Canadian Ice Fishing Expo
Date: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
Location: Barrie – Barrie Molson Centre - 555 Bayview Drive
Details: The 2-day, open-to-public consumer show will be packed with fantastic features that guests will not want to miss! There will be many things for your family to enjoy together!

SantaFest 2018
Date: Saturday, December 8 to Sunday, December 23
Location: Bracebridge – Santa’s Village - 1624 Golden Beach Road
Details: Santa’s back in town for a few days this December! Enjoy a fun filled Winter Edition of SantaFest –with some of Santa’s favourite winter activities like horse drawn wagon rides, gingerbread cookie decorating, ornament making, marshmallow roasting, and who could forget – a visit with Santa himself! Admission includes a gingerbread cookie to decorate, marshmallow roasting and a Christmas craft for all children. Last Chance to visit with Santa before Christmas! Please note that this event does not include the regular summer rides and attractions.

Celebrate Christmas
Date: Friday, December 7 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Bradford - BWG Leisure Centre - 471 West Park Avenue
Details: The event begins at 6:00pm with a tree lighting ceremony outside the BWG Leisure Centre in Sunshine
Square. Activities take place inside the BWG Leisure Centre with pictures with Santa Claus from 6:30-8:30pm, sponsored by KJ Sikkema Photography and Leisure Skating from6:30-8:15pm. Eventparticipants will also have the opportunity to make holiday crafts and decorate cupcakes upstairs in the Multi-purpose room.

Coldwater Mill Christmas Market
Date: Fridays: December 7, December 14, December 21
Location: Coldwater - Coldwater Mill - 1 Mill St
Details: Join us in a Victorian Themed Old Fashioned Christmas hosted by the Coldwater Mill and the Coldwater Library. Visit local handmade, handcrafted vendors, in a picture perfect Village on the River. This year's theme is Victorian and we are having a Costume Contest! Best Victorian Family, Best Victorian Gentleman, and Best Victorian Lady. Have your picture or selfie taken on the Christmas Sleigh at the Library.

12th Annual Christmas Open House
Date: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
Location: Cookstown - Dickey Bee Honey - 4031 3rd Line
Details: Tour the showroom, honeyhouse, teaching facility, shop & museum. Visit and take pictures with Santa.
There will be complimentary fresh baked goods and refreshments for you! Christmas baskets and lots of gift ideas will also be available at the Open House.

8th Annual Christmas Market
Date: Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Meaford - Meaford Hall - 12 Nelson St E
Details: The 8th Annual Christmas Markets return to Meaford! Unique gifts and one of kind treasures, delicious edibles and beautiful hand-made local arts and crafts. Make this holiday season truly special with the 8th Annual Christmas Market, brought to you by the Meaford Farmers’ Market.

8th Annual Christmas Home Tour
Date: Saturday, December 8 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Midland – 5 different homes throughout Midland
Details: It's the 8th Annual Christmas Home Tour, presented by the Midland Heritage Committee. Five houses will be on the Tour and local retailers will be decorating their houses. Light refreshments will be provided! Join us on a magical tour of Christmas past in beautifully decorated homes. Bring your slippers and your Christmas spirit! Proceeds from this event will help the Midland Heritage Committee promote and preserve our Town’s rich and unique heritage.

Festival in the Park
Date: Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Owen Sound - Harrison Park - 75 2nd Ave East
Details: Come join us for this annual family fun event. There will be wagon rides to Santa's cottage, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, petting zoo, pony rides, games, bannock cooked over an open fire, fire trucks, and Festival Food (hot dogs and chili).

Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas
Date: Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Location: Thornbury - Various locations throughout Thornbury
Details: Stroll through our historic main street and see the beautifully decorated windows and shop interiors; have a
delicious meal at one of our outstanding restaurants; discover why Thornbury is known for its warm
welcome and special charm! Join in the fun of the holiday season, with activities and excitement for the
whole family.

8th Annual Christmas Markets
Date:      Friday, November 30 to Saturday, December 22
Location: Meaford - Meaford Hall - 12 Nelson Street East
Details:    The Meaford Farmers' Market presents the 8th Annual Christmas Markets. This market will feature numerous vendors which will showcase unique gifts and one of kind treasures, delicious edibles and beautiful hand-made local arts and crafts.

Santa Visits
Date:      Saturday, December 1 to Saturday, December 22
Location: Collingwood - Town Hall - Hurontario Street
Details:    This Christmas season all kids (big and small) will have an opportunity to visit with Santa in his big sleigh when he comes to downtown Collingwood. Santa will be available for all to give him their wish lists beside town hall from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.  He will be here on all the Saturdays leading up to his big night. There will also be a special surprise every Saturday.  Santa's reindeer in training will be joining Santa at town hall.
After you've given your list to Santa, explore some of the 80 + boutique shops and artisans that downtown Collingwood has to offer.  Bursting with gift ideas, you never know what you will find.  Then reward yourself with something to please your palette from one of more than thirty restaurants.

4th Annual Coldwater Mill Christmas Market
Date:      Friday, November 30 to Friday, December 21
Location: Coldwater – Coldwater Mill - 1 Mill Street
Details:    Friday evenings, The Coldwater Mill and Library host the 4th Annual Christmas Market. An old fashioned Christmas Market, featuring beautiful one of a kind, handmade gifts. 6-8:30pm. Shop the participating Downtown Merchants during their Christmas Hours. We invite you to come out and enjoy a traditional Christmas experience in a historic setting.

Victorian Christmas
Date:      Tuesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 23
Location: Owen Sound - Bishop House: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site - 948 3rd Avenue West
Details:    See the Billy Bishop Home & Museum decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Open House - Sunday November 25 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Family friendly crafts and seasonal refreshments available. Victorian Christmas Teas - $10 per ticket Thursday - November 29, December 6th and 13th with sittings at 1:30pm and 3:00pm Christmas pudding served with warm caramel sauce.

Christmas Weekend Festivities at Drysdale's Tree Farm
Date:      Saturday, November 17 – to Monday December 24 (weekends 10am to 4pm)
Location: Egbert – Drysdale’s Tree Farm - 6635 Simcoe Road 56
Details:    Cut-your-own Christmas tree season starts November 17th this year! Bring out the whole family and enjoy a wagon ride around the farm, have a visit with Santa, and enjoy a hot chocolate by the roaring bonfire! And of course, get your perfect Christmas tree, and some unique ornaments to cover it! Activities run from 10-4pm each weekend starting Nov. 17.  Fresh fallen snow, jingle bells on horses, the scent of fresh Christmas trees filling the crisp winter’s air and a smile from old Saint Nick. Drysdale’s the Holiday Tradition Since 1945.

Peeling Back the Layers: Apples in Grey County Exhibit
Date:      September 29 to May 25
Location: Owen Sound – Grey Roots Museum & Archive - 102599 Grey Road 18, RR4
Details:    Pick your way through the delicious history of apples with this Grey Roots original exhibit! Discover the industry from cooperages to cider. Test out tools and examine the science of seeds. Play and learn in the market area. Bring the whole family to explore why Grey County is such a sweet area for apple agriculture!

The Ontario Travel Information Centre is at Mapleview Drive and Highway 400 in Barrie. They are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit www.ontariotravel.net for more.

 


 

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