Welcoming the Holidays

Welcoming the holidays

Our spirits are warm as we celebrate the arrival of the holiday season in Durham Region. December is brimming with delightful activities for the whole family to enjoy, whether you’re craving some culture and tradition, live music or an exciting outdoor adventure. Cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, and read on to find out what’s happening in your community this holiday season. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out a local parade, there are more Santa Claus parades to experience this month in Courtice, Port Perry, Sunderland and Whitby, as well as the T.H.E.E. Tractor Parade in Clarington! To see all of the family friendly events taking place in Durham Region this month, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

Holiday shopping

Holiday shopping

Surprise the ones you love most this holiday season with the perfect gifts.

Durham Region is home to many charming boutiques and several shopping malls, which come alive with holiday spirit this time of year.

With unique gems at every twist and turn, you will be sure to find that special something for each person on your list, from the craft enthusiast, to the home cook, to the one who has everything!

Ring in the New Year

Ring in the New Year

Out with the old, and in with the New Year!

This has certainly been a year to remember, but come Dec. 31, Durham Region will be ready to celebrate new beginnings as we ring in 2017.

Enjoy family friendly fun, live entertainment, interactive experiences, ice skating, and so much more as we welcome a brand new year.

Visit the Durham Tourism events calendar to find celebrations near you.

Christmas Moonlight Magic

Christmas Moonlight Magic

Start your holiday season with some Christmas Moonlight Magic!

On Dec. 2, enjoy live entertainment, Christmas carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree in historic downtown Bowmanville. This magical night includes free horse-drawn wagon rides and local stores will remain open late for some evening holiday shopping.

For other tree lighting events taking place in December, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.


Holiday carriage rides

Take in the sights and sounds of downtown Port Perry during the holidays, with a magical horse-drawn carriage ride!

Gather your sweetheart, the kids, or special visitors, and enjoy a favourite activity of the season. The gentle clip clop of horses’ hooves and jingle of sleigh bells is sure to get you feeling warm and cozy!

Starting Dec. 3 to Dec. 17, rides will be offered on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights

The Uxbridge Club of Optimists is inviting residents to experience the ninth-annual Fantasy of Lights, taking place from Dec. 10, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.

This spectacle of lights is free to attend, and will run nightly from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Walk or drive through the twinkling lights and enjoy the holiday cheer!

There is no admission for this event, but donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated.

EDITED Santa Float Parade


Ajax Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m.

Beaverton Santa Claus Parade – Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m.

Cannington Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m.

Courtice Santa Claus Parade – Sunday, Dec. 4, at noon

Orono Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Oshawa Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.

Newcastle Santa Claus Parade – Sunday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.

Pickering Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m.

Sunderland Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

T.H.E.E. Farmer’s Parade of Lights – Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m.

Whitby Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m.



Canadians have the home-field advantage for this years’ 2016 Reebok CrossFit Invitational, as it is being held in Oshawa at the General Motors Centre!

The Invitational is considered CrossFit’s all-star game, with the fittest men and woman from around the world coming together to compete.

Tickets are on sale now for this epic two-hour event, which takes place on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. CrossFit will also host a friendly Affiliate Competition on Saturday, Nov. 19, where fans will have the opportunity to compete on the Invitational floor.