No matter where you go, you can see that Christmas is in the air. Store window displays are decorated with Christmas cheer, some radio stations are already playing Christmas music and if your kids are like ours, they are already singing Christmas carols and waiting for the arrival of our Elf on the Shelf. I love this time of year and can’t wait to attend some great Christmas events across Ontario. Some of the events in our Weekend Fun Guide are not Christmas themed but you will find that many are and this weekend kicks off some of the Santa Claus parades across Ontario! What ever your plans. get out and have some fun with your family this weekend
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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
Santa Claus is coming to town…
Ajax Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 6:00pm
Cookstown Santa Claus Parade - November 8th @ 6:00pm
London Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 6:00pm
Pickering Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 12:00 pm
List of over 150 Santa Claus Parades across Ontario here
Shop Your ‘Hood’ Saturday November 9!
Neighbourhood Toy Store Day
Celebrates Local, Independent Toy Retailers with Tons of Family Fun!
Saturday November 9 is Neighbourhood Toy Store Day (NTSD) across Canada! More than 40 independent toy stores, each members of Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS), will feature an astonishing array of fabulously fun activities, including ‘make & take’ crafts, scavenger hunts, games tables, science tables; face painting and giveaways; raffles and draws for awesome prizes including 2013 Gold Star Award winning toys and games; special guests including the likes of Darth Vader, Princess Sophia, Supergirl, a life-size Groovy Girl, a magician and more, in addition to exciting discounts on NETS Catalogue items, 2013 Gold Star Awardproducts being offered at various NETS member locations on Saturday, November 9. All children and parents are invited to take part in this day of FREE family fun! Don’t miss the fun! For specific information on what is going on in your ‘hood’ go to the ‘For Parents and Grandparents’ tab on the NETS site at www.neighbourhoodtoystores.ca, email email@example.com or call 647.271.9434.
$2.50 Movies on Saturdays
Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.50. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5
Visit a Local Conservation Area
Did you know there are more than 270 Conservation Areas across Ontario? Fall is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature at a local conservation area.
Events Across Ontario this Weekend …
Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale @ Nottawasaga Inn – Thinking it’s time to get a jumpstart on Christmas shopping? If you’re not ready to face the big box stores this year we may have the solution you’re looking for. Visit the Nottawasaga Resort for the 30th Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale, Saturday November 9th and Sunday November 10th and discover a spectacular line-up of crafters who feature a unique line-up of handmade items.
Christmas in Bayfield – One of our biggest events of the year happens on the second weekend in November! Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, late night shopping, a winter parade and much more!
22nd Christmas at Presqu’ile Juried Arts and Crafts Show – Fine arts and crafts on sale at the Nature Centre (open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm) and at the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (open until 5:00 pm). Visit the tea room at Stonehedge and enjoy our famous rum cake and hot drinks.
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.
Movember Kids KW – @ Kitchener Market’s Kids in the Kitchen – A Movember Themed Event for Families! There will be Movember themed cooking, Facepainting by BreCreative , activity table and more. Be sure you RSVP to the Movember Kids KW event. Just like last year, it FREE community event to raise awareness of Movember Canada!
Ski Swap & Sale @ Country Heritage Park – Ski & snowboard equipment & clothing for sale
Winter Festival of Lights – On Saturday, November 9th, join us for Opening Festivities – Celebrating the Year of Korea in Canada in Queen Victoria Park along the Niagara Parkway from 2 to 8pm as we host a day packed full of exciting, engaging and free, family-friendly programming that culminates in a stupendous 15-minute fireworks show choreographed to a live musical performance by The Niagara Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bradley Thachuk.
Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse Sale @ Ernst & Young Centre – Kick start your Christmas shopping! 1,000s of brand name toys and books at the lowest prices in Canada.
Ottawa Pet show – The Ottawa Pet Expo is for the proud pet owners… and their pets. Bring your dogs and cats and birds and rats! Shop for unique pet product, meet animal rescue groups, speak with breeders, learn about pet nutrition, and have FUN! Catch the high flying canines of the Ontario Dock Dogs, visit the Cat Show, see Candice Batista from CTV on the World of Pets Stage, cuddle a miniature pig, experience the energetic antics at the Demo Area, and much more!
Christmas in Paris – Visitors to the 22nd 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.
Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market – Come out to the Port Carling Community Centre on November 9th to experience a wide range of fantastic vendors and get a head start on Christmas shopping! For more information, contact Jane at 705-762-5663 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Illuminite – Kick-off your holiday season with downtown Toronto’s most spectacular festive show and tree-lighting ceremony, Illuminite. Hosted by the Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square, this year’s festival features stunning dance, music and aerial acrobatic performances produced by Creativiva Inc.
28th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony @ The Toronto ZooVeterans 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 attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
9th 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.
Downsview Nature Connection @ Downsview Park – A FREE nature program for families. Connect with your natural world and come out to Downsview Park! All ages are welcome. 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, starting with Downsview Park!
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair @ Exhibition Place – Livestock barns, horse shows, a chef competition, giant vegetables, performances by equestrian Olympians, concerts, kids’ performers and more.