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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.

Tweed Festival of Trees 2017

Location: 617 Louisa Street – Tweed, ON
When: November 30-December 3, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Grab a warm drink and a delicious homemade cookie before weaving your way through this collection of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. For only $2.00, you can get lost in the magic of the season, while with the purchase of a raffle ticket, you can have a chance to bring home a piece of that magic. This is truly an event that will help your heart grow three sizes, with all proceeds donated to projects involving youth in the Municipality of Tweed.

Perth Festival of Lights

Location: Crystal Palace – Perth, ON
When: December 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Marvel at the contrast of bursting colours set against a dark sky as you stand surrounded by friends next to a roaring bonfire and watch fireworks explode over the Tay River. Experience a moment of surprise as the fireworks finish and the darkness of night begins to creep over the crowd, only to be replaced by more than 40 Christmas trees lighting the area and twinkling inside the Crystal Palace.

Move the celebration inside to the Mason Theatre at 7:30pm to experience A Christmas Time with the Ennis Sisters. You’ll be lulled into the Christmas spirit as you sway to their buttery harmonies, and listen in awe to the power of their voices. This event sold out last year, so be sure to grab your tickets early!

Light Up the Night Almonte

Location: Main Street – Almonte, ON
When: December 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.

This celebration truly shows Almonte’s community spirit and signals that the festive winter season has officially begun. Gather with the young and young at heart to have your breath taken away as fireworks light up the night sky, hot cider and hot chocolate warm you from the inside out, and the sounds from the open-air wintry concert dance through the air. The crowds will be swaying along to artists like Kelli Trottier, Neville Wells, and Johnny Spinks, and children of all ages will watch in amazement as The Snow Queen and her Twinkle Fairies wave their magic wands and bring Santa Claus to the stage.

Haliburton County Farmers’ Market & Winter Festival

Location: Abbey Gardens – Haliburton, ON
When: December 2, 2017
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 2, 9, 16, 22 & 23, 2017
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 9 & 16, 2017
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!

Christmas in the Village

Location: Petawawa Heritage Village – Petawawa, ON
When: December 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This is an evening straight out of an old-timey Christmas classic. Experience a historical Christmas complete with carollers, a crackling bonfire, popcorn stringing, home baked cookies, and of course old St. Nick himself. As night falls, you can wander the grounds and wonder at the twinkling lights throughout.

Sleigh Bells Ring with Yours Outdoors

Location: Essonville Line – Tory Hill, ON
When: Available December – March with a special ride planned December 23, 2017
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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