To help you get into the spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of events happening in the Kawarthas this holiday season. From Santa Claus parades to Christmas shopping events to tree lighting ceremonies (and more!), you won’t be disappointed. Check out the events below and get into the spirit of Christmas in the Kawarthas this winter!
1. Christmas in Lakefield
Get into the Christmas spirit with the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. This amazing prize is sure to come in handy for some of your Christmas gift shopping. All you have to do is fill out a ballot at a participating business and you could win!
The draw is on December 8th at 5:30pm at the Lakefield Legion. The winner will be receive $50 gift certificates to be redeemed at the following participating merchants:
Lakefield Pantry, Sunblockers, Trinkets & Treasures, Stuff, Stuff’d, Canoe & Paddle, The Chocolate Rabbit, Lakefield Herald, Lakefield IDA Pharmacy. Happenstance Books & Yarns, M & M Food Market, Village Pet Food & Supply, Lakefield Foodland, Adventure Outfitters, Village Pharmacy, Kawartha Home Hardware, Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, The Cozy Home, Paulmac’s Pet Food, Salon Sorella & Day Spa!
2. One Stop Christmas Shop
Doing some Christmas shopping is a great way to get in the Christmas mood this holiday season. One of the stops on your list should be the One Stop Christmas Shop! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 17th from 10am – 2pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 – Lakefield.
Shop for holiday gifts from local vendors. Non-perishable food donations at admission welcome. All donations support the Lakefield Food Bank.
3. A Very Classy Christmas
Enjoy hot & cold beverages, Christmas treats, get your picture with Santa, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping with some unbelievable discounts. They will also be giving our a free gift to the first 36 ladies & 24 men,
4. Christmas at the Marshland Centre
Another awesome shopping event to get you into the Christmas spirit is Christmas at the Marshland Centre! It’s taking place on Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & November 18th from 10am-4pm.
The Marshland Centre will be decked out for their 13th Annual Christmas Artisan show and sale and will feature works by local and regional artisans. You’ll find original handcrafted items including pottery, gourd art, jewellery, metal sculptures, textiles, paper art, wood turning, herbal products, jams, jellies, honey and more!
5. Annual Curve Lake Craft Sale
It’s taking place from 10am-4pm at the Curve Lake Community Centre, and there will be Christmas homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and more! Admission is $3 per person. Half of funds raised will be going to the Curve Lake First Nation Food Bank.
6. Lakefield Santa Claus Parade
There are three Santa Claus parades happening in the Kawarthas this year in Lakefield, Warsaw & Apsley. Santa Claus parades are great for getting in the Christmas spirit & catching a glimpse of Santa!
The first of the three parades is the Lakefield Santa Claus Parade , organized by the Lakefield Lions Club. It’s taking place on Sunday, November 18th from 1pm – 3pm in Lakefield. After the parade, you can stop by the Lakefield Legion to meet Santa and enjoy some treats. Registration will take place at the Lakefield Legion from 12pm to 12:45pm.
7. Santa Claus & his Live Reindeer
Stop by Village Dental Centre on Friday, November 23rd from 11am-2pm to meet Santa & his reindeer Comet & get a FREE photo.
There will also be cookies, hot chocolate and live music, and Village Dental Centre elves will be raffling off prizes and giving out goodie bags!
8. Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour
Christmas home tours are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. You can even get some ideas for decorating your own home for the holidays! There are two home tour events taking place in the Kawarthas this winter – one in Buckhorn and one in Lakefield.
The first holiday home tour is the Buckhorn Community Centre’s 8th Annual Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 4pm. You can tour five homes in the area that are all dressed up inside for the Christmas season.
Tickets for the event are $20 (limited tickets available!). Call the BCC at 705-657-8833 for more information.
9. Festival of Trees at the BCC
The Buckhorn Community Centre’s Festival of Trees opens on Sunday, November 25th and runs until Thursday, December 6th. Attend the opening on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 5pm to view & purchase tickets on a number of sponsored decorated trees. There will be also be 10-12 vendors selling items to help you fill your Christmas list. Admission is free.
The trees will be set up until December 6th so you can drop by anytime during the week to purchase tickets for the trees or to get into the Christmas spirit!
10. Warsaw Santa Claus Parade
The second of three Santa Claus parades taking place in the Kawarthas this winter is the Warsaw Santa Claus Parade! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 24th at 5pm in Warsaw. The theme for this year is “A Pioneer Christmas.” The parade will begin at the Warsaw Public Works garage and will continue through the village.
A Tree Lighting Ceremony will then take place after the parade at 6pm on the lawn next to the Town Hall/Municipal Building. If you stay after the tree lighting, you can visit with Santa, drop off letters, enjoy hot chocolate and other treats, and sing carols!
Tickets will be available after the parade for the chance to win a decorated gingerbread house from Jeremy Riel. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the Nutrition Programs at Warsaw Public School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School.
11. Apsley Santa Claus Parade
The third Santa Claus Parade taking place in the Kawartha region this year is in Apsley! Join Apsley & District Lions Club for their Santa Claus Parade and Celebrations on Saturday, November 24th at 6pm along Burleigh Street. The festivities will continue on after the parade at the North Kawartha Community Centre.
12. Lakefield Christmas in the Village & Holiday House Tour
This is the second of two holiday home tours taking place in the Kawarthas this year. Attending this annual charitable event is another great way to celebrate the holiday season.
Get into the Christmas spirit by touring 6 lovely homes in the Lakefield area all decorated for the Christmas season! All ticket holders will also receive special offers & discounts at participating stores in Lakefield. Ticket’s range from day passes ($25/each) to a Friday Special Weekend Pass ($55/each).
If you opt for the Friday Special Weekend Pass, you can enjoy seeing the houses at night in a horse and wagon ride (sleigh if it has snowed) around Lakefield College School’s campus with mulled apple cider and cookies. Friday ticket holders can revisit any time on the Saturday or Sunday, too.
This annual event is in support of 3 local charities. This year’s recipients are Lakefield Youth Unlimited, Community Care Lakefield & Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.
Tickets are available online at Eventbrite as well as in-store at Stuff and BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage in Peterborough. Friday night’s festivities starts at 5pm. The Saturday & Sunday home tours start at 11am.
13. Christmas by Candlelight
Sing carols, shop in the Christmas market, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, take in “A Lumber Camp Christmas” production performed by Glen Caradus & Friends, meet Father Christmas & more. On Sunday only, there will be a live nativity at 7pm.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students & seniors (60+), $7 for youths (ages 5-14), free for children under 5, & $40 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 youths ages 5-14).
14. Santa Claus at Lockside Trading Co.
Meet Santa Claus this holiday season at Lockside Trading Co. on Sunday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 9th from 11am-3pm. There will be pictures and wishes!
There is a minimum $10 per child/person donation. All proceeds are going to Jacks Journey and MPSII Research Fund.
Bring your letters to Santa and they will be mailed out to Santa through Canada Posts Santa program that replies back. Photos taken will be emailed.
15. Christmas Craft & Bake Sale
Attending this event is the perfect opportunity to buy some baked Christmas goods as well as support Community Care. Call (705) 652-8655 for more details.
16. Storefront Decorating Contest in Lakefield
If the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree isn’t enough of a reason to stop by Lakefield this holiday season, the village is also going to look very Christmas-y this holiday season.
The Lakefield Lioness Lions Club are hosting a storefront decorating contest for all businesses in Lakefield. That means most of the storefronts in the village are going to be decked out for the holiday season with Christmas lights & decor! Adding to the Christmas atmosphere in Lakefield, the Lakefield Lioness Lions are also going to be hanging Christmas lanterns on the lamp posts in the village.
17. Late Night Shopping in Lakefield
Celebrate the holiday season on Friday evening, December 7th from 5pm-8pm in the village of Lakefield with their Late Night Shopping event!
Shop along Queen Street (stores will have all kinds of special things in store for shoppers!), enjoy music, horse and wagon rides, as well as hot chocolate and cookies. There will also be a live nativity scene, warming stations and Santa Claus.
18. Tree Lighting Ceremony
Each year, Christ Church Community Museum in Lakefield holds a special Tree Lighting Ceremony on the front lawn of their property at 6:30pm on December 7th. The entire community is invited to help celebrate Christmas!
After the tree lighting, there will be carol singing in the church with Jessica Ross and Noah Abrahamse, some baked goods and apple cider.
19. Business After Hours: Holiday Social
Kawartha Lakes Construction will be running their employee DIY Christmas tree contest, where they challenge their team to come up with creative Christmas trees & have guests vote on their favourite! KLC will also be collecting toys for the Lioness Club Toy Drive as well as non-perishable food items for the Lakefield Food Bank this evening.
Celebrate the holidays with us & Kawartha Lakes Construction! There will be refreshments and networking. Register here.
20. Christmas High Tea & Luncheon
Join Cuddles for Cancer at the Lakefield Legion on Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 1pm for a Christmas High Tea & Luncheon in support of Cuddles for Cancer! There will be high tea, a presentation, and live & silent auctions.
Tickets are $20/each and are available at the Kawartha Chamber, Cuddles for Cancer Drop-In Centre and Century 21 in Lakefield.