Monthly Archives: November 2012

Weekend Fun Guide (Nov 30th – Dec 2nd 2012)

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

The Holiday Train is coming!! The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has hit the rails again and will be visiting over 150 communities across our network.  Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank.  Everyone who attends is encouraged to donate food and money which stays in their community. When is the Holiday Train coming to your town?

Santa Claus Parades

Bancroft Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarnia Santa Claus Parade – December 1st

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

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

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

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

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


Around Town this Weekend …

Alexandria

Alexandria Festival of Lights – 7th Annual Alexandria Festival of Lights. Barbecue fundraiser for North Glengarry Youth Centre from 5 to 7 pm. Music. Opening festivities begin at 6 pm at the Bandshell with local talent performing.  Official “Lighting up of Island Park” at 7 pm marks the beginning of the month-long event.

Bala

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

Belle River

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

Bracebridge

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

Burlington

Holiday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring an ALL NEW and extensive botanical model train installation throughout RBG Centre and cleverly themed, decorated doors. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and of course, a traditional Santa and his reindeer.

Cambridge 

Christmas in Cambridge – The Christmas in Cambridge Festival of Events has an event for all ages! Throughout the Christmas season dedicate some family time to enjoy the city & the winter atmosphere.

Fort Erie

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

Georgetown

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

Goderich 

Festival of Lights – Let Goderich brighten your mood and delight your heart with yuletide joy, glittering lights, magical displays and special events during this annual salute to the festive holiday season. Catch the spirit with all Goderich has to offer.

Hamilton

Victorian Christmas @ Dundurn Castle – Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendour with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition.

Honey Harbour

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

Kapuskasing 

Festival of Lights – This is one of the more popular events in Kapuskasing. It kicks off mid-November and continues until mid-January. The festival consists of several winter activities including the lighting of thousands of Christmas lights in the Riverside Park.

London

Winter Wonderland @ Victoria Park – Each holiday season London residents and visitors can stroll through Victoria Park and enjoy the glittering display of lights that create our city’s Winter Wonderland. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating park trees, there are a variety of displays including Santa and his reindeer, tin soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and the nativity.

Midland

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

Mildmay

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

Milton

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

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

Morrisburg

Alight at Night  @ Upper Canada Village – Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Come experience the enchantment of horse-drawn wagons and romantic carriage rides for two; and hop on board a life-size Toy Train. Holiday music, festive dining, shopping and other seasonal surprises all add to the ambience of the event. Now in its 12th year, the Alight at Night Festival has become a favourite family tradition

Niagara Falls

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

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara on the Lake

Stocking Days of Christmas 2012 @ Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake – Take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and let the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake help you with your shopping.  Enjoy access to new and limited releases – the perfect gifts for the hard to please wine lover on your list.

Oakville

Bronte Creek Homestead Christmas – Wander at your leisure around the barns of Spruce Lane Farm where you will find the barn where the reindeer recruits train to be part of Santa’s sleigh team. Next get ready for your family to visit Santa by slipping into your Victorian costumes. Your Victorian portraits will be captured during your visit with Santa and are yours to take home on a souvenir USB stick. Creating memories which will last a life time! Your Homestead Christmas experience will include traditional Christmas games and activities, tours of the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse and seasonal stories and songs in the parlour. Learn about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era!

Ottawa

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

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

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

Vintage Christmas Village of Lights – ‘Tis the season of family, friends and good will! Create cherished family memories experiencing vintage Christmas treasures. Make a keepsake ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, and take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through our illuminated village. And of course, have a word or two with Santa Claus! By 5 p.m. each evening, the village will sparkle with lights in the night, a beautiful sight to behold. Be sure to stop by our gift shop to purchase unique, hand-made Christmas gifts!

Christmas Market @ Ernst & Young Centre – Christmas has come early this year. We will be hosting 4 amazing Christmas Markets full of great produce, meat, cheeses, baking, arts and crafts. Getting your holiday meals and gifts in one location – is there a better way to get ready for the holidays?

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Join thousands as we enter The Gateway to the Holiday Season together on Friday November 16th. Continues until January 6th, 2013

Petrolia

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

Picton

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

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

Port Colborne

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

Rockton

Twas the Night before Christmas @ Westfield Heritage Village – Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples, fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the rest…

Stratford

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

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

Toronto

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

Toronto Christmas Market – The annual holiday street market takes over the Distillery District with local vendors, craftsmen, family friendly entertainment, shopping & more.

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

Winterfest @ Toronto’s Waterfront – Visit Santa’s Workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal weekends from November 24 to December 16  for FREE arts and crafts where children can create holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorate an elf hat with our elves from Artbarn School.

Tweed

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

Windsor

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

Winona

Puddicombe Polar Express – Experience the magic of Christmas at Puddicombe Farms.  Train ride on “Little Pudd” our seasonally decorated train, hot chocolate and cookie, visit our Pullman car (just like the one in the movies) and visit the north pole-meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. Children’s crafts and story time also available. Advance Tickets required

Woodstock

Santa House and Sleigh Rides – Santa makes a special trip to Downtown Woodstock to see all the boys and girls! Visit him in his House in Museum Square every Friday night in December from 5 PM to 8 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. He’s reserved a place on his knee, he always has a candy cane ready and, if you wish, you can even have your picture taken with Santa! While there, make time for a free horse drawn sleigh ride throughout the Downtown

 

Advertisements

Weekend Fun Guide (November 23-25 2012)

Only 5 more weekends until Christmas!!  Put aside the panic of what you still need to buy and take advantage of all the family fun that you can have. Up until Christmas, the weekends are packed full of activities, parades, tree lightings and craft shows.  Check out what’s going on Around Town this Weekend and have some fun with your family!

Santa Claus Parades

Alliston Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 6:00pm

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Arnprior Santa Clause Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Aurora Santa Claus Parade
- November 24 @ 6pm

Bloomfield Santa Claus Parade
- November 23rd @ 6:30 pm

Brantford Santa Claus Parade  – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 5:00pm

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade  – November 24th  @ 5:00 pm

Elora Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 6:00pm

Espanola Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00am

Fenelon Falls Santa Claus Parade – 
November 24th  @ 5:00pm

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

Frankford Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @

Grand Valley Santa Claus Parade– November 24th @ 7:00pm

Kenora Santa Claus Parade – November 24th

Kirkland Lake Santa Clause Parade – November 25th @ 7:00pm

Markham Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 11:00am

Mattawa Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Minden Santa Claus Parade
 – November 24th @11:30am

Mississauga Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 1:00pm

Orleans Santa’s Parade of Lights – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 4:30pm

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade of Lights 
- November 24th @ 5:30pm

Port Carling Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Port Elgin Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00pm 

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – November 24 @ 5:00pm

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @1:30pm

Smiths Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 1:00pm

Stittsville Parade of Lights – November 24th @ 6:30pm  


Stratford Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 4:45pm

St. Catherines Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 2:30pm

Teeswater Santa Claus Parade – November 24h @ 6:00pm

Thorold Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 4:00pm

Trenton Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 4:30pm

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 11:00am

Vaughan Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 2:00pm

Walkerton Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00pm

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 2:00pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:30 pm

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

Wingham Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 11:00am

Around Town this Weekend…

Alexandria

Alexandria Festival of Lights – 7th Annual Alexandria Festival of Lights. Barbecue fundraiser for North Glengarry Youth Centre from 5 to 7 pm. Music. Opening festivities begin at 6 pm at the Bandshell with local talent performing.  Official “Lighting up of Island Park” at 7 pm marks the beginning of the month-long event.

Amherstburg

An Antique Christmas at Dusy Loft with Santa – Come celebrate an old fashion Christmas and meet Santa! Enjoy some hot chocolate and get warm by the fire. It’s easy to find that unique, one of a kind gift for that special person on your Christmas list! Takes place on November 24 from 10:00am-5:00pm with Santa arriving at 11:00am and is staying until 1:00pm.

Bala

Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing (Nov 23rd @ 7:00pm) – Join us at the Bala Community Centre to celebrate the festive season!

Bancroft 

Tree Lighting and Christmas Carolling – Lots of fun for the whole family!

Belleville

Mistletoe Magic Artisan Show & Sale – Meet the artisans, mingle about while enjoying a tasty sweet or savory, a coffee or a glass of wine. Be sure to enter the raffle on handmade items generously donated by participating artisans … in support of Adam’s Hope – a non-profit charity dedicated to helping families in the Quinte region affected by autism.

Buckhorn

Nick of Time Christmas Marketplace – Admission is a toonie or non perishable food item.  We have over 45 Exhibitors & Santa’sWorkshop for the children

Burlington

Holiday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring an ALL NEW and extensive botanical model train installation throughout RBG Centre and cleverly themed, decorated doors. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and of course, a traditional Santa and his reindeer.

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.

Haliburton

Santa Day at Rails End – Come and Visit with Santa Claus At Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre on Saturday, November 24th From noon until 2 pm You can get your picture taken with Santa by The Photo Shop for just $5; Make Christmas Crafts with Rails End Volunteers and enjoy cocoa and cookies! Brought to you by the Haliburton Lions Club, Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre and The Haliburton Village BIA

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

Victorian Christmas @ Dundurn Castle – Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendour with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition. FREE admission this Saturday only

Kapuskasing 

Festival of Lights – This is one of the more popular events in Kapuskasing. It kicks off mid-November and continues until mid-January. The festival consists of several winter activities including the lighting of thousands of Christmas lights in the Riverside Park.

London

Winter Wonderland @ Victoria Park – Each holiday season London residents and visitors can stroll through Victoria Park and enjoy the glittering display of lights that create our city’s Winter Wonderland. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating park trees, there are a variety of displays including Santa and his reindeer, tin soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and the nativity.

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

Light up the Trees 2012 @ Celebration Square  – Celebrate the Holiday season with exciting performances and activities for the young and young at heart.  On the agenda: DJ Skate Party (weather permitting), Lighting of the trees with Mayor McCallion and Members of Council, Gravity defying entertainment, Aerial cirque performers and Gourmet Food Trucks

Tree Lighting @ Streetsville Main St. Square – 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!

Napanee

Indoor Christmas Market @ Strathcona Paper Centre – More than 50 vendors be selling a large mixture of items including fresh baked goods and preserves, Christmas ornaments and decorations, sewing, quilting, and crocheting items, as well as bath and body products, herbal products, baby items, paintings, Christmas cards & stationary, Jewellery.

Niagara

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara-on-the- Lake 

Taste the Season – Taste the Season is the “must-do” event of the season for many Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country visitors. Taste the Season touring pass holders will be treated to more VQA wine and food pairings than ever before. Touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus tax) and are valid any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm (event weekends only).

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!

Oakville

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

Ottawa

Christmas Market @ Ernst & Young Centre – Christmas has come early this year. We will be hosting 4 amazing Christmas Markets full of great produce, meat, cheeses, baking, arts and crafts. Getting your holiday meals and gifts in one location – is there a better way to get ready for the holidays?

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Join thousands as we enter The Gateway to the Holiday Season together on Friday November 16th. Continues until January 6th, 2013

Point Edward 

Christmas in the Village – Come out and enjoy Christmas Carolers, Free hot chocolate at the Fire Dept. & cookies ar the Fire Dept., many displays and promotions from Village businesses.

Smith Falls 

31st Annual Art Show & Sale @ Heritage Hose Museum – Original works by over 25 local artists. Whether your personal taste leans towards landscapes, still life studies, impressionism or sculpture, you will be surprised and pleased by the wide variety of works available. Come find the perfect Christmas gift for family, friends or yourself!

Tillsonburg

Down Home Country Christmas Craft Show on November 24th – Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2012, this signature event brings together more than 140 artisans and crafters for a one-of-a-kind gift-buying extravaganza

Toronto

100th Grey Cup Festival – Lots of events going on all weekend…  Check out what’s on Friday,  Saturday & Sunday

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

ComiCON @ Royal York Hotel – Visit the Royal York Hotel to check out the many exhibitors and guests.

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.

Polish Heritage Day@ the ROM – Celebrate Polish culture and history with a full day of live music and dance performances, hands-on activities for kids, visual displays, art, shopping, dining and much more!

Winterfest @ Toronto’s Waterfront – Visit Santa’s Workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal weekends from November 24 to December 16  for FREE arts and crafts where children can create holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorate an elf hat with our elves from Artbarn School.

$5 General admission at the Toronto Zoo – I ♥ Community Weekend – Join us for WILD action fun! Our animal outreach team will be out in full force, providing loads of opportunities to see some of our most interesting wildlife up close! You’ll also enjoy great discounts on Zoo gear in our retail shop, the chance to enter for hourly prize giveaways and the opportunity to learn all about our conservation programs from our Zoo staff themselves and much, much more!

Wasaga Beach

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Santa and his elves will be treating everyone to hot chocolate and holiday cheer. A special part of this evening is the annual Christmas Carol-sing along with Wasaga Beach’s Mayor and the Prime Time Singers

Weekend Fun Guide (November 16-18 2012)

Tis the season to be jolly…and busy!  Take a break this weekend and enjoy some family time to get you in the spirit of Christmas. There are 45 Santa Claus parades listed for you to go see the big man in red this weekend.  We’ve also got craft shows, festivals of lights, tree lighting ceremonies and meet and greets with Santa and so much more in our AROUND TOWN section.  Love this time of year as there is so much family fun to be had!

Santa Claus Parades 

Acton Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:00pm

Angus Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @10:00am

Bala Santa Claus Parade
- November 17TH @ 1:00pm

Barrhaven Lions Club Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 5:30pm

Barrie Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Belleville Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 5:00pm

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 10:30am

Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:30 pm

Brampton Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

Brockville Santa’s Arrival Parade
- November 18th @ 2:00 pm

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:00pm

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

Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 2:00pm

Cornwall Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

Dryden Santa Claus Parade – December 17th @ 6:30pm

 Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 2:00pm

Georgetown Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

Goderich Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:30pm

Guelph Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 1:30pm

Kanata Santa Claus Parade – Saturday November 17th @ 10:00am

Kemptville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:00pm

Keswick Santa Claus Parade
- November 17 @ 1:30pm

Kingston Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00 pm

Kingsville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:30pm

Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 11:00am

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
- November 18 @ 2:00pm

Maxville Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 5:30pm

Milton Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 2:00pm

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 11:00am.

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 11:00am

North Bay Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @12pm

Oakville Santa Claus Parade– November 17th @ 9:00 am

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Orillia Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 1:00pm

Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 6:00pm

Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 10:00am

Petawawa Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 1:00pm

Port Severn Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade – 
November 17th @ 6:00pm

St. Mary’s Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 7:00pm

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade– November 17, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

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

Toronto Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @12:30pm

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:00pm

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Artisan’s Christmas Show  @ Simcoe County Museum – 14th Annual one-of-a-kind sale of distinctive gifts and home decor created by local artisans.

Brampton

Annual Tree Lighting in Ken Williams Square (Friday night @ 6:00pm) – Official Tree lighting, live entertainment, ice sculpting demonstration and more

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.

Santa Arrives by Helicopter @ Burlington Mall at 10:00am- They will be serving hot chocolate starting at 9:30 so come early, get some hot chocolate and look up in the sky.  Once Santa has landed, kids can join the parade and escort Santa to his cabin.

Cambridge

David Durward Christmas Bazaar – Visit the DDC Christmas Bazaar, and enjoy a light lunch in the ‘Christmas Cafe’. Baked goods, Christmas items, jewelery, knitting, mystery parcels, used books, woodworking and much more for sale.

Goderich

Festival of Lights @ Lions Harbour Park – Friday night @ 7:00pm there will be a Candlelight Ceremony and Tree Lighting.  Saturday is the official opening of the Festival of Lights with seaonal music by the Goderich Laketown Band, lighting of the lights and the start of the Santa Claus Parade.

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 20th 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.

Technology & Electronics Show – Companies from all across North America will showcase their latest products and technology at TES.  Early technology adopters and progressive thinkers will not want to miss seeing the latest products and learning about what’s coming up in this ever-changing world of technology.

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

Mount Forest 

Big Brothers Big Sister’s Annual Christmas Craft Sale @ Mount Forest & District Sports Complex – Deck the halls with crafts from our Annual Craft Market and you could start something big

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.

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

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara-on-the- Lake 

Fabulicious – An opportunity to dine at some of Niagara-on-the-Lakes finest restaurants with special three course menus at amazing prices.

Taste the Season – Taste the Season is the “must-do” event of the season for many Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country visitors. Taste the Season touring pass holders will be treated to more VQA wine and food pairings than ever before. Touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus tax) and are valid any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm (event weekends only).

Oakville

Oakville Tree Lighting – 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 7:00 p.m. in Towne Square,

 Orillia

Annual Candlelight Parade and Tree Lighting – Hundreds of children carry candles & carol through Downtown Orillia to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free cookies & hot chocolate! 7:00 pm, Mississauga Street from Legion to Opera House

Artisans Christmas Show @ Simcoe County Museum – Visitors will be able to purchase unique handcrafted gifts from 50 regional artisans, including potters, painters, photographers, jewellery artisans, food artisans, clothing creators, and more. Guests can also enter to win a wreath decorated by select artisans.

Ottawa 

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.

Ottawa Kennel Club Dog Show – Lots of dogs, entertaining and educational demos, plus vendors. The Ottawa Kennel Club is Canada’s oldest dog club.

Ottawa Christmas Craft & Good Show @ RA Centre – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! Two days – Nov. 11th & 18th. A christmas celebration of over 40 vendors featuring local artists, artisans and craftspeople presenting a wonderful array of handmade work and quality gifts. Come on out and support our local artisans and small businesses.

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Join thousands as we enter The Gateway to the Holiday Season together on Friday November 16th. Continues until January 6th, 2013

Parry Sound

Light Up Market Square Park (Friday @ 6:30pm) – Start off the festive season with music, caroling, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.

2012 Christmas Craft Show @ the YMCA Building – Get a head start on your Christmas shopping on Saturday from 9:00-4:30

Prince Edward County

Wassail “Raise thy cup to the vines” – Once again county wineries will be celebrating the end of the growing season and the burying of the vines. Tour the wineries and sample new vintages, mulled wines, Christmas treats, shop for wine, stocking stuffers, gifts.

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

Scarborough

Out of the Cold @ Scarborough Museum – Come in out of the cold and warm up by the fire!  See how Scarborough’s settlers baked over the open hearth and in the wood stove as they prepared for the cold winter ahead.  Sample baked treats and a warm drink.  Family activities for all ages!  Admission is by donation.

Smith Falls

31st Annual Art Show & Sale @ Heritage House Museum – Original works by over 25 local artists. Whether your personal taste leans towards landscapes, still life studies, impressionism or sculpture, you will be surprised and pleased by the wide variety of works available. Come find the perfect Christmas gift for family, friends or yourself!

Toronto

Cavalcade of Lights – The 46th annual Cavalcade of Lights kicks off the holiday season at Nathan Phillips Square.  The evening begins at 7 pm with live musical performances, the first lighting of the Cavalcade of Lights display, a breathtaking fireworks display at 8 p.m. and an open-air DJ dance party with JJ Rock under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

Gourmet Food & Wine Festival @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre –  offers over 40,000 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.

Seasons Christmas Show @ International Centre – Browse over 200 amazing vendors displaying everything from spectacular Christmas décor, one of a kind gifts to entertaining ideas & products that are sure to make you the ‘hostess with the mostess’ this holiday season.

Winter Woofstock – Allows people to celebrate their dogs, indulge them, party with them and let them show off their special talents in fun and wacky contests and fashion shows.  There isn’t a toy, fashion line, accessory, line of treats, or exclusive service for dogs that you can’t find at Woofstock.

Vaughan

Vaughan of Kind Art & Craft Show – Join fellow artisans during this annual retail event for a one day art and craft show. View a fine selection of traditional and contemporary art and craft media. Participate in an exciting shopping experience where holiday gift seekers can meet the makers of one of a kind items!

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!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Our guide to over 80 parades across Ontario

            2012 Santa Claus Parades Across Ontario

NORTHERN ONTARIO    EASTERN ONTARIO     OTTAWA REGION     GTA

CENTRAL ONTARIO     SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO     NIAGARA REGION

NORTHERN ONTARIO

Dryden Santa Claus Parade – December 17th @ 6:30pm

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

Espanola Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00am

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

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

Kenora Santa Claus Parade – November 24th

Kirkland Lake Santa Clause Parade – November 25th @ 7:00pm

Mattawa Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Timmins Santa Claus ParadeNovember 3rd @ 6:30pm

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade – 
November 17th @ 6:00pm 

Sioux Lookout Santa Claus Parade – December 9th

Sturgeon Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 7th @ 6:30pm

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade– November 17, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

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

North Bay Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @12pm


EASTERN ONTARIO

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade of Lights 
- November 24th @ 5:30pm

Frankford Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @

Kingston Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00 pm

Almonte Santa Claus Parade – December 9th @ 1:30pm

Belleville Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 5:00pm

Brockville Santa’s Arrival Parade
- November 18th @ 2:00 pm

Bloomfield Santa Claus Parade
- November 23rd @ 6:30 pm

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 5:00pm

Carp Santa Clause Parade – December 8th @ 12:00pm

Cornwall Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

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

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

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

Kemptville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:00pm

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

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

Maxville Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 5:30pm

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

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

Pakenham Santa Claus ParadeDecember 8th @ 1:00pm

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

Petawawa Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 1:00pm

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

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

Smiths Falls Santa Claus ParadeNovember 25th @ 1:00pm

Stittsville Parade of Lights – November 24th @ 6:30pm  


Trenton Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 4:30pm

Vankleek Hill Christmas Parade of Lights
- December 7th @ 7:00pm

OTTAWA REGION

Arnprior Santa Clause Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Kanata Santa Claus Parade – Saturday November 17th @ 10:00am

Barrhaven Lions Club Santa Claus ParadeNovember 18th @ 5:30pm

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

Orleans Santa’s Parade of Lights – November 24th @ 6:00pm

GTA

Acton Santa Claus ParadeNovember 17th @ 1:00pm

Ajax Santa Claus ParadeNovember 10th @ 6:00pm

Aurora Santa Claus Parade
- November 24 @ 6pm

Bolton Santa Claus ParadeDecember 1st @ 11:00am

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 10:30am

Brampton Santa Claus ParadeNovember 17th @ 5:00pm

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

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

Georgetown Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:00pm

Keswick Santa Claus Parade
- November 17 @ 1:30pm

Markham Santa Claus ParadeNovember 25th @ 11:00am

Milton Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 2:00pm

Mississauga Santa Claus ParadeNovember 25th @ 1:00pm

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 11:00am.

Oakville Santa Claus Parade– November 17th @ 9:00 am

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 6:00pm

Pickering Santa Claus ParadeNovember 10th @ 10:00 am

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – November 24 @ 5:00pm

Richmond Hill Santa Claus ParadeNovember 25th @1:30pm

Toronto Santa Claus ParadeNovember 18th @12:30pm

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 11:00am

Vaughan Santa Claus ParadeNovember 25th @ 2:00pm

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

CENTRAL ONTARIO

Alliston Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 6:00pm

Bala Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th  @ 1:00pm

Barrie Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 5:00pm

Bancroft Santa Claus Parade
- December 1st

Barry’s Bay Santa Claus ParadeDecember 1st @ 12:00pm

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 5:00pm

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

Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus ParadeNovember 17th @ 6:00 pm

Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 2:00pm

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade  – November 24th  @ 5:00 pm

Cookstown Santa Claus Parade  -
November 9th @ 8:00pm

Fenelon Falls Santa Claus Parade – 
November 24th  @ 5:00pm

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

Huntsville Santa Claus ParadeNovember 30th @ 7:00pm

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
- November 18 @ 2:00pm

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

Minden Santa Claus Parade
 – November 24th @11:30am

Orillia Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th @ 1:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 4:30pm

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

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

Port Severn Santa Claus Parade
- November 18th

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 2:00pm

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:00pm

Angus Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @10:00am

Brantford Santa Claus Parade  – November 24th @ 6:00pm

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

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:00pm

Chatham Santa Claus ParadeNovember 16th @ 6:30pm

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

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

Elora Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 6:00pm

Essex Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 6:00pm

Fergus Santa Claus ParadeDecember 1st @ 1:30pm 

Goderich Santa Claus ParadeNovember 17th @ 6:30pm

Guelph Santa Claus ParadeNovember 18th @ 1:30pm

Grand Valley Santa Claus ParadeNovember 24th @ 7:00pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 10th @ 2:00pm

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

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

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

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

Kingsville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:30pm

Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 11:00am

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

London Santa Claus ParadeNovember 10th @ 6:00pm

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

Meaford Santa Claus ParadeDecember 1st @ 6:30pm

Mount Forest Santa Claus ParadeDecember 7th @ 7:00pm

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

Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 10:00am

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

Port Elgin Santa Claus ParadeNovember 24th @ 7:00pm

Rockwood Santa Claus Parade of Lights – December 13th @ 7:00pm

Sarnia Santa Claus Parade – December 1st

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

St. Mary’s Kinsmen Club Santa Claus ParadeNovember 16th @ 7:00pm

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

Stratford Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 4:45pm

Teeswater Santa Claus Parade – November 24h @ 6:00pm

Tobermory Santa Claus Parade  – December 8th

Walkerton Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 7:00pm

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

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

Wingham Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 11:00am

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 6:00pm

NIAGARA REGION

 Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 18th @ 2:00pm

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

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 10th @ 2:00pm

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 11:00am

Niagara on the Lake Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 11:00am

Pelham Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 1:00pm

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

St. Catherines Santa Claus Parade – November 25th @ 2:30pm

Thorold Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 4:00pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 6:30 pm

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

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide ( November 9-11, 2012)

Tis the season for all things Christmas including Santa Claus Parades, craft shows and tree lightings. This weekend seems to mark the beginning of Christmas season with the first of many Santa Claus Parades across Ontario. There are lots of fun things to do this weekend so be sure to get out and have some family fun! Across Canada

Neighbourhood Toy Store DayExperience the ‘wow’ factor of shopping at your local ‘neighbourhood’ toy store on Saturday November 10 when NETS retailers will celebrate Neighbourhood Toy Store Day with free activities, giveaways, demos, discounts and loads of family fun!

Remembrance Day – Don’t forget Sunday is Remembrance Day, please take at least a moment to give thanks and remember those that fought for our freedom. Not sure how to discuss Remembrance Day with your little ones? Check out our suggestions http://wp.me/p2INNB-42

Random Act of Kindness Day – Together let’s celebrate Kindness! Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to touch the lives of others and make our world a better place. This concept should not be foreign to us but I love the fact that there is a day devoted to it. Talk to your kids about things they can do to as Ramdom Acts of Kindness wether it be holding the door open for someone, playing with a child on the playground that is alone or telling someone they like their shirt. Go over this list of 101 Random Acts of Kindness with your family for some suggestions.

Santa Claus is coming to town…

Ajax Santa Claus ParadeNovember 10th @ 6:00pm

Cookstown Santa Claus Parade -
November 9th @ 8:00pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 10th @ 2:00pm

London Santa Claus ParadeNovember 10th @ 6:00pm

Pickering Santa Clause ParadeNovember 10th @ 10:00 am

 

What’s Happening this Weekend…

Alliston Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale @ Nottawasaga Inn – The show features 108 vendors from across Ontario selling a variety of items including chocolate, jam, fudge, sauces, quilts, candles, pottery, stained glass, wreaths, folk art, woodwork, sock monkeys, body care products, pewter, Christmas decorations and more! All the items are handcrafted by the artisans themselves.

Barrie Grey Cup 100 Train Tour @ Barrie GO Station (Sunday 12-4) – Read and learn about CFL history on the “Then and Now” mural inside the Kubota On Tour special events vehicle which also offers fans a Photo Booth opportunity called “You’re at the Game”. Tour the Grey Cup, Museum and Team cars, Reebok will be there to give fans a chance to win 2013 CFL Season tickets and Telus will have their virtual Punt, Pass, and Kick game.

Bayfield Christmas in Bayfield – Festivities kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday with the traditional Lighting of the Lights event at Clan Gregor Square. As part of the celebration, there will be treats, a choir on hand, and an early visit by Santa Claus care of the fire department. On Saturday Santa will make an appearance at the annual parade, starting at 11 a.m. Another special event on tap is free horse-drawn carriage rides.

Bobcaygeon Festival of Trees – Pancake Breakfast, visit with Santa, shop in Santa’s Secret Shop, special crafts, face painting, Christmas Cafe, Craft Fair, Christmas Boutique. Toyland Showcase, Children’s Workshop, Toy Drive and more.

Brighton Christmas at Presqu’ile Provincial Park – Artisans from all across the province must go through a careful jurying process to have their work accepted for display and sale. Their selected works of art and crafts are organized and displayed by a group of knowledgeable Friends of Presqu’ile volunteers throughout the 10 room main venue … The Christmas House, a Heritage home by the Lake. Grand Bend Christmas Comes Early in Grand Bend – Businesses in the Grand Bend area will offer special and unique gift items to satisfy even the hardest-to-buy for person on your list. Merchants will be decorated for the holidays and will feature great specials. Enjoy a festive horse and carriage ride while you are there.

Hamilton Grey Cup 100 Train Tour @ Bayfront Park (Saturday 10-4) – Meet CFL Alumni, Tour the Grey Cup, Museum and Team cars and purchase CFL stamps and other commemorative Grey Cup collectibles. Reebok will be there to give fans a chance to win 2013 CFL Season tickets, Telus will have their virtual Punt, Pass, and Kick game and Rona presents the Skills and Drills mini-field and have your photo taken with the Grey Cup and so much more fun!!

Kitchener Movember Kids KW @ Kitchener Market’s Kids in the Kitchen – A Movember Themed Event for Families! Have a Moustache Facepainting by BreCreative and Entertainment Provided By Jim Tigwell

Niagara Falls Niagara Gift Show – A large number of vendors from near and far presenting a terrific cross section of products and services from the Christmas season that everyone would be proud to give and anyone happy to receive.

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways. Niagara on the Lake Taste the Season – Taste the Season is the “must-do” event of the season for many Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country visitors. Taste the Season touring pass holders will be treated to more VQA wine and food pairings than ever before. Touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus tax) and are valid any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm (event weekends only).

Ottawa Wine and Food Show @ Ottawa Convention Centre – Taste your way around the world with all-new events and some returning favourites spread over five taste-filled days in November. Read the full schedule and choose your dates!

Family Vacation Marketplace @ CE Centre – Don’t miss this UNIQUE opportunity to meet face to face with representatives of some of our most recommended family vacation destinations and suppliers. This is your opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions

Ottawa Christmas Craft & Good Show @ RA Centre – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! Two days – Nov. 11th & 18th. A christmas celebration of over 40 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.

Pakenham Pakenham Christmas Craft Show – Local and regional artists, artisans and crafters come out of the woodwork for this show. Mississippi Mills Craft Show featuring over 25 crafters, artists and designers.Offering an assortment of unique handmade goods. Shop local, shop handmade!

Paris Christmas in Paris – Visitors to the 21st 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. Port Rowan Festival by the Bay – Enjoy three days of shopping at local studios, stores and home-based businesses throughout Port Rowan, Long Point and surrounding area. Special offers, free samples, local foods and entertainment. Pick up your map at participants or visit our website

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.

Thorold 19th Annual Christmas Art & Craft Show – Featuring 80 juried artists and artisans from across Ontario!

Toronto 27th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony @ The Toronto Zoo – Veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country.Admission for Veterans and all guests (including general public) attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. 8th Annual Fall Baby Time Show@ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – The Ultimate event for pregnancy, birth, baby and toddler show. Learn and have fun all within one vibrant place celebrating parenthood.

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

Nature Connection @ Downsview Park (Saturday from 2-4) – Downsview Park staff will take you on a free indoor/outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world. Come see nature in the city!

Illuminite @ Yonge-Dundas Square (Saturday 6-7) – The lighting of the 40’ high light tree with more than 52,000 LED lights will cap off the night’s festivities, along with the illumination of the 3D polar bears, and other breath-taking holiday lighting installations.

Whole Life Expo @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Canada’s largest showcase of natural health, alternative medicine, and eco-friendly lifestyles. With 75 speakers and over 200 exhibitors, Whole Life Expo brings you the most comprehensive array of natural health products and services ever gathered under one roof. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – Come down and take part in daily Induction Weekend events commemorating the Class of 2012 – Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin. Enter the 2012 Induction Weekend Contest and visit the Spirit of Hockey Store and be the first to obtain 2012 Induction collectible merchandise.

Windsor Windsor International Fim Festival – With 52 dramatic, documentary, and short films screening at the Capitol Theatre, WIFF audiences will have a number of opportunities to engage in Q and A sessions with the film guests following their individual screenings. WIFF runs until Sunday, November 11th.

Helping your child understand Remembrance Day

As adults we understand what Remembrance Day is, why we observe this day and the significance of the poppy.  Being the parents of young children, we try and shelter them from violence and sadness so they aren’t worried and scared.  That being said though, I think it’s important to be honest with them as to why we celebrate Remembrance Day.

Keep it simple, give them the basic facts and let their curious minds lead the conversation where it may.

Here are some facts to share with them to get the conversation going:

  • Remembrance Day is an annual occasion when our country invites us to remember and honour the men and women who have fought in wars long ago to keep us safe
  • Remembrance Day is always on November 11th as it marks the day that the war was over and there was peace again.
  • We participate in 2 minutes of silence of at 11:00am on November 11th to be thankful and remember all the brave soldiers that gave us a safe country to live in
  • Is there a relative that served in the war?  Tell their story
  • Explain that we are very lucky to live in a country where there is peace.
  • What is a Poppy and why do we wear them? – We wear red flowers called Poppies to show others that you are remembering those who died for their country.  The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War I ended.
  • Be sure to let them know that Mommy and Daddy will always be sure they are safe

If they don’t understand, don’t push it.  You can help them feel involved in this important day in other ways and in time, when they are ready, they will understand.

What can we do to celebrate Remembrance Day with our Children?

  • Teach them about Peace and why it important in everyday life, on the playground and how they can be a peacekeeper
  • Read a book with them about Remembrance Day – A Poppy is to Remember is a great choice.  You can probably find this book at your local library or book store
  • Take them to purchase a Poppy .  Children get excited to put money in the box and wear their poppy proudly  (To stop it from falling off or poking your child, put a piece of cork on the end of the pin.)
  • Observe 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 am
  • Watch a Remembrance Day Ceremony on tv or attend a local ceremony
  • Send a Postcard for Peace to say thank you to those who served
  • Make a Remembrance Day Craft
  • Read a Remembrance Day Poem – In Flanders Fields is probably the most recited for Remembrance Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872-1918)

  • Sing a Remembrance Day song – There are many options out there but this is a kid friendly one and a fave in our house is.  You can sing the first line and your child can sing back to you as the second line

Little Poppy

(Sung to the tune of Frère Jacques)

Little Poppy, Little Poppy

Given to me, given to me

Help me keep Canada, Help me keep Canada

Safe and free, safe and free

I’ll wear a little poppy, I’ll wear a little poppy

As red as red can be, As red as red can be

To show that I remember, To show that I remember

Those who fought for me, Those who fought for me

Thank you to all men and women that fought to keep our country safe and free 

Weekend Fun Guide (November 2-4 2012)

Welcome to November!  With Harvest Festivals over and Christmas in the near future there thankfully seems to be a bit of a lull in the craziness.  Want to get out and enjoy some family time this weekend?  Here are some ideas for you!

Almonte

Handmade Harvest Craft Show – The Holiday 2012 Edition of the Handmade Harvest Craft Show will be held at the stunning landmark that is the Almonte Old Town Hall. This show will host approximately 40 different vendors of all sorts each day. Swag bags for the first 50 people

Bancroft

Bancroft Art & Craft Guild Christmas Show @ Royal Canadian Legion – Doors open a 10:00 am Saturday and Sunday

Barrie

18th nual Barrie Molson Centre Xmas Craft Show – There will be over 140 of Ontario’s most talented artisans & crafters that come together at the Barrie Molson Centre for the 17th Annual Xmas Craft Show & Sale. Choose from pottery, stained glass, teddy bears, Xmas crafts, body care products, jewellery, clothing, woodcrafts, ceramics, and more, making Xmas shopping easy.

Exeter

Owl Prowl @ Morrison Dam Conservation Area (Friday and Saturday night)  This is a FREE EVENT but donations are gladly accepted.  Event activities include: Interactive Owl Presentation, Night Hike Owl ‘hoot’, Hot Chocolate (lug-a-mug) & Campfire

Goderich

Huron County Craft Show @ Goderich District Collegiate Institute – Over 80 vendors from across Ontario. Daycare and cafe available. Annual event.

Hastings

Heart of Hastings Studio Tour – Every year, during the first two weekends of November, the Heart of Hastings Studio Tour starts off the Christmas season.
Talented artisans and local vendors open their homes and stores with homemade crafts, antiques, baked goods, Christmas decorations, art, local foods and more.

Innisfil

20th Annual Innisfil Studio Tour – The Artists on the InnIsfil Studio Tour cordially invite you into their homes and studios to view their most recent creations.  Take this opportunity to meet the creators and find out more about what inspires each and every one.

London

London Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo @ Western Fair District – Highlighting the finest local businesses and services, the Expo has something for parentsfor everything from planning a baby to sending them off to preschool! Come check out the latest products, enter to win fantastic prizes, and shop, shop, shop!

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013.  With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara on the Lake

Taste the Season – Taste the Season is the “must-do” event of the season for many Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country visitors. Taste the Season touring pass holders will be treated to more VQA wine and food pairings than ever before. Touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus tax) and are valid any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm (event weekends only).

Ottawa

The National Women’s Show @ CE Centre – Shop ‘til you drop at over 200 exhibits and find everything from food and wine sampling, fashion shows, celebrity guests, free makeovers, health, wellness & beauty secrets, cooking demos, home renovation advice and travel ideas!

Taste of Russia Festival @ Pushkin Cultural Centre.  Come sample delicious authentic cuisine, Russian vodka and beer, and other delicacies. Our book and gift shop features unique and imported items, religious literature, and icons. Browse in “Babushka’s Attic” for heirlooms and collectables, or try your luck at our spectacular Basket Raffle. For your enjoyment live music and traditional dance performances will be held throughout the day, with tours of the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church

Petrolia 

Christmas Craft Sale @ Oil Heritage District Community Centre – Come and visit many vendors with unique gift ideas.  

Toronto

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

Day of the Dead @ Harbourfront Centre – Join us for this annual Mexican festival honouring the dead. Featuring artists from Mexico, traditional music, food, stories and more, our Day of the Dead festival celebrates life while paying tribute to loved ones who have passed away. Featuring Mexican artists Carlomagno Pedro Martinez, Jorge Morenos and others.

Vaughan

Animals that Ho0t and Howl @ Kortright Centre for Conservation – A family-friendly outdoor event explores night animals that hoot and howl with a nature hike, a live owl demonstration and roasted marshmallows around a campfire.