5 Winter Events To Check Out In Muskoka

With the holidays fast approaching, there are lots of new and exciting winter activities taking place all across Muskoka. From annual Christmas shows to the Santa Clause Parade there is plenty to take advantage of and something fun for all ages, families, and couples! Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, Muskoka offers plenty of events to bring you closer to your community!

Here are 5 fun events to check out in Muskoka this month and next!

Huntsville Santa Clause Parade

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On Friday, November 30, Hunstville’s annual Santa Claus Parade will take place at 7 pm. One of the only local parades to run in the evening, allowing spectators to enjoy an illuminated parade, this is one event you won’t want to miss! So dress warm, grab your friends and family and don’t miss this amazing holiday event!


Making Spirits Bright – A Community Tree Lighting

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On Sunday, November 25 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM bring your friends and family to the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Port Sydney Community Hall! This family-fun event is all about creativity! Try your decorating skills at the cookie decorating station, chime in on caroling with live music and don’t forget about your chance to get a selfie with Santa!


Santa’s Moonlight Shopping Party

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On November 30th experience Muskoka’s Festival of Lights in downtown Bracebridge. With plenty of fun for the whole family, enjoy wagon rides, campfires, and living window display courtesy of Bracebridge School of Ballet! This is one community event not to be missed!


A Portage Flyer Christmas  –  Evening Train Ride to Santa

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On Saturday, December, 22nd head over to Muskoka Heritage Place, Train Station and don’t miss your chance to be surrounded by great holiday spirit! This magical, open-aired coach train takes you along the Muskoka River on a 1km track to Fairy Lake. Once you have arrived at your destination you will be welcomed by a festival of lights and of course Santa! Dress warm and don’t be afraid to join in on a Christmas carol or two!



Christmas Eve Torch Light Parade

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Be sure not to miss this year’s Torch Light Parade at the Hidden Valley Highlands. On December 24th watch Santa ski down, the hill in a beautiful progression of lights in this family-fun event. Be welcomed by Santa back at the chalet and don’t forget about the cookies and bottomless hot chocolate!


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Bala Cranberry Festival

The Fall Colours, the smell of tangy cranberries in the air, and crafters from all over northern Ontario are only a few of the things you will experience on this great day trip to the Bala Cranberry Festival.
Enjoy the wagon ride tour as you learn and watch how cranberries are harvested. Spend a little time shopping in the Cranberry store.
Now you are in for a treat as we head downtown to take in all that the festival has to offer.

Bala Cranberry Festival
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Friday is seniors day, Sunday is family day and Saturday is for everyone! Shopping, dining, samples, and snacks. Petting zoo, live entertainment, and a shuttle bus to get around. So much to do, so much to see.

The entirely volunteer-run event brings family fun to the area by way of food, drinks, craft markets, musical acts, and more with funds being donated to carefully selected local charities and community programs. Grab your friends and family and check out the festival this year!

For more information, please visit the Bala Cranberry Festival website.