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 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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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).


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!


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


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!


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


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


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