Ontario Kids family events north of Toronto for December 14-16

Festival of Lights

 

Here we are mid-December already. Happy Hannukah to all – dates are December 8 – 16. Hope you are enjoying the nice warm glow of the candles on the menorah, singing songs and enjoying some nice family time.

The excitement of kids everywhere is in the air as we near Christmas with each day. Santa Claus parades are pretty much wrapped up but Santa does have a few more appointments before heading back to the North Pole!

More intimate and personal holiday shopping experiences also continue at crafts shows, art sales, farmers’ market and small town downtowns. We encourage families to support smaller local business during their holiday shopping. The items are better, sometimes handmade and by doing this, you are supporting family, friends and neighbours.

For skiers (downhill and Nordic) and boarders as well as all around snow recreation lovers – the following ski operators are open for business (collective “Yahoo”)! Many of these places have downhill and cross-country skiing, tubing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Check directly with the operator for activities and hours of operation. Rental equipment is also available.

Horseshoe Valley – Barrie
Hardwood Ski and Bike – Barrie
Blue Mountain – Blue Mountains
Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike – Haliburton

Family and kids events North of Toronto

Eat, Chat and Pose with Santa Claus!

Alliston
Brunch with Santa:
Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston – Sunday Brunch. 

Barrie
Family Art Workshop:
(Sunday) Regional artist leads the whole family in creating hands-on collaborative art projects with a wide range of materialsat the MacLaren Art Centre.

Songs for a Snowy Season: The Barrie Folk Society presents a fun concert with a great trio of women – Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala. Appropriate for older mature children or teens.

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Collingwood/Blue Mountains
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!

Winter Gift Show & Sale: Paintings, photographs, pottery, hand-made clothing, jewellery, sculpture and Carvings, furniture, glass works and more.

Blue Mountain Village

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Midland
Farmers’ Market:
Midland’s Indoor Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is held every Saturday from November 3, 2012 to March 30, 2013 at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre.

Heritage Christmas Crafts: Fun afternoon of Christmas craft making for the kids at the Midland Public Library.

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Owen Sound
Festival of Northern Lights:
Enjoy the beauty of Owen Sound in the Christmas season each evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., as 25+ kilometres of lights illuminate the harbour, the Sydenham riverbanks, the downtown core, and Harrison Park.

Paisley
By Our Hands One of a Kind Show:
By Our Hands is a very high quality one of a kind show and is now in its 5th consecutive year Time: 10:00 AM to  6:00 PM. 

Penetanguishene
Rotary Festival of Trees:
View the beautiful display of decorated tress which will magically tranform three participating malls into a Winter Wonderland.

Breakfast with Santa: Join the fun at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives for only $5 per person.

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Port Carling
Come Try Hockey:
For boys and girls age 5-13. Sundays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Trees and Lights – Kids Delights!

Sudbury
Festival of Lights:
Science North Parking Lot.

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Stay tuned to 411ontariokids.com for all the events, activities and getaway planning a family needs.

Ontario Family Friendly Accommodations have some great packages and promotions that make getting away in the winter as a family not only fun, but most importantly, affordable. See our featured 15 family winter getaways. Resorts, condos, chalet, cabin rentals are combined with snow activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, tobagganing and even sleigh rides with sleigh bells!

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