Catch the Festive Spirit

Hey there December, you kind of snuck up on us! It seems like just yesterday we were cruising the backroads chasing the glory of Fall’s vibrancy, gasping as we turned each corner and feasted our eyes on yet another new vantage point of colours. And yet here we are, embarking on the last month of the 2016. I’ll be honest December, you’ve been quite the tease in the past. You’re hot and cold, up and down, white then green again. You’ve always kept us guessing, but one thing is for certain, the festive season is now upon us.

It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it; bright lights, hot cocoa, the smell of pine, sparkling decorations, warm smiles, magical music, sugar cookies, clementines, woollen mittens, fruit cake, loved ones and laughter. I could go on and on, there is so much to cherish and celebrate. Whether you’re bundling up and lining a small town main street awaiting Santa’s arrival, warming by the fire after a horse drawn sleigh ride, shopping with a special someone in mind, or basking in the sounds and smells of the season, it’s hard not to get caught up in the festive spirit. Don’t fight it, let it engulf you and take you on jovial journey.

It’s such a magical time of the year, let the memory making begin in Ontario’s Highlands begin…

Dickens & Dinner by Lamplight at The Old Ormsby Schoolhouse

Just take a moment to imagine this; you’re enjoying a plate brimming with the fixings of a complete roasted turkey dinner in a restored one room school house that is lit only by oil lamps as the crackling fire radiates from the vintage wood stove. After dinner, as you sip your tea, Orson Wells’ voice resonates through the original Rogers Majestic Radio as he narrates Charles Dickens’ one and only ‘A Christmas Carol’ and you are immediately brought back to the year 1938. It’s an evening you won’t soon forget isn’t it?

Don’t just imagine it, live it.
December 3, 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2016 – 6p.m.

Christmas in the Valley at The Petawawa Heritage Village

What would Christmas be without a visit with Santa in the stables and the opportunity to sit with him in his sleigh before roasting marshmallows on a campfire at the Trapper Cabin. As night falls, take a sleigh ride and stroll the grounds to see the lights of Christmas shining bright while Carollers fill the air with classics.

The cost is simply a donation, which I am told you leave with reindeer at the gate! December 11, 2016 – 2p.m.to 7p.m.

Criamas Craziness at Amazing Grace Alpaca’s

Meet the sweetest, fluffiest creatures and finish your Christmas shopping at the same time! Who wouldn’t be pumped to receive a handwoven and handknit alpaca scarf, hat, shawl or socks on Christmas morning? I mean, everyone’s gotta keep warm this winter. Plus, there is something so satisfying about gifting local goods. #ShopLocal

December 10 & 17, 2016 – 10a.m. to 4p.m.

For a good laugh, check out the Santa 5km Run in Carleton Place. Hundreds on Santa’s don their red and white and head downtown for a great cause. All money raised from this event supports the Carleton Place & Distract Memorial Hospital. Giving back just feels so good this time of year!

December 11th, 2016 – 2p.m.

Christmas Eve Sleigh Ride with Yours Outdoors

Start your Christmas off by dashing through the snow on a two horse open sleigh. Listen to the stories of local character Irvin Holland as his horses take you through a (hopefully frosted with white snow) forest and field with his trusty team, Jack and Ginnie. While there, be sure to visit the oh so entertaining family of donkeys.

The festive spirit is the one thing in the air you DO want to catch this year! So open your arms, breathe deep and feel your soul warm instantly.

Happy Wandering,
The Wanderer

The Wanderer

Chasing my desire for unrehearsed days and unexpected moments across Ontario's Highlands.

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