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november 16, 2021

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Holiday & Christmas events in Ontario

The weather is colder, the days are shorter, and the nights are darker.  What better way to cheer up then by stretching out the festive activities for as long as humanly possible?  Ontarians are great at celebrating despite the dark, cold days and this year feels extra special after how lockdowns affected the Holidays last year.  This year Ontario is back in action and open to make memories with friends and family.  Let’s remember that all we have is the present moment, get out there and enjoy it!

Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain (Central Ontario)

article1nov162021.jpgFrom November 19th to January 2nd the beautiful Blue Mountain Village is transformed into an illuminated, joyful holiday environment hosting tons of events all season long.  Take a stroll down the 1km light trail, shop, dine at some incredible restaurants, and take in the overall cheer in the air.  Head to Blue Mountain’s event calendar to see what’s going on each day for their Holiday Magic in the village!.

Distillery District Winter Village (Greater Toronto Area)

article2nov162021.jpgToronto’s most epic outdoor Holiday market is back in 2021- Distillery District Winter Village.  Visit the cute booths set up that are selling artisanal goods and stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Distillery District.  The area is impeccably decorated to suit the season, complete with lights, a huge tree, live entertainment, restaurants, shops and more.  This is one of our favourite holiday traditions, make sure to visit before Dec 31st!

Seasky International Light Show (Niagara Region)

article3nov162021.jpgCrafted by Artisans, this incredible light exhibit showcases scenes of nature, animals, festive displays and Chinese culture.  Seasky International Light Show is a 1.2 km trail of spectacular LED technology and has been showcased in over 40 countries.  It’s now come to Niagara and is here until February 27th.  This is the perfect place to take the family to create some beautiful memories.

Owen Sound Festival of Northern Lights (Southwestern Ontario)

article4nov162021.jpgThe Festival of Northern Lights is a beautiful event that takes place yearly in Owen Sound with 400 displays and over 25 kilometres of beautiful light displays that illuminate the harbour, the Sydenham riverbanks, the downtown core, and Harrison Park.  Owen Sound’s Festival of Northern Lights will begin on November 20th and will shine nightly from 5 pm – 10 pm.  The opening celebration on November 20th will start with music and dancing at 6 PM and the festival and fireworks at 7 pm!

River of Lights (Eastern Ontario)

article5nov162021.jpgThe River of Lights is back!  Every night from 5:00 – 11:00 PM starting on Nov 27th there will be a free, family-friendly light show on Blockhouse Island in Brockville, Ontario.  Turn your radio to 88.1 to enjoy the show from the comfort of your car!  The full show is 50 minutes long.  The show was designed to attract visitors to Brockville, so while you’re there why not grab some local snacks to enjoy in your car-ride and stop to support a few local businesses.

Ottawa Christmas Market (Ottawa Region)

article6nov162021.jpgOttawa’s European Christmas Market is the perfect place to get into the holidays spirit.  This event attracts up to 100,000 visitors over the course of the month and boasts over 35 vendors.  Get yourself a warm drink and delicious food at the traditional style kiosks at this holiday market.  This is a free and family-friendly event that will have shopping, live music, performers, vendors, and a whole lot of festive spirit. Check the schedule for dates and programming!


Featured Events

The niagara falls christmas market

On until Dec.19th
Queen St, Niagara Falls, Ontario

featuredevents1nov162021.jpgThe 2021 Niagara Falls Christmas Market will be the biggest Christmas market that the region has seen!  Taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays until Dec.19th there will be 50 vendors selling handmade goods!  There will also be light displays, choirs, Santa’s sleigh and beautiful Christmas décor lining the streets.

stanley’s christmas village

Opens November 17th, reserve online
Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm
2452 York's Corners Rd, Edwards, ON K0A 1V0

featuredevents2nov162021.jpgYour visit will begin by being greeted by an Elf and taking a tractor drawn sleigh ride through the forest to Christmas Village!  Once you’re in the village enjoy games, songs and a cozy bon-fire, take pictures with Santa himself, visit farm animals, and shop!

Magic of lights

Wesley Clover Parks, Ottawa, Ontario
Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2021

featuredevents3nov162021.jpgThe Magic of Lights is a drive-thru dazzling light display that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car.  Digital animations, music, holiday scenes, and characters will all be on display at Wesley Clover Parks.  Book online and you can even pre-buy festive merchandise to up the experience.

Contest Announcement: Bayview Wildwood Resort

featurednov162021.jpgEnter our Ontario Staycation contest to win an unforgettable trip for 4 to Bayview Wildwood Resort including accommodations, breakfasts & dinners daily, and use of all resort amenities and activities!  Just picture yourself and 3 friends or family on this beautiful lake making memories.  Check our Instagram page on November 22nd for the announcement and details on how to enter.  For more information, check out our contest page.


only in ontario

onlyinontnov162021.jpg The Giant Soo Baseball
Did you know that Ontario is home to a giant baseball that is 40x the size of the average person?  This giant roadside baseball is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and weighs 3,900-kilograms, took 500 hours to weld together, and is 3-metres tall.  Since this baseball was installed in 2004, it’s become a roadside attraction and a must-stop at for any travelling baseball teams!

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