Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thank Santa Event, Festivals of Lights, Frost Frenzy, New's Year's Eve Events, Nordic and Alpine Skiing Getaway December 23-29

SANTA CLAUS EVENTS


Thank Santa Day Event
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.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Bracebridge, ON


 
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FESTIVALS OF TREES and LIGHTS


Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa, ON
Until 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
Until 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 
Until 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  
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

More information on Christmas Tree Lighting

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BAZAARS and ARTS and CRAFT SHOWS 


Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
Collingwood
Until 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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NEW YEAR'S PARTIES and EVENTS

Hardwood Ski & Bike
Annual Hardwood New Year's Eve Bash and Silent Auction
December 31
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.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Orillia, ON

New Years in the Village
B
lue Mountain Village will be bustling with excitement as we ring out 2013 and welcome 2014!  Enjoy FREE family fireworks over the Mill Pond at 9pm, then enjoy the main show at midnight over the hill. 
Family Celebration in the Huron Grand Ballroom.

Bruce Stanton New Year's Eve Skate
North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
Midland.  December 31.

New Year's Eve Gala
Midland Cultural Centre
December 31
Music, food and dancing to celebrate 2014!  The Shawn Mei Band plays classic rock hits from the 50's to now.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
Click here for events and more information on Tourism Midland


New Years Eve Bash
Horseshoe Resort
December 31

Enjoy an evening full of dining and live entertainment followed by an impressive fireworks display.




New Year's Eve Extravaganza

Celebrate New Year's Eve "Muskoka" Style
Christie's Mill Inn and Spa
Port Severn

December 31
Ring in the New Year in style.  Six-course dinner menu, live entertainment and a Midnight Champagne toast! $80 per person. HST and gratuity not included. Reservations required 705 538 2354.


Snow Valley
Come celebrate the New Year with family and friends, fireworks, snowtubing, skiing and snowboarding at Snow Valley.  Family Fun at the Tube Park.
New Year's Eve Special
Spend your evening skiing or snowboarding from 2:00pm-6:00pm, and then head over to the Snowtube Park and slide the evening away from 6:00pm until 10:00pm. At 10:15pm be dazzled by a fireworks display, all for just $29.99 per person.  There will only be 100 packages available, sold on a first come first serve basis (no pre-purchase available). We will reserve your snowtube for you, as our tubepark is popular place to spend New Year's Eve.


New Year's Eve Downtown Countdown
Barrie
December 31
Free evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! Festivities include skating on the Circle at the Centre rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, food vendors, and fireworks. The highlight of the night is a line-up of amazing live entertainment featuring a special performance for kids, local up-and-coming talent, and a Canadian headline act not to be missed. 
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie, Ontario
 
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FAMILY FUN and ALPINE AND NORDIC SKIING GETAWAYS

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!


Holiday School Break
to January 5, 2014
Daily fun for kids & parents alike! 

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

 

Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trails
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
Hardwood Ski & Bike offers the ultimate Nordic skiing and snowshoeing experience in Ontario. Trail loops range from 5km to 22km and built for ALL levels. Rentals available on site.


Located only 1 hour north of Toronto, Hardwood Ski and Bike and Carriage Ridge Resort offer the best deal this season!
Getaway includes
  • 2 nights accommodation  at Carriage Ridge Resort.
  • 1 discounted ski trail pass, per person for Hardwood Ski and Bike. . Extra trail passes can be purchased.
  • Pool, hot tub and on-site activities 7 days a week!
Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Getaways from only $75.50 CAD per person (family of 4) or $150.00 CAD per person (double occupancy)



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.



Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
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
Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere. Significant Improvements 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
Come ski or snowshoe on 25km of scenic trails and warm up by an open fire. 
Evening Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing December 27
Live Animal Show. Wet n' Scaly.  Guided Walks. 
December  23 - January 5, 2014
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
Click here for events and more information on Tourism Midland


MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie 
Cool Yule Camp
December 23 and 27, 2013

Be inspired by a guided tour of exhibitions and try your hand at painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Register for one or all three days.
  
Family Sunday Workshops
December 29, 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, ON


Carve This Way
December 27-January 1, 2014
The Collingwood Downtown Ice Sculpture Festival is the perfect way to end 2013.  The Ice Sculpture Festival will feature more than thirty beautiful sculptures throughout the area, celebrating the region's Marine Heritage. Don't miss the exciting carving demonstrations, wagon rides and other fun family activities!

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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.

Game dates:
Dec 5, 8, 12, 19, 31, 2013 
Jan 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, 2014
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 
Weekly starting Friday December 20th!!!
Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere.
Significant Improvements for the 2013-2014 Winter Season



Yours Outdoors -Haliburton. Check the calendar for events and workshops.

Discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands. 

Family Tobogganing Day
Glebe Park and Haliburton Highlands Museum
December 28, 2013

Bring your whole family for an afternoon of tobogganing at Glebe Park. Warm-up with hot chocolate and treats inside the Haliburton Highlands Museum while you look at the displays. 

Stanhope Outdoor Ice Rink
Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall 
to February 28, 2014

Dorset Outdoor Ice Rink
Dorset Ice Palace
to February 28, 2014

Public Skating Haliburton
AJ LaRue Arena
Public skating is available most Sundays at the AJ LaRue Arena.

Minden Hills Public Skating
SG Nesbitt Arena Minden
Available every Sunday and Wednesday at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena.

Highlands Summer Festival Season Pass Sale 
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.













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. 

More information on Ontario's Highlands Destination






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ORO STATION



Hardwood Ski and Bike -Oro/Medonte

Hardwood Ski & Bike offers the ultimate Nordic skiing and snowshoeing experience in Ontario. Trail loops range from 5km to 22km and built for ALL levels. Rentals available on site

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 
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 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

  
Stay at Resorts in the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley area

Book Ottawa Hotels

More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination


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