Parades, Markets, and Holiday Cheer

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Hastings County is full of wonderful events celebrating the spirit of the holiday season. Here’s our current round-up of everything happening around Hastings County leading up to December 25.

The hard-working elves behind these events are getting things in place, so we’ll be adding information as updates occur!

Get some Quality Time with Santa

santa claus standing on the slay during a parade and talking on the microphone

There are lots of oppotunities to see Santa around Hastings County as December 25 approaches. If you plan accordingly, you can get some serious facetime with him to ensure he knows you’re on the nice list this year!

Santa Claus Parades

More Opportunities to Connect with Santa

Santa isn’t just doing parades this year, he’s also available for photo ops and more!’

Stirling Lions Club Breakfast with Santa | Dec 4, 8am-11am

Head to the Stirling Lions hall at 435 West Front St. for a hearty breakfast and an opportunity for one-on-one time with Santa! Organizers are limiting the number of people to 80 in the hall to keep social distancing in place.

Visit Santa at Marmora Memorial Park | Dec 4, 2pm-4pm

Santa will be handing out treats to the children at Memorial Park following the Marmora and Lake Santa Claus Parade. For more information, please contact the Marmora Crowe Valley Lions Club

Christmas at O’Hara Mill | Dec 4, 10am-6pm

A full day of fun for the whole family at O’Hara Mill! Live music, horse drawn rides, hot beverages, bonfires, food, and of course a visit with Santa! Sounds like a great time for everyone!

Santa at the Covered Bridge in Stirling | Dec 11, 11am-1pm

You couldn’t find a more picturesque spot to get photos taken with Santa than the Stirling covered bridge! Whether or not there’s snow, you can guarantee some wonderful captures here.

Deseronto Christmas Family Fun | Dec 12, 1pm-4pm

With activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, public skating, and visits with Santa, you’ll definitely be in the holiday mood by the end of the day!

Holiday Markets & Shopping

Don’t worry if you missed the Country Christmas Gathering & Heart of Hastings Tours, there are still loads of opportunities to find the perfect, unique items for that special someone!

With so many talented artisans and makers in Hastings County, we aren’t surprised that there are a range of markets throughout the area showcasing their wares! Here are the ones we know of so far:

Tweed’s One-of-a-Kind Christmas Market at Frost House Open until Dec 24

Located at Frost House

14C Jamieson St E, Tweed

Tweed Christmas Bazaar

Nov 20 & 21

Located at the Tweed Agricultural Society Buliding

617 Louisa St, Tweed

Tweed & Area Heritage Centre Annual Artist and Artisan Christmas Sale

Dec 1 – 4

Located at the Tweed Heritage Centre

40 Victoria St. N. Tweed

JOY’s Christmas Market

Nov 27 10am-4pm

Located at Joy Bible Camp

39A Joy Bible Camp Lane, Bancroft

Santa’s Workshop Craft Show at Deseronto Market Dec 4, 10am-5pm

Located at the Deseronto Waterside Market

240 Main St., Deseronto

Artisan Christmas at the Sugar Bush

Dec 4, 11am-4pm

Located at Palmateer Farms Maple Sugar Bush

1427 Crookston Rd, Tweed

For more tips and ideas on where to shop local this year, check out our Hastings County Holiday Shopping Guide 2021.

Community Holiday Spirit

Make one of these annual community events a part of your holiday traditions! Big thanks to the volunteers who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make them happen!

Madoc Festival of Trees | November 19-21

Admission is $5 to view these beautifully decorated trees, designed by local sponsors. Purchase and drop your $2 raffle tickets into the ballot box to win your favourite Christmas Tree or Wreath! Bring an item for the local food bank and you will receive one free ballot!

All in support of the Madoc Business Improvement Team.

Tweed Festival of Trees | Dec 2-5

Another opportunity to win some beautiful seasonal decor for your home, and to support a good cause!

All Dressed for Christmas in Tweed

Untangle those lights, arrange the decorations and take part in the Tweed & Area Chamber of Commerce and Municipality of Tweed’s Christmas decorating contest. Residents and businesses are encouraged to submit their entry form by December 14 and judging will take place on December 17 & 18.

Don’t live in the Municipality of Tweed? That’s okay, you can still get in on the fun! Hop in the car and make the trip for an evening cruise to enjoy the lighting displays from those who’ve entered the contest. See if you can pick out who may be the chosen winners from each of the categories.



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