Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to Collingwood’s Downtown!

This Christmas season all kids (big and small) will have an opportunity to visit with Santa in his big sleigh when he comes to downtown Collingwood on Saturday, November 28, December 5, 12 and 19.  It is with great pleasure that we announce that Santa will be available for all to give him their wish lists beside town hall from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Saturdays leading up to his big night. 

On Saturday November 28th, December 5th and 19th, there will be a special surprise! You won’t want to miss Santa’s reindeer in training, as they will be joining Santa at town hall.  We are never sure who will be there; maybe you’ll be able to tell if they are descendants of Blitzen, Dasher or Donner.  The reindeer trainers will be on hand to answer all your reindeer questions.

After you have given your wish list to Santa, why not take the opportunity to explore some of the eighty plus boutique shops and artisans that downtown Collingwood has to offer.  Bursting with holiday decor and gift ideas, you never know what you will find, even for all those hard to buy for on your list.  Then reward yourself with something to please your palette from one of the more than thirty restaurants.  This holiday season, come downtown, and come home for the holidays.

For more information on events, activities and the businesses in Downtown Collingwood please visit our website at www.collingwooddowntown.com or call 705-445-5595.

Monday, November 16, 2015


The Fun Starts @ 10am with the Christmas Market!


Join us in Downtown Collingwood on Saturday November 21st to celebrate the start of the Christmas Season.  It’s a magical day that starts at 10am and goes into the early evening, featuring magical events for the whole family and a great chance to buy some great gifts too.

1.  Christmas Market 10 am – 4 pm
Begin the day by visiting our Farmers’ Market vendors who are joined by local artist and artisans bringing you the last of the seasonal harvest, exceptional meats, preserves and baked goods. It’s the perfect way to stock your pantry and buy some great gifts! The market is located in the public square between the Tremont and the Collingwood Library, just off Simcoe Street – both in European style huts and under the big tent.

2.  Engage your kids’ imagination with FREE activities at the Library 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We’re getting ready to trim the tree with one-of-a-kind decorations.  Add a personal touch to your Christmas tree by making your own ornament. Drop by the FreeSchools World Literacy room (first floor of the library) to warm up and get creative. One ornament per child; while supplies last.

3. Fresh from the Fringe presentation of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ 11:30 am/1:30 pm The ‘Fresh from the Fringe’ festival continues for its second weekend at the Simcoe Street Theatre with the children’s show, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door.

4. Visit with Santa’s Reindeer 1pm – 5 pm
Santa’s reindeer in training will also be joining us for the day as they bring holiday wishes from the North Pole – a delight for both young and old. Located in front of the Town Hall the reindeer and their keepers will answer your questions about Santa’s special training techniques as he prepares for the ‘big night’.

5. Dancing Windows 4 pm – 5 pm
Explore Downtown Collingwood’s window fronts as FleetWood Dance Centre fills them with live ‘Nutcracker’ dancers.  Make sure to check out the specials participating stores are featuring inside.

6. Silver Stick Hockey Tournament at the Arena
The Silver Stick Hockey Tournament is a tradition sure to bring great hockey to town.  Located at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, the tournament is an International Regional Qualifier.  Visit http://silverstick.org/Tournaments/1067/Collingwood_Regional  to see the complete schedule.   

7. Sip on Apple Cider Around a Crackling Fire 10:00 am – 4:00pm
This is apple country, and what finer way to start Christmas than sipping on a mug of our very own locally produced cider in company with friends and family, the scent of woodsmoke in the air,  and the warmth of a crackling fire.  Buy your cider at the Collingwood Community Food Co-op at 65 Simcoe and then stroll over to the fire located just beside the Tremont.

8. Santa Claus Parade 5 pm
Santa Claus will be in the Parade so be sure to be ready to cheer at 5 p.m. ! Anticipation begins as the annual Santa Claus parade makes it way north along Hurontario Street from Fourth to First Streets.   This year’s magical theme is ‘Christmas in Motion…. celebrating the fun you have with family and friends during the holiday’. The parade will feature floats and music, highlighting the joys of Christmas celebrations … the warmth and magic of celebrating the special time of the year with friends and family. The Parade will finish with the jolly old elf arriving in town in his very special sleigh… follow behind him as he makes his way down the street towards the town’s Christmas tree.

9. Light Up Your Christmas Spirit
Join Santa at the Federal Building, just south of Loblaw Great Food, and witness the official lighting of our own Town Christmas tree to mark the arrival of the festive season.  Head over to the Federal Building immediately after the Santa Claus parade.

10. Fireworks!
Following the parade, the day’s activities will end with a bang as fireworks fill the sky, marking the official beginning of the Christmas season in Downtown Collingwood. The Fireworks display is presented by PyroWorld and sponsored by Karen Fritz, Mortgage Broker, CENTUM Alternative Mortgages Ltd.

For further information, call 705-445-5595 or visit www.collingwooddowntown.com.