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!

    Weekend Fun Guide (November 13-15 2015

    Weekend Fun Guide

    The weather sure doesn’t feel like November does it?  Perfect weather to get outside and spend some quality time with the family.  There are also a bunch of craft sales and holiday events kicking off this weekend to get you in the Christmas spirit.  Whatever you do, have fun making memories with your family!!

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    Cineplex Family Favourites

    Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

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    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 …

    Alliston

    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 31st Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale, Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th and discover a spectacular line-up of crafters who feature a unique line-up of handmade items.

    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

    MEC Snowfest & Snowswap – We are throwing a party to welcome winter. Come join us for a flurry of activities and connect with your local outdoor community! There will be local clubs, vendors and prizes!

    Bobcaygeon

    Festival of Trees – Step back in time as the historic Village is lit up with an array of sparkling trees, wreaths and a host of festive decorations.  Festival attractions include: Christmas Boutique, Christmas Cafe, Craft Fair, Children’s Workshop, Santa’s Secret Shoppe, and the Memorial Tree.  Join in an array of special events!

    Brighton

    23rd 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.

    Burlington

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

    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 3rd 2016

    London

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

    Milton

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

    Ottawa

    Ottawa Christmas Craft & Good Show @ Tudor Hall – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! November 16th. A christmas celebration of over 60 vendors featuring local artists, artisans and craftspeople presenting a wonderful array of handmade work and qauality gifts. Come on out and support our local artisans and small businesses.

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

    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 13th.

    Paris 

    Christmas in Paris – Visitors to the 23rd 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.

    Stratford

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

    Toronto

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

    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.

    Know of an upcoming fun family event?  

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

    Weekend Fun Guide (December 5 – 7 2014)

    Weekend Fun Guide


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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas across Ontario! This weekend is packed full of tons of good old family fun for you to enjoy.  With all the Santa Claus parades, craft shows, tree lightings, festivals and shopping, you are sure to find something to please everyone in your family. Get out and have a little fa la la la la Fun with your loved ones this weekend.

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

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

    Bancroft Santa Claus Parade 
- December 6th @2:30pm

    Bolton Santa Claus Parade– December 6th @ 11:00am

    Bracebridge Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade
 – December 7th @ 1:00pm

    Burlington Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 2:00pm

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

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

    Deep River Santa Claus Parade of Lights – December 6th @ 5:30pm

    Dryden Santa Clause Parade – December 5th @6:30pm

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

    Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 10:00am

    Fergus Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 1:30pm 

    Gore Bay Santa Claus Parade – December 6th  @ 7:00pm

    Grimsby Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 5:15pm

    Hanover Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 7:00pm

    Harrow Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 7:00pm

    Hespler Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 12:00pm

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

    Lion’s Head Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 1:00pm

    Merrickville Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 11:00am

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

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

    Napanee Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 6:30pm

    Pakenham Santa Claus Parade  – December 7th @ 1:00pm

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

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

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

    Schomberg Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 4:00pm

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

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

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

    Tobermory Santa Claus Parade  – December 6th @ 11:00am

    Vankleek Hill Christmas Parade of Lights 
- December 5th 

    Whitby Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 10:00am

    Wiarton Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 7:00pm

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

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

    Ross Petty’s Cinderella is now playing in Toronto

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    Ross Petty Productions proudly presents

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    The Gags to Riches Family Musical

    Get ready to have a ball with CINDERELLA, The Gags To Riches Family Musical, a shoe-in for this holiday season’s favourite treat!  Ross Petty, creator of Toronto’s most celebrated theatrical holiday extravaganza, presents his 19th 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

    Read our review of the show

    WIN tickets to take your family to see Cinderella

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    $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

    Around Town 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!

    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

    Cambridge

    Candyland @ Central Park – Synthetic ice surface offers ‘any weather’ family fun! Marshmallow toss, jumbo candy kebobs, live entertainment, donut bumpers, ice building blocks, gingerbread houses, sweet treats and Santa and Mrs. Claus! 10am – 5pm

    Cobourg

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

    Georgetown

    Holiday magic on Main (Friday only) – Enjoy Great Shopping, Sales and Promotions, a visit with Santa Claus, Carollers, Family Fun, Horse and Wagon Rides and more. Participating businesses will provide an assortment of events for the evening, including providing refreshments, Open Houses and Holiday Sales and Specials and providing different activities.

    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.

    Hamilton

    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.

    Christmas in Gore Park – Featuring free pictures with Santa, Christmas vendors, musicalperformances, food trucks, free refreshments, mobile arcade,draws and giveaways.

    Christmas Tree of Hope – Tree Lighting and Concert @ Gore Park (Friday) – This festive event, much enjoyed by Hamiltonians young and old is presented in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Area and AM 900 CHML and will bring together people from all parts of our community for the lighting of the tree and a free concert by local band Crank . Children can ride holiday amusement rides and place their letters to Santa in a “direct to the North Pole” mailbox. The free children’s train and carousel rides will begin 12:00 p.m. Friday December 5th and continue operation in Gore Park until 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve – December 24th.

    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 15th – January 7th -The 22nd 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.

    Milton

    Christmas on the Rails – Ride into the holiday season with us! We’re opening our doors one last time until the spring for a unique seasonal experience. There’s 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

    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 from November 15, 2014 to January 12, 2015.

    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!

    Orillia

    Christmas, Past and Present @ Simcoe County Museum – A great way to enjoy and embrace the Christmas spirit. The event runs Friday, December 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 8 p.m. Festive music, crafts, food and refreshments, lantern lit pathways and Heritage Buildings welcome visitors as they explore Simcoe County’s festive past. Guests can take a horse drawn carriage ride in the brisk winter night. Several cultural groups are partnering with us this year to share their holiday treats and traditions.

    Ottawa

    Vintage Village of Lights @ Cumberland Heritage Village Museum – Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings starting November 29 to December 21. 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 14th. Continues until January 3rd, 2014

    Penetanguishene

    Festival of Lights @ Penetanguishene Centennial Museum – Meet at the museum and then proceed to the tree lighting at the town dock in a festive parade. After tree lighting, venture back to the museum for treats, crafts & more! Free Admission

    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!

    Petrolia

    Christmas in the Park – Family event, chili cook-off, live nativity scene and music. Lighting of the Lights and Jingle Carolling Walk.

    Pickering

    Tree Lighting & Fireworks @ City Hall & Esplanade Park (Friday) – Join us as we turn on the holiday lights in Esplanade Park at Pickering’s Annual Tree Lighting & Fireworks event. Fun for the whole family; live entertainment at the Gazebo, Charity BBQ in the courtyard, rides, crafts and much more!  Free event. Food donations are appreciated.

    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 until December 22nd. There is thousands of lights and around 80 uniquely decorated trees all generously donated by local sponsors

    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

    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

    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.

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

    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 until December 31, 2014 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

     

    Weekend Fun Guide (November 28-30 2014)

    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 Cinderella is Coming to Town

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    Ross Petty Productions proudly presents

    Cinderella

    The Gags to Riches Family Musical

    Get ready to have a ball with CINDERELLA, The Gags To Riches Family Musical, a shoe-in for this holiday season’s favourite treat!  Ross Petty, creator of Toronto’s most celebrated theatrical holiday extravaganza, presents his 19th 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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    $2.50 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

    Events Across Ontario 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!

    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.

    Hamilton

    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.

    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 15th – January 7th -The 22nd 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.

    Midland

    First Light Event – See the beauty of the historic site lit only by the warm glow of over 5,000 candles. Aboriginal drummers & singers; Traditional French Canadian music; Local choirs; Take home crafts; Arts & craft show.

    Milton

    Walk to Bethlehem @ Country Heritage Park – Re-live the Walk to Bethlehem – Guided tours, 20 scenes to visit, authentic costumes, sheep & shepherds and more

    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 from November 15, 2014 to January 12, 2015.

    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 14th. Continues until January 3rd, 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 until December 22nd. There is thousands of lights and around 80 uniquely decorated trees all generously donated by local sponsors

    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

    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.

    Cavalcade of Lights – Celebration of the 48th annual Cavalcade of Lights featuring the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a brilliant fireworks show and a skating party at Nathan Phillips Square, the festive event is a holiday tradition in Toronto.

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

    Wasaga Beach

    Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – The annual lighting of the tree is a fun family evening including: Hot chocolate, Christmas Carols lead by the Prime Time Singers, count down to Tree Lighting and a visit from Santa Claus!

    Waterloo

    Wonders of Winter – Opening night is November 29th starting at 5:30 with a candle light gathering, light up the park at 6:00 and then a fantastic fireworks display to kick off the season!

    Weekend Fun Guide (November 21-23 2014)

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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

    Alliston Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 6:00pm

    Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 6:00pm

    Apsley Santa Clause Parade – November 22nd @2:00pm

    Aurora Santa Claus Parade 
- November 22nd @ 6:00pm

    Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 5:30pm

    Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 22nd @ 12:00pm

    Collingwood Santa Claus Parade  – November 22nd  @ 5:00 pm

    Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 12:00pm

    Goderich Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 6:30pm

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

    Kingston Santa Claus Parade
 – November 22nd  @ 5:00 pm

    Minden Santa Claus Parade
 – November 23rd @11:30am

    North Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 12:00pm

    Orillia Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 1:00pm

    Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
 – November 22nd @ 6:00pm

    Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
 – November 22nd @ 11:00am

    Port Carling Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 6:30pm

    Prescott Santa Claus Parade – November 21st @ 7:00pm

    Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @1:30pm

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

    Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade – 
November 22nd @ 6:00pm 

    St. Catherines Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 2:30pm

    St. Thomas Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 6:00pm

    Stratford Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 4:30pm

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

    Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 11:00am

    Vaughan Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 2:00pm

    Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 4:00 pm

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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 Cinderella is Coming to Town

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    Ross Petty Productions proudly presents

    Cinderella

    The Gags to Riches Family Musical

    Get ready to have a ball with CINDERELLA, The Gags To Riches Family Musical, a shoe-in for this holiday season’s favourite treat!  Ross Petty, creator of Toronto’s most celebrated theatrical holiday extravaganza, presents his 19th 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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    $2.50 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

    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!

    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 – November 15th – January 7th -The 22nd 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 2014 @ 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, brought to you by Insurance Hotline. 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, brought to you by Weiss Blau Juniors.

    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 from November 15, 2014 to January 12, 2015.

    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 on Saturday, November 22, from 4:30-6:30.

    Orangeville

    Moonlight Magic and the Tractor Parade of Lights – Friday November 21, 2014. 6 pm to 9:30 pm. Moonlight Magic and the Tractor Parade of Lights is proud to celebrate its tenth year on November 21nd, 2014. 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 inRed, 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 on Friday November 14th. Continues until January 3rd, 2014

    Perth

    Festival of Lights –  The fun begins at 6pm with music and a bonfire beside the Palace, followed by a fireworks display at 6:30pm sharp. After the fireworks, the Crystal Palace will opened for the mass lighting of the Community Christmas Trees. This is the BIA’s way of ringing in the Christmas and Shopping season in Downtown Heritage Perth

    Festival of Good Cheer – the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA hosts their Annual FESTIVAL OF GOOD CHEER, shopping in Downtown Perth. The Crystal Palace will be open from 10am to 3pm to view the Community Christmas Trees. Downtown merchants will have lots of in-store specials, including tastings and demos. Horse-drawn trolley rides take place between 1-3pm

    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!

     

    Weekend Fun Guide (November 14-16 2014)

    Weekend Fun Guide

    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

    Acton Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 1:00pm

    Angus Santa Claus Parade
- November 15th @10:00am

    Bala Santa Claus Parade – November 15th  @ 1:00pm

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

    Belleville Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 
4:30pm

    Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 10:30am

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

    Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 6:00 pm

    Cambridge Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 6:00pm

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

    Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
- November 16th @ 2:00pm

    Cookstown Santa Claus Parade  -
 November 15th @ 6:00pm

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

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

    Guelph Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 1:30pm

    Kanata Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 10:00am

    Kingsville Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 6:30pm

    Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 10:00am

    Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 2:00pm

    Milton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 1:30pm

    Newcastle Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 5:30pm

    Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
 – November 15th @ 11:00am.

    Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 11:00am

    Oakville Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 9:00 am

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

    Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 15th @ 10:00am

    Port Hope Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 1:00pm

    St. Mary’s Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade – November 14th @ 7:00pm

    Toronto Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @12:30pm

     Thunder Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @10:00am

    Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 6:00pm

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    $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

     

    Events Across Ontario this Weekend …

    Alliston

    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 31st Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale, Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th and discover a spectacular line-up of crafters who feature a unique line-up of handmade items.

    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 38th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Memorial Square on Saturday November 16th, 2013. 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.

    Bobcaygeon

    Festival of Trees – Step back in time as the historic Village is lit up with an array of sparkling trees, wreaths and a host of festive decorations.  Festival attractions include: Christmas Boutique, Christmas Cafe, Craft Fair, Children’s Workshop, Santa’s Secret Shoppe, and the Memorial Tree.  Join in an array of special events!

    Brighton

    23rd 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.

    Burlington

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

    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

    Santa Arrives By Helicopter at Burlington Mall – Santa will arrive by helicopter at Burlington Mall on Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m., touching down in the south parking lot along Prospect St. There will be free hot chocolate and gifts for the first 1,200 children as well as live entertainment in the parking lot and a lively parade through the mall to Santa’s cabin, led by the Tartan Terrors. Once settled in to his cabin Santa will be available for photos until 6 p.m. that day.

    Hamilton

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

    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 15th – January 7th -The 22nd Annual Kingsville Fantasy of Lights Festival has an outstanding line up of entertainment for the whole family. Don’t miss Dinner With Santa, Opening Ceremonies with Fireworks at lakeside Park, Ice Wine and Art at the Park, The Santa Claus Parade, Special Senior’s Day, Train Rides around the Park, and of course over 200 lighted displays that bring lakeside park to life.

    London

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

    Milton

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

    Minden Hills

    Tree Lighting Ceremony Sat Nov 15, 2014 from 4 – 5 pm. Join us for our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Village Green on Main Street. Come out and help us decorate the township tree for the holiday season. Caroling is being provided by “Out Loud Womyn’s Voices”. There will also be free hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast over the fire! This years’ theme for the tree is “Nature Friendly”  so only natural, biodegradable ornaments for the tree please.

    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 from November 15, 2014 to January 12, 2015.

    Oakville

    Oakville Tree Lighting – (November 14th) 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,

    Ottawa

    Ottawa Christmas Craft & Good Show @ Tudor Hall – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! November 16th. A christmas celebration of over 60 vendors featuring local artists, artisans and craftspeople presenting a wonderful array of handmade work and qauality gifts. Come on out and support our local artisans and small businesses.

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

    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 14th. Continues until January 3rd, 2014

    Paris 

    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.

    Parry Sound

    2014 Christmas Craft Show @ the YMCA Building – Get a head start on your Christmas shopping on Saturday from 9:00-4:30

    Stratford

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

    Toronto

    Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair – INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair will be part exhibition, part market and part cultural festival, celebrating reading in all forms and embracing all facets of the book trade. It will be a place for readers to connect with those who write and produce the books they love—to learn, explore and be entertained, in all print and digital formats.

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

    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.

    Woodstock
    Downtown Woodstock Museum Square Light-Up – Christmas begins in Downtown Woodstock with the Museum Square with “Light Up Woodstock”, Friday, November 14th, at 6:30 pm and the next day Santa makes his grand appearance during the evening parade. Downtown merchants invite you to take advanatage of “Ding Dong the Tax is Gone” November 14-16th and Festive Fridays

     

     

    Weekend Fun Guide (July 18-20 2014)

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    WeekendFun

    The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend and perfect to get out and have some family fun! Visit and amusement park, go to a zoo, cool off at a water park or check out one of the many cool events taking place across Ontario this weekend!

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    Tim Horton’s FREE Swim

    Tim Horton’s is sponsoring FREE swim times at community pools across Ontario until the end of August.  Need to cool down and escape the heat?  Check out where these free swims are located

    Let’s All Go to the Drive-in

    Drive-ins in Ontario

    Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

    Cineplex Family Favourites

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    Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50

    Farmer’s Markets

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    Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

    Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

    Around Town this Weekend…

    Ajax

    Family Fun Day – 5th Annual Community Family FUN Day! It’ll be held Sat. Jul. 19th, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1748 Westney Rd in Ajax. The day will be filled with prizes, face painting, a jumping castle, BBQ and more. Admission is a non-perishable food item for a local food bank. Expect great fun for the whole family, and with you there, it’ll undoubtedly be the best year yet!

    Almonte

    Almonte Fair – The annual fair of the North Lanark Agricultural Society is one of the oldest fairs in the Ottawa Valley.  Come with the family to enjoy the midway, tractor pull, vendors, food and fun!

    Belle River 

    Sunsplash Festival – Come see top racers from all over North America compete for national championships right here in Belle River on the Lake!  There will fun for the entire family with TD Family entertainment tent, live entertainment, a parade, vendors and food!

    Blue Mountains

    Famarama Children’s Festival – Come celebrate the family all weekend with amazing shows and activities!  Celebrating families with Juno award winner Fred Penner, live music, interactive drumming, variety shows, guided family hike & gondola ride and one million smiles

    Bracebridge

    Muskoka Arts & Crafts Show – Now in its 52nd year, Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Summer Show is Muskoka’s oldest and largest outdoor art show. Set in a beautiful park, the Summer Show features 200 creative artists from across Canada. Approximately 20,000 to 25,000 enthusiastic people visit the Summer Show to meet the makers and see their work.

    Cambridge

    Highland Games – The 2014 Cambridge Highland Games will be the 39th year for the Games to be held in Cambridge. Cambridge highland Games is a not-for-profit organization managed and operated by a group of volunteers. The Games have long been part of summers in Cambridge with dancers, pipers and heavy games.

    Cayuga

    Cayugafest – A great family festival along the banks of the Grand River including live entertainment, contests, craft and food vendors, kid fun zone and so much more for a fun family weekend.

    Clarksburg

    Raspberry Festival – Come for an hour and end up staying for the full day; try your hand at some of our games, relax while you feed the animals, pick your own raspberries and mingle with both old friends and new.

    Ennismore

    Shamrock Festival Truck and Tractor Pull  Saturday, July 19th is a Family Fun Day, ball hockey and soccer tournament, bouncy castles, BBQ, face painting and more!

    Fonthill

    Summerfest – Pelham Summerfest is a four day celebration of local artisans, buskers, business exhibits, local farmers and street food vendors.

    Hamilton

    Fringe Festival – Accessible, playful, and engaging the Hamilton Fringe Festival is an action-packed performance event that takes place over 11 days each July in downtown Hamilton.  With more than 40 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment in more than 300 performances- there truly is something for everyone!

    Kitchener

    Ribfest and Craft Beer Show – Barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, live entertainment – all in the great atmosphere of Victoria Park.  Life doesn’t get much better!  Bring your friends, family and co-workers and savour the flavour!

    Lansdowne

    Lansdowne Fair – Agricultural Fair featuring horse pull and harness racing competitions, demo derby, arts & crafts, culinary, floral, vegetable, photography, antique displays, grandstand entertainment and more.

    Listowel

    Agricultural Fair – The theme for 2014 is “Where Town & Country Meet!”
    There are almost all of the same great events at the fair plus a few new ones! Plan to attend the Listowel Fair where ‘the town & country meet!’

    London

    Home County Music & Art Festival @ Victoria Park London – Home County presents its 40th Anniversary festival in downtown London. Hear some of Canada’s finest songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs on three afternoon workshop stages, and sit back and enjoy the evening main-stage concerts at the Kiwanis Memorial Bandshell.  Home County is renowned for its juried craft show, showcasing 120 Canadian artisans. Craft booths include pottery, glass, jewelry, fine art, textiles, metal, wood, photography and gourmet foods.

    Longlac

    Summerfest – Lots of activities for all ages. Baseball tournament (non-competitive and competitive). Fish fry, parade, beef on the bun, fish derby, family dance, beer gardens. Pop and hot dog sale, Show and Shine. Volunteer of the year award. Entertainment by local artists. Pony rides (free). And much much more.

    Minden

    Minden Hill Bluegrass Festival – This three day Bluegrass Festival is located at the Minden Fairgrounds, Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden, where you will have plenty of room for parking, rough camping, and level sites for easy RV parking and lawn chairs. There will be vendors, food vendors, open mic, and workshops.

    Mississauga

    Rotary Ribfest – Not only can you indulge in some sticky yummy ribs from many different ribbers but you can also enjoy some live entertainment, carnival and midway!

    Mount Forest

    Fireworks Festival – Amusement Park, Live Entertainment, One of the Largest Classic Car Shows in Ontario, Motorcycle Show n’ Shine, Helicopter Rides, A&W Outdoor Movie, Award-Winning Mega Magic Show, Friday Night Video Dance, Kids Entertainment, Vendors, Sidewalk Sales and the highlight: Saturday Night Fireworks Extravaganza!

    Niagara Falls

    Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

    Orangeville

    Ribfest – Come on out to the fifth annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest at the Alder Street Rec Centre, July 18-20, for a weekend of fantastic ribs and great music! There will be six energetic ribbers serving up thousands of mouth-watering-barbecued-fall-off-the-bone-get-your-hands-messy ribs. There will also be a beer tent, midway for the kids and continuous live-entertainment on the big stage.

    Orillia

    Scottish Festival – A Scottish celebration! Ceilidh at Orillia Legion Friday & Sunday; parade Downtown at Noon, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday!

    Ottawa

    Ice Cream Festival – Do you like ice cream? Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Sunday, July 20 and learn about the journey from cow to cone. Practice your milking technique on the Museum’s wooden cow and get the scoop on how dairying technology now includes milking machines, and even robotic milkers.  Try your hand at an old-fashioned manual ice cream maker, and taste your own yummy creation, as well as gelato, frozen yogurt and an ice cream smoothie.

    Community Sports Day @ Nepean Museum – Celebrate Nepean’s sporting heritage and active living with this new event at the museum! Check out the diversity of games enjoyed by local residents (and maybe one or two you’ve never played before!) with our sports demonstrations. A friendly 3-on-3 basketball tournament will help you reconnect with or get to know your neighbours and our “meet and greet” with local athletes will surely inspire your little ones. We’re installing new artefact displays, too, to help put all the pieces of Nepean’s athletic heritage together.

    Perth

    Stewart Park Festival – Under a canopy of majestic maple trees, the Stewart Park Festival in Downtown Heritage Perth brings together an eclectic variety of Canadian and International musicians for a great weekend of over 30 outdoor concerts. The weekend has entertainment for everyone including children’s entertainment and an international food and artisans market.

    Sault Ste. Marie 

    Summer Festival – Savour the lip-smackin’ BBQ at the Ribfest…Revel in the antics of the street entertainment at Cirque du ROTARYFEST…Frolic in the PlayZone where you get hands-on and creative, Boogie to the continuous free entertainment and take a ride on the midway!

    St. Thomas

    Day out with Thomas – Thomas is charged up and ready to GO GO for the 2014 Day Out With Thomas tour! Presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, and much more in a city near you! Ready, Set… Go, Go Thomas!

    Toronto

    Beaches International Jazz Festival – We are Toronto’s signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people far, wide, and across the street. Each component that makes up the festival is filled with great music, large crowds and an engaging atmosphere. Experience the robust stylings of Toronto’s fine music artists! Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, Disco, Swing, Ska, Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Pop, Samba, Flamenco and more embody the symphonic fusion of sounds that make up Toronto and beyond.

    Honda Indy – This summer’s event has a new identity, combining a rich history in Toronto and some of the fastest racing series on the planet, with an off-track schedule just as fast-paced as action on the track including a festival of craft beer & food, adrenaline packed stunt shows and competitions, charity events, celebrity appearances, interactive activities and live entertainment.

    Live Green Festival -Please join us at the Live Green Toronto Festival – Toronto’s largest outdoor celebration of all things green.  The Festival will include live performances on stage at Yonge-Dundas Square as well as booths along Yonge Street between Dundas Street and Queen Street.

    Trenton 

    Downtown Trenton’s Festival on the Bay  – The Downtown Trenton’s Festival on the Bay is the highlight of the summer for downtown Trenton. There is a huge sidewalk sale with the streets closed to traffic. Live entertainment runs throughout the day on the downtown stage.

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    Weekend Fun Guide November 29-December 1, 2013

    Weekend Fun Guide Family Events in Ontario

    All across Ontario is buzzing with the Christmas spirit this weekend.  40 Santa Claus Parades, Craft sales & shopping events, Festivals of Lights and numerous other festivities to get you in the Holiday spirit.  Be sure to get out with the family and enjoy some holiday cheer :-)

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    Shop the Neighbourhood

    Shop The Neighbourhood takes place on Saturday, November 30, 2013, in the Greater Toronto Area. On that day, all residents are encouraged to come out and take advantage of exclusive event day deals and make a local purchase at a small business to support local commerce.  Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two shopping holidays which often drive shoppers across the border or online, Shop The Neighbourhood is a reminder of how our choices about where we make our purchases directly impact the communities where we live, work and play.  So on November 30, 2013, show your support for local businesses by taking advantage of exclusive savings and deals to make a local purchase and Shop The Neighbourhood!

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    RBC Sports Day

    RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, will be held in communities from coast to coast to coast. This national celebration of sport encourages all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build community and national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living. Local organizations, communities and schools will celebrate sport at the local level and help build momentum for RBC Sports Day in Canada. Events include community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets, tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies that celebrate sport at all levels. So let’s get out and play together! Check the website for events near you.

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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 25 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

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

    Here comes Santa Claus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

    Bala

    Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing – Come and enjoy our annual tree lighting and carol sing at the Bala Community Centre on Friday November 29 to welcome the festive season!

    Bath

    Experience the Holiday Season in the Village of Bath – We welcome you to Experience Holiday Season in The Village on Nov 30th – Dec 1st – Celebrate all of the unique shops on our Main St! All Local Merchants will have their Christmas Merchandise ready for offer with great Weekend Specials & Savings such as ‘No Tax’ – Christmas Draws etc. to celebrate the month of December.

    Blue Mountains 

    Frost Frenzy – The Holiday spirit is very much alive in the Blue Mountain Village during Frost Frenzy starting with so many Free activities including Fireworks every Saturday at 8pm all month long, carollers, visits from Santa, shopping and wagon rides.

    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

    Homestead Christmas @Bronte Creek Park – Experience a traditional Victorian Christmas. Tours, crafts, games & activities plus special visits with Santa, Wagon Rides, snacks and skating. NO reservations needed.

    Georgetown

    Light up the Hills – This FREE event is accessible to everyone and offers hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, a visit with Santa and entertainment. Our focus park, Dominion Gardens also offers a stage show, hotdogs and games for the kids. As in the past 5 years, the lights will illuminate the park from Dec. 1 til Jan. 3 each night from 5 p.m. til 11 p.m. Come experience the magic of LIGHT UP THE HILLS.”

    Georgina

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

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

    Goderich

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

    Hamilton

    Made By Hand Show @ Hamilton Convention Centre – Get your Christmas shopping done with over 100 exhibitors, original artwork, baby/toys, body, candles, clothing, ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery, photography, knitting, pottery, paper goods, wood and a range of gourmet goodies.  1000s of gift ideas, free photo with Santa and free swag bags for the first 250 families

    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.

    Holiday Train – Tom Cochrane will be joined by Great Big Sea and Natalie MacMaster to headline a free concert when the CP Holiday Train makes its annual stop at Gage Park in Hamilton on Saturday November 30th 2013. The Holiday Signature event, in support of the Hamilton Food Share will be hosted by Peter Mansbridge and kicks off with the opening of the North Pole Station at 4:00pm. followed by the concert which begins at 5:00pm. The North Pole Station, a magical villiage, will feature family oriented interactive activities, including ice carving hot chocolate and a change fro kids to visit Santa before making their way to the concert stage. While the event is free, please make a donation or bring non-perishable food items. Everything collected stays in the community for local distribution.

    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.

    Midland

    First Light Event – See the beauty of the historic site lit only by the warm glow of over 5,000 candles. Aboriginal drummers & singers; Traditional French Canadian music; Local choirs; Take home crafts; Arts & craft show.

    Milton

    Jammin’ for Joy Toy Drive @ Champs – Come out for a night of fun with your family!   This event is FREE to attend but don’t forget to bring an new unwrapped toy or gift card for those in need this Holiday season. The night will be filled with music and fun for the whole family!  Musical entertainment by local musicians and bands including Gavin McLeod, Hawthorne, Jon Abrams and more. Silent auction and raffle prizes to be won! All proceeds will go to The Salvation Army

    Walk to Bethlehem @ Country Heritage Park – Re-live the Walk to Bethlehem – Guided tours, 20 scenes to visit, authentic costumes, sheep & shepherds and more

    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.

    Norval

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

    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.

    Ottawa

    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 Colborne 

    Grand Old Christmas Festival – Noon to 4 pm at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. Enjoy Christmas music, hot apple cider and roasted chestnuts as the children have their photo taken with Santa. Experience a true traditional treat – visit Arabella’s Tea Room for a hot cup of tea and Christmas pudding.

    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

    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.

    Cavalcade of Lights – Celebration of the 47th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf kicks off on November 30th. Featuring the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a brilliant fireworks show and a skating party at Nathan Phillips Square, the festive event is a holiday tradition in Toronto.

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

    Wasaga Beach

    Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – The annual lighting of the tree is a fun family evening including: Hot chocolate, Christmas Carols lead by the Prime Time Singers, count down to Tree Lighting and a visit from Santa Claus!

    Waterloo

    Wonders of Winter – Opening night is November 29th starting at 5:30 with a candle light gathering, light up the park at 6:00 and then a fantastic fireworks display to kick off the season!

    Weekend Fun Guide November 22-24

    Weekend Fun Guide Family Events in Ontario

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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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    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 25 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 The Little Mermaid is Coming to Town

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    Ross Petty Productions proudly presents

    THE LITTLE MERMAID

    Ontario’s O-FISH-AL Family Musical!

    For over 18 years, Ross Petty has created one of the longest-standing theatrical traditions in Ontario with his annual holiday pantomime, a truly unique creation that brings Canadian stars together on stage for a remarkable run of theatrical fun. Marking his 18th consecutive production at the Elgin Theatre, Ross Petty Productions has Toronto awash with excitement to catch THE LITTLE MERMAID live on stage from November 22, 2013 – January 4, 2014, a must-sea this holiday season! Find out more on ticket information and more info on the show here

    Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes

    Disney on Ice presents “Princesses & Heroes”

    December 20 – 29 at the Rogers Centre

    Only a few days left to enter to win tickets to Disney on Ice “Princesses & Heroes”

    Families of all ages will enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail.  Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true.

    Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

    Ho Ho Ho Santa Claus is coming to town!

    Alliston Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:00pm

    Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:00pm

    Aurora Santa Claus Parade 
- November 23 @ 6:00pm

    Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 23rd @ 12:00pm

    Collingwood Santa Claus Parade  – November 23rd  @ 5:00 pm

    Goderich Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:20pm

    Kingston Santa Claus Parade
 – November 23rd  @ 5:00 pm

    Kirkland Lake Santa Clause Parade – November 22nd @ 7:00pm

    Mactier Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 3:30pm 

    Minden Santa Claus Parade
 – November 23rd @11:30am

    Mississauga Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 1:00pm

    North Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 12:00pm

    Orillia Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 1:00pm

    Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
 – November 23rd @ 11:00am

    Port Carling Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:30pm

    Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 5:00pm

    Prescott Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 7:00pm

    Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @1:30pm

    Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade – 
November 23rd @ 6:00pm 

    Smiths Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 5:30pm

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

    St. Catherines Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 2:30pm

    St. Thomas Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:00pm

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

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

    Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 4:00 pm

    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!

    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

     

    Georgina

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

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

    Goderich

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

    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.

    Milton

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

    Minden

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

    Mississauga

    Tree Lighting 2013 @ Celebration Square  – Celebrate the Holiday season with exciting performances and activities for the young and young at heart. Dazzle at the 2013 Tree Lighting Celebration presented by RBC! Join us for an entertaining evening of fun with performances by the Gigi Sisters, The Walkervilles and Matt Dusk.

    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

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

    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

    Perth

    Festival of Lights – Fireworks will take place over the Basin at 6:30pm sharp. Drummond Street will be closed between Harvey and Herriott to accommodate this activity. A bonfire will be held in the Tay Basin Parking Lot for folks to warm up by, while waiting for the fireworks. Immediately after the fireworks, the public will be allowed into the Crystal Palace to view the Community Christmas Trees. This is a wonderful way to welcome in the Christmas season in beautiful downtown Perth!

    Point Edward

    4th Annual Christmas in the Village of Point Edward – The Village of Point Edward invites you to attend this family event! Come out and enjoy Christmas Carolers, Free hot chocolate at the Fire Dept. & cookies at the Fire Dept., many displays and promotions from Village businesses. Vote for your Favourite Christmas Tree decorated by the local businesses. Santa will be here to visit the children. Crafts & cookies at the Point Edward Library. Gingerbread making competition. Free horse and buggy rides departing from the Point Edward Community Hall Parking Lot.

    Streetsville

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

    Tillsonburg

    Down Home Country Christmas Craft Show on November 23rd & 24th – Celebrating its 29th anniversary in 2013, this signature event brings together more than 140 artisans and crafters for a one-of-a-kind gift-buying extravaganza

    Toronto 

    Kidzfest – Come and have fun at Yonge-Dundas Square for the annual Kidzfest. Enjoy free entertainment, rides and activities for children of all ages and their families. The jam-packed schedule includes meet and greet with Rapunzel, characters from My Little Pony, the WotWots, Sponge Bob, Chuck the Dump Truck and Santa! We bring the nostalgia of the holiday season with the carousel ride.

     

    Weekend Fun Guide – November 15-17 2013

    Family events in ontario

    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

    Cineplex community day 2013

    Cineplex Community Day

    Join us on the morning of Saturday November 16 at all Cineplex Entertainment theatres for Community Day in support of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Doors open at 8:30 am with a great selection of FREE movies beginning at 9:00am. Plus, enjoy a regular popcorn, regular fountain drink and selected candy for only 2 DOLLARS each with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Canadian Olympic Foundation!

    santa claus parades in ontario

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

    Acton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 1:00pm

    Angus Santa Claus Parade
- November 16th @10:00am

    Bala Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th  @ 1:00pm

    Barrie Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 5:00pm

    Belleville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 
4:30pm

    Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 10:30am

    Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:00 pm

    Brampton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 5:00pm

    Cambridge Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:00pm

    Chatham Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 6:30pm

    Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 2:00pm

    Cornwall Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 5:00pm

     Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 2:00pm

    Georgetown Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 5:00pm

    Guelph Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:30pm

    Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 2:00pm

    Keswick Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 1:30pm

    Kanata Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 10:00am

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

    Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 11:00am

    Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 17th @ 2:00pm

    Milton Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:30pm

    Newcastle Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:30pm

    Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 7:00pm.

    Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 11:00am

    Oakville Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 9:00 am

    Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 5:00pm

    Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 6:00pm

    Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 16th @ 10:00am

    St. Mary’s Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 7:00pm

    Sudbury Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 5:30 pm

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

    Toronto Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @12:30pm

    Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:00pm

    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 38th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Memorial Square on Saturday November 16th, 2013. 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.

    Bobcaygeon

    Festival of Trees – Step back in time as the historic Village is lit up with an array of sparkling trees, wreaths and a host of festive decorations.  Festival attractions include: Christmas Boutique, Christmas Cafe, Craft Fair, Children’s Workshop, Santa’s Secret Shoppe, and the Memorial Tree.  Join in an array of special events!

    Burlington

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

    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

    Santa Arrives By Helicopter at Burlington Mall – Santa will arrive by helicopter at Burlington Mall on Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m., touching down in the south parking lot along Prospect St. There will be free hot chocolate and gifts for the first 1,200 children as well as live entertainment in the parking lot and a lively parade through the mall to Santa’s cabin, led by the Tartan Terrors. Once settled in to his cabin Santa will be available for photos until 6 p.m. that day.

    Hamilton

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

    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.

    Lindsay

    Festival of the Trees – This four day festival has many special events and activities including; Festival Roast Beef Dinner, Children’s Magical Morning, Twilight Auction, Holiday Church Service, Christmas Cafe, Craft Fair, Santa’s Secret Shoppe, Toyland Showcase, A visit with Santa, Christmas Boutique, Memorial Tree, and a Children’s Workshop.

    London

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

    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 ChristmasNiagara Falls

    Milton

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

    Newmarket

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

    Niagara 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

    Oakville Tree Lighting – (November 15th) 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,

    Ottawa

    Ottawa Christmas Craft & Good Show @ Tudor Hall – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! Two days – November 17th. A christmas celebration of over 60 vendors featuring local artists, artisans and craftspeople presenting a wonderful array of handmade work and qauality gifts. Come on out and support our local artisans and small businesses.

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

    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

    Parry Sound

    2013 Christmas Craft Show @ the YMCA Building – Get a head start on your Christmas shopping on Saturday from 9:00-4:30

    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 2012 @ Walkerville Brewery – Sample a wide range of local brews while shopping a wide assortment of beautiful craft items for gift giving! Over 30 local artisans will be displaying their work. From paper to wood, ceramics to glass, clothing to jewelery – everything is one-of-a-kind and hand-made! Don’t miss it!
    Woodstock
    Downtown Woodstock Museum Square Light-Up – Christmas begins in Downtown Woodstock with the Museum Square with “Light Up Woodstock”, Friday, November 15th, at 6:30 pm and the next day Santa makes his grand appearance during the evening parade. Downtown merchants invite you to take advanatage of “Ding Dong the Tax is Gone” November 15-17th and Festive Fridays