Plan The Perfect Weekend Escape With These Events Around Simcoe County!

As the holiday season approaches, Simcoe County is bustling with even more local markets and festive events to make your days merry and bright – here are just a few of our favourites to kick off the holiday season.

With a variety of seasonal activities popping up, there’s no better time to plan the perfect weekend in Simcoe County. Embrace the festive cheer and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones during this special time of year.

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Barrie Santa Claus Parade

Get ready to usher in the holiday season with the much-anticipated Barrie Santa Claus Parade, a cherished tradition presented by the Barrie Chamber of Commerce since 1949. The city will come alive at 5 pm as the parade kicks off, and the streets of Barrie will be adorned with excited spectators eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus himself. Keep your eyes peeled for The Peggy Hill Team as they join the procession with their delightful float, adding extra joy to this beloved holiday tradition. To learn more, click here.

Click here to learn more about Downtown Barrie.

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Bonfire Day At Wishing Well Sanctuary

Embark on a heartwarming journey at Bonfire Days at Wishing Well Sanctuary, where this unique event invites families to connect with rescued animals. Wishing Well Sanctuary provides a haven for animals rescued from neglect, fostering compassion and respect for all beings through humane education. Enjoy the warmth of a crackling bonfire and indulge in complimentary hot cocoa as you soak in the serene surroundings. Experience a delightful day filled with warmth, animal encounters, and a shared commitment to kindness and environmental consciousness. To learn more about Wishing Well Sanctuary, click here.

Click here to learn more about Bradford West Gwillimbury, where Wishing Well Sanctuary is located.

Wishing Well Sanctuary Sign


Experience the ultimate tribute to Pearl Jam with VITALOGY this Saturday at the Rec Room. Led by the incredible Don Murphy, channelling Eddie Vedder’s essence, VITALOGY captures the authentic sound of Pearl Jam. Guitarist Sean Taylor, Ian Ross, bassist Dan Trickett, and drummer Jamie Taylor deliver a powerhouse performance. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual listener, VITALOGY promises an unforgettable night, proving they are as good as it gets when it comes to tribute bands. For more information, click here.

Click here to learn more about Allandale, the neighbourhood where Rec Room is located.

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Bear Creek Secondary’s Wrapped Up Winter Market

Embrace the holiday spirit at Bear Creek Secondary’s Wrapped Up Winter Market 2023! With over 50 vendors, a bustling silent auction, and an array of activities, there’s something for everyone. Kids can enjoy face painting and engaging arts activities while enjoying live musical and dance performances. The Winter Market promises an unforgettable day filled with shopping, entertainment, and delightful surprises for all ages! To learn more, click here.

Click here to learn about Holly, the neighbourhood where Bear Creek Secondary School is located.

Bear Creek Seconday School Wrapped Up Winter Market Graphic

As the weekend unfolds with a tapestry of events, seize the opportunity to make lasting memories and discover the richness our community has to offer. Embrace the joy, the laughter, and the sense of community. Your adventure awaits—make it unforgettable!