The snow is coating the ground in Grey County with a nice white blanket. The store fronts in Owen Sound are adorned with Christmas trees and décor. The children are ramping up their energy levels in anticipation of the greatest time of year. It’s magical, really.
So how are you spending these next few weeks of bliss? Going for a sleigh ride? Taking in the Festival of Northern Lights? Rushing around the stores finding that perfect gift?
Well we’ve compiled a list of things you just MUST DO before the holidays are over!
Here We Go…
FESTIVAL OF NORTHERN LIGHTS:
This 7 week festival has nearly 400 displays and more than 25km of light strands that illuminate the Owen Sound harbour, banks of the Sydenham River, the downtown core and Harrison Park in Owen Sound, leading up to and during the holiday season. New this year is a spectacular drive-thru light tunnel which features animated lighting and sound. A magical experience for the young and young at heart! Don’t forget to grab a hot chocolate at one of our fabulous downtown coffee shops and book your sleigh ride around the lights www.fonl.ca
COFFIN RIDGE WINERY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE:
Everyone loves a little wine and cheese over the holidays! Join the great staff at Coffin Ridge on December 15th from 12-5pm at their Holiday Open House. They’ll be releasing their limited edition Chai Spice Cider (so delish!!!) You can also try out some brand new hot sauces from Salem's Lott Hot Sauces, and enjoy a complimentary cheese buffet. There will be lots of great gift ides for the food and drink lover on your list. Be sure to sign up at www.coffinridge.ca
FESTIVE 1ST FRIDAY:
On Friday December 7th during the evening hours, the downtown Owen Sound streets come alive with holiday specials from participating merchants. In addition to fantastic specials, shoppers can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides throughout downtown, as well as holiday carollers. www.downtownowensound.ca
HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES AT GLENDALE FARMS:
Glendale Farms located in nearby Benallen, Georgian Bluffs offers private sleigh rides for families, birthday parties and social events. Take pleasure in an extraordinary sleigh ride through the open fields and woods journeying to the sugar shack to warm up with hot chocolate and hot apple cider. www.glendale-farms.com/haysleigh-rides
MORESTON BY CANDLELIGHT:
A Grey County Holiday Tradition! Located at Grey Roots Museum & Archives, Moreston by Candlelight gives everyone a break from the hustle and bustle of the season by transporting them back to a quieter, simpler time. This event takes place on Saturday December 15th and Sunday December 16th. www.greyroots.com
LEGACY RIDGE BRUNCH WITH SANTA:
Such a great family tradition, hosted by the good people at Legacy Ridge Golf Club! On Sunday Dec. 9th at 10am and Sunday Dec. 16th at 10am, Santa returns to Legacy Ridge for his holiday visit! Enjoy a fabulous brunch buffet with your entire family! Plus, Kids 12 and under receive a gift from SANTA! For reservations, call 519-376-1961. www.legacyridgegolf.ca
LIVING NATIVITY STORY:
You won’t want to miss this! A live nativity play in the great outdoors – filled with over 40 actors, live animals and an angel high in the tree tops. Take the short drive to Hepworth Baptist Church on either Saturday Dec 1st or Sunday Dec 2nd at 7pm, and be sure to wear warm clothes. You’ll see the magic unfold as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. www.hepworthbaptistchurch.weebly.com
A CHRISTMAS CAROL:
A Christmas Classic! The Roxy Theatre in downtown Owen Sound and the Canadian Federation of University Women present a dramatization of this holiday classic about Ebenezer Scrooge. Actors will bring to life the characters of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. For Tickets visit; www.roxytheatre.ca
Let The Christmas Magic Begin! Get Out And Enjoy This Season! Happy Holidays!