Weekend and Holiday Break Family Fun Guide North of Toronto for December 20 - January 5, 2014

By Ontario Family Travel north of Toronto on December 18, 2013

Christmas Break Edition

It's a White Christmas! Families looking for kids winter fun this holiday season will find alot of it in snowy Winter Wonderland areas north of Toronto. Pack up the car with skis, snowboards, skates, toboggans, snowshoes or rent/borrow them where ever you are going. Either way, the perfect outdoor experience awaits your family. Kids attractions, special events and resorts are also offering great activities for your family this holiday break.

This week's playlist is a special Christmas Break Edition. In this blog you'll find events or activity suggestions for your kids and for your family during the school break and into the new year. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us!

It's not too late to run away for Christmas with the family! Stressed out? Do it, run away! Our resort and family accomodation members north of Toronto are ready to give your family the best Christmas or New Year's Eve getaway from home - complete with all of the traditions, all of the food and well, none of the work! Kids will be overjoyed at all they can do activity wise and will have the best memory of a great Christmas.

Winter sports and outdoor activities are top on the list for many kids, teens and families right now. The best ski resorts in Ontario have been open for business and are well on their way to another super season with lots of snow and great ski and snowboard weather. Several feet of perfect powder has been falling for weeks and the conditions are optimal for downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing and other outdoor winter recreational activities.

Day camps and ski school are option for working parents and families who live in or near these areas. These types of programs are great for keeping kids entertained and definitely promise kids fun!

This weekend's 'PLAY LIST'...

KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA:

These events are within 1-3 hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be within proximity or close to many of Ontario's 'cottage country'.

 ~ONTARIO~

FREE SKATING
Tim Horton's sponsors free public skating times at a number of community rinks north of Toronto and throughout Ontario! 

 ~BARRIE~

SNOW VALLEY RESORT
Open for skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing! Saturday December 21, night operation begins. Events happening over the break include New Year's special package and the Cloud 9 Experience movie. Click here for their Christmas Hours.

HORSESHOE RESORT & HMA KIDS PROGRAM
Skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and other winter fun! Get in the holiday spirit this season with Horseshoe Resort. Take the kids for Brunch with Santa, or give the gift of relaxation to mom as she unwinds with a peppermint pedicure. Celebrate New Years Eve and enjoy Live Music, Fireworks & fun for the whole family. See you at Horseshoe this season! Click here for their Holiday Family Specials including the Rodeo Rail Jam event and New Year's Eve Bash!

HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
Weekend hours are from 8 am to 5 pm including holidays. Complete Ski Shop offers the latest in clothing, waxes, equipment, and accessories for both recreational and performance skiers. The Chalet includes a great Cafe with a new menu featuring fresh and healthy food for the whole family. Check out the Rental Shop which offers the latest equipment for skate skiing, classic skiing and snowshoeing. Lessons and clinics for all ability levels are available. Click here for information about their New Year's Eve family friendly bash!

MACLAREN ART CENTRE
Enrich your childrens' days with art. Every child has the potential and needs the inspiration! Kids are never too young to learn art appreciation and be inspired themselves. Click here for information on art day camps.

Browse BARRIE HOTELS

~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~

FROST FRENZY
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 all month long!

HOLIDAY SCHOOL BREAK AT BMV
Daily fun for kids & parents alike at Blue Mountain Village! Click here for the daily schedule! Click here for information on Family New Year's Eve in the village.

SCENIC CAVES NORDIC CENTRE
Winter and Christmas holiday break activities include groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and traversing 420 feet over Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge.

BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Skiing and snowboarding are back! Click here for the latest snow conditions. If you’re wondering what there is to do at Blue Mountain when you aren’t skiing, you’ll be happy to know that your winter getaway can be filled with activity…even off the slopes with activities like skating, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Toboggan Tours, ATV's and the Plunge! Aquatic Centre.

WORLD SNOWPARK DAY PARTY at BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Get your party socks on for a solid day of jib-jamming fun! The park will be stocked with lots of swag giveaways, music, best tick jams & more. Skiers, it may be World Snowboard Day, but at Blue we spread the love. Come out and celebrate the kick-off to winter 2014.

CARVE THIS WAY
Starting on Thursday, December 27 and continuing until New Years Day, 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! 

Stay in COLLINGWOOD HOTELS

~BRACEBRIDGE~

SANTAFEST & THANK YOU SANTA Celebrate SantaFest & Thank Santa Events at Santa’s Village, Bracebridge Muskoka. SantaFest Days are December 21 to 23 and Thank Santa Day is December 28.Come celebrate winter and the joy of the season with Santa and his Elves!

 ~HALIBURTON~

SIR SAM'S SKI & BIKE

Get ready for a fantastic snow season ahead. Open for Holidays Beginning Friday, Dec, 20, 2013 when 11 runs & 4 lifts will be operating.

Browse Haliburton Attractions & Accommodations


~MIDLAND | PORT SEVERN~

DOWNTOWN SHOPS AND DOCKS
Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids and check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.

GUIDED CANOE OR KAYAK TOURS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times. Visit the Wye Marsh daily anytime for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, walking, hiking, chickadee feeding and to see Trumpeter Swans.

*Thursday December 27 the Wye Marsh is open late for evening ski or snowshoe (weather permitting)

MIDLAND CULTURAL CENTRE

Drop in to see what's going on or visit our website for the latest programs. Cafe Roxy is open for hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, light meals and snacks, wine and beer. Open Mic at the Cafe Saturdays at 2:00pm. The Atrium is available for small group meetings or a get together with family or friends. Check out the Battle of the High School Bands! Open to all area high school bands.

MIDLAND FARMERS' MARKET
Meet farmers and artisans and have a taste of Ontario, even in winter! Saturday mornings 9-1 at the North Simcoe Sport and Recreation Centre.

NEW YEAR'S BRUNCH
Celebrate the First Day of 2014! New Years Brunch at Christie's Mill! 10am and 12pm seating’s - reservations required .

HURONIA FOOD TRAIL
You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail.

Stay in MIDLAND HOTELS
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