There is always lots to do in Ontario’s Cottage Country throughout the month of December and into the New Year. Here are some of the events that we’ll be looking forward to in the weeks to come.

Don’t let the end of 2017 pass by without taking the time to enjoy the outdoors and special activities the region has to offer.



Santa’s Back in Town

Santa’s back in town for a few days this December! Come join us for a fun filled Winter Edition of SantaFest – with some of Santa’s favourite winter activities like gingerbread cookie decorating, petting zoo, scavenger hunt, ornament making, marshmallow roasting, Christmas crafts and who could forget – a visit with Santa!

Opera House Concert

Bring in the New Year with the last bash of Canada’s 150th birthday. Award-winning Toronto singer, Shakura S’Aida will host this last concert of 2017 with musical director Lance Anderson and bassist extraordinaire Russ Boswell.

In addition to stellar entertainment, the Opera House is also offering a dinner and show package.


Sleigh Bells Ring

This adventure will have you dashing through the snow on a two horse open sleigh ride. Local character Irvin Holland and his horses will take you through forest and field and a maple sugar bush. You will also meet Jack and Ginnie and their son Oliver – the resident donkey family who always love treats and attention.

Howling Good New Year’s Eve!

Ring in the New Year with a Howl! Join one of Haliburton Forest’s staff on an exclusive evening tour of the Wolf Centre. Witness a wolf feeding while enjoying a light dinner. After dinner, head out by foot/snowshoes through the forest for a bonfire and a Wolf Howl.


Snowshoe Ecotour

3 hours, 4 kilometers, woodlands & wildlife!

Experience areas of the Wye Marsh that are otherwise not open to the general visiting public! After a brief lesson on the art of snowshoeing, you will head out in search of the many mysteries that animal tracks & signs present while being followed by hungry chickadees that like to eat right out of your hand!  Your Naturalist guide will teach you how to identify trees in the winter and interpret the symphony of bird songs overhead. You will then have an opportunity to warm up by the fire at Freshet’s Creek while enjoying some roasted bannock & hot Cedar tea!

New Year’s Eve 80’s Bash

Enjoy a new Year’s Eve 80’s bash at Best Western Plus in Orillia. Cocktails, dinner buffet, dance, games, and a contest with a prize for best dressed calls for fun filled evening. Dance, Dine, Stay and Experience a late night of fun!


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Theatre @ the LAB presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Sunday, December 17, 2017. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs A Traditional British Panto! Get ready to cheer the goodies and boo the baddies! In this laughter packed family adventure we meet the Baron Weakneazie and his new bride, the Red Queen of Poppydale, who is making life miserable for step-daughter Snow White. With only her nanny, Dame Wobbley Botham, to comfort her Snow White seeks shelter at the home of 7 colourful characters. Full of laughter, songs and audience participation.

Christmas Festival in Cavan and Millbrook

Featuring: Galerie Q, The Millbrook Gallery, Cavan Art Gallery

A Christmas festival spanning 12 days between three galleries in Cavan-Monaghan. Celebrating the holidays with friends, family, and community members.All activities are complementary.