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

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