This just in! The North Pole has confirmed Santa will be riding the York-Durham Heritage Railway on Saturdays and Sundays this holiday season, starting Nov. 26 through Dec. 18!

Departing from the Uxbridge station, Santa will visit each child at their seat, and if they have been good all year, they will receive a special treat.

Seating on Santa trains is limited, so be sure to reserve your boarding pass!



There’s nothing more magical than circling around a holiday tree and taking in the twinkling lights with friends, loved ones and neighbours.

Enjoy holiday tree lighting ceremonies across Durham Region this month! Visit the Durham Tourism events calendar to find a celebration near you, and remember to bundle up!

Brooklin’s Christmas in the Village – Friday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m.

Oshawa’s Tree Lighting – Friday, Nov. 18, at 6:45 p.m.

Pickering’s Annual Tree Lighting and Fireworks – Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.

Uxbridge Festival of Lights – Wednesday, Dec. 7

Whitby’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.



Curling enthusiasts are invited to compete in the Oshawa Curling Club Mixed Doubles Cash Bonspiel taking place on the weekend of Nov. 25 to 27.

If you don’t curl, but are interested in learning more about this new Olympic event – the weekend is free for spectators! The cost is $150 per team to compete.

Food will be available for purchase on Saturday, and the bar will be open all weekend. Please enjoy responsibly.



Celebrate the sounds of the season at an Old Fashioned Christmas Concert! On Nov. 26, come and enjoy an evening of holiday-themed entertainment.

Community talent will take the stage at the Historic Leaskdale Church, for an evening of music, dance, recitation and skits.

The whole family will have a ball singing traditional carols, and getting into the festive spirit together. We hear there might be a visit from Santa as well!


Plan your haunted adventures in celebration of Halloween!

Get into the Halloween spirit this weekend with festive events taking place across Durham Region!

The York-Durham Heritage Railway has turned into an eerie delight, with Halloween trains departing on Saturday and Sunday. Children young and old can enjoy spooky décor and activities to get into the spirit. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

For a frightfully fun haunt, look no further than the Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze – if you dare! Your spine will tingle as you wander along the popular Haunted Trail. Be prepared to scream your way through the darkness in the intense Manic Maze, and bring your courage because there will be new scary scenes around every corner! This event is not recommended for children under eight years old.

There are plenty of fun activities planned this weekend in celebration of Halloween, so be sure to visit the Durham Tourism event calendar to learn more about the events taking place in your community.

 Haunted events taking place this weekend:

Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Halloween Howl

A paranormal night at the museum

Halloween Train

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Lest We Forget

Before the holiday season gets underway, Durham Tourism would like to take the time to honour our heroes in the Canadian Armed Forces. Remembrance Day is a time to reflect and give thanks to those who have dedicated their lives to our great nation. On Nov. 11, ceremonies will be held across Durham Region to honour Canada’s Veterans, and remember their courage, service and sacrifice. For a complete list of other events taking place in Durham Region during the month of November, be sure to check out the Durham Tourism events calendar.


Partnering On Sports Events

With the changing of seasons, comes a change of activities in our gyms, rinks, and fields. If you are running a sports event, Sport Durham has the tools and resources to assist you in your success.

Sport Durham offers a full range of services, including:

  • Assistance with bid development.
  • Event promotion.
  • Generating media coverage.
  • Introductions to hotel and other accommodation operators.
  • Transportation solutions.
  • Venue co-ordination.
  • Visitor information and discounts.
  • Welcome letters and letters of support.

We can help you launch a new sports event, or make your existing one even better. If you would like to join our list of partners, please send an e-mail to, or phone 905-668-4113 ext. 2608.

By partnering on sports events, we will show residents and visitors that there is no better place to play and stay, than right here in Durham Region.


Time to pick that perfect pumpkin!

With Halloween just weeks away, now is the time to visit your local farm and pick out your pumpkin! A thrilling tradition for children young and old, finding the perfect pumpkin is a marvelous activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Local pumpkin patches across Durham Region are currently open, and are welcoming families to pick out their pumpkins! Be sure to stick around to enjoy the many additional activities planned for children. Each farm offers something unique and different, such as hay rides, corn mazes, and so much more!

Local farms provide endless family friendly fun, and acres of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colours, ready to bring home and carve into front-porch masterpieces.

So you’ve gutted your pumpkin, now what? There are so many possibilities! Bake a pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice muffins, or roast the seeds to enjoy a delightfully savoury snack.

Be sure to visit the Durham Farm Fresh website to learn more about our local producers or to view the Durham Farm Fresh brochure.

Pick your own:

Brooks Farms
122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert  

Cooper CSA Farm and Maze
266 Ashworth Rd., Zephyr

Knox’s Pumpkin Farm
6325 Enfield Rd., Hampton

Pingle’s Farm Market
1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton

Watson Farms Ltd.
2287 Hwy. 2, Bowmanville

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Hit the trails!

With more than 350 kilometres of recreation trails and conservation areas weaving through Durham Region, outdoor adventures can be embarked on at any time of the year.

During the fall, Durham’s scenic countryside proudly displays stunning, colourful foliage for all to see. This is an excellent time of year to get out with the whole family, and enjoy hiking through our many world-class trails here in Durham Region. Throughout the season, explore the trails by walking, jogging, cycling, in-line skating, bike riding, or even horseback riding!

Our trails will lead you through a variety of pleasant landscapes. Explore urban centres, small hamlets, wetlands, lush forests, and reconnect with the great outdoors.

Looking to map out an adventure for your family? Check out the Durham Region Trails Guide by visiting Also, be sure to check out the online, interactive Map Your City (MYC) Durham Waterfront Trail lab and mobile app! Use this tool to view trail access and way-finding points, read interesting stories, see pictures, access web and video links, and identify all of the amazing amenities near you. Download the app from the website for free on your Android or iOS devices.

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Plan a relaxing night away from home at a local B&B

Take a break from life’s hustle and bustle, and escape overnight in Durham Region! Recharge by spending the night in one of Durham’s registered bed and breakfast (B&B) establishments, each offering a unique experience for guests.

Whether you seek a secluded riverside cottage, a historic log cabin, or a romantic garden backdrop for stunning wedding or event photos, you’ll find what you’re looking for here in Durham.

Enjoy outdoor adventures and the charm of our local communities by day, exciting nightlife, and then retreat to your overnight destination. Wake up and enjoy delicious culinary delights–and do it all over again if you so desire! No matter what your itinerary holds, you can expect warm hospitality and family friendly fun during your Durham Region escape.

Check out the Durham Tourism Directory for a complete list of our local B&B establishments.

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