Tobogganing … Free family fun!

Tobogganing hills in ontario

Toboggan

One of the funnest activities you can do in the Winter as a family is to go tobogganing. It costs no money, needs very little equipment and it’s hours of fun!  Go to a neighbourhood park or change it up by trying somewhere new.

The key to toboganning is finding a great hill.  Here is a good site www.tobogganhills.com where you can search for hills by location, add your favourite hills, add photos, comment on and rate hills and discuss various different sleds.

Some things to consider when going tobogganing
– Be sure to dress warmly and keep your skin covered as much as possible.
– Depending on hill size it is recommended that children wear helmets
– Pick a hill that it free of trees, away from water and far from roads and parking lots
– Be courteous to other tobogganers and teach your children to walk up the side
– Teach your children to sit properly on their knees or bottom
– Do not overload a sled
– HAVE FUN!

Grab your sled and hit the hills for a fun time with the family!

Weekend Fun Guide (December 20-22 2013)

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With very few sleeps left until Santa arrives, the craziness of the malls is growing as the parking spots dwindle, the kids are out for Christmas break and the stress of having to get everything ready for the big day can be overwhelming.  Why not put that all aside and take some time out for family fun this weekend.  Many festive activities are planned across Ontario and we’ve also got some great ideas on how to get some fun in for free too!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.  Be safe, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime!

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Tim Horton’s FREE Skates

Tim Horton invites you to skate for free over the Holidays at locations all across Ontario.  Find dates, times and locations near you here

Tobogganing hills in ontario

Tobogganing

One of the funnest activities you can do in the Winter as a family is to go tobogganing. It costs no money, needs very little equipment and it’s hours of fun!  Go to a neighbourhood park or change it up by trying somewhere new.  The key to tobogganing is finding a great hill near you 

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Skiing in Ontario

Winter is a great time to get out and get exercise with your family. Ontario is home to so many great ski resorts so why not get on the slopes with your family this Winter and create some amazing memories!!

Snowtubing

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing is quickly becoming a favourite activity for families in Ontario The great thing is that everyone can do it! There’s no need for any special equipment, the cost is great and you just need to know how to have fun. Just sit on the tube and hang on for some super fun! Let the squeals of excitement beginnnnnn!

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Santa Claus Parades

Chatsworth Santa Claus Parade – December 22nd @ 10:30am

Gore Bay Santa Claus Parade – December 21st  @ 7:30pm

Merrickville Santa Claus Parade – December 21st @ 1:00pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

Around Town this Weekend…

Alexandria

Alexandria Festival of Lights – Opening festivities begin at 4 pm at The Sandfield Center. With GIAG sponsored “Freezing for a Reason” event. Followed at 5pm by a tailgate party & BBQ. Hosted by the Gaels football club. Entertainment on main stage with “Bang On The Ear”. Opening ceremonies to begin at 6pm with our invited dignitaries followed by the official “Lighting up of Island Park” at 6:30pm.

Amhertsburg 

River Lights Winter Festival – Step back in time to a perfect holiday setting!
Special weekends every November,visit 2 delightfully decorated parks and warm up at the new Gingerbread House at Toddy Jones Park.Victorian and Children’s themed LED light displays, period costumes, horse drawn carriage rides, carollers bell ringers, Visit one of the prettiest towns in Ontario for a winter wonderland experience!

Blue Mountains

Frost Frenzy – So much fun for the whole family including fireworks, Santa visits, Carollers, Wagon rides, snowshoeing, crafts, shopping and more!

Bracebridge

SantaFest – Come celebrate winter and the joy of the season with Santa and his Elves!  Admission is $8.00/person and children under 2 are free!Enjoy Santa’s winter activities, all included in the price of admission: Visit with Santa, Gingerbread decorating, sleigh rides, activities and story time with Mrs. Claus and much more.

Burlington

The Lakeside Festival of Lights  – Burlington’s longest running festival, lighting up the waterfront from dusk to dawn for 40 days over the holiday season. 2013 marks the 18th year for this special seasonal festival. Over 60 festive displays light up Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park through the holiday season. Wander through the park with family and friends, or get a full view of the themed displays while driving along Lakeshore Road at the City’s waterfront. It’s a magical sight for the whole family, especially the young at heart.

Holiday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens –  Celebrate winter at RBG with Holiday Traditions, RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring Canada’s best all-botanical model train installation. You’ll find Canadian highlights in RBG Centre and a new train in our Mediterranean Garden featuring Wonders of the World. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and a traditional Santa. Runs until January 5th 2014

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.

Hamilton

Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit @ Battlefield House Museum & Park – Gather your family together, take a break from holiday shopping and step back in time to experience the warmth, welcome and simplicity of an early 19th century Christmas. The Gage family home comes alive with evergreen boughs on the mantles and enticing aromas in the air.

Victorian Christmas @ Dundurn National Historic Site – 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.

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.

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 – November 16th – January 8th -The 21st 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

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.

nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air.

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 13th year, the Alight at Night Festival has become a favourite family tradition

Napanee

Big Bright Light Show Sponsored by Trans Canada – The Downtown Napanee Big Bright Light Show is back and BRIGHTER than ever. With more than 400,000 LED lights placed along three blocks of the downtown core, this definitely is a must see this holiday season! Runs until January 31st

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 9, 2013 to January 31, 2014. 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.

Oakville

Bronte Creek Homestead Christmas – Wander at your leisure around the barns of Spruce Lane Farm where you will find variety of friendly farm animals. Next get ready for your family to visit Santa by slipping into your Victorian costumes. Your Victorian portraits (10-25 images) 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!

Ottawa

Christmas in the ByWard Market – Come to the ByWard Market every weekend in December to enjoy the free wagon rides and be entertained by the Christmas Carollers who will help spread the cheer and joy of the holidays. Head to the corner of William and York streets to see choirs and sign up for a wagon ride between 12-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday between November 30 & December 22!

Vintage Village of Lights @ Cumberland Heritage Village Museum – Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings starting November 30 to December 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Create new Christmas memories as you explore holiday traditions from days gone by in an enchanted setting. From kitchen parties to delicious festive foods, it’s sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget! And, who knows, you may meet up with the big man himself – Santa Claus! $7/person $18/family

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 15th. Continues until January 4th, 2014

Port Hope

Festival of Lights and Trees – If you really want to see the festive season in all its’ grandeur, don’t miss the Port Hope Capitol Theatre’s enchanting Capitol Christmas – A Festival of Lights and Trees – open for viewing From November 29 to December 22nd. There is thousands of lights and around 80 uniquely decorated trees all generously donated by local sponsors so that attendees can purchase raffle tickets and win their favorite designer tree.

Smith Falls

The Celebration of Lights – Runs daily in Victoria Park with special activities, entertainment for the opening and closing and on Saturdays. We invite you to come out and enjoy the beauty of the season with the special business sponsored lighting displays. Together Smiths Falls is looking forward to our first year with this event and hope to be able to continue for years to come.

Toronto

Winterfest @ Toronto’s Waterfront – Visit Santa’s Workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal weekends until December 22  for FREE arts and crafts where children can decorate a gingerbread cookie, watch dog sledding demos, watch Woofjocks Canine All Stars Performance Demos, enjoy a free skate or for a little additional cost take a Santa cruise or have your pet’s picture taken with Santa and more!

Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market – This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs.

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. Run Tuesdays – Sundays until January 5th

Christmas by Lamplight @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – For three magical evenings, Black Creek Pioneer Village invites visitors to join in the holiday festivities. Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its finest holiday decor, Black Creek comes alive with live music, food and activities. Program only or with dinner options available.  Saturdays leading up to Christmas

FREE Skating @ Natrel Rink – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits. The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant  Best of all – skating is FREE!

Waterloo

Wonders of Winter – We are proud to announce our 20th Anniversay! The Wonders of Winter has been a beloved holiday tradition in the Region of Waterloo. We have over 100,000 lights and more than 100 displays. The festival runs from November 30 (Opening night) to December 31, 2013 in Waterloo Park, Waterloo ON. Come and join us and be a part of it – bring the family!

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