*When wandering in Ontario’s Highlands, please be aware of any local travel restrictions and guidelines. Vaccine passports accompanied by photo identification are currently required to enter some businesses.
The holidays just don’t seem like the holidays without taking part in some fun community events. We miss seeing friends and neighbours during these once-a-year community gatherings – but not this year! From the musically festive “Deck the Halls” live music in small halls across Ontario’s Highlands to community craft fairs, you won’t be bored this holiday season.
Read on to find a few fun holiday-themed events that will inject a little holiday cheer into your life.
When: Dec. 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12, 2021 at 3 p.m.
Where: Tweed, Westmeath and Pakenham
If you’re a fan of the Festival of Small Halls’ annual forays into community gathering places across Ontario’s Highlands, this holiday alternative will brighten your December. The Festival is presenting ‘Deck the Small Halls,’ an intimate line-up of heart-warming performances that includes Juno-award winning and talented musicians. Order your tickets before they sell out to catch one of these fabulously festive performances (pro tip: these tickets would make a great gift!).
- Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Tweed, featuring Sam Winters
- Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Westmeath, featuring Royal Wood with Sam Drysdale
- Dec. 12, 3 p.m.: Pakenham, featuring Royal Wood with Sam Drysdale
When: Nov. 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (all day)
Where: Crystal Palace, Downtown Perth
Get your holiday shopping started off on the right foot in beautiful downtown Perth! The town of Perth is famous for its annual Festival of Good Cheer and the ladies being lining up early to get their goodie bags (pro tip: get there before 9 a.m. to line up). Listen to live entertainment as you wander the old-fashioned downtown that looks like it’s straight out of a holiday postcard.
When: Nov. 27, 2021, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Nick Smith Centre, Arnprior
Oh craft fairs, we have missed you! The Arnprior Christmas Craft Fair is one for the books, with over 20 local crafters and vendors to choose from. You can even grab a quick meal from Sandee’s Country Kitchen canteen to amp up the festive atmosphere. Please note proof of vaccination is required.
When: Nov. 27, 2021, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Haliburton Legion and Online
This annual event has a good cause – funds raised through the event go to Fuel for Warmth, an organization dedicated to making sure no one goes cold each winter. You may be able to watch live if you are on the ball – tickets go on sale Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at Upriver Trading Co. in Minden, and Glecoff’s Family Store in Haliburton. Only 100 tickets will be available for the live show. You can also watch virtually as local performers entertain and remind us all to give a little more this year. The show can be watched from Fuel for Warmth or through the Facebook page.
When: Dec. 4, 2021, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area
Experience an old fashioned Christmas at the log cabin and visitor centre at O’Hara Mill Homestead. Wander through the property before or after the event, then warm up by browsing the Corner Store for fun local gift ideas.
When: Dec. 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Almonte Old Town Hall, Almonte
Launch into the festive season with a holiday performance that will create memories. Montreal Guitare Trio is one of the hottest ensembles in Canada, and worth a drive to listen to their renditions of classic Christmas music, like The Nutcracker, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
When: Nov. 5 to 7 and Nov. 12 to 14, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 12 Bursthall Street, Marmora
This holiday market coincides with the Heart of Hastings Christmas Tour and is yet another venue where you can find some cool local finds for the perfect gifts. Find local pottery, jewellery, live-edge woodworking, soaps, honey, coffees and more.
When: Nov. 5 to 7 and Nov. 12 to 14, 2021
Where: Various locations in Hastings County
Get into the festive spirit with this driving Christmas tour through the heart of Hastings County. Visit more than 13 stops in three towns featuring lovely local shops and eateries. Find some of your new favourite places in Hastings and cross some people off your shopping list at the same time. Check out their map to find the ideal starting and ending location.