Weekend Fun Guide (November 20-22 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

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Tis the season for family fun!  This weekend’s events across Ontario include Santa Claus parades, tree lightings, craft fairs, festivals of lights and so much more to get you in the holiday spirit!  For a full listing of fun family events check out our listing of Events Across Ontario this Weekend below

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Santa will be visiting  a lot of Santa Claus Parades across Ontario this weekend.  See a full list of Ontario Santa Clause Parades here

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to Ontario

Making a difference, one stop at a time

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 28th and will be visiting communities across our Ontario. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. Everyone who attends is encouraged to donate food and money which stays in their community.  For a list of when the Holiday Train hits a community near you check here

Ross Petty’s Peter Pan in Wonderland is Coming to Town

Petty Prods presents PETER PAN with Dan Chameroy, Anthony MacPherson, Eddie Glen, Ross Petty, Jessica Holmes by Bruce Zinger

Ross Petty Productions proudly presents Peter Pan

Ross Petty, creator of Toronto’s most celebrated theatrical holiday extravaganza, presents his 20th annual production of exquisitely silly entertainment for the young and the young at heart!  Tickets are now on sale. Find out more on ticket information and more info on the show here

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$2.99 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 $2.99. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Events Across Ontario this Weekend …

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!

Barrie

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – Come Downtown to enjoy the 40th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Memorial Square. The following activities will be taking place to bring in the festive season: Visit from Santa, Tree Lighting and Fireworks, Choir Singing, Wagon Rides, Pony Rides and Face Painting, Festive Holiday Film, Free Hot Chocolate with a non-perishable donation , Old Tyme Kettle Korn and Captain Cooke De Fries Start the season off with this long standing annual ceremony in Downtown Barrie.

Burlington

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

Cobourg

Christmas Magic – Christmas Magic transforms Victoria Park and the Waterfront into a dazzling display of over 100,000 coloured lights.

Georgina

Old Fashioned Christmas @ Georgina Pioneer Village  – Kick off the holiday season by stepping back in time to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds that a 19th Century Christmas would bring. Live music, tree decorating, holiday crafts, not apple cider, historic demonstrations & so much more!

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.

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 23rd 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.

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

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.  Visit this 3 day Christmas Wonderland with themed traditional and decorative Christmas trees, wreaths, gift baskets, garlands, gift certificates, Silver Bell Gift Shop, Sugar Plum Candy Shop, and Santa’s Café.

Mississauga

Tree Lighting 2015 @ Celebration Square  – Mississauga Celebration Square will be transformed into the North Pole. Skate the night away, or show your holiday cheer by snapping a photo with Santa. Become an elf in training at the Elves’ Workshop; learn the art of crafting and merry making. Take an enchanting sleigh ride or hop onto our giant toy train!  Grab some curbside cuisine from food trucks, or find the perfect holiday gift from the Holiday Market

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Enjoy the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, Canada’s foremost illumination festival in its most famous address – Niagara Falls – as we capture the magic of the holiday season

Oakville

Bronte Village’s Annual Tree Lighting & Carol Sing – Bundle up, bring your camera, and come down to Centriller Square on Lakeshore Rd. (opposite Sobey’s at Centriller Square Plaza).  Experience the mirth and merriment of an old-fashioned Bronte Christmas during the Bronte Business Improvement Area’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Oakville Tree Lighting – (November 20th) 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 5:00 p.m. in Towne Square,

Orangeville

Moonlight Magic and the Tractor Parade of Lights – Moonlight Magic and the Tractor Parade of Lights is proud to celebrate its 11th year Join us Downtown with entertainment beginning from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. From face-painting and caricatures to horse-buggy rides and marshmallow roasting right on Broadway, plus much more!

Oshawa

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – A 30 year tradition continues!  What better way to start the holiday season than with FREE hot chocolate, great entertainment for all ages, church bells, lighting a Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest in Red, along with his elves!

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

Parry Sound

Light up the Park – Come out to a family event at Market Square Park.  There will be free hot chocolate given out by the Salvation Army, Santa will visit, there will be draws for Downtown Dollars and a lucky child will get to turn on the Christmas lights!  EMS will also be there collecting unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items.

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

Toronto

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo  @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – This Expo offers over 45,000 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.

Windsor
Made in Windsor Holiday Show 2014 @ 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!

Know of an upcoming fun family event?  

Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share your event!

    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

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

    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

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

    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

    Santa Claus Parades in OntarioGTA

    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

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

    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