The first snowfall of winter sets the stage for a magical new season that starts in Collingwood on November 19 and 20. Rediscover the magic of small-town Christmas traditions with your family and friends with all kinds of fun activities and great shopping in this historic, harbourfront community.
Here are 10 great reasons to visit downtown Collingwood to start your Christmas:
1. It just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit with Santa's reindeer-in-training. Be sure to bring the kids by Town Hall between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday to meet Santa's reindeer-in-training. Their keepers will be on-site to answer questions about Santa's special training techniques he uses to prepare for the big night.
2. Shop for gifts at the Collingwood Christmas Market from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. You'll find a wonderful selection of vendors to help you find that perfect something for everyone on your list! Expect to see delicacies from many of the summer Collingwood Farmers' Market vendors plus a plethora of handmade items and artwork. Just follow the sound of the holiday music and traditional carollers to this memorable Christmas market.
3. Sip on some mulled wine. Enjoy this holiday tradition on the patio at the Tremont Cafe in the very heart of the Collingwood Christmas Market.
4. View live Nutcracker dancers in storefronts along Hurontario Street from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Collingwood Downtown is rich with design, fashion and home decor stores, as well as a great array of art galleries and restaurants, each featuring a unique expression of the celebrated Nutcracker ballet by Fleet-Wood Dancentre.
5. Enjoy kids activities on Simcoe Street. Bring your kids to the Library for free ornament making from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. While you're inside, enjoy the library's great selection of kids' books, or walk across the street to the Simcoe Street Theatre to take in a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, by Sandcastle Theatre. Choose from two shows on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
6. Sip on apple cider around a crackling fire. While you browse the Christmas Market, be sure to get some delicious apple cider at the Farm to Table Kitchen and Market on Simcoe Street. Then meander to the fire crackling beside the nearby Tremont Cafe. Don't forget visit the artists on the second floor of Tremont Studios!
7. Cheer on the Santa Claus Parade. At 5:00 p.m. - the anticipation will begin as the annual Santa Claus parade makes it way north along Hurontario Street from Hume to First Street. The parade will feature floats and music, highlighting the joys of Christmas. The Parade will finish with the jolly old elf arriving in his very special sleigh.
Santa and the rest of the parade down the street towards the Town's Christmas
tree and watch as Santa and the Town of Collingwood celebrate the official Christmas
Tree Lighting Ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season
in Downtown Collingwood.
9. Gaze at the dazzling fireworks as they mark the official beginning of the holiday season following the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Hurontario Street and north towards the harbour will be great for viewing the fireworks.
10. On Sunday, settle in at Simcoe Street Theatre and enjoy Michael Bell sings a Buble Christmas. The Michael Bell Quartet performs on Sunday November 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Don't forget to shop the Christmas Market happening right next door from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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