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Sleigh Bells Ring with Yours Outdoors

Whether you’re someone that broke out the holiday tunes at the start of November, or someone who refuses to even hum a jingle before mid-December, we can’t deny the holiday season is officially kicking into gear. Soon, halls will be decked, snowmen will receive their corncob pipes and button noses, candles will be lit, and we’ll be happy to simply let it snow.

Sometimes we just need a little help embracing the holidays. Feel your festive spirit come to life and rediscover the joy of the season at one of these events taking place this month across Ontario’s Highlands.

Festival of Small Halls – Hall-iday Special

Location: Various Small Halls across Eastern Ontario
When: November 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8 & 20, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. (8:00 p.m. on December 20)

Deck the small halls and discover the community spirit at the heart of charming towns and villages across Ontario as big entertainment fills small venues at this hall-iday series. Become one with the crowd, lose yourself in the music, and laugh along until your stomach hurts at a show this winter.

North Pole Express

Location: Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario
When: December 1, 2018
Time: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

All aboard! Embrace the magic of the season as the North Pole Express rolls into the station at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario. Take a ride along snowy tracks, send a ‘Santagram’ to the North Pole with the help of a telegrapher, indulge in tasty treats and warm drinks, snap a pic with the jolly ol’ fellow himself, and get a jump on holiday shopping in the gift shop.

Haliburton County Farmers’ Market & Winter Festival

Location: Abbey Gardens – Haliburton, ON
When: December 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping as you wander through Abbey Gardens’ Food Hub, and a selection of local products like jewelry, pottery, baked goods, and preserves from vendors of the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market. Hop aboard a tractor-pulled wagon to head over to Santa’s Workshop where for just a donation, kids can meet the jolly old fella himself, decorate sugar cookies, and create Christmas crafts. Don’t forget to pick up a Christmas tree while you’re here to bring a piece of this season home with you.

Dickens & Dinner by Lamplight

Location: The Old Ormsby Schoolhouse – Ormsby, ON
When: December 1, 8, 15, 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Pull a chair up by the crackling fire and feel its warmth radiating from the vintage woodstove as oil lamps flicker and an original Rogers Majestic Radio crackles as Orson Wells’ voice is projected. After enjoying a full roast turkey dinner, you can sip your tea or coffee, indulge in some dessert, and travel back to 1938 as you listen to a narration of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Criamas Craziness

Location: Amazing Graze Alpacas – Stirling, ON
When: December 8 & 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There’s something extra special about a handmade present, but the sad truth is that we don’t all have the talent to make something great. Not only can you forego the macaroni frame this year and instead keep everyone on your list warm with hand-woven and hand-knit alpaca scarves, hats, shawls, and socks, but you can also meet sweet, fluffy alpacas – a win-win!

A Tweed and Company Christmas

Location: St. John’s United Church, Tweed
When: December 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Sway along to your favourite carols at this classic Christmas concert featuring Tweed & Company Performers backed by a five-piece band. With solos, ensembles, and choral pieces, this concert is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit and leave you humming jingles right up until the big day.

Sleigh Bells Ring with Yours Outdoors

Location: Essonville Line – Tory Hill, ON
When: Bookable December–March, with trips planned December 15, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Is there anything that screams Christmas more than dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh? How about a two-horse open sleigh? Climb aboard and listen to the stories of local character Irvin Holland as his horses pull you through forest, field, and a maple sugar bush before meeting the oh-so-entertaining resident donkey family. We dare you not to feel holly and jolly after this adventure.


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