December 2019 events

Photo by Thomas Koch

SANTAFEST
Weekends to Dec. 22. Santa is always busy during the holiday season, but every year he takes a break before the big night to visit with everyone at his summer home in Bracebridge. Christmas crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, fireside hot chocolate, and more at Santa’s Village.

 

GOOD LOVELIES CHRISTMAS 2019
Dec 13. Still merry after all these years, Good Lovelies return to the Algonquin Theatre with their 13th annual Christmas tour. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Good Lovelies highly popular Christmas album “Under The Mistletoe.” To celebrate, the trio will be releasing “Evergreen”, a new collection of seasonal favourites, classic carols and original Christmas songs.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Dec 14. Join the Huntsville Festival for this hilarious family friendly production of the holiday classic presented by Dufflebag Theatre. From Fezziwig to Tiny Tim, all the favorites are included in this exuberant version of the Charles Dickens Yuletide classic!

 

SATURDAY SESSIONS AT LAKE OF BAYS BREWERY
Lake of Bays Brewery presents a new season of Saturday Sessions, concerts inside the brewery in Baysville. Petra – Baysville’s own father daughter duo, Peter and Laura Harbocian – host 11 sessions this winter, from 1-4:30 on Saturdays. With acoustic music with guitars, djembe, washboard and just the right harmonies, Petra perform acoustic music from every decade of the last half century and play at every session. They will also present three new acoustic acts at every session.

 

KYUNG-A LEE – CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Dec 14. The Muskoka Concert Association is pleased to present Kyung-A Lee.  This incredible local pianist has a burning passion for music which has taken her around the world, playing for international audiences.  This young artist is extremely in demand and we are extremely happy to welcome her to the Gravenhurst Opera House.

 

NOEL NORTH
Dec 14-15.  Shop from a curated group of talented artists and makers at the very first Noël North holiday show at Annex – a creative arts space in downtown Bracebridge. With the discerning shopper in mind, the organizers have gathered together some of their favourite creators from Muskoka and beyond. Featuring beautiful fine art, pottery, jewellery, home goods, artisan foods and clothing for both adults and kids, there will be something for everyone at Noël North.

 

A PORTAGE FLYER CHRISTMAS – EVENING TRAIN RIDE TO SANTA
Dec 21. See Santa the old fashioned way, aboard a classic steam train at Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville. 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (last train leaves at 7:30 pm). 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 PARADE
Dec 24. An annual family-friendly favorite, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade at Hidden Valley can be viewed from the Chalet or the base of the Flying Dutchman. Watch our 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 5:00-6:00pm. The Parade begins at 6:00 pm sharp. No Night Operations on Christmas Eve.

 

NEW YEARS WITH FLEETWOOD NICKS & PRACTICALLY PETTY
Dec 31. Exploring material from Rumours to Stevie’s solo work to Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks hits as well– this show exudes the mystique and charm of both famous artists in a stunning recreation of some of the worlds most popular music. Fleetwood Nicks portrays Fleetwood Mac with incredible authenticity. And every performance of Practically Petty is true to the spirit and essence of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They have the Tom Petty look and sound and even use the same equipment as the Heartbreakers. Two exciting acts – one incredible evening at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst! (Plus a set of covers by the Stones, Beatles, Blondie, Pretenders, etc) Party favours and late-night munchies provided.

 

NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS
Dec 31. Family-friendly New Year’s Eve fireworks at Hidden Valley ski hill. Enjoy live music from 5:00-8:00 pm with fireworks at 6:00 pm. Free cookies and hot chocolate starting at 5:00. Bar closes at 8:00 pm.

 

ZOO TO YOU – ED-ZOO-CATION
Jan 4-5. Exotic animals at the Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst, presented by experienced and knowledgeable handlers from 10 am to 4 pm. The handlers will bring our animals out of their secure temporary enclosures on a rotation to allow time for you to interact and be educated at the same time about these amazing creatures. Zoo To You’s animals are very well-socialized and acclimated to the noise and commotion during these types of events. Regular Admission to MDC applies or if you are a Kidzone Pass Holder admission is included in your pass.

 

MUSKOKA WEDDING SHOW
Jan 11. All the vendors you will need to make you special day perfect! Guests will be treated to food & beverage sampling, door prizes, and more at the Muskoka Discovery Centre. Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Jan 20- 22 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. As soon as the festival ends, the best films from the festival begin a world tour. Three separate showings with different films each night, at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville

 

TAYLOR CUP POND HOCKEY
Jan 24-25. 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, women’s and co-ed divisions. All skill levels welcome!

 

BRACEBRIDGE FIRE AND ICE FESTIVAL
Jan 25. A unique approach to a traditional winter carnival. “FIRE” features will include fire artists, fireworks at 7pm as well as fire pits throughout Downtown Bracebridge. “ICE” features will include interactive ice displays, the legendary downtown tube run, a skating trail located in Memorial Park and a new crockicurl game rink! Additionally, there will be “try-it-out” activities, traditional carnival games, and live music to complement the event. New this year, The Great Canadian Lumberjack Show will be providing hours of axe throwing, wood chopping, and cross-cut sawing entertainment.

 

RANT MAGGIE RANT
Jan 25. Rant Maggie Rant brings an arsenal of instruments, styles and substance to their shows with versatility and virtuosity. The Stratford, Ontario band’s personality shines through as a collective of six very unique and different artists in their own right, the sum of which create unforgettable moments on stage. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.

 

MUSKOKA LOPPET
Jan 26. This is a classic-style cross-country ski event on the trails at Arrowhead Park, just outside Huntsville. The distances are 5, 15 and 30 km. Pre-registration necessary.

 

KELLY SHIRES BREAST CANCER SNOW RUN
Jan 31 – Feb 2. Join us for the 21st annual Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run, an all-women snowmobile event to raise funds for women with breast cancer. As always, we will have some extra special surprises for everyone who participates! At Deerhurst Resort.

 

THE WINTER TIMEOUT
Jan 31-Feb 2. Ontario’s  most  luxurious  girlfriends’  retreat  will  be hosted  once  again  at  the  spectacular  JW  Marriott  The  Rosseau  Muskoka  Resort  &  Spa . The  all-inclusive  weekend  includes: Daily yoga/meditation classes; health, beauty &  wellness-focused  workshops,  including  new  entrepreneurial-focused  topics; pop-up shopping experiences; gourmet meals & wine; swag bag filled with luxury  items.

 

HYPROV: IMPROV UNDER HYPNOSIS
Feb 1. From the minds of improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie, and master hypnotist, Asad Mecci, comes a brand new, mind-blowing, side-splitting show combining hypnotism and improvisation. Twenty members of the audience will be put under hypnosis, and the five best will join Mochrie into a hypnotic improve extravaganza! This will be an entirely original and completely unforgettable show, for who knows where the unconscious mind will go. Presented by Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

 

GRANT TINGEY & HIRED GUN
Feb 1. Muskoka grown singer, songwriter Grant Tingey says his love of music came from within his family and at the age of 15, he really started taking singing seriously and later tried his hand at songwriting. In 1992 he was named Top Male Open Vocalist at the Canadian Open Country Singing Contest and returned in 2000 and won first prize in the songwriting category. He ventured off to Europe where he performed at various festivals and plays in Muskoka on a regular basis. This show at the Gravenhurst Opera House is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Grant’s father Sheldon Tingey.

 

SPARROW LAKE CUP – OVAL SNOWMOBILE RACES
Feb 1-2. Vintage snowmobiles racing around an ice oval on Sparrow Lake. Events start at 10am. Free entry to the races if you bring a sled for the vintage snowmobile show. All sleds from 1990 and older are welcome. A display sled can also do parade laps,(with helmet and waiver singed). Come on out to Bayview Wildwood Resort for great racing and some beautiful displays!

 

DWIGHT WINTER CARNIVAL
Feb 6-8. Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, Axe Throwing, Fatbiking, Skating, Snowshoeing, Archery, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Cookie Decorating, Carnival Games, Speaking of Wildlife Exhibits & Show, H.O.L.D. Chili Cook Off, and so much more in Dwight.

 

PERFECT PIE
Feb 6-9.  In the course of an afternoon’s reunion between the long-estranged friends, a buried memory and a wild secret crash into the present. Based on a true story, Perfect Pie is an intimate and emotional drama by acclaimed Canadian playwright Judith Thompson. Presented by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

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