Holiday High Teas, Activities, & Shows to Experience this Season

Holiday High Teas, Activities, & Shows to Experience this Season

As we get closer to the December, Orillia and Lake Country begins to shine with holiday spirit. From remarkable light displays to one of the largest Christmas events north of Toronto, the region is lit up with exciting and memorable events for the entire family to enjoy this season.

Here’s what’s on in OLC for the holidays this year:

Orillia Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, November 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Downtown Orillia

Join us at the 118th annual Orillia Santa Claus Parade November 18 in downtown Orillia! The largest Christmas parade North of Toronto, this parade features over 100 floats, bands, and of course, Santa himself to usher in the season!

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Light up the Beer Garden at Quayle’s

Friday, November 24 at
Quayle’s Brewery, Oro-Medonte

Join us in Lighting up our Beer Garden on November 24 to shine a light on the amazing people and businesses in our local community. Each tree has been sponsored by a local business, raising money for the Tree Sponsorship Program which donates to the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program. This program provides a “Christmas to remember” with food, necessities and gifts for local families in need.

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A Coldwater Christmas

Saturday, November 25
Coldwater Village, Severn

Join us for A Children’s Scavenger Hunt, Candle Light Walk, Tree Lighting, and Merchant Madness in Coldwater Village on November 25! Stay tuned for further details.

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Experience History & the Holidays at the Leacock Museum

Historic charm mixed with the holidays, what could be better? The Leacock Museum National Historic Site returns with some fun holiday-themed activities for you and your loved ones. Check out what’s on the calendar:

The Nutcracker Tea

A high tea event with a holiday twist! Enjoy a full tea service in the beautifully preserved Leacock living room. Available November 23, 24 and 25 at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Get tickets.

Christmas Tour & Story

This special Christmas tour will begin with an outdoor stroll on the grounds. See the twinkling lights along the trail, enjoy a special stop at the Boathouse, and end off your tour with the story of “Hoodoo McFiggin’s Christmas” in Leacock’s warm, cozy living room! Available November 30 and December 1 at 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. Get tickets.

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Mystical Lights Tour

Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 31, Fridays to Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. Open every day from Decemeber 15-23 leading into Christmas!
Heidi’s Campground, Oro-Medonte

Heidi’s Campground is a vision of Mystical Lights! This unique driving tour will feature remarkable displays from local businesses and will feature special guests Santa and his reindeer, all month long! Stay tuned for further details on the Mystical Lights Facebook page.

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Coldwater Lions Club Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2
Coldwater Village, Severn

Santa and Mrs. Claus are making their way back to the Village of Coldwater! Join us for an exciting parade and photo opportunities with the jolly couple!

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Orillia Opera House: Holiday Season

Orillia Opera House, Downtown Orillia

Music lovers, theatre aficionados, and comedy fans rejoice! The Orillia Opera House’s holiday season is bustling with fantastic live entertainment to get you and the entire family in the holiday spirit this year. Check out the lineup:

November 25: Ballet Jorgen’s The Nutcracker
December 8: A Lunch at Allen’s Christmas
December 11: The Barra MacNeil’s, An East Coast Christmas
December 15: Serena Ryder presents Merry Myths Tour
December 17: Sleigh Bells and Brass by the Orillia Silver Band

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Hewitts Festival of Lights

Fridays and Saturdays in December, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Hewitts Fun Farm, Oro-Medonte

Hewitts Festival of Lights is returning on specific dates in December with over 50 displays for everyone to enjoy! The Hewitts Farm-Market will be open for Christmas shopping and to purchase some treats the evening of our light shows. Stay tuned for further details.

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Holiday Markets

Shop local and find one-of-a-kind gifts at various markets happening around the region. We have a whole blog dedicated to just that! See where and when you can find a holiday market during your visit.

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Looking to explore more of Orillia and Lake Country during the holidays? Click here to view available holiday packages in the region, and keep up to date with seasonal events and activities on our calendar here.


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