“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

We’re pulling a Buddy the Elf and spreading some holiday cheer throughout South Eastern Ontario. COVID may be changing the way events are run but we aren’t going to let it get in the way of our Christmas Spirit. So, don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins – there are tons of new holiday markets (online and outdoors) and activities that will keep you jolly this season.

Holiday Wreaths with Mary Wooding

When: December 1st

Join Mary Wooding from Ironwood Organics and Twig & Fleur to create a beautiful holiday wreath from Twig & Fleur’s collection of organic, wildcrafted and sourced materials. Mary will guide you through all aspects of creating a holiday piece while encouraging your creativity to shine through. Create and take home a unique, fresh, handmade wreath, using freshly harvested evergreens, berries, cones, seed pods, and other natural elements. This beautiful wreath will brighten your space throughout the winter! Tickets can be purchased here: Makers’ Studio

Gananoque Santa Claus Parade

When: December 5th

The “stand-still” parade will be taking place on December 5th, 2020 at 5:30 PM on King Street in Gananoque. More info: Gananoque Santa Claus Parade

Handmade Cardmaking Workshop with Angie Parkins

When: December 8th

Join Angie Parkins, card-making extraordinaire, in this fun and creative holiday cardmaking workshop. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced card maker, you’ll be guided through the process every step of the way, and given all the necessary tools to do so. Take home 4-6 festive cards in two unique styles with envelopes to give to loved ones this holiday season. Tickets can be purchased here: Makers’ Studio

Festive Tabletop Arrangement with Rustic Festive Decor

When: December 13th

Join Rustic Festive Decor to create a festive tabletop arrangement for you to enjoy over the holiday season. Each arrangement will be unique and crafted from locally sourced greens, carefully chosen accents, and seasonal ribbon. Get creative, make memories and take home a beautiful, festive decor piece! Tickets can be purchased here: Makers’ Studio

Felted Holiday Ornaments with Glocca Morra Studio

When: December 21st

Learn the art of needle felting with Glocca Morra Studio, and create your very own needle felted ornaments. Explore this ancient artform, while listening to holiday music, and taking home two adorable wool ornaments to adorn your tree. Tickets can be purchased here: Makers’ Studio

Together At Home For The Holidays

When: This series is now available to watch from home!

Connect with Kingston’s makers, chefs, and musicians to experience a bit of the city and make some merry at home this holiday season! Watch the series.

Kingston Virtual Holiday Market

When: Every weekend – Thursday 5 PM until Sunday 8 PM from November 12th – December 13th

The Kingston Virtual Holiday Market will be welcoming over 90 artisans/makers online. More info: Kingston Virtual Holiday Market

Winter Reels: An Outdoor Family Movie Night

When: December 11th – December 19th

Fort Henry presents Winter Reels – a new outdoor family movie night. It will feature holiday-themed short movie screenings where audiences will be able to watch festive favourites. Bundle up with hot cocoa, grab a blanket and prepare for a unique experience on the grounds of historic Fort Henry. More info: Winter Reels: An Outdoor Family Movie Night

ANDARA Gallery – ODE to JOY Festive Experiences

When:  November 14 – December 23

Capture the holiday spirit between you and your family (and or friends) with this festive experience! The ANDARA Gallery century-old barn will be decked out for the holidays with a stunning 15-foot Christmas tree from Denmar Farms and festive seating area. Snap a few photos before you make your way through the new collection of paintings and photographs at The “ODE to JOY” Art Show. More info: ANDARA Gallery – ODE to JOY Festive Experiences

Festivus At Drake Devonshire Inn

When: December 24th & 25th

This holiday season, The Drake is bringing back fan-favourite Festivus – a two-night-only Christmas dinner with all the fixings available for take-out to enjoy at home for $39pp (excluding tax + gratuity) or indoors at for $45pp (excluding tax + gratuity). More info: Festivus At Drake Devonshire Inn

Mistletoe Magic POP-IN Shop 2020

When: Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Saturdays 10 AM – 3 PM from November 12th – December 12th

Mistletoe Magic will be operating from a temporary storefront location where you can shop amazing handmade goods on display by your favourite makers in a socially safe and leisurely way. More info: Mistletoe Magic POP-IN Shop 2020

Belleville Festival of Lights

When: November 20th – January 4th

The Belleville Festival of Lights is a must-see event for all residents and visitors alike. The festival features an array of lights, movements and sounds. More info: Belleville Festival of Lights

Local Christmas Shop & Hop 2020

When: November 15 – December 15

Support your favourite merchants in-store or online. Every purchase at a participating merchant gets you an entry into prize draws! More info: Local Christmas Shop & Hop 2020


Brockville Christmas Market

When: December 5th – December 12th

This is for the ones who don’t enjoy Christmas shopping. Imagine a farmers market where you can not only get something for that special someone but also have fun! Multiple vendors will be available, plus. food, hot apple cider, mulled wine, and live entertainment! More info: Brockville Christmas Market

River Of Lights

When: November 28th to January 2nd

The River of Lights is a COVID19-safe holiday event where visitors do not need to leave their cars to enjoy a light and sound show featuring over 70,000 lights set to themed music. Tune your car’s radio to 88.1 to access the audio show. More info: River Of Lights

Alight At Night

When: Various dates from November 27th – January 2nd

Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Over one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival – a true winter wonderland! More info: Alight At Night

Christmas Market

When: December 5th

Find unique Christmas items and one-of-a-kind gifts from talented local makers at the Christmas Market at Cornwall Square. More info: Christmas Market

MacKinnon Brothers Holiday Market 2020 

When: Friday November 27th & December 4th at 3 PM – 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday, November 28, 29, & December 5th, 6th at 11 AM – 4 PM

MacKinnon Brothers will be hosting their annual holiday market outdoors. Stop by the farm for some festive cheer, good food, great brews, and to cross those gifts off of your holiday list! Be sure to bundle up. More info: MacKinnon Brothers Holiday Market

Big Bright Light Season

When: Friday November 13th until January 2021

If you’re looking to get festive this holiday season, look no further than Downtown Greater Napanee. This annual lighting attraction features 750,000 LED Christmas lights! More info: Big Bright Light Season

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