Visit Downtown Orillia for the Holidays

Visit Downtown Orillia for the Holidays

The holidays are approaching and Downtown Orillia is ready to ensure you can find all the gifts on your shopping list while experiencing the charms of a historic downtown alit with twinkling lights, dining experiences and celebrating the magic of the season.

Save the dates on these upcoming holiday events and experiences!


Black Friday’s Half-priced Downtown Dollars
November 25, 9am to 5pm

Take advantage of outrageous specials throughout the Downtown! Downtown Orillia is once again offering half off Downtown Dollars (while quantities last). These will go on sale at 9am in our new office location in the Creative Nomad Studios building at 23 Mississaga St W. Signage will be placed outside the building regarding where to line up to purchase your Downtown Dollars! The Downtown office is now accepting debit and credit, as well as cash in exchange for Downtown Dollars. Check out our website and social media channels for a list of specials going on in our downtown stores!

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Candlelight Parade
November 18 at 7pm

Bring the Christmas spirit to life as we light up the downtown! Join the countdown to light the Opera House tree, enjoy free hot chocolate & treats plus meet SANTA! The Candlelight Parade will begin at the Legion, promptly at 7pm, so please get there early to pick up your candles before the parade starts.

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Santa Claus Parade
November 19 at 5pm

Once again, the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce will be running the Santa Claus Parade! A historic Orillia tradition, this is the largest Christmas parade North of Toronto! Featuring over 100 floats, bands, and Santa himself, this is a great way to ring in the holiday season!

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Orillia Christmas Market
November 25, 5pm to 9pm
November 26, 10am to 5pm

Creative Nomad Studios and the Downtown Management Board invite you to rediscover a traditional Christmas in an non-traditional way! Stay tuned here as we announce all the exciting Vendors, Events and Partner Events that you can experience for 2022! Come and visit the Christmas Market and then our vibrant downtown stores, restaurants and galleries, and admire the window displays and Christmas specials. Enjoy finding just the right gifts for your loved ones, visit Santa and more.

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Rustica Pizza Vino’s 3rd Annual Christmas Night Market
Rustica Pizza Vino, Orillia


Free Photos with Santa
November 26 (In the Orillia Christmas Market)

The Downtown Orillia Management Board in collaboration with December Sun, The Orillia Public Library, Manticore Books and Creative Nomad Studios are thrilled to host a Free Christmas Photos with Santa event. This is a Free event, but we do ask that you bring a canned food donation for our local food bank. Our event will held on November 26th from 10am -2pm , on the second floor of Creative Nomad Studios during the Orillia Christmas Market.  This event will allow you to pre-register from 10-11:30am, or drop in from 11:30am-2:00pm.  If you would like to pre-register/book your timeslot please click here. During the photos the Orillia Public Library will be hosting a free Holiday Craft activity for your children to participate in! We will have beverages, crafts, a small gift and good ol’ Saint Nick! We cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces on November 26th.

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Discover Downtown Goosechase
November 19 to December 31

To satisfy your shopping needs, while having some fun with friends and family, join in on an entertaining downtown scavenger hunt during the festive season. Goosechase is an online platform that allows participants to have fun while completing missions for points and prizes – all while getting your seasonal shopping done. Six weekly prizes over the course of the game will have a value of $300 and if you complete all 50 missions you could win the Grand Prize worth $1,000 in Downtown Dollars!

To play, download the free Goosechase app and compete in a team or as an individual by using the game code LK57EP.

Orillia’s program will feature 50 missions that can be completed anytime from Nov. 19 to Dec. 31, 2022. Each mission is worth different points and whoever has the most points by Dec. 31 will win a grand prize. There are also six weekly prizes for completing certain tasks within the week. You can visit the Goosechase website for more information on this engaging game that’s fun for all ages.

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Rustica Pizza Vino’s 3rd Annual Christmas Night Market
December 9 and 16, from 5pm to 9pm

Stop by the heated Rustica patio to shop incredible local vendors, grab a bite to eat, and celebrate the holidays!
Reservations for dining in are required.

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And don’t forget, Free Parking in the Municipal Lots is happening once again this year from November 18th until January 3rd, 2023!


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