Spark Joy & Fun This Holiday Season in Ontario’s Cottage Country

Parades, holiday trains, lighting festivals, concerts and more – the 2019 holiday entertainment season is underway just two hours north of Toronto!

Here is just a partial list of all the merriment you’ll find from now until Christmas Eve:

Santa Claus Parades 

43rd Annual Bala Santa Claus Parade November 16
Port Carling Santa Claus Parade November 16
2019 Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade November 23
Huntsville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Salta Claus Parade November 29
The Optimist Club of Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade November 30
Argyle Lions Santa Claus Parade November 30
73rd Annual Rotary Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade December 1
MacTier Santa Claus Parade December 7
Baysville Santa Claus Parade December 8
Sundridge Tree Lighting & Santa Claus Parade December 14

Holiday Celebrations 

Almaguin Highlands
Christmas Fun Fair November 30 
Christmas Begins In Kearney Festival December 7
Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Emsdale Community Centre December 21 

Santa’s Runway at the Fire Hall! December 24 

Muskoka
Tree Lighting at Port Sydney Community Hall November 24
Santa’s Festival of the Lights and Shopping Party November 29
Light Up Dwight Night November 30
Bala Trek to Bethlehem December 7
SantaFest at Santa’s Village December 7-8, 15-16, 21-22
Portage Flyer Christmas Train Ride to Santa December 21
Hidden Valley Torchlight Parade December 24

Parry Sound
Light up the Park Parry Sound November 22
CP Holiday Train in Parry Sound and Mactier November 29
Children’s Christmas Cookie Baking with Jimmy November 30
Foley Breakfast with Santa! December 14

Holiday Concerts 

Muskoka
Men of the Deeps: Christmas in the Mine December 1
Quartette Christmas Concert December 4
Elvis: Blue Christmas December 7
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens play) December 13
Good Lovelies Christmas 2019 December 13
A Christmas Carol December 13
A Christmas Carol December 14
Kyung-A Lee – Christmas Concert December 14

Parry Sound
Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas November 27
Sleigh Bells and Brass Christmas Concert December 1
Michelle Wright: A Wright Christmas December 6
Handle’s Messiah December 21

Holiday Markets and Workshops 

Almaguin Highlands
A Country Christmas Craft Show at the Burk’s Falls Legion November 2
Christmas Craft and Trade Show in Sprucedale November 2
10th Annual Sundridge Christmas Craft Sale November 23
Glass Etching Christmas Ornaments Workshop November 25
Armour Ryerson Burk’s Falls Agricultural Society Christmas Craft & Bake Sale November 29-30
Christmas Market at the Magnetawan Community Centre November 30
Glass Etching Christmas Ornaments Workshop December 4
Christmas Craft Sale at the Emsdale Community Centre December 7
Glass Etching Christmas Ornaments Workshop December 11
Glass Etching Christmas Ornaments Workshop December 18

Muskoka
Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market November 2
Muskoka Arts & Crafts Christmas Show & Sale November 15-17
Annual Holiday Market in Bracebridge November 23
Wreath Workshop at Let The Cat Go Fine Art and Craft Studio November 24
Huntsville Art Society’s Christmas Marketplace November 29 – December 1
Muskoka Truly Local Christmas Market November 30
Sawdust City Holiday Market November 30
Summerland Christmas Market November 30
Wine & Wreath-Making December 3
Small Works Christmas Show & Sale December 7
Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market Christmas Craft Show December 7
Make Your Own Gifts at Let The Cat Go Fine Art and Craft Studio December 7
Sandhill Nursery Seasonal Workshops November 7 – December 8
Create a Festive Dessert Tray December 10
Festive Christmas Cupcakes Workshop December 11

Parry Sound
McKellar Christmas Market November 16
Seventh Annual One-Of-A-Kind Christmas Artisan Show November 23-24

To plan your winter holiday getaway, click here.

Did we miss anything? Email jack@explorersedge.ca to add to this winter holiday list!

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