Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ski Ontario Guide

Get on the slopes with your family this Winter and create some amazing memories!!

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Barrie – Horseshoe Resort – Situated in a natural snow belt area and surrounded by miles of beautiful forest, Horseshoe Resort prides itself on great snow making and even better conditions, making us one of the top ski resorts in Ontario. Enjoy the magic of winter with exciting snow tubing, or experience one of our 26 Alpine runs or 35 kilometres of groomed Nordic Trails. Our Ontario ski resort is a place where nature is as real and true as the scent of pine or snow in the wind.            416-283-2988 or 705-835-2790

Barrie – Snow Valley Resorts Limited – Snow Valley Barrie is Ontario’s FAMILY Resort. Celebrate winter with family skiing, snowboarding, tubing & snowshoeing.  705-721-SNOW or 416-366-7669

Barrys Bay – Madawaska Mountain – Mount Madawaska features the 6th highest elevation in the province. We have some of the longest runs, ready for the novice or expert, alike!   613-756-1-SKI

Batawa – Batawa Ski Hill – Three lifts and seven runs with state of the art snow making and grooming.   (613) 398-6568

Bethany – Devil’s Elbow – Meander down the Bunny Hill or accelerate down Satan’s Run. Discover Paradise. It’s just around the corner from Purgatory. With the addition of 2 terrain areas, there is something for everyone! The state of the art snowmaking and grooming equipment ensure the best possible conditions every day of the ski season.   705-277-2012

Brampton – Mount Chinguacousy – We are very excited to provide you our awesome ski and snowboard programs and tubing excitement. Best of all, our 2 story chalet has that winter feel, with the smell of cedar, a large cozy fireplace to warm up to, a great view of the hill and lots of hot chocolate for those cold winter days.  You won’t want to miss this!   905-874-2367

Calabogie – Calabogie Peaks Resort – The ultimate family mountain in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais Region. Offering the best ski & ride programs, terrain, snowmaking and ski in/out accommodations – ski, ride, skate, tube, snowshoe, cross country ski and more…   613-752-2720 or 1-800-669-4861

Coldwater – Mount St. Louis/Moonstone Ski Resort – The resort is located just north of Barrie in the snow belt region of Ontario offers great ski hills for skiing and snowboarding.  Today, it contains 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts and 3 carpets. The resort is known for being family friendly and prides itself on accommodating the beginner skier to the most advanced skier.   705-835-2112

Collingwood – Blue Mountain – This winter enjoy 36 trails, ranging from beginner to double black diamond, stretching across the scenic Niagara Escarpment, and reaching 720 vertical feet. You’ll maximize your on-snow time with 15 lifts, including four high-speed six-person chairs. And there’s plenty of action after the sun sets, with 22 trails and 10 lifts under the lights.   705-445-0231 or 416-869-3799

Elliot Lake – Mount Dufour – Mt. Dufour is a professionally operated facility with a full service chalet including a fully licensed, fireside lounge, ski and snowboard equipment rentals and lessons provided by certified instructors.   (705) 848-6655

Etobicoke – Centennial Park Snow Centre – Experience winter in the City, featuring ski & snowboard school, snowboard & downhill rentals, limited helmet rentals, hi-tech snowmaking, t-bar, carpet lift, night skiing and snack bar.  Toronto ski & snowboard programs are a great way for the entire family to stay fit and have fun this winter.   416-394-8754

Haliburton – Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike – Get out for a day of family fun on the slopes at Sir Sam’s!  Features include 12 runs, 5 lifts, rental shop, pro shop, terrain park, snow school and CADS program for disabled skiers.  Warm up in the Chalet with some warm eats and drinks. 705-754-2298

Huntsville – Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area – A long-favoured destination for generations of skiers and snowboarders, Hidden Valley has something for everyone. Gentle slopes, challenging runs and a terrain park. Warm up and relax in the newly-renovated chalet. Experience it all, and then repeat. 705-789-1773 or 1-800-398-9555

Keswick – Georgina ROC – 33 metre high man-made hill that features a state of the art chalet, tube, terrain, ski and toboggan activities in winter with fantastic views of the Lake Simcoe country side year round.   905-476-4301

Kitchener – Chicopee Ski Club – 14 trails, 2 terrain parks and 6 lifts are awaiting you at Chicopee Ski Club.   519-894-5610 or 1-877-CHICOPEE

London – Boler Mountain – Come visit Canada’s most southerly alpine ski area.  Lots of runs for all different skiing abilities and some awesome snowboarding terrain   519-657-8822

Milton – Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre – Glen Eden offers a rental shop, skiing, a fully-equipped terrain park for snowboarders, snow tubing and lessons for all ages and skill-levels.   905-878-5011

New Liskeard – Tri Town Ski & Snowboard Village – 14 runs to get your fun on the slopes!   705-672-3888

North Bay – Laurentian Ski Hill – 300 Ft vertical right in North Bay. Terrain Park with lift, moguls, rentals, beginner area, Certified Instructors. Something for everyone!   705-494-7463

North York – Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard Centre – Earl Bales features ski & snowboard school, snowboard & downhill rentals, limited helmet rentals, hi-tech snowmaking, chair lift, rope tow, night skiing, snack bar and fireplace.   416-395-7874

Onaping – Onaping Ski Hill – Onaping Ski Hill is equipped with 12 runs and a t-bar lift for downhill skiing and snowboarding. It is privately owned and is generally open mid-December to mid-March depending on weather conditions. Ski equipment rentals are available.   705-966-3939

Orangeville – Hockley Valley Resort – Whether it’s your first time on skis or a snowboard, or you’re a real enthusiast, we offer 15 scenic runs for all levels, including an upper and lower freestyle terrain park. With our state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities, you can enjoy an even longer season. And whether you’re here for the afternoon or on a romantic escape or a family weekend getaway, a warm and cozy seat awaits in our lounge for a relaxing après-ski.   519-942-0754

Orono – Brimacombe – Rated “The Best in the Snow Business” by the Canadian Ski Council, Brimacombe caters to the traditional skier as well as the snowboarder who wants to jib all day long in one of our terrain parks.  Featuring 21 runs, 2 terrain parks, multiple lifts, equipment rentals, professional instruction and 2 chalets to warm up in.   905-983-5983

Pakenham – Mount Pakenham – Mount Pakenham is Eastern Ontario’s premier family ski, snowboard and tubing area. We have two of the newest lifts in the region and we’re just a short drive from Ottawa   613-624-5290

Sault Ste. Marie – Searchmont Resort – 750 feet of vertical mountain terrain. Long runs, short lift lines, real snow. A place to hang with family & friends.        705-781-2340

Sudbury – Adanac Ski Hill – 240 vertical feet of skiable terrain, beginner hill with carpet lift, terrain park, 2,400 square foot chalet.  Services include skiing and snowboarding lessons, equipment rental, holiday programs and school visits.   705-671-2489

Thamesford – Cobble Hills Golf & Ski Club – 140 vertical ft, 7 runs, quad chair lift, lessons, equipment rentals and a terrain park.  What more do you need this winter for a fun day?   519-461-1720

Thunder Bay – Loch Lomond Ski Area – Loch Lomond offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing. We are 10 minutes from Thunder Bay off of Highway 61 North on the majestic Nor’Wester Mountain Range.   807-475-7787

Timmins – Kamiskotia Snow Resort – Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, tubing, clinics and lessons, or just fun at the resort lodging – Kamiskotia snow resort is the place to be this winter. We offer many services including memberships, group events, and complete rental of skiing and snowboarding equipment.                 705-268-9057

Uxbridge – Lakeridge Ski Resort – Skiing and snowboarding is for every one of all ages! Featuring 23 runs spread over 70 acres, we offer a wide range of trails for skiers and snowboarders, from novice to expert, including mogul runs, 3 dedicated snowboard terrain parks, and separate snow tubing park.   905-649-2058

Uxbridge – Dagmar Resort – Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Cross country skiing! 17 Runs, 4 Chairlifts, 2 Magic Carpets, 2 Amazing Terrain Parks, Lessons, Programs, and much more!   905-649-2002

Uxbridge – Skyloft Resort Inc – Skyloft boasts 21 runs and trails, multiple lifts, high end food and beverage service, snow school and rental shop.   905-649-5160

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Get on the Slopes at Sir Sam’s

Look out your window … it’s definitely a Winter wonderland out there!  Winter is the perfect time to get out with the family and share some quality time with one another.  We want to help you create some family memories this Winter with a fantastic giveaway from Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike in Haliburton.  You could win family lift tickets and rentals for a day on the slopes.  It’s easy to enter here http://on.fb.me/RfuwTw

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Check out what this awesome Ski Resort has to offer…

Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike Celebrates 48 years in ski/ snowboard/ snowshoe and mountain bike business. Sir Sam’s is family owned and is known for its great customer service, un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere, great snow conditions and grooming. The resort is located in the Haliburton Highlands at Eagle Lake only two and a half hours from Toronto.

This resort offers 14 runs serviced by 7 lifts including the first of its kind in Canada, covered surface lift. This lift along with a first class snow school enhances the experience of beginner and entry level clientele.

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Sir Sam’s spacious and comfortable chalet offers licensed food service, gourmet coffee hut, deck BBQ’s, complete line of rental equipment and retail shop( provided by Algonquin Outfitters) for both winter and summer activities as well as first class instruction by certified CSIA instructors.

Sir Sam’s offers a host of events and races for both winter and summer enthusiasts. Check out our website at www.sirsams.com for more information or call 705-754-2298.

Cruise it! Carve it! Bike it! Love it!

Weekend Fun Guide (December 21-23, 2012)

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

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.  Be safe, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime!

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Blue Mountains

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

Bracebridge

SantaFest – Come celebrate winter and the joy of the season with Santa and his Elves!  Admission is $7.50/person and children under 2 are free!Enjoy Santa’s winter activities, all included in the price of admission: Visit with Santa, Gingerbread decorating, sleigh rides, activities and story time with Mrs. Claus and much more.

Burlington

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

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

Cambridge

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

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

Dundas

A Dickens of a Christmas Events – Join us in Downtown Dundas every Saturday and Sunday  until December 18th for a trip through the downtown on our festive Horse & Trolley Ride (pick up at the Collins Hotel), Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread cookies, and there is a very good chance youʼll run into the jolly, old soul himself as he wanders through town greeting young and old alike

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Goderich 

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

Hamilton

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

Huntsville

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

London

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

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

Niagara Falls

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

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Oakville

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

Orillia

Magic of Christmas in Downtown Orillia – An old-fashioned shopping experience! Carollers on Mississaga Street, free Christmas treats, free horse-drawn wagon rides! Holiday passports at participating merchants for a chance to win $1,000 in Downtown Dollars! 1:00 – 3:00 pm,

Ottawa

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

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

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Continues until January 6th, 2013

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Sarnia

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

Toronto

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

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

Christmas in the Park @ Colborne Lodge – Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.

Winona

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

Weekend Fun Guide (Dec 14-16 2012)

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

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Alexandria

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

Blue Mountains

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

Burlington

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

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

Dundas

A Dickens of a Christmas Events – Join us in Downtown Dundas every Saturday and Sunday  until December 18th for a trip through the downtown on our festive Horse & Trolley Ride (pick up at the Collins Hotel), Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread cookies, and there is a very good chance youʼll run into the jolly, old soul himself as he wanders through town greeting young and old alike

Goderich 

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

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Gore Bay 

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

Hamilton

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

London

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

Mississauga

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

Niagara Falls

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

Oakville

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

Orillia

Magic of Christmas in Downtown Orillia – An old-fashioned shopping experience! Carollers on Mississaga Street, free Christmas treats, free horse-drawn wagon rides! Holiday passports at participating merchants for a chance to win $1,000 in Downtown Dollars! 1:00 – 3:00 pm,

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Ottawa

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

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

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

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Continues until January 6th, 2013

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Rockton

‘Twas the night before Christmas @ Westfield Heritage Village – Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples,fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant features light meals and refreshments.

Smiths Falls
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Visit Town Hall and listen to MC Wayne Cavanaugh and Christmas carolers celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season! Mayor Dennis Staples will light the lights on the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall. Hot chocolate provided.

Stratford

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

Toronto

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

Christmas in the Park @ Colborne Lodge – Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.

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

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

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

Winona

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

For the Love of Christmas

There is so much to see and do at Christmas but I really love when you find something that is truly done just for the Love of Christmas.

If you travel the 401 between Guelph and Milton any time during the Holidays be sure to schedule a quick detour for something that your family will surely love.  This has become a tradition for our family and i’m sure it will for yours as well.

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Just off the highway on Guelph Line you will find a country property owned by the Singleton Family.  Simply for the Love of Christmas, every year this family creates the Singleton’s Christmas Light Display which is a wonderful display of story boxes filled with scenes of Christmas and winter full of lights and music.   As you roam through the lights be sure to take some cute pics with the fun cutouts they have!

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This magical little land is a true labour of love that is worked on by the entire Singleton family to keep the tradition going and giving families joy each and every year.  The family is always around and happy to chat and tell you of the history of the light display. Oh and you might find a striking resemblance between Mr. Singleton and the jolly man that visits our homes on December 25th!

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There is no charge to visit the Singleton’s Christmas Light Display but please show your appreciation by putting a donation in the donation box as all proceeds go to the Halton Women’s Place.  Truly a wonderful family giving to a wonderful cause!

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The SIngleton’s Christmas Light Display is located at 8565 Guelph Line in Campbellville L0P 1B0

Sun – Mon 5:00pm – 10:00pm until New Year’s Eve

Do you know of a special Christmas display in Ontario?  Please share it with us and our readers.  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

That blah time between Fall and Winter

So it’s chilly enough outside that the kids need to bundle up when they go outside but the fun white stuff isn’t on the ground yet.  With this in-between weather I find it harder to get the kids out for fresh air as they seem to be at a loss for what to do.  Summer toys are all packed away, Mommy says I can’t stick my tongue to anything metal and the extra puffiness of the winter coat throws off the balance while riding bikes.  Fun times!!

I have decided not to push outside time during this bleak nothing weather but a few weeks ago I found myself asking for it to please let it snow soon!

For some reason I think girls are easier when it comes to entertaining themselves.  My 5 year old will colour, paint and cut paper into a million little pieces onto my kitchen floor for hours.  She can swing on the playset in the backyard until her face is red and numb.  I have even taught her the fine art of unloading the cutlery from the dishwasher.  Perhaps next week we can work on perfecting her mopping skills.

My 7 year old son is thankfully in school full time because he is much harder to keep off the electronics. He does have a fond love of reading and LEGO is one of his best friends…well until his little sister enters the room like King Kong and destroys the creations.  Bratty (but extremely cute) little sisters is a whole other post!

We have found that night time family walks to look at Christmas lights is getting us outside time right now and I must say I LOVE it!  It’s a time that we are all together without the distraction of the phone, tv and chores around the house.  We walk hand in hand and get to talk and giggle.  We get to hear silly made up stories, we vote on our favourite lights of the night and we just enjoy being together.  Our kids ask when we are heading out for our walk which makes my heart smile because I know they enjoy it as much as we do.

So that Blah time between Fall and Winter….thank you for getting my family out for our nighttime silly walks that we all truly love and look forward to.  I can’t wait for what fun the snow will bring but perhaps it can hold off until Christmas Eve!

Weekend Fun Guide (December 7-9 2012)

Fa la la la la la la la la  There are only 3 more weekends before Christmas but there is still time to brave the malls, catch a Santa Claus parade, make some holiday crafts and visit a Festival of Lights.  Here’s some things that are going on Around Town this Weekend!

Santa Claus Parades

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

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

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

Chesley Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

Sioux Lookout Santa Claus Parade – December 9th

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

Stirling Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 6:30

Tobermory Santa Claus Parade  – December 8th

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

Around Town this Weekend …

Alexandria

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

Burlington

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

Cambridge 

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

Dundas

A Dickens of a Christmas Events – Join us in Downtown Dundas every Saturday and Sunday  until December 18th for a trip through the downtown on our festive Horse & Trolley Ride (pick up at the Collins Hotel), Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread cookies, and there is a very good chance youʼll run into the jolly, old soul himself as he wanders through town greeting young and old alike

Georgetown

Holiday Magic on Main – Friday night only, Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, holiday music and the warmth and hospitality of the many businesses Downtown Georgetown. This holiday event, in its third year will put you in the mood for the season.

Goderich 

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

Hamilton

Victorian “Night in the Village” – Bring the whole family down to International Village for a special 2 hours from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm holiday event including a horse and carriage rides (first come, first serve), live Victorian Carolers, special sales at our shops and restaurants. Free Hot Apple Cider will be available at the International Village BIA office (249 KIng Street West).

Santa’s Workshop @ Gore Park – The BIA welcomes Santa Claus to his Santa Workshop in Gore Park and provides free pictures, free refreshments, free rides, Christmas arts and crafts, entertainment and carolling.

Christmas in Gore Park beginning at 5 pm. A live concert, free refreshments, Christmas miniature train and merry-go-round rides and the official light up of the Christmas Tree of Hope. Festivites includes the opening of free miniature train and carousel rides that will be operating daily until December 24th.

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

Kapuskasing 

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

Tree Lighting

London

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

Milton

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

Morrisburg

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

Niagara Falls

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

Niagara on the Lake

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

Oakville

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

Orillia

Magic of Christmas in Downtown Orillia – An old-fashioned shopping experience! Carollers on Mississaga Street, free Christmas treats, free horse-drawn wagon rides! Holiday passports at participating merchants for a chance to win $1,000 in Downtown Dollars! 1:00 – 3:00 pm,

winterwagonride

Ottawa

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

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

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Continues until January 6th, 2013

Penetanguishene

Festival of Lights @ Penetanguishene Centennial Museum.  Festivities include live entertainment, crafts, photos with Santa, storytime, face painting and refreshments.   Stroll with Santa to the official tree (Town Dock) for the Official tree lighting by the Mayor and carols

 

Peterborough

Christmas by Candlelight @ Lang Pioneer Village – Get into the spirit of the season with a traditional Pioneer Christmas featuring horse and sleigh rides, roving carolers, a visit from Father Christmas, and much more!

Rockton

‘Twas the night before Christmas @ Westfield Heritage Village – Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples,fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant features light meals and refreshments.

Sarnia

Winter Artwalk and Christmas Festival – Enjoy a walk through downtown Sarnia and visit the many vendors and businesses and artists showcasing unique and one-of-a-kind gifts. Visitors will see ice and snow sculptures, decorated Christmas trees, Children’s cedar maze.  Free entertainment will also be offered in several downtown coffee shops, restaurants and pubs, plus there will be face painting, children’s activities, holiday carollers, roasted chestnuts and other attractions.  Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, live entertainment and specialty hot drinks.

Smiths Falls
Twas the Night before Christmas – A fun and exciting day of Christmas fun in downtown Smiths Falls! Receive your FREE photo with Santa, make a Christmas craft, Decorate a Pet contest, listen to Christmas carolers…and more!
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Visit Town Hall and listen to MC Wayne Cavanaugh and Christmas carolers celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season! Mayor Dennis Staples will light the lights on the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall. Hot chocolate provided.

 

Toronto

Christmas in the Park @ Colborne Lodge – Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.

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

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

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

Toronto AnimeCON @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Sunday only, Join other anime fans at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for an afternoon with vendors, contests, and special guests.

Winona

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

Woodstock

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