A Guide to Christmas
& Winter Holiday Events
Collingwood, Thornbury & Blue Mountain
November 17th – Christmas Starts in Collingwood!
There are only a few towns left in Ontario that celebrate the start of Christmas the small-town, old-fashioned way. Here in Collingwood that simple way to celebrate the start of Christmas lives on.
Christmas Magic on Simcoe Street Dancers, clowns, a Healthy Treats Workshop for families, holiday baking, and cozy restaurants serving Christmas lunch specials. Enjoy readings and crafts, short films, and unique local crafts and gifts.
Santa Claus Parade. At 5:00 p.m. 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 and Collingwood’s rich history. The Parade will finish with Santa arriving in his very special sleigh. Following the parade is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks.
For the full schedule and map of where all the activities happen, visit: http://www.collingwooddowntown.com
9th Annual Musicians Christmas
- December 21st @ 8:00 p.m.
- Harbour Street Fish bar
Pic & Pups
- December 8th @ 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Events Plaza (Blue Mountain Resort)
Bring your family and furry friends for a photo with Santa! Donations collected will benefit the Georgian Triangle Humane Society.
Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts – Winter’s Gift
- Nov 7th through Jan 5th, 2019
- 65 Simcoe Street, Studio 4, Collingwood
Perhaps the BMFA’s most popular event, enjoyed by artists, members and the general public alike. It gives the artists and artisans an annual opportunity to showcase their work during the holiday season, and it gives the public a chance to buy original gifts from a wide range of talented artists including pottery, jewelry, woodwork, glassware, textiles, clothing, painting, and metalwork. Call 705-445-3430 or visit www.bmfa.on.ca for more information.
A Very Chris-Terical Christmas Cabaret
- Thursday, December 20, 2018 to Friday, December 21, 2018
- Gayety Theatre, 161 Hurontario St, Collingwood
Musical Director, Chris Tsujiuchi produces a sold-out cabaret each Christmas in Toronto. Super fun, packed with talent, a little risqué (but not really). This cabaret will be a great mix of holiday music, musical theatre, and pop. Consider this a “morph” of our LOVE cabaret! For more information or to purchase your tickets click here!
The Sound Investment Community Choir presents “Sing Noel”
- Saturday, Dec 8th – 7:00 P.M.
- New Life Church – 28 Tracey Ln, Collingwood
The Sound Investment Community Choir invites you to celebrate the Christmas season with “Sing Noel”. A Christmas Concert featuring music from around the world! Aaron Bell Musical Director, Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer Accompanist and special guest including CCI Vocal Ensemble! A great way to get into the spirit of the holidays! Tickets $20 each. Children 12 and under free with an adult ticket sold. Available online at soundinvestment.ca, Theatre Collingwood, 115 Hurontario Street #104, or From choir members and at the door if still available.
Collingwood Holiday Marketing – Presented by Peaces & Side Launch Brewery
- Sunday, December 9th – 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- New Life Church, Collingwood
Be apart of Collingwood’s most anticipated Holiday Market presented by Peaces and Side Launch Brewing! If you purchase one of the amazing items from the market you can have it wrapped at the Zero Waste Wrapping Station by local artists who use repurposed materials! Admission for this market is one of the below items:
- Winter Coats
- Canned Goods
- Pet Foods
**This market is all about zero-waste and kindly asks that donations be brought in reusable bags/paper bags and/or cardboard boxes)
Collingwood Frozen In Time Festival
- December 28th through December 30th
- Various locations throughout downtown Collingwood
Winter turns Ontario into the land of ice and snow, and here in the snowbelt we use the cold weather to create works of art. Admire the stunning and unique ice sculptures all around Downtown Collingwood. There will also be live carving demonstrations and battles of the chainsaws carve-off competitions! Bring the whole family down to the Winter Wonderland Village for a series of all-ages events to keep Jack Frost at bay. Enjoy arts & crafts, ice block building and ice games, snowshoeing and so much more!
Visit www.frozenintimefestival.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca for more information.
Collingwood Christmas Day Feast
- Tuesday, December 25, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.
- Collingwood Curling Club
The Collingwood Christmas Day Feast is an annual event that invites anyone and everyone of all ages to share a free and delicious home-cooked Christmas dinner with others in the community on December 25th each year. This is a non-denominational event and we welcome all guests who feel the feast could bring them joy on such a special day.
DIY Gingerbread Houses
- December 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Collingwood Public Library
Get ready for the holidays by making your very own gingerbread house! Designed for kids 7-12 years old. Register by Monday, November 26 so that they will have supplies for you! Sign up at the Public Services Desk or call 705-445-1571. www.collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca
A Rat Packed Christmas Comedy Hour
- Friday, December 7, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm.
- Simcoe Street Theatre
Get ready for a not-so-Silent Night as comedians James Godfrey and Kevin Finn, with crooner Thomas Finn, usher in the holiday season. Comedy, music and more. Special guest: Rebecca Rain.
Get your tickets here!
Essential Oils Workshop for the Holidays
- Monday, December 3rd @ 7:00 p.m.
- Collingwood Public Library
Come and learn how to incorporate aromatherapy into the holiday season to ease the stress load. AromaTouch Therapy Certified Practitioners Edna Redmond & Linda Teeter show you how. Free to attend, but register at 705-445-1571. www.collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca
Visit with Santa and his Reindeer
- Saturday, November 24, December 1, 8, 15 and 22, between 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
- Collingwood Town Hall
This Christmas season all kids (big and small) will have an opportunity to visit with Santa in his big sleigh when he comes to downtown Collingwood on Saturday, November 24, December 1, 8, 15 and 22. It is with great pleasure that we announce that Santa will be available for all to give him their wish lists beside town hall from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Saturdays leading up to his big night. Every Saturday, there will also be a special surprise! You won’t want to miss Santa’s reindeer in training, as they will be joining Santa at town hall. We are never sure who will be there; maybe you’ll be able to tell if they are descendants of Blitzen, Dasher or Donner. The reindeer trainers will be on hand to answer all your reindeer questions. After you have given your wish list to Santa, why not take the opportunity to explore some of the eighty plus boutique shops and artisans that downtown Collingwood has to offer. Bursting with holiday decor and gift ideas, you never know what you will find, even for all those hard to buy for on your list. Then reward yourself with something to please your palette from one of the more than thirty restaurants. This holiday season, come downtown, and come home for the holidays. For more information on events, activities and the businesses in Downtown Collingwood please visit our website at www.collingwooddowntown.com or call 705-445-5595.
Thornbury Christmas & Winter Holiday Events
Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
- 260 Scenic Caves Rd., The Blue Mountains
Enjoy the outdoors in a spectacular winter playground at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment set in a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Visit www.sceniccaves.com/activities/nordic-centre for more information.
Movies at the Marsh This year at the Marsh Street Community Centre every Thursday until Christmas they will be playing classic Christmas movies! Schedule below!
- Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30 p.m.
- A Christmas Story
- Tickets available here
- Thursday, December 13 @ 6:30 p.m.
- Tickets available here
- Thursday, December 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
- Love Actually
- Tickets available here
Call 519-599-7837 for more information or visit www.marshstreetcentre.com
Thornbury’s “Olde Fashioned Christmas”
- Saturday December 8th begins at 10:00am
- Various locations throughout Downtown Thornbury
The Thornbury Olde Fashioned Christmas is a highlight for both our local community and those who join us from across Ontario and beyond. Join us as we kick off the holiday season with activities and excitement for the whole family. Start your holiday shopping at our local stores. Watch as the town tree is lit. Visit with the reindeer-in-training and tell Santa your Christmas wishes. Stroll through our historic main street and see the beautifully decorated windows and shop interiors, have a delicious meal at one of our outstanding restaurants and discover why Thornbury is know for it’s warm welcome and special charm. Visit www.oldefashionedchristmas.com for a full list of activities and times.
Blue Mountain Village Christmas & Winter Holiday Events
Blue Mountain Christmas Gift Show
- Saturday, November 24th – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 25th – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Blue Mountain Resort – Village Conference Center – the Courts
A vibrant marketplace to celebrate the holiday season with Artisans, Crafters, Fashion, Body & Spa, Jewelry, Home & Décor, Christmas items, Art, Wood, Tasty Treats and more! Featuring over 100 vendors, free parking and shuttle service throughout the Blue Mountain Resort. Admission $5.00 for Adults Kids 12 and under are FREE
Visit bluemountainchris.ca for more information.
- December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019 – Daily 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Blue Mountain Village, 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains
Blumination Dream Trail is a magical, illuminated winter stroll through the Village, around the Mill Pond and straight through your imagination. It’s a holiday celebration every day of the week, with entrancing nightly light shows and an experience like none other. Weekends bring Saturday night Fireworks, horse and wagon rides and visits with Santa.