Crisp air, cool breezes, mittens and scarfs are just some of the ingredients to a fine winter day. Add in magical celebrations, wondrous events and exciting adventures and your winter just became amazing. Embrace winter and all its offerings in South Eastern Ontario.
As tempting as it may be to hunker down under a cozy blanket and will those chilly winter months away – there’s just way too much to do. In South Eastern Ontario there is a broad range of winter festivals and events to get you outside and active. Best of all, they are a whole lot of fun.
Alight At Night – Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Close to 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!
Kingston Feb Fest: The 16th annual downtown winter celebration, Feb Fest will take over downtown for the entire month of February and continue into March during the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier. It all begins on Friday, January 31st (P.A. Day) with winter-themed family fun included the beloved horse-drawn wagon rides!
Ice Box – art in the heart of winter – ICE BOX is a new outdoor art event taking place February 1-9 2020 in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario and will take place on the grounds of Picton’s historic Macaulay House. At the centre of the event are five ‘ice boxes,’ simple wooden huts, each transformed into an interactive art installation led by local artists in collaboration with community members of all ages.
The Big Bright Light Show returns to Downtown Greater Napanee – If you’re looking to get festive this holiday season, look no further than Downtown Greater Napanee. The Big Bright Light Show – and its 750,000 LED Christmas lights – is now happening nightly throughout the holiday season. The 9th annual lighting attraction makes this Lennox & Addington County community one of the most festive you’ll find anywhere.
Brockville Winter Classic – We now know our star-studded lineup of Detroit Red Wings Alumni for the 2020 Brockville Winter Classic Weekend! The ‘Heroes Of Motown’ features Hall of Famer & three-time Stanley Cup Champion Chris Chelios, Todd Bertuzzi, local guys in Todd Gill and Randy Ladoucer, Brad Marsh, Brad May, Wayne Presley, Al Iafrate, and Darren McCarty! These gentlemen will play the Tim Horton’s All-Stars on Sunday, Feb. 16th at the Memorial Centre. Puck drop is 1:30!
You’ve skated, skied, gone sledding and warmed up with hot chocolate. Now what? Here are a few ‘hang up your toque’ indoor activities that are fun to do all year round.
The Aquatarium is an engaging, fun filled, educational and interactive center where visitors can explore the history of this region, all year round. This 27,000 square foot centre showcases the diverse waters and wildlife of the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands. Best of all, you and your kids will love it!
A visit to the Aquatarium is a gateway to a world of underwater immersion where fish tanks showcase the diverse environment of the St. Lawrence River. You’ll get up close to a variety of fish species and underwater perspective of a shipwreck as you walk through the underwater tunnel. Ahoy, matey! You can also climb through the rigging of a tall ship with the one-of-a-kind ropes course! This activity is engaging and interactive for kids and adults alike. Navigate to the edge of the deck—where a 4-story quick jump awaits! Take the 40-foot AquaDrop to the ground floor, or take a comfortable slide off the SS Kingston. There is even a mini ropes course and scramble net for the littlest explorers. When you plan your visit make sure to be there when the playful otters get fed at 11:30 a.m. These furry friends invite you to take a step out of the ordinary and explore the 1000 Islands from their point of view.
If you like logic puzzles, a bit of theatrics and the pressure of working under a deadline, you’ll love Escape rooms. This new form of immersive entertainment has grown in popularity and in South Eastern Ontario we have many to choose from.
Escape Brockville – A Live Escape Room is a real-life gaming experience where groups of 2 to 6 people are placed inside a themed room. Your group will be presented with puzzles, riddles, and clues that you must work together to solve within 45 minutes in order to “Escape” from the situation you are in. Escape Brockville is an excellent indoor activity for people of all ages looking for an exciting way to spend an hour. All of our themes are family-friendly and non-weather dependent.
Improbable Escapes Kingston – The experiences are live action adventures, where you are challenged to use creative and lateral thinking to solve your way out of a “locked” room. The games are 60+ minutes of intense and unique puzzles in which you must work with your team to try and escape before the buzzer goes off. They only have private bookings – which means its just you and whoever you bring with you – to ensure you have the most fun with your team!
Wonderland Escape Rooms and Board Game Lounge – Adventure and fun collide at Wonderland Escape Rooms + Lounge, a full-service board game lounge and escape room facility in the west end of Kingston.
Sherlock’s Escapes Kingston – Sherlock has been missing for months! Do you have what it takes to solve Kingston’s cases, and by doing so hopefully track down Sherlock? With some of Sherlock’s famed villains like Jim Moriarty and Irene Adler on the loose, you’ll have a rather intimidating task ahead of you. Bring your thinking cap and your detective team for an hour of sleuthing fun.
Rush Hour Escapes Cornwall – Come play a challenging real-life adventure game with one goal: Escape the room in 60 minutes. Players, in groups of 2-8, must work together to find clues, crack codes and solve puzzles to escape the room before time runs out.
Escape Manor Cornwall – Escape the Cornwall Jail! You’ve been wrongly accused and sentenced to death. Will you be able to prove your innocence before your time is up or will you swing from the gallows?
Breakout Belleville – The idea is quite simple. You and your friends are locked in a room with 60 minutes to escape. Players must work together to solve hidden puzzles and clues found in the room before the 60-minute buzzer sounds! Use your intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique challenge! Do you and your team have what It takes to escape?
Put on the glasses and headphones and you’ll be transported to another world. There may be zombies to slay or mystical creatures to feed.
The VR Hut Kingston – Check out Kingston’s first Virtual Reality Experience Centre that enables you to experience premium, high-end VR without the barriers of cost and space. You are immersed in a rich virtual world like no other. Escape to your new reality with VR!
This winter warms up with an amazing theatre or musical performance in South Eastern Ontario. Whether you want to see a wonderful theatre performance or a well-known band play, there are amply opportunities:
Belleville Theatre Guild – The Belleville Theatre Guild has been offering excellent community theatre at affordable family prices since 1951. Every year brings a new season’s crop of entertaining theatre. With a blend of classic and contemporary, you are sure to find laughter, tears, debate, and the joy of music.
The Pinnacle Playhouse is conveniently located in historic downtown Belleville, close to amenities that include an art gallery, library, casual and fine dining, retail shopping, and a beautiful public waterfront.
Lennox Community Theatre – The Village Theatre in Selby, Ontario, is home to Lennox Community Theatre Inc. The theatre is an attractive and intimate 80-seat performing space. The wholly-volunteer company runs theatre seasons of several plays of various types – dramas, thrillers, comedies, musicals, pantomimes.
Kingston Grand Theatre – One of the main cultural venues in the greater Kingston region, the City of Kingston’s Grand Theatre serves as the prime performing arts venue for hundreds of professional and amateur performances annually including ballet, modern dance, theatre, variety, musicals, comedy and more.
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Kingston – The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is a new state-of-the-art performing arts centre that includes a 566-seat world-class concert hall, a 100-seat studio theatre, an art & media lab and a 92-seat film screening room. The Isabel has a dynamic performance series that includes internationally acclaimed artists and the next generation of exquisite talent.
Leon’s Centre Kingston – The Leon’s Centre is a modern event facility that can host concerts up to a capacity of 6,700 along with conferences, trade shows and gala dinners for up to 1000 on our arena floor. The arena is the home of the Kingston Frontenacs ice hockey team of the Ontario Hockey League.
Since opening, Leon’s Centre has hosted hundreds of sporting events, concerts, special events, and community activities. World renowned artists, athletes, and performers have come to Kingston through this facility.
Regent Theatre Picton – Situated on Main Street in picturesque Picton, Ontario, the historic Regent Theatre is the centre for the arts in Prince Edward County, providing the community with a unique venue for live theatre and music. The Regent is a rare example of a still intact Edwardian opera house. Construction began in 1918 using the 80-year old foundation of a former warehouse. Designed by Toronto architects Warrington and Page, The Regent Theatre opened its doors in February 1922 with the Canadian war comedy live play “Mademoiselle from Armentieres”.
The Empire Theatre, Belleville – The Empire Theatre opened its doors in September 2003 and is considered by both national and international performers to be one of Ontario’s finest live performing arts theatres. A 700 seat capacity with state of the art sound and lighting, The Empire Theatre continues to host artists ranging from rock to country, blues, and jazz. Additionally, the theatre screens acclaimed movies and documentaries on a regular basis.
Aultsville Theatre – Since 1976, Aultsville Theatre has hosted world-class performances in its spacious theatre. Audiences enjoy excellent acoustics, with no seat more than 90 feet from center stage! Located along the 401 corridor between Toronto and Montreal, Cornwall is a popular stop for professional touring artists. Cornwall’s close proximity to Ottawa, Montreal, and northern New York state provides audiences with an inexpensive, traffic-free opportunity to take in top-notch entertainment at a fraction of big-city prices.
Brockville Arts Centre _ Leading Canadian artists and performers have touted the Brockville Arts Centre as Canada’s foremost midsized historic theatre. The recent $2 million facelift, has raised the eyebrows of Canada’s musical elite with a sound system equivalent to Celine Dion’s Las Vegas system. Luxurious seating duplicated from Washington’s Lincoln Centre and historic chandeliers from the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. One of the most memorable compliments comes from renowned Canadian Artist, John McDermott, who was quoted that “of the many continents he has performed at, Brockville Arts Centre has acoustic excellence second to none”.
There’s nothing quite like an OHL hockey game to warm you up on a chilly winters day. Come cheer on The Fronts at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre. This is junior ice hockey at its best. Home games typically take place on Friday evenings but the complete schedule can be found here.
The American Hockey League has arrived in Belleville! The Ottawa Senators have moved their top minor league team, the Belleville Senators to Belleville. You can come to see these talented young AHL players at the renovated Yardmen Arena, where they’ll play for at least 8 seasons. Come cheer on the Belleville Senators!
Prince Edward County is home to many passionate winemakers, who are producing some of this country’s best wines. These winemakers are just one of the reasons why this is Canada’s fastest-growing wine region and a designated viticultural area – with now over 45 wineries! A visit to The County during the winter will still give you ample opportunity to learn and sample wines at various wineries.
Book your tour:
Prince Edward County Wine Tours – Experience the County in class. PEC Wine Tours is the region’s specialist in offering the ultimate wine tour experience. They offer a variety of choices including a 5-star limousine service, passenger van, corporate packages as well as accommodation packages.
PEC Wine Tours uses local, knowledgeable staff as a way to offer our customers the full “County” experience, including history and art as well as the chance to indulge in local cuisine prepared by world-class chefs and National and International award-winning wines.
From novice to wine savvy we have an experience for you that will share rich history, how grapes grow here, and discuss the world of wine while touring some of the best and most famous wineries in Prince Edward County. You can rest assured that you are in good hands with PEC Wine Tours and will get a one-of-a-kind experience!
Sandbanks Vacations and Tours – Sandbanks Vacations & Tours is your one-stop-shop for staying and playing in Prince Edward County.
Sandbanks Tours will take you on a Wine Tour to the many hot spots in the area. Treat yourself to a day with friends or family on one of our fun and informative guided Wine Tours. Looking for something out of the ordinary? We can create a custom Specialty Tour that will satisfy any
A County Experience – If you’re are looking for a unique tour of the County, The County Experience is a great place to go. The tours are totally private and customized for you.
The County Wine Tours – It’s always wine o’clock in The County! Prince Edward County is Ontario’s hottest vacation destination for wine-loving foodies. Join us for a guided bike tour through the area’s most fun and unique wineries and rack up the wine tastings – and Instagram likes!