Sunday, December 23, 2012

Weekend Festival of Lights, Santafest, Santa Claus Celebrations, Ski Hills Open Dec. 21-23, 2012 North of Toronto

Weekend December 21-23, 2012

Ontario weekend getaways to attractions, Christmas Tree Lighting, Santafest, Christmas Arts and Craft Shows, Alpine Skiing and romantic road trips to lakeside sunsets. 

Your source for last-minute weekend getaways and day trips for December 2012



Celebrate SantaFest at Santa’s Village

11:00am until 4:00pm
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:
  • Horse drawn sleigh rides
  • Seasonal Kids Activities
  • Face Painting
  • Gingerbread Cookie Decorating for the kids
  • Craft Making
  • Colouring & Letter Writing
  • Petting Farm
  • Marshmallow Roasting
  • Story Time
  • And of course visits with Santa
2013 Season Pass at an incredible price of just $59.95*

A Portage Flyer Christmas - Evening train ride to Santa
at Muskoka Heritage Place
Huntsville, ON
Sunday, December 22, 2012
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (last train leaves at 7:30 pm)
$5.00 per person (child or adult) tax included
$5.00 per person
An evening of magic with all the joy & hope, sparkle, twinkle & dazzle of the festive season Last chance to tell Santa your side of the story!
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Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa, ON
December 6, 2012 to January 7, 2013
In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with over 300,000 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.

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Festival of Northern Lights Catch The Magic
Owen Sound, ON
Owen Sound & Area Accommodation
November 16, 2012 to January 6, 2013

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BARRIE, Ontario

Horseshoe Resort
Horseshoe Resort is open for Day Alpine Skiing.

 2012/2013 Alpine Season Passes Now on Sale
The best way to enjoy a snowy Ontario Winter is on the Slopes of Horseshoe Resort. Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary this season! Come and enjoy our 26 runs, 6 lifts and magic carpet childrens area, ranging from beginner to advanced terrain. Experience the great winter conditions from 9am-10pm daily.  We have the Seasons Pass to get you out there.

MacLaren Art Centre

Barrie, ON
Cool Yule and New Year's camps for children run from December 27 until January 4
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Blue Mountain Village
December is Frost Frenzy: Fireworks every Saturday during December at 8pm!  
The Holiday spirit is very much alive in the Blue Mountain Village during FROST FRENZY starting with so many FREE activities including FIREWORKS every Saturday at 8pm all month long plus we look forward to the return of Santa, Carollers and Horse & Wagon rides – here every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm all month long.
Blue Mountain Village-Shop! (20 stores to discover)  Holiday Shopping is a family sport here in the Village – stores are open 7 days a week and we keep kids busy so parents can shop!  Holidays Hours Dec 1-December 20th: Daily 10am-7pm, open late till 9pm Friday & Saturday – Dec 21st – Dec 23rd 10am – 9pm!

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Nordic Season Passes Now On Sale
BOOK for Early Season Pass Prices
Pre-season discounts on your Scenic Caves Nature Adventures Season’s Pass until December 31, 2012.

 3 Days of Crossing Country Skiing or Snowshoeing at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre.-$49.99

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Hardwood Ski & Bike
There are a number of options for memberships which include:
7-Day Season Pass – ski/snowshoe every day
5-Day Season Pass – ski Monday to Friday (except holidays)
With your membership or seasons pass you will also receive coupons for various discounts at Hardwood for you to enjoy and to share with your friends.
Click here for Trail conditions

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Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Book ahead for great Family deals on lift tickets and rentals

Daily lift tickets, rental equipment and lesson programs will be 50% off the regular price on the following dates:
Weekend of December 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2012
(can not be used in conjunction with any other discounts)

And Great Accommodation Rates:
50% off cottage rental at Buttermilk Falls Resort for all skiers/boarders riding at Sir Sam's on any of the above weekends.
Weekend Deals at the Bonnie View Inn -Room Only Stays from $80/night -same dates apply.




Art Sale
Smith Falls, ON
Heritage House Museum
November 3 - December 19, 2012
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! Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Heritage House Museum.

Christmas comes to Heritage House

Smith Falls, ON
Heritage House Museum
November 5 – December 23, 2012
Enjoy the festive Victorian surroundings and discover the origins of our Christmas traditions. 

Festival of Light Gala
Grail Springs

North Hastings 
December 21-23, 2012Be transported to a New World for 3-days and 2-nights as we celebrate the completion of the Mayan calendar and usher in the New Era of Light.  

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Vaudeville Variety ShowAlmonte Old Town Hall
December 22, 2012

Classically trained local musicians

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Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trail

Algonquin Highlands
20130 Hwy 35
2012-2013 Season's passes available.
Cross country Ski on 26km of groomed and trackset trails for the morning, take a break or eat lunch by the woodstove in the historic towermans cabin and then head out for an afternoon of snowshoeing on 11km of backcountry snowshoe trails overlooking beautiful St. Nora Lake.

~ $30/person+tx includes skis, boots, poles, snowshoes and trail passes for the day (A $53 value!).
~ Incredible restaurants and accommodations are available nearby.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Minden, ON   Haliburton, ON 
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