Weekend Fun Guide (December 21-23, 2012)

Stress levels are rising, store line ups are lengthening and the children’s anxiety for the big day to arrive is growing.  Yep it’s Christmas time!!   Be sure to take some time to get out and have some family time this weekend and enjoy the fun this season has to offer.  There is still lots going on this last weekend before Christmas!

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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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 $7.50/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

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.

Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights – Enjoy the magic of the season at the Lakeside Festival of Lights in beautiful Spencer Smith Park nightly.

Cambridge

Holiday Activities for Kids @ Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – Test your “hide & seek” skills by finding the insects that are hiding throughout the Conservatory. Determine what kind of critter they are and fill in your Detective Sheet. When you are finished, you will receive a prize!

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

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

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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 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.

Huntsville

A Portage Flyer Christmas – Train ride to Santa – Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and join in on a carol or two. The train coaches have literally a thousand lights and of course Santa is waiting at the end of the line to hear your side of the story. The combination of a train, lights and Santa is almost too much for the adults, let alone the kids. There is no reserve seating or advance ticket sales, just purchase your $5.00 per person ticket (Santa pays the tax) prior to boarding. We travel along the Muskoka River on our 1km of track to Fairy Lake where riders may debark , visit with Santa and catch the next train back or remain on board for the return trip.

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.

Merrickville Santa Claus Parade – December 22nd @ 11:00am

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.

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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,

Ottawa

Christmas Lights in Canada’s Capital – In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with hundreds of thousands of multicoloured lights during the holiday season. The festivities begin with an illumination ceremony in early December and continue until early January. Throughout Christmas Lights Across Canada, the lights in Ottawa–Gatineau glow each evening from 4:30 pm to 2 am.

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!

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

Tree Lighting

Sarnia

Sarnia Transit Celebration of Lights Bus Tours – Celebration of Lights Bus Tours around Sarnia to view the many residental and business Christmas Light Displays. Leaving approximately every 15 minutes from the Lambton Mall, Play It Again Sports entrance – Tickets sold inside. Donations of canned goods to the Inn of the Good Shepherd are greatly appreciated.

Toronto

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

Giant Holiday  Gingerbread House @ Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens – Visit Santa and his elves in this magical and edible house!   It is decorated with over 700 pounds of colourful candy, including 5,000 mini candy canes! The house is complete with Christmas trees, festive trimming, and surrounded by mounds of snowy white and warmed up by the glow of a cozy fireplace. You can get your picture taken and decorate your own gingerbread man!

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.

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

Weekend Fun Guide (Dec 14-16 2012)

It may not look very Christmasy outside in a lot of Ontario but all of the lights and events tell us that it is right around the corner.  Only 2 more weekends to get out and enjoy all of the pre-Christmas fun with your family.  Here are some things going on this weekend!

Tree Lighting

Alexandria

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

Blue Mountains

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

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.

Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights – Enjoy the magic of the season at the Lakeside Festival of Lights in beautiful Spencer Smith Park nightly.

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

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.

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Gore Bay 

Gore Bay Santa Claus Parade – December 15th @ 7:00pm

Hamilton

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.

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.

Mississauga

Family Jingle and Mingle @ International Centre – All under one roof you can meet Santa, have fun on carnival rides, make crafts, Build motorized lego and SHOP!

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.

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,

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Ottawa

Christmas Lights in Canada’s Capital – In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with hundreds of thousands of multicoloured lights during the holiday season. The festivities begin with an illumination ceremony in early December and continue until early January. Throughout Christmas Lights Across Canada, the lights in Ottawa–Gatineau glow each evening from 4:30 pm to 2 am.

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

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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.

Smiths Falls
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.

Stratford

Visit with Santa & Comet – Visit the Jolly Old Elf and his reindeer companion with Santa’s sleigh. Free of charge and sponsored by Stratford City Centre businesses. Meet the carriage at Freeland Fountain, Memorial Gardens on Ontario Street at Downie Street.

Toronto

Giant Holiday  Gingerbread House @ Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens – Visit Santa and his elves in this magical and edible house!   It is decorated with over 700 pounds of colourful candy, including 5,000 mini candy canes! The house is complete with Christmas trees, festive trimming, and surrounded by mounds of snowy white and warmed up by the glow of a cozy fireplace. You can get your picture taken and decorate your own gingerbread man!

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.

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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.

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

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,

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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 (Nov 30th – Dec 2nd 2012)

Another weekend ahead  filled with family fun!  So many different light displays to see, Santa Claus parades to attend, craft shows to do some Christmas shopping and lots of other activities for Holiday fun.  Check out what’s happening Around Town this Weekend!

The Holiday Train is coming!! The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has hit the rails again and will be visiting over 150 communities across our network.  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. When is the Holiday Train coming to your town?

Santa Claus Parades

Bancroft Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st

Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade– December 1st @ 12:00pm

Bolton Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 11:00am

Bracebridge Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade
-December 2nd @ 1:00pm

Brussels Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 5:00pm

Burlington Santa Claus Parade – December 2nd @ 2:00pm

Deep River Santa Claus Parade of Lights – December 1st @ 5:30pm

Dundalk Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 6:00pm

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

Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 10:00am

Fergus Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 1:30pm 

Gananoque Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 6:00pm

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

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st @ 11:00am

Grimsby Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 5:15pm

Hanover Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 7:00pm

Harrow Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 7:00pm

Hawkesbury Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 7:00pm

Hespler Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 12:00pm

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

Kincardine Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st @ 
6:30pm

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

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

Markdale Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 1:00pm

Marmora Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st @ 2:00pm

Meaford Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 6:30pm

Midland Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st @ 11:00am

Mildmay Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:45

Napanee Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 6:30pm

Neustadt Santa Claus Parade – December 2nd @ 4:00pm 

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

Perth Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st @ 5:00pm

Peterborough Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st @ 4:45pm

Picton Santa Claus Parade
- December 2nd @ 1:00 pm

Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 6:30pm

Port Hope Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 1:00pm

Sarnia Santa Claus Parade – December 1st

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

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

Whitby Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 10:00am

Wiarton Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 6:30pm

Windsor Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 6:00pm


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.

Bala

Trek to Bethlehem @ Bala Community Centre – Small group guided tours between 6pm and 8:30pm. It’s an outside walk, so dress for the weather. There is no charge. Refreshments following the walk.

Belle River

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration– Santa Claus is coming to town!  Bundle up and come out to the Optimist Park on Friday November 30 at 5pm to help us celebrate the holidays!  We will be turning on all the lights in the park! Donations and canned goods are welcome!

Bracebridge

Santa’s Moonlight Shopping Party & Festival of Lights (November 30th) – So much to do on one FUN night!  Get your picture taken with Santa, watch the fireworks, shop in the stores, enjoy a wagon ride, sit around the fire and make smokes or all of the above and so much more.  Don’t forget a toy for the toy drive!

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.

Fort Erie

Festive Forts @ Old Fort Erie – Come learn about Christmas in the early 19th century! Crafts for kids and Father Christmas! For info call 905-871-0540.

Georgetown

Light Up the Hills – Light up the Hills is a Winter Festival that showcases our community during the holiday season. It embraces the essence of joy, the spirit of giving & the season of hope by contributing to HALTON HILLS’ reputation as a friendly, family community.

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 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.

Honey Harbour

Christmas Carolfest – Every year in early December since 2000, to herald the arrival of the Christmas season, the Co-op has decorated the trees and the library with Christmas lights and invited everyone to the park landing to watch as the lights are lit for the first time and to join in singing a whole bunch of carols. Hot drinks and tasty treats are served and everyone has a Dickens of a time!

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.

Midland

First Light – Now in its 13th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles. Visitors stroll the candlelit paths which leads them to a variety of fun family activities.

Mildmay

Hanging of the Greens – Santa will visit between 5:00pm and 7:00pm! Non profit organizations selling “pigs in a blanket”, hotdogs, hamburgers and beef on a bun and lots more goodies on main street! The Lighted Santa Claus Parade begins at 7:45. The streets will be lined with campfires to keep warm

Milton

On the Way to Bethlehem @ Country Heritage Park – An outdoor Christmas Nativity Pageant. Arriving anytime from 6:30 until 8:30 pm, visitors will enter the large reception area in Gambrel Barn, where they will enjoy the music of the mass choir. When ready, groups will travel the road to Bethlehem with a “guide.” On their 30–45 minute outdoor journey, visitors will witness King Herod’s court, interact with Roman soldiers, shepherds, magi, innkeepers and fellow travelers to reveal the Christmas story.  At the end of their journey, visitors will follow a lamplight walkway to the refreshment area, where their “passports” will be stamped, and they can enjoy a warm drink and a cookie.  When ready, they will be given a wagon ride to the exit. This is primarily an outdoor experience so it is important to dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes or boots.

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

Christmas by the Falls – Featuring over 100 juried artisans at the 15th Annual Christmas Art & Craft Show. Join us for a wonderful holiday shopping experience in Niagara. All proceeds go the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise.

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!

Ottawa

Ottawa Tea Festival – The Ottawa Tea Festival will provide you with a one of a kind experience. This day is all about fun, musical performances, expert presentations about tea and coming together for an important cause!  It is an ultimate foodie destination, where you can find artisanal food producers in Ottawa. There will be lots to taste from delicious teas to sweets, chocolates and honey from local companies.

Christmas in Merrickville – The CP Holiday train arrives on Thursday, Tree lighting on Friday and all day activities for the whole family on Sunday.  Family fun at its best!

A Fairfields Christmas @ Fairfields Heritage Property – This year step back in time and experience Christmas through the ages with our costumed interpreters at Fairfields Heritage Property. Join us for an afternoon of programming, hot chocolate and refreshments and then at 5:30pm, a special tree lighting ceremony to officially kick off the holiday season.

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!  Join thousands as we enter The Gateway to the Holiday Season together on Friday November 16th. Continues until January 6th, 2013

Petrolia

Christmas in the Park – Family event, chill cook-off, live nativity scene, lighting of the lights and jingle carolling walk!

Picton

A Country Christmas – Downtown Picton will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with a live Walk-Thru Nativity Story, a Downtown Carnival, and a “Celebration of Christmas” Concert.

Festival of Trees – Come and see the world of Christmas Trees, visit Santa, buy Bake Goods, Special Items from the Second Time Around Store and take part in the Silent Auction on the Trees or enter the “Bucket Draws”. Food and beverages are available and admission is free. Experience the festive spirit and make this a family event.

Port Colborne

Tugboat Santa – Santa Claus gives up his sleigh in favour of arrival Port Colborne style-on a tugboat!  After arrival and meet and greet with the kids, Santa prepares to crown the end of the nighttime Parade held later in the day.

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 rest…

Stratford

Start the Holidays Art Show and Sale – Start Stratford Arts & Culture Magazine is proud to be hosting Start the Holidays Show & Sale.  Purchase unique gifts made by local artists from various genres, live music, coffee bar and more. Cost: $5/General admission, $4/SR, 12 and under free

Visit with Santa and Comet – The big man himself and his faithful reindeer Comet will be visiting town to take special orders! Just make sure you’ve been good this year. Presented by the Businesses of Downtown Stratford!

Toronto

Kidzfest @ Yonge-Dundas Square – A dynamic line up of performers at this year’s Kidzfest certainly won’t disappoint!  Experience the excitement of the big top, join a dance party with Puss In Boots,  watch the casts of Pinkalicious and Freckleface Strawberry, take in the magic of Rick Rossini Magic and “Birds of Prey” will be there as well. With these acts, as well as many other free games and activities offstage, Kidzfest truly offers something to entertain children of all ages!

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 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.

Tweed

Tweed Festival of Trees –  Enter a wonderland of beautifully decorated trees & wreaths, enjoy some seasonal music while sipping a warm drink and tasting a delicious homemade cookie.

Windsor

Christmas Craft Show @ WFCU Centre – Come out and see the Christmas Craft Show.  Find something for everyone, including: baked goods, wreaths, native art, beaded trees, jewellery, candles blankets and so much more

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

 

Ho Ho Hold your spot for some great Christmas events

I know it’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, especially since we just got the kids back to school.  Just take a walk through your local Costco and you will see Christmas goods right over by the meat section. At Costco if you don’t pick something up the first time you see it, it will be gone the next time you go.  Same goes with certain special events at Christmas time.  Tickets for sign up only Christmas events are already on sale (or are really soon) and you don’t want to miss out so I have a attached a list of some of the Christmas favourites for you.

Milton, ON

Christmas Town @ Mountsberg

November 30 – December 23, 2012

Take a ride through the snowy forest to a magical Santa’s Village.  Here you will be greeted by Mrs. Claus, visit the elves workshop and have a visit with Santa.  Tickets are now being reserved and will be drawn by lottery.

http://www.conservationhalton.on.ca/ShowCategory.cfm?subCatID=1552

Moffat, ON

Stocrest Percherons Sleigh rides and visit with Santa

Throughout the 2012 Holiday season

http://stocrestpercherons.ca/Sleigh_Rides.html

Stocrest Percherons is located on a beautiful 100 acre farm in Moffat located in the Niagara Escarpment. At Stocrest Percherons you will admire 15 Percheron mares, beautiful trees and plenty of natural beauty.

Rockton, ON

Christmas Table

December 9, 2012      5:00-9:00pm

Experience an old fashioned Christmas show, bonfire and a four-course historical dinner.Limited seating.  Tickets go on sale on September 4, 2012.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104

Ottawa, ON

On a cold, winter day, why not come out and enjoy a sleigh ride in Ottawa.

Here is a list of Ottawa area businesses that offer you the magical adventure of a winter sleigh ride with the family.

Bean Town Ranch
2891 N Plantagenet
Concession 3 Rd
Alfred and Plantagenet
613-673-5894

Beckett’s Creek Farm
Horse Carriage Limousine Service
613-833-2973

Cundell Stables
Address 113 York St.
613-241-8054

Lucky Luc Carriage & Sleigh Services
613-789-5710

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm On-Site
2452 Yorks Corners Road
613-821-2751

Smithvale Stables
3664 Carling Avenue
613-828-2499

Pinto Valley Ranch
1969 Galetta Side Road
613-623-3439

Captiva Farms
189 Chemin de la Montagne, R.R.#2
877-459-2769

Happy Trails Riding Stables
5979 Leitrim Road, Carlsbad Springs, Ontario
613-822-1482

Fulton’s
613-256 3867

Sand Road Maple Farm
Moose Creek
Sand Road
613-538-2991

All Aboard for a family outing on the train with the jolly man himself!

Inglewood/Orangeville

Santa Train

Experience the passing countryside from the comfort of heated, picture-window coaches, with fresh-baked cookies & hot chocolate, live musical entertainment and a visit from Santa!

Runs weekends in November and Dec starting Nov 18th and ending Dec 21st with trains departing from Inglewood and Orangeville

http://www.santatrain.ca

Port Stanley

Port Stanley Terminal Railway

Weekends November 24-December 23, 2012 @ 11:00am, 1:00pm & 2:30

Enjoy a ride through Elgin County in early winter from the warmth of a heated car while you enjoy hot apple cider, mince tarts and a visit from Santa.

http://www.pstr.on.ca/schedule.htm

Waterloo

Waterloo Central Railway

Saturdays and Sundays December 1 – 16, 2012

Why stand in line at the mall? Spend some time with the Waterloo Central Railway as we roll through the City and countryside.

Santa will visit each child at their seat. While they wait for Santa, our guests will enjoy hot drinks and cookies as they get a chance to sing along to their favourite carols.

Join their mailing list so you are one of the first to know when tickets go on sale http://waterloocentralrailway.com/contact-us/mailing-lists

York-Durham

York-Durham Heritage Railway

We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be riding our trains departing from the Uxbridge station only on Saturdays, December 1st and 8th and Sundays, November 25th, December 2nd and 9th. All trains departing from Uxbridge station.

Each trip lasts approximately 45 minutes and has on-board entertainment for children of all ages (including the adults!). Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies to each.

http://www.ydhr.ca/trips-santatrain.php