Flash Mob Carolling
December 22. Muskoka Chautauqua presents Flash Mob Caroling featuring the Whispering River Orchestra. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the season while enjoying festive refreshments. 1182 Foreman Road, Port Carling.
December 23. Come to Santa’s Village in Bracebridge for a a fun filled Winter Edition of SantaFest – with some of Santa’s favourite winter activities like gingerbread cookie decorating, petting zoo, scavenger hunt, ornament making, marshmallow roasting, Christmas crafts and who could forget – a visit with Santa! 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission: $12 (3 years and older) Admission includes a gingerbread cookie to decorate, marshmallow roasting and a Christmas craft for all children.
Evening Train Ride to Santa
December 23. A Portage Flyer Christmas at Muskoka Heritage Place, 88 Brunel Road, Huntsville. 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (last train leaves at 7:30 p.m.). $5 per person (child or adult) tax included. Parking at the Huntsville High School, Canada Summit Centre, Active Living Centre or directly across the street from the event. No advance ticket sales or reserve seating. Arrive and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies (while supplies last) and purchase your tickets enroute to boarding.
Torchlight Ski Parade
December 24. An annual family-friendly favorite at Hidden Valley Ski Hill in Huntsville, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade can be viewed from the Chalet or the base of the Flying Dutchman. Watch Snow School instructors and Ski Patrolers descend the Flying Dutchman carrying brightly lit torches in a beautiful procession of lights. Santa even joins in the Parade (you didn’t know he could ski, did you?). Join us for hot chocolate and cookies in the Chalet from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The Parade begins at 6 p.m. sharp.
New Year’s Even Fireworks
December 31. A family-friendly New Year’s Eve at Hidden Valley Ski Hill in Huntsville. Enjoy live music from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with fireworks at 6 p.m. Free cookies and hot chocolate starting at 5 p.m. Bar closes at 8:00 pm.
Blackburn Brothers New Year’s Eve
December 31. Beloved Toronto band performs at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.
All-Canadian New Year’s Eve
December 31. Award-winning Toronto singer, Shakura S’Aida will host this last concert of 2017 with musical director Lance Anderson and bassist extraordinaire Russ Boswell at the Gravenhurst Opera House. In addition to stellar entertainment, the Opera House is also offering a dinner and show package for $75 per person as well as a concert only option for $35. Dinner is provided by North Catering and includes the traditional New Year’s Eve party favours to help bring in the new year.
New Year’s Eve at the Brewery
December 31. Ring in 2018 in ‘Sawduster’ style at the Sawdust City Brewery in Gravenhurst. DJ Jerica Rose in The Saloon from 9:00pm to 1:00am. Dancing, delicious craft beer, cocktails and wine and of course, great company. Tickets are $20 each and include: New Year’s Party Favours • Midnight Snacks • Glass of bubbly at midnight • Live DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dress Code: Muskoka Formal (that means we expect to see plaid, but make sure it’s your fancy plaid… okay guys?
Splash N’Boots at Deerhurst
January 4. Treehouse TV favourites, Splash’N Boots are bringing their Big Yellow Boot to Deerhurst for one night only over the holiday school break. Timeless, universal and fun, their music has just the right amount of ridiculous – so parents and kids alike can share in the moment. These two-time Juno-nominees have released nine albums and three DVDs, have traveled across the world performing live shows in addition to their Treehouse TV show. Showtime at 4 p.m. Free for resort guests.
Martin Sexton Trio
January 6. Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when – the one that’s etched in your soul? Martin Sexton’s new album Mixtape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls a “soul marinated voice.” With special guest Ryan Montbleau. At Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.
January 6 and 7. An indoor family carnival complete with entertainers, carnival games galore, food, prizes, free face painting, and more at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst. James Funnyhat will be doing two shows Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There will be face painting Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $25 per family (or $8 per person), and includes access to KidZone and the rest of the Muskoka Discovery Centre facility.
Muskoka Wedding Show
January 13. For brides and grooms, at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst.
The Tartan Terrors
January 20. Back by popular demand after last year’s sold out show, the Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic invasion, mixing rock energy with traditional folk lore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes, fiddle-driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles. Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents, in some of the most prestigious festivals of the world. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.
Banff Mountain Film Festival
January 23 to 24. For 20 years, Algonquin Outfitters has been bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to Huntsville. This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. Different shows both nights, at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
January 26 to 28. A two-day round robin tournament with playoffs, that takes hockey back to the basics … on a frozen patch of lake. Teams take to the ice at the Bayview Wildwood Resort on Sparrow Lake, just north of Orillia, in a 4-on-4 format. The money raised will benefit Sarcoma Research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Each team member must raise a minimum of $100 toward their team’s fundraising minimum of $1000. Men’s and Women’s divisions.
Bracebridge Fire and Ice Festival
January 27. The festival offers a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival. “FIRE” features will include fire artist as well as fire pits throughout the Downtown. “ICE” features will include interactive ice displays, a downtown tube run and a new skating trail, located in Memorial Park. In addition, there will be Winter “try-it” activities, road hockey tournament and traditional carnival activities to complement the event. A souvenir button will be your passport to fun.
Coffee House with Sue and Dwight
January 27. An intimate evening of music at Muskoka Place Gallery, 1182 Foreman Rd., Port Carling. Presented by Muskoka Chautauqua. Showtime at 8 p.m. Refreshments: by donation in the jar. Admission: $10 at the door.
January 28. Annual cross country ski race at Arrowhead Provincial Park draws hundreds of participants.
Exile Air: WWII’s Little Norway
January 28. Author Andrea Baston will speak about her latest book – Exile Air: World War II’s Little Norway in Toronto and Muskoka. She will talk about writing the book that tells the story of the young Norwegian recruits who came to Canada during WWII as members of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Hear stories of patriotism, bravery and sacrifice at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre.