Monday, November 25, 2013

First Light, Santa's Workshop, Christmas Tree Lightings, Santa Claus Parades, Christmas Bazaars Nov 29-Dec 1

SANTA CLAUS PARADES

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013 5:30pm
stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Ottawa, ONPembroke hotels on-line
more information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Fenelon Falls Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013  5:00pm
Visit with Santa at his house starting at 10:00am or you may find him at his workshop in the new Community Centre. Come see Santa for a free photo and a candy cane treat. Full day of family activities.
Stay at inns, resorts, hotels in 
Kawarthas, Ontario

Huntsville Santa Claus Parade
November 29, 2013   7pm
The Huntsville Santa Claus Parade starts in downtown Huntsville at 7:00 pm and travels to Huntsville Place Mall.
Stay at resorts, inn, hotels, 
Huntsville, ON Huntsville hotels on-line

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013 2pm
stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Wasaga Beach, ON

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013
The visit with Santa will be held at the Gravenhurst Opera starting at 12:30 pm followed b a free traditional Christmas movie upstairs in the theatre starting at 2:00 pm.
stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Gravenhust, ON,  Gravenhurst hotels on-line

Whitney Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013
Stay at inns, resorts hotels in 
Whitney, ON

Midland Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013 at 11:00 am
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels 
Midland, ONMidland Hotels On-Line

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013
stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Parry Sound, ON 
More information on Santa Claus Parades

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES and FESTIVALS OF TREES and LIGHTS


Canada's "First Light" Top 100 FestivalsCanada's "First Light" Top 100 FestivalsSainte-Marie Among the Hurons -Midland
Evenings November 28-30, 2013
The historic site of Sainte Marie among the Hurons celebrates with 5,000 glowing candles.........historic re-creations, Franco-Ontarian folk songs, Aboriginal drumming and singing, Children can try their hand at candle making, and write their own Christmas cards with historic quill pens...and experience the French Cafe for traditional seasonal fare. Discover the early roots of Canada's European settlements and Canada's famous setting for the writing of the Huron Carol and for many Canada's first Christmas. 
Midland Accommodation

The Canadian Holiday Train of lights and Entertainment
November 27-December 2, 2013
The Canadian Holiday Train a travelling light festival with entertainment will continue on its journey north in Ontario with visits to Merrickville, Smith Falls, Perth, Midhurst (
Barrie Area), Mactier (Muskoka area), Parry Sound, SudburyChapleau, continuing across northern Ontario finishing up visiting the regions of North Western Ontario in the towns of Nipigon, Thunder Bay, Dryden, Vermillion Bay and Kenora.

Wasaga Beach Annual Tree Lighting
November 29, 2013
The Oakview Woods Outdoor Complex hosts the tree lighting ceremony with hot chocolate, and Christmas Carols and a visit from Santa.
Stay at 
Wasaga Beach Accommodation

Tree Lighting
Gravenhurst
November 29, 2013
The annual giant tree lighting will take place and caroling. Local churches will offer warming stations and yummy treats! A Free family event!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Gravenhurst

Festival of Trees 
Sudbury
Throughout November 2013
Catch the spirit over the holidays by viewing & bidding on over 60 beautifully decorated wreaths and Christmas Trees while enjoying musical performances by local musicians and activities for the kids.
Stay at 
Sudbury Accommodation

Festival of Trees
Orillia
Throughout November 2013
The Festival site will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland decked with holiday wreaths and 'tree after glorious tree' in beautifully designed settings located at The 
Orillia Square Mall .
Stay at  
Orillia Accommodation

Festival of Northern Lights Catch The Magic 
Owen Sound 
November 15, 2013 to January 4, 2014
More than 300 light displays twinkling along the banks of the Sydenham River and at Harrison Park.  Several weeks of events, including concerts, craft shows, a Santa Claus parade, house tours, horse-drawn carriage rides and Christmas celebrations. The festival is a National Winter Lights Champion and Festivals & Events Ontario Multiple Award Winner.   
Stay at Owen Sound & Area Accommodation

Kapuskasing Festival of Lights
Kapuskasing, ON  
November 16, 2013 to beginning of January 2014
Riverside park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with over 100,000 shimmering lights and displays. 

Book Kapuskasing Hotels on-line

More information on Christmas Tree Lighting

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CHRISTMAS BAZAARS and ARTS & CRAFT SHOWS
 

First Light at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons
Midland, ONNovember 28-30, 2013 (Evening)
The First Light event is a 17th century holiday season celebration. Under the magical glow of over 5,000 candles, enjoy an enchanted evening on the historic site, listening to live music, Aboriginal drumming and choirs. Family activities and crafts.  20 exceptional artisans will be in the Sainte-Marie museum.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels 
Midland ON, Midland hotels on-line.

Yummies in a Jar and John Murden Art Gallery -Baysville
Christmas Open House
December 1, 2013
Join Lynn and John Murden as they celebrate 21 years of cooking and painting in beautiful Baysville, Muskoka.  This much anticipated 6th annual Open House highlights culinary delights prepared by a number of renowned chefs and bakers together with the work of many local Artisans carried in the Gallery.  Admission is by donation to the SPCA.  Please RSVP to be included on the guest list.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Huntsville area

Annual Holiday Treasures Arts and Crafts Show & Sale
Rosemont, ON Dufferin Museum
November 23– December 8, 2013
Over 40 artists and artisans. One-of-a-kind items include candlesticks, clothing, jewellery, baskets, two and three dimensional works of art, seasonal wreaths and decorations, wooden bowls and hooked rugs, candles, honey, bath products and much more!
stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Alliston, ON

Winter Gift Show & Sale
Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
Collingwood
October 30, 2013  - January 5, 2014
Holiday Gifts Galore!  Over 40 artists and artisans will be filling the Arts Center with a rich assortment of unique, one-of-a-kind creations...and, at very festive prices!  Paintings • Photographs • Pottery • Hand-made clothing • Jewellery • Sculpture and Carvings • Furniture • Glass works ...and more
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Collingwood, ON

More information on Christmas Bazaars and Craft Shows



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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S PARTIES and GETAWAYS

Plan ahead for festive parties with friends and families and your family holiday getaway.

Snow Valley Resort

Christmas with Neighbours
Snow Valley is proud to offer a festive evening of Dining, Dancing & Festive Cheer . Whether it's your company Christmas Party or your gathering with friends & family let them take care of all the details.  Reserve with Snow Valley and enjoy a wonderful evening of Chirstmas With Neighbours!
  • Friday November 29th
  • Saturday December 7th
  • Saturday December 14th
Package price is $375 plus taxes for tables up to 8 guests. Gratuity is not included.


Kempenfelt Conference Centre -Barrie

Christmas Lunches, Christmas Dining, Festive Buffet Dinner and Dance and Christmas Party B&B Specials
Book a guest room after your Christmas function at a special Christmas B&B Rate of $75 per room based on double occupancy. Rate includes accommodation and a full hot station-style breakfast buffet for two in the morning.

Hardwood Ski & Bike
Annual Hardwood New Year's Eve Bash and Silent Auction
Evening of fun, with dinner, dancing, a live DJ, silent auction*, party favours, and moonlit ski & snowshoe. Bring your spouse, friends and this is a family friendly event.
Tickets only $40 + HST for Adults and $25 + HST for children 12 and under.  All proceeds go to Team Hardwood and tickets available at Hardwood Ski & Bike.  Please contact Judy Doble to reserve your spot at (705) 487-3775.

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Carriage Ridge Resort Winter Getaway Offer
Resort Winter Sale 20% Off
November 25 – March 31, 2014


Blackout Dates:  December 21 – January 3, 2014 inclusive & February 14 – 16, 2014 inclusive

Stay at Carriage Ridge Resort relax in a Resort Suite with Kitchenette or one of our spacious 1 or 2 bedroom suites.


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FAMILY FUN

Blue Mountain Village

Frost Frenzy
November 30-December 31, 2013
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!


Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain/Collingwood





Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre-Midland
November 30-December 1
Live Animal Show. Wet n' Scaly.


Wreathmaking -December 1, 2013

Santa's Workshop
December 1, 2013   10am - 2pm
Santa makes a stop off at Wye Marsh, so bring your cameras and get a photo.  Then bring the kids to Santa's nature craft table where they can make their own 'for the birds' ornament.  Be sure to grab some seed, and head off on the trails to hand feed the chickadees and see the magnificent Trumpeter Swans.  Warm up by the fire and roast your own bannock and at 1pm be amazed by the birds of prey show.  Cost is general admission. 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
Click here for events and more information on Tourism Midland



Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Trails open on Tuesday November 26, 2013
Thanks to Mother Nature’s first decent snowfall of the season, trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are now open. 
OPENING WEEK SPECIAL
Mid-week trail passes are just $10. November 30-December 1st weekend, trail passes are just $15.

Expect rolled/packed trail conditions.  The snowshoe trail across the suspension bridge will also be open, offering spectacular views of south Georgian Bay. And while you’re checking out the trails, don’t forget to pick up your Nordic Season pass.  Please call: (705) 446-0256 ext. 223 before you head out for weather and trail conditions.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood


Snow Valley Resort 

Ski & Board Season Kicks off Saturday November 30th
Stay & Play
Barrie Ski & Snowtube Packages
Plan a Family Getaway!
Numeous stay & play" packages available through a number of local hotels.
Packages start at just $54.50 (pp/dbl occupancy) and includes 1 night accomodation, breakfast and a ski or snowtubing pass.

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie, Ontario

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie 
Family Sunday Workshops
December 1, 2013
Families can enjoy an afternoon exploring art while they create wonderful works to enjoy at home. Regional artists lead the workshops, and activities suit all ages and levels of experience.

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie, Ontario 



PLAN AHEAD FOR CHRISTMAS EVENTS




Celebrate SantaFest & Thank Santa Events
Santa’s Village, Bracebridge Muskoka

SantaFest Days
December 21 to 23,  2013

and
Thank Santa Day
December 28, 2013

11:00am until 4:00pm
Come celebrate winter and the joy of the season with Santa and his Elves!
Admission is $8.00/person and children under 2 are free

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HOLIDAY SEASON CONCERTS
Plan ahead for Holiday Season Concerts
Rock Your Holiday Season with Live Concerts at Deerhurst

David Wilcox Holiday Party | Saturday, November 30, 2013
Concert only: $44* per person, plus tax

Dinner & Concert: $79* per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Book Concert & Dinner here or call (855) 461-4393, option #3
Overnight Package .Stayover from $288* per night

Kim Mitchell Holiday Party | Saturday, December 7, 2013
Dinner & Concert: $79* per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Book Concert & Dinner here or call (855) 461-4393, option #3
Overnight Package .  Stayover from $288* per night


Canadian Country Christmas Concert
Orillia Opera House
Friday November 29, 2013  8pm
The 10th Anniversary Canadian Country  Christmas Concert rolls into Orillia, featuring Beverley Mahood,…Shane  yellowbird,…Sean Hogan…, Jamie Warren,…and Diane Chase.  Adults $28  17 and under $16
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia



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HOCKEY SEASON EVENT


North Bay Battalion OHL Home Games Package

OHL Hockey is back in North Bay!  Enjoy the NHLers of tomorrow now as they come to North Bay to play the North Bay Battalion.  Now you can come to North Bay, take in a face paced exciting game, and stay in North Bay’s only full service, Resort, Hotel, and Conference Centre.

The North Bay Battalion OHL Hockey Package includes your accommodations, a full hot chef-cooked plated breakfast and a Rink Side seat (seats are Section 1R and numbered 5, 6, 7, and 8).  Limited to only 4 tickets available per game, call now and book before they are all gone.

November Game dates are
Nov 5, 7, 10, 17, 28, 2013
Starting at $159.99*  *Plus HST. Based on Double Occupancy in a Standard Room with 2 Queen Sized Beds. Upgrades are available.

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BLACK FRIDAY EVENTS
Downtown Orillia Black Friday Sale
Terrific specials, savings & giveaways at participating stores & restaurants! Stock up for Christmas at half the cost! 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stay at  Orillia Accommodation

Black Friday and Tree Lighting
Gravenhurst
November 29, 2013
The 3rd annual Black Friday Event will kick off yet another Shopping Season in Gravenhurst! Stores will offer many incentives and extended hours, live Christmas music and horse drawn sleigh rides will fill main street . The annual giant tree lighting will also take place and community caroling. Local churches will offer warming stations and yummy treats! A Free family event!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Gravenhurst
 

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Featured Resort Destinations and Events

ALGONQUIN HIGHLANDS TRAILS

Algonquin Highlands Trails

Where Adventure Awaits!
~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes
~ Back Country Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking
~ 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of ATV trails
~ Canoe rentals
~ Excellent fishing for Trout, Bass and Whitefish
~ Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower – Best view of Fall colors in the highlands!
~ Ontario’s only full size historic Log chute 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Minden, ON Haliburton, On
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Algonquin Highlands Trails  


 
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HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS DESTINATION



Sir Sam's Ski and  Bike-Haliburton 

You can ride the Mountain Biking XC trails using the Honour System. Sign a waiver and deposit $10.00 in red box on brown building beside the Time Tunnel.


Significant Improvements Coming for the 2013-2014 Winter Season
Opening day for WInter 2013-14: Saturday, December 7, 2013 (weather permitting) .

Your Outdoors -Haliburton.  View Calendar for upcoming events.







Discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.  View the events page for upcoming events.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the
Haliburton Highlands Destinatio

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LAND O' LAKES DESTINATION



5,000 Lakes  5,000 Adventures.  You can enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, boating, hiking, cycling, snowmobiling, skiing, ATVing, motorcycling, or just plain relaxing in some of the most beautiful scenery.

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Land O' Lakes Destination


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MIDLAND and PENETANGUISHENE and TOURISM MIDLAND DESTINATION
Downtown Shops and Docks  
Beautiful downtown Midland has more than 100 shops, boutiques and services located in a beautiful waterfront setting.



Midland Cultural Centre
The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) is a self-sustaining, inspiring and exciting year-round facility for arts and culture in Huronia. The MCC has an active calendar of programs and events for enthusiasts of art, culture, music and theatre. Drop in to see what's going on.

Tourism Midland
The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay's picturesque 30,000 Islands and hosts many events throughout the year.

Midland Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013 at 11:00 am
Stay at Resorts, Inns Hotels in Midland
Click here for events and more information on Tourism Midland




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RESORTS OF NORTH MUSKOKA

There are plenty of exciting things to do in North Muskoka, all within close proximity.  Bring the family snowshoeing, tubing, skating, downhill or cross country skiing, even dog sledding. Or, if you prefer, try your hand at snowmobiling on the extensive trail system that winds throughout Muskoka.
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ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS DESTINATION  


You’ll discover an abundance of outdoor adventure, combined with original offering of arts, culture and heritage experiences, all set against a picture perfect backdrop of unspoiled wilderness and the small town charm of friendly communities.

Rally of the Tall Pines
Dungannon Recreation Centre -Bancroft

November 29-30, 2013
Dirt, snow and ice routinely mix together on the roads to provide a supreme test of driving skill. As the final event of the Canadian Rally Championship, the Rally of the Tall Pines also features tight year-end battles which make for hard driving and great spectating
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Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Bancroft area


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Ontario's Highlands Destination


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ORO STATION


Hardwood Ski and Bike -Oro/Medonte
Open for mountain biking riding at reduced prices until the snow flies.

2013-14 Ski Memberships available.
Youth Cross Country Ski Programs
Register Now For Kids Ski Programs
Hardwood Ski and Bike offers recreational cross country ski lessons for children between ages 3-13. Programs are focused on fun and skill in order to introduce a life long activity and a love of winter.  Space is limited so register soon.




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OTTAWA and OTTAWA VALLEY DESTINATION

Europen Union Film Festival
Libray and Archives -Ottawa
November 14 -December 1Annual showcase of the best of contemporary cinema produced in the European Union.

Ski Swap

Pembroke -Kinghts of Columbus Hall
November 28-30, 2013

Cobden Santa Claus Parade
November 30, 2013
Santa will meet with the little ones afterwards at the Whitewater Community Hall Festivities begin at 1:30 pm.


Festival of Trees
Petawawa Civic Centre
November 30, 2013
The Festival will include a Snowflake Gala, silent auction, live entertainment as well as a live auction of sponsored decorated trees

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade of Lights
November 23, 2013
Theme:  Christmas at the North Pole

Stay at Resorts in the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley area

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