Holiday Markets, Parades, Workshops & Events in the Great Canadian Wilderness

Please note: Our new ‘Great Canadian Wilderness’ website has replaced the old one that ran under our company name, Explorers’ Edge. From time to time in an older post, you may see references to Explorers’ Edge.

Experience the charm of a small-town Santa Claus parade, shop local vendors and artists at a holiday marketplace and enjoy a family friendly event or workshop all across the region this winter in the great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto.

Santa Claus Parade

Bala Santa Claus Parade November 12
Huntsville Santa Claus Parade November 25
Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade November 26

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade November 26
Central Almaguin Christmas Parade November 26
Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade December 2
Burk’s Falls Santa Claus Parade December 3
Britt Santa Claus Parade December 3
Port Loring Santa Claus Parade December 3
Shawanaga Santa Claus Parade December 3
Mactier Santa Claus Parade December 4
Port Carling Santa Claus Parade December 10
Baysville Santa Claus Parade December 11

Holiday Markets

Handcrafted Artisan Snowflake Festival November 12
The Sizzling Blonde Christmas Market November 13
Parry Sound Friendship Centre Holiday Market November 19
Ryde Christmas Market November 19
Lake of Bays Christmas Market November 19
Bracebridge United Christmas Marketplace November 19
Kearney Christmas Bazaar November 19
Annex Holiday Market November 19-20
Burk’s Falls Arts & Crafts Club Holiday Show and Sale November 19-20
Muskoka Arts & Crafts Holiday Market November 25-27
One-of-a-Kind Christmas Show November 25-26
Muskoka Brewery Holiday Makers Market November 26
Emsdale Agricultural Society Christmas Craft & Bake Sale November 26
Orrville Winter Market November 26
Foley Agricultural Society Christmas Market November 26
Trout Creek Christmas Craft Show & Penny Sale November 26
A Very Merry Christmas Craft Market November 26
Bracebridge Holiday Market November 26
Canvas Brewing Hoppy Holiday Market November 26-27
Muskoka Market: Huntsville Holiday Edition November 26-27
A Handmade Holiday Market December 3
Olde Tyme Christmas Market December 3-4
Holiday Farm Market Under The Stars December 9-10
Eclipse Christmas Market December 16-23

Workshops

Sandhill Nursery Winter Workshops November 3 – December 4
Lake of Bays Garden Centre Holiday Workshops November 7 – December 21
Muskoka North Good Food Co-op Wreath Making Workshop November 19
Canvas Brewing Wreath Decorating Workshop November 29
Christmas Sign Making Workshop November 29
Christmas Crafternoon December 3

Holiday Events

Bracebridge Festival of Lights November 18, 25, 26, 27 & December 2
Oh Christmas Tea: A British Comedy at The Stockey Centre November 18
SantaFest at Santa’s Village November 19 – December 24 *select dates
Christmas Banquet at The Sizzling Blonde November 19
Oh Christmas Tea: A British Comedy at the Algonquin Theatre November 22
The Nutcracker November 26 *matinee and evening performance
Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus November 26
Muskoka Music Men – A Festive Noel November 26
SSJ Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony November 26
Making Spirits Bright Tree Lighting Ceremony November 27
CP Holiday Train November 30 Mactier & Parry Sound
Lennie Gallant: The Innkeeper’s Christmas November 30
Magnetawan Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony December 2
Breakfast with Santa December 3
Sultans of String December 4
A Gravenhurst Christmas Carol December 7-23 *select dates
John McDermott Family Christmas December 10
Sleigh Bells and Brass December 11
Home for the Holidays Concert December 15
Portage Flyer Christmas Train Ride to Santa December 17
Parry Sound Nature Club Christmas Bird Count December 17
Holiday Family Skate December 24 – January 5
*select dates
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Holiday Guided Tours December 27-30

For more information on other events in the great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto, click here.

To plan your stay, click here.

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