Even with a little rain and warmer temps, snow fun and winter recreation carry on in areas north of Toronto.
A couple more ski and board operators will be opening this weekend, which rounds up the following places as options for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, down-hill skiing and snowboarding.
*We definitely recommed last minute calls to check and be sure they are operating - there is alot of rain forecast in the next few days, turning into snow by Friday. *
If your family has not been to a Santa Claus Parade, time is quickly running out. Santa must get back to prepare for his journey and these are the last weekends for most SC parades.
This weekend you can find SC Parades and Tree Lightings in -
Dec. 6 SOUTHAMPTON Santa Claus Parade
Dec. 7 COLDWATER Santa Claus Parade
Dec. 7 PENETANGUISHENE Mayor's Tree Lighting
Dec. 7 KINCARDINE Santa Claus Parade
Dec. 7 MEAFORD Santa Claus Parade
Dec. 7 BANCROFT Santa Claus Parade
Dec. 7 WIARTON Santa Claus Parade
Dec. 7 KINMOUNT Christmas in the Village
Dec. 8 & 15 ALLISTON Brunch with Santa
You can visit our website if you're more in the mood for shopping. Craft shows and holiday bazaars also continue this weekend. Festivals of Lights and Festivals of Trees are good events to do on a family's schedule at your own pace. The whole family can enjoy a nice evening stroll before bedtime and then fall asleep dreaming of all those twinking lights, that's holiday magic.
Families looking for Christmas and New Year's Eve Getaways in beautiful resort areas north of Toronto, should check out out list of family friendly getaways that include all the wonderful traditions of the holidays with alot less work!
We are very excited to announce our new 400eleven.com and 411ontariokids.com APP ~
This APP is very convenient listing events, last minute getaway links and other fun travel north of Toronto related useful information. When on the move, this is an easy way to see what's going on! Great for cottagers, day trippers and getaway travellers and even locals! The APP is available from iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon, you can find links here ~
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'.
FESTIVE BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Head to the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston - bring your kids, your appetite and your camera for a festive brunch with Santa!
CHRISTMAS WITH THE NEIGHBOURS
Snow Valley is proud to offer a festive evening of Dining, Dancing & Festive Cheer! Our snow-covered property is ideal for escaping the city streets and is a perfect location for relaxing by our beautiful wood burning fireplaces. Our decorated chalet is exploding with Christmas Cheer and Holiday Joy.
SNOW VALLEY RESORT
Open for skiing and snowboarding for the weekend!
FAMILY ART WORKSHOP
Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren. Regional artist Annie Aspden and guest artists will lead creative projects that families can complete together. Sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited.
HORSESHOE RESORT & ADVENTURE PARK
Fun for the family with the Zip Lining and Treetop Trekking course; build your golf skills and challenge the family to a round of Mini Putt, or explore the Copeland Forest on Segway. Families can also have fun mountain biking on forest trails.
HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
No trails ready yet, but the store is open for trail pass and gear sales. Christmas Shopping for the ski and bike loving family member!
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.
Browse BARRIE HOTELS
~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~
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!
SCENIC CAVES NORDIC CENTRE
Winter activities include groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and traversing 420 feet over Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge.
*December 2 – December 19, 2013* To celebrate the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre early season opening, we’re offering an opening special for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Monday – Friday: trail passes are just $10; Saturday & Sunday: trail passes are just $15. Because the weather and trail conditions continue to be highly changeable at this time of year, the trails will be open depending on conditions. Please check the Collingwood weather forecast and detailed trail report quick links at the bottom right of the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures website for daily details: www.sceniccaves.com. Or, please call: (705) 446-0256 ext. 223 before you head out.
VILLAGE ACTIVITIES AT BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
Scavenger hunts and other kids and family fun happening daily in Blue Mountain Village.
SKIING & ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Slopes re-open December 5. 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.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CLAUS
Join Cranberry Resort in Collingwood for Breakfast with Santa! Colouring Contests, Cookie Decorating and much more! And of course, a visit from Santa.
Stay in COLLINGWOOD HOTELS
SANTA'S MOONLIGHT SHOPPING PARTY
Featuring the Festival of Lights,Downtown Bracebridge.
SIR SAM'S SKI & BIKE
Get ready for a fantastic snow season ahead. Snowmaking has begun with a projected Opening Day of Saturday, December 7, 2013. Weather permitting.
Browse Haliburton Attractions & Accommodations
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
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.
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.
MIDLAND FARMERS' MARKET
Meet farmers and artisans and have a taste of Ontario, even in winter! Saturday morning 9-1 at the North Simcoe Sport and Recreation Centre.
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
MORE Midland Tourism Region
Have a fun and weekend.