museum Square every Friday night in December from 5 PM to 8 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. He’s reserved a place on his knee, he always has a candy cane ready and, if you wish, you can even have your picture taken with Santa! While there, make time for a free horse drawn sleigh ride throughout the Downtown

Weekend Fun Guide (November 23-25 2012)

Only 5 more weekends until Christmas!!  Put aside the panic of what you still need to buy and take advantage of all the family fun that you can have. Up until Christmas, the weekends are packed full of activities, parades, tree lightings and craft shows.  Check out what’s going on Around Town this Weekend and have some fun with your family!

Santa Claus Parades

Alliston Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 6:00pm

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Arnprior Santa Clause Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Aurora Santa Claus Parade
- November 24 @ 6pm

Bloomfield Santa Claus Parade
- November 23rd @ 6:30 pm

Brantford Santa Claus Parade  – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 5:00pm

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade  – November 24th  @ 5:00 pm

Elora Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 6:00pm

Espanola Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00am

Fenelon Falls Santa Claus Parade – 
November 24th  @ 5:00pm

Fort Frances Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 4:30pm

Frankford Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @

Grand Valley Santa Claus Parade– November 24th @ 7:00pm

Kenora Santa Claus Parade – November 24th

Kirkland Lake Santa Clause Parade – November 25th @ 7:00pm

Markham Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 11:00am

Mattawa Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Minden Santa Claus Parade
 – November 24th @11:30am

Mississauga Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 1:00pm

Orleans Santa’s Parade of Lights – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 4:30pm

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade of Lights 
- November 24th @ 5:30pm

Port Carling Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Port Elgin Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00pm 

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – November 24 @ 5:00pm

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @1:30pm

Smiths Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 1:00pm

Stittsville Parade of Lights – November 24th @ 6:30pm  


Stratford Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 4:45pm

St. Catherines Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 2:30pm

Teeswater Santa Claus Parade – November 24h @ 6:00pm

Thorold Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 4:00pm

Trenton Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 4:30pm

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 11:00am

Vaughan Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 2:00pm

Walkerton Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00pm

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 2:00pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:30 pm

West Lincoln Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 2:00pm

Wingham Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 11:00am

Around Town this Weekend…

Alexandria

Alexandria Festival of Lights – 7th Annual Alexandria Festival of Lights. Barbecue fundraiser for North Glengarry Youth Centre from 5 to 7 pm. Music. Opening festivities begin at 6 pm at the Bandshell with local talent performing.  Official “Lighting up of Island Park” at 7 pm marks the beginning of the month-long event.

Amherstburg

An Antique Christmas at Dusy Loft with Santa – Come celebrate an old fashion Christmas and meet Santa! Enjoy some hot chocolate and get warm by the fire. It’s easy to find that unique, one of a kind gift for that special person on your Christmas list! Takes place on November 24 from 10:00am-5:00pm with Santa arriving at 11:00am and is staying until 1:00pm.

Bala

Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing (Nov 23rd @ 7:00pm) – Join us at the Bala Community Centre to celebrate the festive season!

Bancroft 

Tree Lighting and Christmas Carolling – Lots of fun for the whole family!

Belleville

Mistletoe Magic Artisan Show & Sale – Meet the artisans, mingle about while enjoying a tasty sweet or savory, a coffee or a glass of wine. Be sure to enter the raffle on handmade items generously donated by participating artisans … in support of Adam’s Hope – a non-profit charity dedicated to helping families in the Quinte region affected by autism.

Buckhorn

Nick of Time Christmas Marketplace – Admission is a toonie or non perishable food item.  We have over 45 Exhibitors & Santa’sWorkshop for the children

Burlington

Holiday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring an ALL NEW and extensive botanical model train installation throughout RBG Centre and cleverly themed, decorated doors. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and of course, a traditional Santa and his reindeer.

Georgina

Old Fashioned Christmas @ Georgina Pioneer Village – Enjoy a brass band in the historic Noble House, a choir in the church, historical demonstrators in all the buildings, period decorations throughout, crafts for children, hot apple cider and Christmas cookies are FREE for everyone!

Festival of Lights @ Civic Centre Grounds – See the trees at the Civic Centre come to life with the sounds of the season, enjoy a sing-along with the Mayor and have a visit with Santa!

Goderich

Festival of Lights @ Lions Harbour Park – Let Goderich brighten your mood and delight your heart with yuletide joy, glittering lights, magical displays and special events during this annual salute to the festive holiday season.

Haliburton

Santa Day at Rails End – Come and Visit with Santa Claus At Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre on Saturday, November 24th From noon until 2 pm You can get your picture taken with Santa by The Photo Shop for just $5; Make Christmas Crafts with Rails End Volunteers and enjoy cocoa and cookies! Brought to you by the Haliburton Lions Club, Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre and The Haliburton Village BIA

Hamilton

The Christmas Show – The Christmas Show is sure to inspire the Christmas Spirit in everyone! Join us for great gift ideas – whether you are looking for her, for him, or for some unique hostess and stocking stuffer gifts, check out all the exhibitors for some fun ideas! Bring a pair of new mittens to donate and you get 50% admission.  Be sure to visit Santa while you’re there

Victorian Christmas @ Dundurn Castle – Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendour with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition. FREE admission this Saturday only

Kapuskasing 

Festival of Lights – This is one of the more popular events in Kapuskasing. It kicks off mid-November and continues until mid-January. The festival consists of several winter activities including the lighting of thousands of Christmas lights in the Riverside Park.

London

Winter Wonderland @ Victoria Park – Each holiday season London residents and visitors can stroll through Victoria Park and enjoy the glittering display of lights that create our city’s Winter Wonderland. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating park trees, there are a variety of displays including Santa and his reindeer, tin soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and the nativity.

Milton

Christmas Open House with Santa @ Springridge Farm –  Visit with Santa, decorate a gingerbread man or ornaments, shop in the country store or sample on of the many yummy bakery treats.

Minden

Festival of Trees @ Minden Hills Cultural Centre – The Minden Hills Cultural Centre Festival of Trees is a magical event for the entire family, filled with wonderful things to see, interesting shops to visit, fun activities for children all with a Christmas theme.

Mississauga

Light up the Trees 2012 @ Celebration Square  – Celebrate the Holiday season with exciting performances and activities for the young and young at heart.  On the agenda: DJ Skate Party (weather permitting), Lighting of the trees with Mayor McCallion and Members of Council, Gravity defying entertainment, Aerial cirque performers and Gourmet Food Trucks

Tree Lighting @ Streetsville Main St. Square – Join us at the village main street square at 7 p.m. for the traditional lighting of our Christmas tree.  Horse & wagon rides, hot chocolate, sweet treats, and of course Santa will be returning to visit us again. So don’t miss your opportunity to talk to the big man in the red suit yourself!

Napanee

Indoor Christmas Market @ Strathcona Paper Centre – More than 50 vendors be selling a large mixture of items including fresh baked goods and preserves, Christmas ornaments and decorations, sewing, quilting, and crocheting items, as well as bath and body products, herbal products, baby items, paintings, Christmas cards & stationary, Jewellery.

Niagara

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara-on-the- Lake 

Taste the Season – Taste the Season is the “must-do” event of the season for many Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country visitors. Taste the Season touring pass holders will be treated to more VQA wine and food pairings than ever before. Touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus tax) and are valid any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm (event weekends only).

Norval

Montgomery Christmas – Every year, the village of Norval celebrates Anne of Green Gables author, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthday by holding their annual Montgomery Christmas Celebration! Come enjoy the church bazaars and local performers, then stop by Crawford’s Village Bakeshop to visit the Lucy Maud Montgomery Museum, which features her original cookbook!

Oakville

Holiday Festivities and Tree Lighting @ Bronte Harbour – Festivities include: Live Music, Dancing with Santa, Carol Sing and Tree Lighting

Ottawa

Christmas Market @ Ernst & Young Centre – Christmas has come early this year. We will be hosting 4 amazing Christmas Markets full of great produce, meat, cheeses, baking, arts and crafts. Getting your holiday meals and gifts in one location – is there a better way to get ready for the holidays?

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Join thousands as we enter The Gateway to the Holiday Season together on Friday November 16th. Continues until January 6th, 2013

Point Edward 

Christmas in the Village – Come out and enjoy Christmas Carolers, Free hot chocolate at the Fire Dept. & cookies ar the Fire Dept., many displays and promotions from Village businesses.

Smith Falls 

31st Annual Art Show & Sale @ Heritage Hose Museum – Original works by over 25 local artists. Whether your personal taste leans towards landscapes, still life studies, impressionism or sculpture, you will be surprised and pleased by the wide variety of works available. Come find the perfect Christmas gift for family, friends or yourself!

Tillsonburg

Down Home Country Christmas Craft Show on November 24th – Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2012, this signature event brings together more than 140 artisans and crafters for a one-of-a-kind gift-buying extravaganza

Toronto

100th Grey Cup Festival – Lots of events going on all weekend…  Check out what’s on Friday,  Saturday & Sunday

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

ComiCON @ Royal York Hotel – Visit the Royal York Hotel to check out the many exhibitors and guests.

One of a Kind Show and Sale@ Direct Energy Centre – Everything sold at the show is made by hand in North America by Canadian and/or American artisans.  The Christmas Show features handmade designs by over 800 artists, makers, designers and craftspeople.

Polish Heritage Day@ the ROM – Celebrate Polish culture and history with a full day of live music and dance performances, hands-on activities for kids, visual displays, art, shopping, dining and much more!

Winterfest @ Toronto’s Waterfront – Visit Santa’s Workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal weekends from November 24 to December 16  for FREE arts and crafts where children can create holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorate an elf hat with our elves from Artbarn School.

$5 General admission at the Toronto Zoo – I ♥ Community Weekend – Join us for WILD action fun! Our animal outreach team will be out in full force, providing loads of opportunities to see some of our most interesting wildlife up close! You’ll also enjoy great discounts on Zoo gear in our retail shop, the chance to enter for hourly prize giveaways and the opportunity to learn all about our conservation programs from our Zoo staff themselves and much, much more!

Wasaga Beach

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Santa and his elves will be treating everyone to hot chocolate and holiday cheer. A special part of this evening is the annual Christmas Carol-sing along with Wasaga Beach’s Mayor and the Prime Time Singers

Weekend Fun Guide (November 16-18 2012)

Tis the season to be jolly…and busy!  Take a break this weekend and enjoy some family time to get you in the spirit of Christmas. There are 45 Santa Claus parades listed for you to go see the big man in red this weekend.  We’ve also got craft shows, festivals of lights, tree lighting ceremonies and meet and greets with Santa and so much more in our AROUND TOWN section.  Love this time of year as there is so much family fun to be had!

Santa Claus Parades 

Acton Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:00pm

Angus Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @10:00am

Bala Santa Claus Parade
- November 17TH @ 1:00pm

Barrhaven Lions Club Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 5:30pm

Barrie Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Belleville Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 5:00pm

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 10:30am

Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:30 pm

Brampton Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

Brockville Santa’s Arrival Parade
- November 18th @ 2:00 pm

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:00pm

Chatham Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:30pm

Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 2:00pm

Cornwall Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

Dryden Santa Claus Parade – December 17th @ 6:30pm

 Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 2:00pm

Georgetown Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

Goderich Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:30pm

Guelph Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 1:30pm

Kanata Santa Claus Parade – Saturday November 17th @ 10:00am

Kemptville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:00pm

Keswick Santa Claus Parade
- November 17 @ 1:30pm

Kingston Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00 pm

Kingsville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:30pm

Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 11:00am

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
- November 18 @ 2:00pm

Maxville Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 5:30pm

Milton Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 2:00pm

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 11:00am.

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 11:00am

North Bay Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @12pm

Oakville Santa Claus Parade– November 17th @ 9:00 am

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Orillia Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 1:00pm

Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 6:00pm

Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 10:00am

Petawawa Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 1:00pm

Port Severn Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade – 
November 17th @ 6:00pm

St. Mary’s Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 7:00pm

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade– November 17, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

Thunder Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @10:00am

Toronto Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @12:30pm

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:00pm

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Artisan’s Christmas Show  @ Simcoe County Museum – 14th Annual one-of-a-kind sale of distinctive gifts and home decor created by local artisans.

Brampton

Annual Tree Lighting in Ken Williams Square (Friday night @ 6:00pm) – Official Tree lighting, live entertainment, ice sculpting demonstration and more

Burlington

Olde Fashioned Christmas @ Ireland House (Sunday 11:00-4:00) – Celebrate the season with memories of Christmas long ago. It’s a day away from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy the smells, sounds and tastes of Christmas on a historic farm. See baking demonstrations, tour the Ireland House decked out for the holidays, make crafts, visit with the Clauses in SANTA’S CABIN and so much more.

Santa Arrives by Helicopter @ Burlington Mall at 10:00am- They will be serving hot chocolate starting at 9:30 so come early, get some hot chocolate and look up in the sky.  Once Santa has landed, kids can join the parade and escort Santa to his cabin.

Cambridge

David Durward Christmas Bazaar – Visit the DDC Christmas Bazaar, and enjoy a light lunch in the ‘Christmas Cafe’. Baked goods, Christmas items, jewelery, knitting, mystery parcels, used books, woodworking and much more for sale.

Goderich

Festival of Lights @ Lions Harbour Park – Friday night @ 7:00pm there will be a Candlelight Ceremony and Tree Lighting.  Saturday is the official opening of the Festival of Lights with seaonal music by the Goderich Laketown Band, lighting of the lights and the start of the Santa Claus Parade.

Kapuskasing 

Festival of Lights – This is one of the more popular events in Kapuskasing. It kicks off mid-November and continues until mid-January. The festival consists of several winter activities including the lighting of thousands of Christmas lights in the Riverside Park.

Kingsville 

Fantasy of Lights – The 20th Annual Kingsville Fantasy of Lights Festival has an outstanding line up of entertainment for the whole family. Don’t miss Dinner With Santa, Opening Ceremonies with Fireworks at lakeside Park, Ice Wine and Art at the Park, The Santa Claus Parade, Special Senior’s Day, Train Rides around the Park, and of course over 200 lighted displays that bring lakeside park to life.

London

Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse Sale @ London Western Fairgrounds – Kick start your Christmas shopping!  1,000s of brand name toys and books at the lowest prices in Canada.

Technology & Electronics Show – Companies from all across North America will showcase their latest products and technology at TES.  Early technology adopters and progressive thinkers will not want to miss seeing the latest products and learning about what’s coming up in this ever-changing world of technology.

Markham

Home for the Holidays @ the Markham Fairgrounds – Over 130 exhibitors offering Christmas Decorating Accents & accessories, furnishings, Christmas accents, Christmas greenery, folk art, and THOUSANDS of affordable Christmas gift ideas for a perfect old fashioned Christmas

Mount Forest 

Big Brothers Big Sister’s Annual Christmas Craft Sale @ Mount Forest & District Sports Complex – Deck the halls with crafts from our Annual Craft Market and you could start something big

Milton

Christmas Open House with Santa @ Springridge Farm –  Visit with Santa, decorate a gingerbread man or ornaments, shop in the country store or sample on of the many yummy bakery treats.

Parade of Lights @ Country Heritage Park (Saturday and Sunday at 6:00pm) – Come and enjoy this spectacular parade of antique tractors and farm implements decorated with coloured lights. After the parade join Santa and Mrs. Klaus in the Gambrel barn for some hot chocolate and cookies. (bring your camera). This event is FREE

Newmarket

Main Street Candle Light Parade and Tree Lighting (Friday @ 7:00pm) – Come on down to  Main Street for the annual Candle Light Parade. Festivities include Christmas carols, music, watch the lighting of the Christmas tree and see the windows decorated. Meet at Main and Water St. Please bring a candle.

Niagara

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara-on-the- Lake 

Fabulicious – An opportunity to dine at some of Niagara-on-the-Lakes finest restaurants with special three course menus at amazing prices.

Taste the Season – Taste the Season is the “must-do” event of the season for many Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country visitors. Taste the Season touring pass holders will be treated to more VQA wine and food pairings than ever before. Touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus tax) and are valid any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm (event weekends only).

Oakville

Oakville Tree Lighting – Celebrate the lights, the magic, and the charm of Downtown Oakville this Christmas as the businesses kick-off the holiday season with the official lighting of the Towne Square Tree. Santa and his elves will be treating everyone to hot apple cider and holiday cheer. A special part of this evening is the annual downtown Christmas carol sing-along with Oakville’s Mayor and the Salvation Army Band. The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. in Towne Square,

 Orillia

Annual Candlelight Parade and Tree Lighting – Hundreds of children carry candles & carol through Downtown Orillia to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free cookies & hot chocolate! 7:00 pm, Mississauga Street from Legion to Opera House

Artisans Christmas Show @ Simcoe County Museum – Visitors will be able to purchase unique handcrafted gifts from 50 regional artisans, including potters, painters, photographers, jewellery artisans, food artisans, clothing creators, and more. Guests can also enter to win a wreath decorated by select artisans.

Ottawa 

Signatures Show @ Ottawa Convention Centre – 180 of Canada’s best artists, artisans and designers! Experience an urban shopping event like no other. Unique jewellery, fabulous fashions and accessories, visual art, functional home accessories & décor, natural body care lines and gourmet treats are just some exciting handmade creations you will find.

Ottawa Kennel Club Dog Show – Lots of dogs, entertaining and educational demos, plus vendors. The Ottawa Kennel Club is Canada’s oldest dog club.

Ottawa Christmas Craft & Good Show @ RA Centre – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! Two days – Nov. 11th & 18th. A christmas celebration of over 40 vendors featuring local artists, artisans and craftspeople presenting a wonderful array of handmade work and quality gifts. Come on out and support our local artisans and small businesses.

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Join thousands as we enter The Gateway to the Holiday Season together on Friday November 16th. Continues until January 6th, 2013

Parry Sound

Light Up Market Square Park (Friday @ 6:30pm) – Start off the festive season with music, caroling, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.

2012 Christmas Craft Show @ the YMCA Building – Get a head start on your Christmas shopping on Saturday from 9:00-4:30

Prince Edward County

Wassail “Raise thy cup to the vines” – Once again county wineries will be celebrating the end of the growing season and the burying of the vines. Tour the wineries and sample new vintages, mulled wines, Christmas treats, shop for wine, stocking stuffers, gifts.

Sarnia

Celebration of Lights – Many displays & thousands of lights along with a 72 foot arch over Front Street, light up Centennial Park during the holiday season. Opening ceremonies includes fireworks, entertainment, trolley rides, etc

Scarborough

Out of the Cold @ Scarborough Museum – Come in out of the cold and warm up by the fire!  See how Scarborough’s settlers baked over the open hearth and in the wood stove as they prepared for the cold winter ahead.  Sample baked treats and a warm drink.  Family activities for all ages!  Admission is by donation.

Smith Falls

31st Annual Art Show & Sale @ Heritage House Museum – Original works by over 25 local artists. Whether your personal taste leans towards landscapes, still life studies, impressionism or sculpture, you will be surprised and pleased by the wide variety of works available. Come find the perfect Christmas gift for family, friends or yourself!

Toronto

Cavalcade of Lights – The 46th annual Cavalcade of Lights kicks off the holiday season at Nathan Phillips Square.  The evening begins at 7 pm with live musical performances, the first lighting of the Cavalcade of Lights display, a breathtaking fireworks display at 8 p.m. and an open-air DJ dance party with JJ Rock under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

Gourmet Food & Wine Festival @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre –  offers over 40,000 guests an unparalleled opportunity to sample over 1,500 fine wines, beers and spirits from around the globe. The Expo embraces the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas.

Seasons Christmas Show @ International Centre – Browse over 200 amazing vendors displaying everything from spectacular Christmas décor, one of a kind gifts to entertaining ideas & products that are sure to make you the ‘hostess with the mostess’ this holiday season.

Winter Woofstock – Allows people to celebrate their dogs, indulge them, party with them and let them show off their special talents in fun and wacky contests and fashion shows.  There isn’t a toy, fashion line, accessory, line of treats, or exclusive service for dogs that you can’t find at Woofstock.

Vaughan

Vaughan of Kind Art & Craft Show – Join fellow artisans during this annual retail event for a one day art and craft show. View a fine selection of traditional and contemporary art and craft media. Participate in an exciting shopping experience where holiday gift seekers can meet the makers of one of a kind items!

Windsor

Made in Windsor Holiday Show 2012 @ Walkerville Brewery – Sample a wide range of local brews while shopping a wide assortment of beautiful craft items for gift giving! Over 30 local artisans will be displaying their work. From paper to wood, ceramics to glass, clothing to jewelery – everything is one-of-a-kind and hand-made! Don’t miss it!

Weekend Fun Guide ( November 9-11, 2012)

Tis the season for all things Christmas including Santa Claus Parades, craft shows and tree lightings. This weekend seems to mark the beginning of Christmas season with the first of many Santa Claus Parades across Ontario. There are lots of fun things to do this weekend so be sure to get out and have some family fun! Across Canada

Neighbourhood Toy Store DayExperience the ‘wow’ factor of shopping at your local ‘neighbourhood’ toy store on Saturday November 10 when NETS retailers will celebrate Neighbourhood Toy Store Day with free activities, giveaways, demos, discounts and loads of family fun!

Remembrance Day – Don’t forget Sunday is Remembrance Day, please take at least a moment to give thanks and remember those that fought for our freedom. Not sure how to discuss Remembrance Day with your little ones? Check out our suggestions http://wp.me/p2INNB-42

Random Act of Kindness Day – Together let’s celebrate Kindness! Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to touch the lives of others and make our world a better place. This concept should not be foreign to us but I love the fact that there is a day devoted to it. Talk to your kids about things they can do to as Ramdom Acts of Kindness wether it be holding the door open for someone, playing with a child on the playground that is alone or telling someone they like their shirt. Go over this list of 101 Random Acts of Kindness with your family for some suggestions.

Santa Claus is coming to town…

Ajax Santa Claus ParadeNovember 10th @ 6:00pm

Cookstown Santa Claus Parade -
November 9th @ 8:00pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 10th @ 2:00pm

London Santa Claus ParadeNovember 10th @ 6:00pm

Pickering Santa Clause ParadeNovember 10th @ 10:00 am

 

What’s Happening this Weekend…

Alliston Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale @ Nottawasaga Inn – The show features 108 vendors from across Ontario selling a variety of items including chocolate, jam, fudge, sauces, quilts, candles, pottery, stained glass, wreaths, folk art, woodwork, sock monkeys, body care products, pewter, Christmas decorations and more! All the items are handcrafted by the artisans themselves.

Barrie Grey Cup 100 Train Tour @ Barrie GO Station (Sunday 12-4) – Read and learn about CFL history on the “Then and Now” mural inside the Kubota On Tour special events vehicle which also offers fans a Photo Booth opportunity called “You’re at the Game”. Tour the Grey Cup, Museum and Team cars, Reebok will be there to give fans a chance to win 2013 CFL Season tickets and Telus will have their virtual Punt, Pass, and Kick game.

Bayfield Christmas in Bayfield – Festivities kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday with the traditional Lighting of the Lights event at Clan Gregor Square. As part of the celebration, there will be treats, a choir on hand, and an early visit by Santa Claus care of the fire department. On Saturday Santa will make an appearance at the annual parade, starting at 11 a.m. Another special event on tap is free horse-drawn carriage rides.

Bobcaygeon Festival of Trees – Pancake Breakfast, visit with Santa, shop in Santa’s Secret Shop, special crafts, face painting, Christmas Cafe, Craft Fair, Christmas Boutique. Toyland Showcase, Children’s Workshop, Toy Drive and more.

Brighton Christmas at Presqu’ile Provincial Park – Artisans from all across the province must go through a careful jurying process to have their work accepted for display and sale. Their selected works of art and crafts are organized and displayed by a group of knowledgeable Friends of Presqu’ile volunteers throughout the 10 room main venue … The Christmas House, a Heritage home by the Lake. Grand Bend Christmas Comes Early in Grand Bend – Businesses in the Grand Bend area will offer special and unique gift items to satisfy even the hardest-to-buy for person on your list. Merchants will be decorated for the holidays and will feature great specials. Enjoy a festive horse and carriage ride while you are there.

Hamilton Grey Cup 100 Train Tour @ Bayfront Park (Saturday 10-4) – Meet CFL Alumni, Tour the Grey Cup, Museum and Team cars and purchase CFL stamps and other commemorative Grey Cup collectibles. Reebok will be there to give fans a chance to win 2013 CFL Season tickets, Telus will have their virtual Punt, Pass, and Kick game and Rona presents the Skills and Drills mini-field and have your photo taken with the Grey Cup and so much more fun!!

Kitchener Movember Kids KW @ Kitchener Market’s Kids in the Kitchen – A Movember Themed Event for Families! Have a Moustache Facepainting by BreCreative and Entertainment Provided By Jim Tigwell

Niagara Falls Niagara Gift Show – A large number of vendors from near and far presenting a terrific cross section of products and services from the Christmas season that everyone would be proud to give and anyone happy to receive.

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways. Niagara on the Lake Taste the Season – Taste the Season is the “must-do” event of the season for many Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country visitors. Taste the Season touring pass holders will be treated to more VQA wine and food pairings than ever before. Touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus tax) and are valid any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm (event weekends only).

Ottawa Wine and Food Show @ Ottawa Convention Centre – Taste your way around the world with all-new events and some returning favourites spread over five taste-filled days in November. Read the full schedule and choose your dates!

Family Vacation Marketplace @ CE Centre – Don’t miss this UNIQUE opportunity to meet face to face with representatives of some of our most recommended family vacation destinations and suppliers. This is your opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions

Ottawa Christmas Craft & Good Show @ RA Centre – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! Two days – Nov. 11th & 18th. A christmas celebration of over 40 vendors featuring local artists, artisans and craftspeople presenting a wonderful array of handmade work and qauality gifts. Come on out and support our local artisans and small businesses.

Pakenham Pakenham Christmas Craft Show – Local and regional artists, artisans and crafters come out of the woodwork for this show. Mississippi Mills Craft Show featuring over 25 crafters, artists and designers.Offering an assortment of unique handmade goods. Shop local, shop handmade!

Paris Christmas in Paris – Visitors to the 21st Annual Christmas in Paris will find a fabulous assortment of one-of-a-kind treasures that are hand-made by local talented artisans. This shopping experience is truly delightful within an atmosphere of casual comfort enjoyed at various historical locations, grand foyers and artists’ homes. Port Rowan Festival by the Bay – Enjoy three days of shopping at local studios, stores and home-based businesses throughout Port Rowan, Long Point and surrounding area. Special offers, free samples, local foods and entertainment. Pick up your map at participants or visit our website

Stratford Rotary Christmas Arts and Crafts Show – Located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, the Rotary Arts & Craft Show features over 100 juried vendors offering some of the best in unique, beautiful, and practical Christmas gift ideas. All Show profits go towards community needs.

Thorold 19th Annual Christmas Art & Craft Show – Featuring 80 juried artists and artisans from across Ontario!

Toronto 27th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony @ The Toronto Zoo – Veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country.Admission for Veterans and all guests (including general public) attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. 8th Annual Fall Baby Time Show@ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – The Ultimate event for pregnancy, birth, baby and toddler show. Learn and have fun all within one vibrant place celebrating parenthood.

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair @ Ricoh Coliseum – Livestock barns, horse shows, a chef competition, giant vegetables, performances by equestrian Olympians, concerts, kids’ performers and more.

Nature Connection @ Downsview Park (Saturday from 2-4) – Downsview Park staff will take you on a free indoor/outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world. Come see nature in the city!

Illuminite @ Yonge-Dundas Square (Saturday 6-7) – The lighting of the 40’ high light tree with more than 52,000 LED lights will cap off the night’s festivities, along with the illumination of the 3D polar bears, and other breath-taking holiday lighting installations.

Whole Life Expo @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Canada’s largest showcase of natural health, alternative medicine, and eco-friendly lifestyles. With 75 speakers and over 200 exhibitors, Whole Life Expo brings you the most comprehensive array of natural health products and services ever gathered under one roof. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – Come down and take part in daily Induction Weekend events commemorating the Class of 2012 – Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin. Enter the 2012 Induction Weekend Contest and visit the Spirit of Hockey Store and be the first to obtain 2012 Induction collectible merchandise.

Windsor Windsor International Fim Festival – With 52 dramatic, documentary, and short films screening at the Capitol Theatre, WIFF audiences will have a number of opportunities to engage in Q and A sessions with the film guests following their individual screenings. WIFF runs until Sunday, November 11th.