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Take Part in PolarFest This Winter!

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For the 13th year, PolarFest is taking place in Selwyn Township this winter. If you don’t know, PolarFest is a 3-day festival filled with lots of fun winter activities, all of which are perfect for the whole family. All the events for PolarFest take place in Selwyn Township (Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield).

The Kawartha Chamber is a proud Community Sponsor!

Friday, February 1st (PA Day)

Snowman Challenge Begins 

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If you think you can build the best snowman in Selwyn Township, then there is a contest for you! Make sure your snowman is ready for PolarFest weekend and take a picture of your awesome snowman and upload to Facebook, be sure add #snowmanchallenge #polarfest to your post. Don’t have Facebook? No problem, email photo to tjacobs@selwyntownship.ca A prize will be awarded for the best, most creative snowman! Taking place from February 1st-3rd.

Youth Shinny – 9am-12pm, February 1st

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With February 1st being a PA Day, get your kids involved in PolarFest! A Youth Shinny will be taking place from 9am – 12pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The entry fee is $5 per person and full equipment is mandatory.

There are three games taking place:

  • 9 am -10 am for ages 8 & under (Novice & Tyke)
  • 10 am -11 am ages 9 to 11 (Atom & Peewee)
  • 11 am -12 noon ages 12 & over (Bantam & Midget)

Opening Ceremonies – 6:30pm, February 1st

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The opening ceremony for 2019 PolarFest is taking place at 6:30pm at the Marshland Centre in Lakefield. Stop by to see some fireworks and help kick off the 13th Annual PolarFest!

Lakefield Trail Night Hike – 7:20pm, February 1st

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After the Opening Ceremony, join the Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee for the ‘Nature in Winter’ Guided Night Hike on the Lakefield Trail!

The hike begins at 7:20pm at the Marshland Centre with Derek & Sheila Potter leading the hike and exploring local wildlife. There will be lots of educational fun, stories and games. The hike will return to the beach for a toasty campfire with campfire songs with the Girl Guides, roasting marshmallows and hot apple cider. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game – 7pm, February 1st

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If a night hike isn’t what you’re after, a charity hockey game (Guns and Hoses) will also be taking place at 7pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The game is between the police (‘Guns’) and Selwyn Firefighters (‘Hoses’).

Entry is $2 at the gate. There will also be a 50/50 draw. Funds raised will go to Victims Services of Peterborough Northumberland.

Saturday, February 2nd

Causeway Christian Assembly Free Pancake Breakfast – 9am, February 2nd

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Start your Saturday off with a Free Pancake Breakfast at 9am at the Causeway Christian Assembly (1307 Yankee Line) in Ennismore.

Ice Sculpture Competition – 10am-4pm, February 2nd

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Lakefield is celebrating its 15th anniversary of spectacular ice sculptures with a Ice Sculpture Competition from 10am – 4pm at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield. This years theme is Mythical Woodland Creatures! You can bring your children out to the event to enjoy crafting statues out of ice provided in the ice garden.

There will also be an opportunity for you to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice Awards, which will be taking place at 5pm at the Thirsty Loon. If you hang on to your ballot stub, it’s a valuable discount coupon.

There will also be face painting offered from 12-4pm at Cenotaph Park, which is brought to you by the students at Oxford College!

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Some of the Ice Carvings from PolarFest 2017

RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 2nd

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PolarFest has it all – even hot air balloon rides! Stop by Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield at around 11:00am to view the area from the sky in a hot air balloon. The air balloon will be tethered and the event is conditional on the weather (must be a calm day with no wind). If there is any wind, the balloon will not be onsite.

Ice Sculptures – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd

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Stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm to see some chainsaw ice carvings by the Ice People. Carvings will be on display at Heritage Park.

Polar Run – 11am, February 2nd

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If you enjoy running, consider taking part in the 5k Polar RUN. The run starts and finishes at The Village Inn in Lakefield. Sign in for the run at 10:30am. The run starts at 11am.

The run will take you through the village, out and back on the Lakefield Trail for a total of 5km. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. The Polar Run is an old fashioned 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall for men and women (no chip timing). Awards ceremony and free post-race refreshments will follow.

Proceeds from the Polar RUN will support Athletics Ontario and Legion Track Club: Peterborough Legion Track.

Little Chippers – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd

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If you have kids who love to get creative, stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm for some ice sculpture building! Little Chippers gives kids the opportunity to get creative with ice and can build their own ice sculptures. Ice People will be on hand to offer instructions.

Free Public Skating – 12pm to 1pm, February 2nd

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Stop by the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre for some public skating from 12 – 1 pm. This public skating is sponsored by Craftworks at the Barn!

Nordic Day – 12pm to 3pm, February 2nd

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Stop by the Ontario Speed Skating Oval Lakefield from 12pm – 3pm to take in the great outdoors and experience a day of Nordic sports! Adventure Outfitters will be at the Speed Skating Oval with a selection of cross country skis and snowshoes. It’ll be a great opportunity to try some speed skating or take a trip around the oval property on groomed trails!

Library Lego Play – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd

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Planning on stopping by Cenotaph Park in Lakefield to see the ice sculptures? Stop by the Lakefield Library in the Centennial Room from 1-4pm to warm up! There will be LEGO and colouring for kids ages 4+.

Polar Paddle – 1pm, February 2nd

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Ever wanted to see a canoe paddled down the middle of a downtown street? Don’t miss the annual Polar Paddle in Lakefield. The annual event is taking place at 1pm on Queen Street!

Take part in the Polar Paddle by registering a team or watch as teams of six push or pull canoes down Queen Street. The canoes will be on wheels and participants will be dressed in costumes.

The Polar Paddle is sponsored by the Lakefield Pantry and Township of Selwyn. For more information or to register call Jennie MacKenzie at 705-652-6062 or email: lakefieldpantry@cogeco.ca

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Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd

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What winter festival would be complete without horse drawn sleigh rides? Stop by the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-4pm to enjoy sleigh rides & free hot chocolate.

Bridgenorth United Church Spaghetti Dinner – 5pm to 8pm, February 2nd

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Having spent the day checking out all the fun PolarFest activities offered in the township, you’ll probably have built up quite the appetite. So, make sure to stop by Bridgenorth United Church for their Spaghetti Dinner from 5pm – 8pm! Not only will there be delicious spaghetti to eat, there will also be musical entertainment with guest musicians and singers. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 and under.

Candlelight Skate – 6pm to 9pm, February 2nd

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Finish of the second day of PolarFest with a candlelight skate from 6-9pm at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval (next to the water tower in Lakefield). The 400m oval will be lite with hundreds of candles to guide you.

The skating is free. Rental speed skates will be available. You’ll want to bring a flashlight to guide you from the parking lot to the Oval rink.

Sunday, February 3rd

Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show – 10am to 3pm, February 3rd

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For the 12th year, the Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Club of Canada will be hosting an Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 10am – 3pm. Stop by to see some cool snowmobiles! All vintage snowmobile enthusiasts are welcome to come out and display their snowmobiles. All snowmobiles welcome.

The display is sponsored in part by R.J. Brown Insurance Brokers. For more information, contact Alex Lamore at alamore@bell.net or call 705-775-0141.

Ice Sculptures on Display – 11am to 3pm, February 3rd

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Stop by either Cenotaph Park in Lakefield or Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am-3pm to see the ice sculptures on display from the weekend’s festivities.

RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 3rd

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Balloon Rides are back at Rotary Park in Ennismore. Stop by around 11am to view the area from the sky in a tethered hot air balloon. Event is weather permitting (must be a calm day with no wind).

Outdoor IP Exhibition Game – LDMHA versus EMHA – 1pm to 2pm, February 3rd

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Come out and cheer on Ennismore Minor Hockey and Lakefield Minor Hockey as they host an outdoor exhibition game at the BEL Rotary Plunge site! Hockey game is taking place from 12pm-1pm at Rotary Park in Ennismore.

Lake Curling at Plunge Site – 12pm to 2pm, February 3rd

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Want to try curling? Join the Ennismore Curling Club at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 12-2pm to try some curling on Chemong Lake. There will be curling stones ready for use. Take part in a competition to see who can get their curling stone the closest for a chance to win a prize.

Free Public Skating – 1 pm to 2pm, February 3rd

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Free public skating will be offered at the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-2pm.

Polar Plunge – 2pm, February 3rd

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To close of the weekend’s festivities, stop by Chemong Lake at Rotary Park in Ennismore for BEL Rotary’s 39th Annual Polar Plunge! This year’s theme is Hockey Plunge in Canada, so grab your mouth guard and your favorite jersey and get ready to plunge! The Polar Plunge will be taking place at 2pm.

If you come early to the park this day, you can take a RE/MAX tethered hot air balloon ride, try lake curling or cheer on the IP’s in an exhibition pond hockey game!

 

For more info on PolarFest, visit the Township of Selwyn’s website here.

19 Awesome Resolutions to Bring You More Business in 2019

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2019 is your year. It’s time to grow that business beyond your wildest dreams. If you’re ready to see a change in your business, there are 19 things you need to start doing.

  1. Track data. There are tons of tools (some even free) where you can start tracking the numbers that matter to you most. Figure out your business goals and what it takes to achieve them, then put a plan in place on how you will track and analyze the data behind getting you there.
  2. Start conversing. Social media needs to be social. Put an end to the broadcast messages. Make 2019 the year you start talking with your audience, not at them.
  3. Give away something small but unexpected. Wowing your audience is a great idea to help them remember you and think of you first. It needn’t be expensive. Give them a coupon for future use, a caligraphied card with an inspirational quote, a fortune in their bag, or even a gift bag can brighten their day when it’s unexpected.
  4. Look for local sponsorships or ways to get involved. In order to buy from you, they need to think of you. Consider local sponsorships that can help you get in front of your ideal audience. These include PTAs, community sports teams, business collaborations, and local non-profits.
  5. Join a strong virtual group or meet-up. Find a virtual group that helps you learn something new, network with people in your industry, or get in front of your ideal audience. Which type you join will depend on your goals for the year. Virtual groups also allow you to connect and grow on your schedule.
  6. Join the chamber. Virtual networking groups don’t take the place of chamber membership because those organizations don’t have the business clout or knowledgeable staff the chamber does. The chamber has a strong referral network and is tied into the community in a way the virtual networking groups aren’t.
  7. Work smarter not harder. Doing something every minute of your day doesn’t mean you’re doing the right kind of work to advance you toward your business goals for 2019. Don’t take on busy work. Prioritize your most important activities twice a day. Having said that…
  8. View everything as moving you closer to a goal or farther away. When you adopt this mindset, you acknowledge you only have so much time in a day and you focus your efforts on things that matter.
  9. Make time for that thing you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s a health check or business expansion, let 2019 be the year you finally get around to doing that thing you keep rescheduling. Turn the annoyance into an accomplishment.
  10. Get a business checkup. Whether you hire a coach, work with a mentor, or read a successful business book, getting a different opinion on your business can help you look at things in new ways. This new set of eyes may come with suggestions or advice on overcoming potential challenges in the future.
  11. Work on your employee culture. Nothing will derail your hard work faster than a toxic culture. Make sure managers clear the paths for those who work for them and everyone is focused on your business goal. Then, just like you do for your customers, find ways to engage and impress them with little wow moments. Everyone wants to be a part of something great. In order to help with that….
  12. Hire slow, fire fast. Be exacting in the kind of person who will not only be a good fit for the position but for the team as well. If you’re dealing with a toxic employee, handle it quickly for less fallout.
  13. Tell your story. Telling your story creates a connection between your business and your audience. You want them to buy from you and that means they need to know, like, and trust you.
  14. Try (or learn) something new. Stagnation never benefits a business and your business won’t benefit from stagnant leadership. Try something new or learn something you’ve wanted to know more about. Then think of ways you can share that knowledge or your business can benefit from it.
  15. Explain what you do to a young child. When you explain your business to a kid, you have to perfect telling the story of what you do. You’ll need to make it quick (their attention span is limited), interesting (again, the attention span), and expressed in easy concepts. When you do this, you will see your business from a new angle and it may help in your elevator pitch.
  16. Build your list. If you’re not collecting email addresses of your customers and those interested in your business, you need to start now. Look into an email sender (there are free ones all the way up to several hundred dollars a month) that fits your business and start brainstorming a list of things your ideal audience would be interested in. This will help you stay top of mind and position you as a valuable resource for them.
  17. Become a thought leader. You likely know something about your business or industry that others don’t. Positioning yourself as a thought leader can help you get more exposure in areas that matter. It could also create a new revenue stream for you if you start speaking at conferences.
  18. Celebrate important days. Your social media content calendar requires a lot of content to keep it full. One way to get quick content is to search days of celebration for things that matter to your business. If you discover them with enough advance time, you can create fun contests around them. For instance, if you operate a restaurant you can offer a special on National Pizza Day.
  19. Laugh a little. Humor is contagious. Adding it into your social media can increase your shares. Adding a sense of humor to the office can improve morale. Employ it where you need a boost.

2019 is the year to finally get around to doing those things you’ve been putting off that will grow your business. Here are 19 solid ideas to get you started.

Christina R. Green is a regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com and the Event Manager Blog.

 

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Thanks to our Professional Development Sponsor: Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Rep, Royal LePage!

A Festive Evening at our Business After Hours: Holiday Social at Kawartha Lakes Construction

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We held our Business After Hours: Holiday Social last week on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction, which is located at 3359 Lakefield Rd. in Lakefield. Sweet Competition was also at the Holiday Social with a pop-up shop. 

We had an amazing time celebrating the start of the holiday season with everyone. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the team at KLC for hosting us.

Kawartha Lakes Construction

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If you didn’t know, Kawartha Lakes Construction Company is a full service professional design/build firm specializing in custom homes and renovation solutions! Their reputation is built on their commitment to quality craftsmanship, thorough planning, smart building practices and providing exceptional client experiences.

KLC Annual Holiday Social & Employee DIY Christmas Tree Contest

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In addition to collecting toys for the Lakefield Lioness Lions Club Toy Drive and non-perishable items for the Lakefield Food Bank, Kawartha Lakes Construction holds an employee DIY Christmas tree contest every year.

Throughout the evening, guests mixed, mingled and voted on their favourite trees. There were so many great tree creations this year!

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First place winner, Chelsea Lockheart, won $500 as well as a $500 donation to the charity of her choice. She chose to donate to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. Congrats Chelsea!

Here are some of the other DIY trees that took part in this year’s KLC employee DIY Christmas Tree Competition:

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Sweet Competition Pop-Up Shop!

Troy, owner of Sweet Competition (and a new Chamber member this year!) brought a selection of games, candy and pop with him to the event to help guests do some Christmas shopping.

Sweet Competition, located at 3347 Lakefield Rd., Unit 2, delights the hearts of young and old with a large variety of nostalgic candy, puzzles, board games, vintage soda pop and more in Lakefield, Ontario.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

How to Get Involved with the Kawartha Chamber in the New Year

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1. Join a Committee

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One way to get involved with the Kawartha Chamber is by joining one of our Committees. We rely on volunteers to provide their expertise. Getting involved with the Chamber through one of our Committees not only helps support your community and Chamber but can also help you enhance your professional development.

The deadline to apply for a spot on one of our Committees is Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 12:00pm.

Available Committees:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources/Governance
  • Marketing
  • Membership & Programs
  • Awards of Excellence & Social Gala (late summer, fall commitment)
  • Nominating
  • Public Policy
  • Resource

Click here to download the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form.

2. Join our Board of Directors

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Chamber Board President, Tonya Kraan, STREXER, and 1st Vice President, Mike Walker, Agilec

Another way to get involved with the Kawartha Chamber is by joining our Board of Directors.

The Chamber’s Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations from our Chamber members for the 2019/20 Board of Directors. The deadline to apply for the Board of Directors is Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 12:00pm.

A board position is a two-year term and is confirmed annually at our Annual General Meeting held in February. Please note, you must be a Chamber member in order to sit on our Board of Directors. In order to submit your name or the name of a current employee who would represent your member business, your Chamber membership must be in good standing (annual dues and other purchases paid).

Click here to download the application form.

 

Get in the Christmas Spirit in the Kawarthas this Holiday Season!

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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

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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 PantrySunblockersTrinkets & Treasures, Stuff, Stuff’d, Canoe & Paddle, The Chocolate RabbitLakefield HeraldLakefield IDA PharmacyHappenstance Books & YarnsM & M Food MarketVillage Pet Food & SupplyLakefield FoodlandAdventure OutfittersVillage PharmacyKawartha Home Hardware, Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, The Cozy Home, Paulmac’s Pet Food, Salon Sorella & Spa!

2. One Stop Christmas Shop

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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

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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Classy Chassis & Cycles on Saturday, November 17th from 11am-2pm at their A Very Classy Christmas event.

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

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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

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If the previous two shopping events haven’t satisfied your Christmas shopping bug, you can also join Curve Lake First Nation on Sunday, November 18th for their annual Curve Lake Christmas 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 UnlimitedCommunity 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

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Get into the holiday spirit & experience a traditional Pioneer Christmas with Lang Pioneer Village Museum’s Christmas by Candlelight on Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from 5pm-9pm.

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.

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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

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Community Care is hosting their Christmas Craft & Bake Sale on December 5th from 9:30am until 12pm at 40 Rabbit St. in Lakefield.

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 

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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

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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

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Business After Hours: Holiday Social is taking place on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction (3359 Lakefield Rd.) from 5-7pm.

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 

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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.