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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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,



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


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



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!


‘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.


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.



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.


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


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


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