Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas in Muskoka

Christmas, and winter in general, is a great time to spend with family, friends and community both indoors and out. There are three local events that will help you do just that and get in the Muskoka holiday spirit.

On December 21 from 5-8pm, the Portage Flyer takes the young and young-at-heart on an open-air train ride through snow-covered trees to visit Santa. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies are served while you wait to board. Tickets are just $5 per person. It's an annual Muskoka tradition that shouldn't be missed.

On December 21-23 from 11am-4pm, visit Santa at his other home before he heads out to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve. SantaFest at Santa's Village has a bunch of activities included with the price of admission ($8/person, 2 and under free):

 Horse drawn sleigh rides (from 12-4)
 Seasonal Kids Activities
 Face Painting
 Gingerbread Cookie Decorating for kids
 Craft Making
 Petting Farm
 Marshmallow Roasting
 Letter Writing
 And of course visits with Santa!

You can even head back to Santa's Village on December 28 for Thank Santa Day!

On Christmas Eve, head out to Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area for the Torchlight Parade. An annual family-friendly favourite, the parade features skiers and boarders descending the Flying Dutchman carrying brightly lit torches. There are complimentary cookies and hot chocolate in the chalet and live music from 5:30-6:30pm.

Whether you're spending Christmas in Muskoka or somewhere else, we wish you and yours a very merry, relaxing holiday season.

All the best,
The Howell Family

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