Holiday Event Fun Guide

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It’s the season for festive events and holiday outings. This year the GTA has some magical new events, along with annual favourites that you and your family are sure to enjoy. We’ve picked our top picks to share with you, many of these run until the end of the holiday break, so be sure to schedule a family outing or two! Most events require advance tickets so be sure to plan ahead!

Holiday Events in the GTA

SWEA Swedish Christmas Fair
SWEA Christmas Fair
Nov 1, 2021 
to Nov 12, 2021
Online Virtual Event
SWEA Toronto’s online Swedish Christmas Fair is again open with hundreds of Swedish food and design products now available. Fans of Swedish culture can shop Swedish food and...
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Eclipse – Walk with Light
Nov 5, 2021 
to May 7, 2022
Muskoka Heritage Place
Eclipse “Walk with Light” is a unique sound to light night walk at Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville, Ontario. Enjoy thousands of interactive lights that respond to the...
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Festival of Trees
Nov 6, 2021 
to Nov 6, 2021
Abilities Centre
Join us for a festive tree experience & holiday activities. Shop local businesses, decorate ornaments, write a letter to Santa, enjoy the hot chocolate bar and enjoy a...
Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees
24th Annual Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees!
Nov 11, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Kawartha Settlers’ Village
Kick off the holiday season, with a COVID 19 safe version of our annual Festival of Trees. See Kawartha Settlers’ Village transformed with beautiful lights, decorated Christmas Trees...
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Drive Thru Fun Co. Presents: Snow Magic, an Immersive Wonder
Nov 12, 2021 
to Jan 16, 2022
Ontario Place
Something new and truly extraordinary and exhilarating is coming to town. Drive Thru Fun Co. introduces Snow Magic, an immersive, illuminating, one of a kind, covid safe and...
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Fall Cottage Life Show 2021
Nov 12, 2021 
to Nov 14, 2021
The International Centre (Hall 2 – Arrow Hall)
The Fall Cottage Life Show, Canada’s largest cottage and outdoor living event, will return to the International Centre (Hall 2) in Mississauga from Friday, Nov. 12 to Sunday,...
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Niemi's Christmas Market
Nov 12, 2021 
to Dec 22, 2021
Niemi Family Farm
Plan your visit to a magical Scandinavian Country Christmas in Mount Albert. Shop local vendor products, sip on hot apple cider, enjoy a steamy cup of hearty soup,...
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Seasons Christmas Show 2021
Nov 12, 2021 
to Nov 14, 2021
The International Centre (Hall 3 – Arrow Hall)
The Seasons Christmas Show will bring the local craft and maker community back together to create a unique shopping experience for guests looking to find gift inspiration. At...
Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Nov 13, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Back by popular demand, The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail drive-along experience returns for another magical season of show-stopping lights, live entertainment and festive treats. Ticket sales begin November...
Gift of Lights
Gift of Lights
Nov 13, 2021 
to Jan 9, 2022
Bingemans
Gift of Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru holiday light display with two tunnels and over 300 animated and static light displays! Enjoy this holiday spectacle from inside the...
Canadas Wonderland Winterfest
WinterFest
Nov 13, 2021 
to Dec 31, 2021
Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland will once again transform into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. This event features ice-skating on Snow...
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Brooklin Merry Market
Nov 13, 2021 
to Nov 13, 2021
Winchester Golf Club
Visit the Annual Brooklin Merry Market hosted at the beautiful Winchester Golf Club located in Brooklin, Ontario. This year our event will be OUTDOORS, with each vendor under...
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Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
Nov 13, 2021 
to Nov 13, 2021
Downtown Orangeville
The Kin Club of Orangeville will host its annual Santa Claus parade on Saturday, Nov. 13, starting at 4:30 p.m. This year’s theme is a holly jolly Christmas....
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Santa’s Village Drive-Thru
Nov 13, 2021 
to Nov 13, 2021
Richmond Green Park
Richmond Hill’s drive-thru holiday experience is back! We invite you to celebrate this annual tradition from the comfort of your vehicles. Wave at Santa and Mrs. Claus and...
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London Santa Claus Parade
Nov 13, 2021 
to Nov 13, 2021
London Santa Claus Parade Route
We are back on city streets this year, November 13 at 6 p.m. on Dundas Street travelling west! 2021 Parade Theme is A Cartoon Christmas! ​ Thank you to...
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The Distillery District Winter Village
Nov 18, 2021 
to Dec 31, 2021
The Distillery Historic District
The Distillery Winter Village is an intimate, picture-perfect holiday experience, where friends and family gather to explore the rich history of The Distillery District, take-in the timeless romance...
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Seasky International Light Show Niagara Falls
Nov 18, 2021 
to Feb 27, 2022
Árpád Park Hungarian Hall Grounds
Seasky International Light Show arrives in Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 18th, 2021 for a limited time and is the biggest and most visually spectacular LED event ever...
Markham Holiday Market
Markham Holiday Market
Nov 19, 2021 
to Nov 21, 2021
Markham Fairgrounds
Welcome to the Markham Holiday Market brought to you by Robinson Show Services at the Markham Fairgrounds. The Markham Fairgrounds has hosted events and festivals for over 175...
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Winter Nights, City Lights: A Walk-Thru Experience
Nov 19, 2021 
to Nov 21, 2021
The Esplanade Park
Experience this in-person, ticketed winter event in partnership with Elexicon, OPG, Kinsmen & Kinette Club and Pickering Public Library. The City of Pickering in collaboration with the Kinsmen...
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Brampton Winter Lights
Nov 19, 2021 
to Nov 21, 2021
Gage Park
It’s time to get into the holiday spirit and there’s no better place to do that than in downtown Brampton. Experience the wonder of the annual Winter Lights...
Toronto Zoo Holiday Market
Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Marketplace
Nov 19, 2021 
to Dec 19, 2021
Toronto Zoo
Discover the magic of the holiday season this winter with the return of Your Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Marketplace this winter. Beginning on November 19th, the Toronto Zoo’s Front...
Santa Visits at CF Malls
Santa Visits at CF Malls
Nov 19, 2021 
to Dec 24, 2021
CF Malls
Rediscover that hearing-ho-ho-ho-in-real-life feeling and enjoy a magical and safe visit with Santa at your local CF shopping centre from November 19 through December 24. All in-person visits...
Brooks Farms Festive NIghts
Brooks Farms Festive Nights
Nov 19, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
Brooks Farms
Join us for our 2nd Annual FESTIVE NIGHTS at Brooks Farms to embark on a magical evening of lights and live music in an enchanted forest. Enjoy a...
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Trim the Town - Exterior Decorating Contest
Nov 19, 2021 
to Jan 3, 2022
Various locations within Whitchurch-Stouffville
Trim the Town is an exterior decorating contest open to all homes and businesses in Whitchurch-Stouffville. Entries will be accepted starting November 19 through December 17. Voting happens...
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Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain
Nov 19, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Blue Mountain Village
The Village is wrapped up in garlands and bows and illuminated with the sights and sounds of the holidays. Stroll the 1 km Light Trail and enjoy enchanting...
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Blumination Dream Trail
Nov 19, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Blue Mountain Village
Spectacular lights. Sensational sounds. The entire outdoor Village dressed up in sparkling lights that shine from dusk to 10pm every night. A one-kilometer winter stroll through the heights...
Immersive Nutcracker
Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle
Nov 20, 2021 
to Dec 26, 2021
Lighthouse Immersive Artspace
From the producers of the blockbuster, critically-acclaimed original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit comes the ultimate holiday experience for the entire family – The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle!...
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Fairway of Lights
Nov 20, 2021 
to Jan 30, 2022
Angus Glen Golf Club
Angus Glen Golf Club is excited to announce a new annual walking light show experience, Fairway of Light at Angus Glen Golf Club, coming this winter. After nightfall,...
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Skate On The Square
Nov 20, 2021 
to Mar 21, 2022
Mississauga Celebration Square
Enjoy a holiday skate at Celebration Square's outdoor community rink. Special hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and New Years Eve.
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Light Up the Square - Festival of Lights
Nov 20, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Mississauga Celebration Square
The City is bringing some sparkle to Celebration Square this year in a brand new festival of lights. Visit the Square to check out four dazzling artworks, including:...
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Toronto Christmas Pet Show
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 21, 2021
International Center
Canada’s Largest Family Pet Show is Back this Holiday Season! The Canadian Pet Expo welcomes back Pet Families to holiday festivities celebrating their furry, feathery or scaled family...
Barrie Santa Tour
Barrie Santa Tour
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
City of Barrie
The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that while a traditional parade just isn’t possible this year, Santa Claus is still coming to Barrie!! In addition...
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Noella Festival Kick-Off Celebration
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Open Air Dunlop
Downtown Barrie BIA is kicking off the Noella Festival by activating Dunlop St. East and Dunlop St. West with a special Open Air Dunlop on Saturday, November 20th,...
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Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 28, 2021
Pickering Museum Village
Deck your halls with a lovely evergreen wreath made by you! Join our Museum Interpreter to use fresh greenery to create your own wreath. Add in ribbon and...
Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade
Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Uxbridge Parade Route
November 20th marks the 60th Anniversary of the Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade! Since 1961, Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade has been a celebration of the holiday season. Each year,...
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41st Annual Victorian Tea
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
Enjoy a selection of traditional tea sandwiches and classic desserts, including plum pudding. Visit the Victorian Farmhouse decorated for the season and stop by the gift shop for...
Collingwood Santa Claus Parade
Collingwood Annual Santa Claus Parade
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Downtown Collingwood
Visit Collingwood main street for a nighttime parade to celebrate the holidays! The theme for this year’s event is “The Lights of Christmas”. The parade will be held in the...
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Georgetown Santa Claus Parade
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Georgetown Parade Route
The Georgetown Lions Club Parade started in 1932 and has been a continuous event since that time! The Lions Club is pleased to be able to stage our...
Newmarket Candy Cane Lane
Santa Claus Candy Cane Lane in Newmarket
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Cane Parkway
The much loved Santa Claus Parade will have a different format this year. Join us for an evening walk-thru event on Cane Parkway. Themed floats, musicians, buskers, and...
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YDHR Santa Express Train Ride
Nov 21, 2021 
to Dec 19, 2021
York Durham Heritage Railway
All Aboard with Santa! We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be joining us on our decorated and heated heritage train. This popular train...
Milton Santa Claus Parade
Milton Santa Claus Parade
Nov 21, 2021 
to Nov 21, 2021
Milton Parade Route
2021 Parade Theme – Celebrating Milton’s Everyday Heroes This year’s parade is a salute to the generosity and courage of the everyday heroes of this pandemic – from...
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19th Annual Regent Park Film Festival
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 2, 2021
Online
The 19th Annual Regent Park Film Festival is taking place online again this year (plus one in-person screening)! Our programming is free to stream between November 25th at...
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POLAR Winter Festival
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 26, 2021
Bandshell Park, Exhibition Grounds
POLAR Winter Festival is a magical outdoor walk-through Holiday experience. Get into the spirit of the Holidays with lots to see and do: Festive decorations and Holiday photo...
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Christmas at the Castle
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 30, 2021
Casa Loma
This December experience the magic of the season at Casa Loma’s Christmas at the Castle. Visitors will be surrounded by magic throughout the castle interior, resplendent with festive...
Casa Loma Holiday Light Tour
Casa Loma Holiday Lights Tour
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 30, 2021
Casa Loma
This December experience the magic of the season at Casa Loma’s spectacular Holiday Light Tour. Wander through a dazzling lighting display in the gardens and tunnels, all decorated...
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HoHoHoliday 5K
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 31, 2021
Online Virtual Event
The HoHoHoliday 5K is the most festive FUN run in Canada! Be apart of a holiday movement and join 10,000 Santa’s virtually across Canada who are spreading cheer...
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2021 One Of A Kind Winter Show - Holiday Show
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 5, 2021
Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
The Flagship Event Supporting Craft & Its Makers Is Back! One Of A Kind brings together the country’s most talented artisans so you can shop and discover the...
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Journey into Enchantment
Nov 25, 2021 
to Jan 8, 2022
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Join us this Christmas for truly enchanting drive-thru festival! Experience the magic of over 2 million of light decorations and 3D interactive displays while safely driving through over...
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Stouffville Holiday Market
Nov 26, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Main Street Stouffville
Friday November 26th (6-10pm) & Saturday November 27th (12-10pm) Join us for live performances, entertainment for all ages, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, holiday-inspired food and drinks, and unique...
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The North Pole Light UP Express Train
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 30, 2021
York Durham Heritage Railway
All aboard! YDHR is thrilled to announce that the beloved Christmas story is coming to life in Uxbridge, Ontario from November 26th—December 30th.  Before boarding the magical North Pole...
Alight at Night
Alight at Night
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 25, 2021
Upper Canada Village
EASTERN ONTARIO’S BIGGEST OUTDOOR LIGHT FESTIVAL. Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Over one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences...
Junction Winter Wonderland
The Junction 2nd Annual Window Wonderland
Nov 26, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Online Virtual Event
Toronto’s magical Window Wonderland, a free immersive urban art walk, is returning to the Junction for its second consecutive year. From November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022,...
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Holiday Fair in the Square
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 30, 2021
Assembly Park
We’re thrilled to announce that your favourite holiday tradition is returning for the 2021 season, and we’re at a new location! Whether you’re shopping for that unique holiday...
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Holiday Fair & Nights of Lights
Nov 26, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Assembly Park
After a sold out 2020, Holiday Nights of Lights is back bigger and brighter Nov 26 – Jan 2 and as a WALK-THRU! ​An immersive experience like none...
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Terra Lumina
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
Toronto Zoo
Terra Lumina is the eleventh unique experience created in Moment Factory’s Lumina night walk series. After nightfall at the Toronto Zoo, you are invited to pursue an immersive...
Kortright Magical Christmas Forest
Kortright Magical Christmas Forest
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
Kortright Centre for Conservation
Escape into the Magical Christmas Forest at the Kortright Centre and experience a winter wonderland filled with lights, activities and treats for the whole family. Please note: This is...
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Burlington Tim Hortons Free Skate
Nov 26, 2021 
to Nov 26, 2021
Mountainside Community Centre
Tim Hortons presents Free Skating for the community on the Nov. 26 PA Day and over the Winter Break from Dec. 20, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022. Residents...
Streetsville Christmas in the Village
Streetsville Christmas in the Village
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 28, 2021
Streetsville Village Square
Santa Claus is coming to Streetsville! The Streetsville BIA’s Christmas in the Village festival will take place this year on Saturday, November 27th, and Sunday, November 28th. Be...
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Cavalcade of Lights
Nov 27, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Nathan Phillips Square
Experience the magic of the holiday season with Cavalcade of Lights, from November 27 to January 2 at Nathan Phillips Square. This year, the reimagined festivities will be...
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Holly Jolly Pickering Christmas Drive-Thru
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 28, 2021
Pickering Museum Village
Visit the museum this holiday season and journey into Christmases of the past. Take our heritage Christmas trivia game with your family and friends, and learn who knows...
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Deck the Halls
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
Build your own beautiful holiday wreath using fresh greenery. Enjoy a guided visit to the seasonally decorated Victorian Farmhouse, light refreshments and stop in at the gift shop...
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Regent Park Film Festival Family Event 2021
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Daniels Spectrum
The Regent Park Film Festival’s only in-person screening features a mix of family friendly films from our main Festival program and video profiles of Regent Park by the...
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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Bloor-Yorkville
Celebrate the holidays with a free outdoor concert and lighting ceremony! Canadian pop star KIESZA will perform with special guest CARYS. About this event Join us on November...
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Brampton Santa Claus Parade
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Online Virtual Event
The Brampton Santa Claus Parade always brings cheer and smiles to so many young and young at heart. This year will be no exception! Get ready to tune...
Aurora Under the Stars Santa Claus Parade
Town of Aurora Santa Under the Stars Parade
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Aurora Santa Claus Parade
Dress up in your winter woolies and join us for this year's evening parade as Santa heads south along Yonge Street from Orchard Height Blvd. to Murray Dr.
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Santa’s Drive-Thru Spectacle of Lights Ajax
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Ajax Downs
Experience the magic of the holidays and kick off the season with Santa’s Drive-Thru Spectacle of Lights on November 27 starting at 6 p.m. at Ajax Downs Racetrack....
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City of Vaughan Virtual Menorah Lighting
Nov 29, 2021 
to Nov 29, 2021
Online Virtual Event
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council invite you to the City of Vaughan Virtual Menorah Lighting in celebration of Chanukah. Monday, Nov. 29, 4pm. Visit vaughan.ca/festive for...
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Make a Holiday Train with Your Family at The STEAM Project!
Nov 30, 2021 
to Nov 30, 2021
The STEAM Project
The Grinch has destroyed Santa’s sled! Help build a new fleet of STEAM trains to deliver presents across the world and save the winter holidays! Our experienced, caring...
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The Forgetful Elf Christmas Drive-Thru
Dec 1, 2021 
to Dec 4, 2021
Albion Hills Conservation Park
Join a drive-thru Christmas experience with “The Forgetful Elf”! Tour the grounds and discover the natural beauty of Albion Hills Conservation Park while looking for Santa’s lost items...
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Taste of Pape Village Winter Festival
Dec 1, 2021 
to Dec 31, 2021
Pape Avenue East York
Looking for a unique, lively event during this December holiday season? Consider inviting your friends and family along to Taste of Pape Village Winter Festival and “warm up”...

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