Saturday, December 14, 2013

Santa Claus Parades, Tree Lightining, Christmas Bazaars, Ski Resorts Open, Christmas Parties, Hockey Season Events Dec. 14-16

SANTA CLAUS PARADES

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade
December 14, 2013 5pm
Stay at inns, resorts, hotels in Kawarthas, ON


Palmer Rapids Santa Claus Parade
December 14, 2013 

Santa Claus Express South Simcoe Railway (Tottenham)
Share the Magic of Christmas... ride the SANTA CLAUS EXPRESS!
Saturday December 14th and Sunday December 15th
Saturday December 21st and Sunday December 22nd
Advance reservations available
Departures at 10:00am11:30am1:00pm and 2:30pm. Special event fares apply. Tickets on sale November 1st either on-line or by telephone.
stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Alliston, ON

More Information on Santa Claus Parades


Santa Claus Events

Festive Brunch with Santa
Nottawasaga Inn Resort -River Dining Room
Alliston
December 15
Bring your kids, your appetite and your camera for a festive brunch with Santa.

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES and FESTIVALS OF TREES and LIGHTS


Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa, ON
December 5, 2013 to January 7, 2014
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.
Stay at 
Ottawa & Area Accommodation, ON     Book Ottawa hotels. on-line

Christmas Magic
Cobourg, ON
November 22, 2013 to January 2, 2014
Christmas Magic transforms into a dazzling display of over 100,000 coloured lights.


Festival of Trees
Orillia
Throughout December 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

Barrie Festival of Trees Continues to Spring 2014
Barrie, ON
Barrie lights up along Kempenfelt Bay's Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe through until the spring of 2014. See the 
Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights Photo gallery where some of the 50,000 lights which form the Festival of Trees Display at Centennial Park will be five animated displays.
Barrie shopping trip for Christmas New Year holiday gifts could involve an overnight stay in featured Barrie hotels, resorts and romantic inns. Stay at Barrie Accommodation   Book Barrie Hotels on-line

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CHRISTMAS BAZAARS and ARTS & CRAFT SHOWS 


Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Show
Ottawa, ON Lansdowne Park
December 12-22, 2013
Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale is a leading and oldest fashion, gift, art & craft Show & Sale in Canada. It will attract many visitors and best artisans, artists and designers from Ottawa and Canada to related Christmas decorations, fashions, jewellery, art, sculpture, home decor items.

stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Ottawa, ONOttawa hotels on-line


Made in Muskoka Christmas
Sutherland Hall

December 14-15
Made in Muskoka Christmas sets the scene for a festive, fun and friendly shopping experience.  You’ll find hundreds of special gifts in every price range, created by some of Muskoka’s best artists and fine craftspeople.
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Huntsville,ON

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

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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!
  • Saturday December 14th
Package price is $375 plus taxes for tables up to 8 guests. Gratuity is not included.


Kempenfelt Conference Centre -Barrie
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
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


Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trails
Trails Open.  Check Current Conditions page for information. 
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.


Hardwood Ski and Bike
GRAND OPENING of ONE WAY Meadowland Trail
Saturday December 14, 2013
This 7.5 km trail is mostly flat with a few rolling hills making it perfect for new skiers or for skiers who want a gentle ski on easy terrain.Demo Day -December 14, 2013
Come and try out the latest from Fischer, Rossignol and Salomon equipment before you buy.  You can take the skis out for 30 minutes. No other special requirements other than a trail pass.




Horseshoe Resort
Ski and Snowboard Season
Holiday Getaway November 28, 2013 - January 3, 2014
2 Night package starting at $399
Looking for a fun getaway this holiday season at an affordable cost.  Rejoice over the savings in a Winter wonderland.
Pre-Season Season Special.  Starting From $169/Night. Book By Sunday December 23rd.  Stay Dates: Friday December 6th, 2013 - Thursday March 21st, 2014.  The Early Bird Gets The Discounts!

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Nordic Trails are Open
Monday December 2 -Thursday December 19
Mid-week trail passes are just $10.
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



Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Ski and Snowboard Season
Saturday December 14th & Sunday December 15th.  

Weekly starting Friday December 20th (closed Christmas day)
Winter Sale
All lift tickets, rentals & lessons are HALF PRICE from Opening Day until Christmas Eve!!!
Significant Improvements Coming for the 2013-2014 Winter Season.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels
Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the
Haliburton Highlands Destination


Snow Valley Resort 
Ski & Snowboard Season .
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


Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre-Midland
Evening Ski or Snowshoe. December 12
Wye Marsh will be open late for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Come ski or snowshoe our 25km of scenic trails and warm up by an open fire. *Late hours will be weather dependent
Live Animal Show. Wet n' Scaly.  December 14-15  
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
Click here for events and more information on Tourism Midland


MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie 
Family Sunday Workshops
December 15, 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.

  
Looking for that perfect holiday gift?
The MacLaren’s Gallery Shop carries a beautiful array of handmade jewellery, pottery, glass and homeware items, many by local artisans. Unique items are available in range of price points for friends, family, clients and colleagues. The MacLaren also offers professional framing services.


Huronia Symphony Orchestra - Family Christmas
Collier Street United Church
December 15
Enjoy a relaxing and happy afternoon filled with Christmas treats and classics. You'll love the music from "The Nutcracker", "The Polar Express" and sing-alongs.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie, ON

Christmas in Dowtown Orillia
December 14

An old-fashioned shopping experience! Free horse-drawn wagon rides, carollers on the streets, free hot chocolate & treats at various shops!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Orillia, ON


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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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.

December Game dates are
Dec 5, 8, 12, 19, 31, 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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Featured Resort Destinations and Events




HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS DESTINATION


Sir Sam's Ski and  Bike-Haliburton


Ski and Snowboard Season 
Saturday December 14th & Sunday December 15th.  Weekly starting Friday December 20th (closed Christmas day)
Winter Sale
All lift tickets, rentals & lessons are HALF PRICE from Opening Day until Christmas Eve!!!
Significant Improvements Coming for the 2013-2014 Winter Season


 

Yours Outdoors -Haliburton. Some Like It Hot Glassblowing Workshop.  Dec. 14.



Discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.

Hub and Hive for the Holidays
Abbey Gardens
December 13-14
Visit the Food Hub at Abbey Gardens for their first ever sale for locally made gifts. 40% off of beautifully wrapped gift baskets that are ready for holiday giving. Large selection of local arts and crafts on sale.


Christmas at the Museum
Haliburton Highlands Museum
December 14 & 21

Did you know that many of our most beloved holiday traditions actually come from the Victorians? Every week, we’ll be celebrating different Victorian inspired traditions and serving different treats. Make a keepsake to take home or just step into the past and enjoy a respite from the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas!
December 3 -January  15
Passes for the 2014 summer theatre season are now on sale.  All five show for $125.





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

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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.

Click here for events and more information on the
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.

John McDermott Concert
December 14
See live in concert the Scottish-Canadian Tenor known best for his rendition of 'Danny Boy'. 


Ron Nigrini Concert
December 15

Presented by the Tiffin Bay Folk Club. Tableside Bar service. Opening act by Adrien Robitaille.











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.


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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.
Click her for activities and more information on Resorts of North 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. 


Jingle all the Way Through Town
Bancroft Railway Station
December 16, 2013
"Jingle all the way through town" on a horse-drawn sleigh ride in beautiful Bancroft! Sleigh rides start at 5 p.m. and depart every 30 minutes from the Bancroft Railway Station.
Minimum donation of $7 per person. Children under 15 free.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Bancroft area

More information on Ontario's Highlands Destination


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ORO STATION


Hardwood Ski and Bike -Oro/Medonte

GRAND OPENING of ONE WAY Meadowland Trail
Saturday December 14, 2013
This 7.5 km trail is mostly flat with a few rolling hills making it perfect for new skiers or for skiers who want a gentle ski on easy terrain.
 
Demo Day -December 14, 2013
Come and try out the latest from Fischer, Rossignol and Salomon equipment before you buy.  You can take the skis out for 30 minutes. No other special requirements other than a trail pass.


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

Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa, ON
December 5, 2013 to January 7, 2014
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.
Stay at 
Ottawa & Area Accommodation, ON     Book Ottawa hotels. on-line

 
Festival of Lights
Promenade du Parc des Chutes, Mansfield, Quebec

December 13 & 14, 27 & 28
Discover one of Pontiac’s Finest Jewels illuminated with over 20,000 lights and lasers. Hot dogs, beavertails, baked goods and snacks on sale!

Petawawa Public Library Festival of Trees
December 2-31

Furry Friends and Families Food Drive
Pembroke Animal Hospital
December 1-20


Stay at Resorts in the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley area

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