Weekend Fun Guide (November 20-22 2015)

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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

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


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


$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 …


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!


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.


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


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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,


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!


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.


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


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.

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!

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