There’s still a lot of holiday left in the holidays. If you’re looking for some ways to spend some family time, or some me time, here are some options to check out around town:
Free indoor holiday skating at the Canada Summit Centre, sponsored by the Town of Huntsville and local businesses. Don’t forget your skates!
- Friday, Dec. 27, 10:30am-12pm – sponsored by Tim Hortons
- Friday, Dec. 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville
- Saturday, Dec. 28, 12pm-2pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville
- Sunday, Dec. 29, 10:30am-12:30pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville
- Monday, Dec. 30, 10:30am-12:00pm – sponsored by Tim Hortons
- Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10:30am-12pm – sponsored by Tim Hortons
- Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6:30pm-9:30pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville (New Years Eve Party Admission is free with donation to the soup kitchen)
- Thursday, Jan. 2, 10:30am-12pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville
- Friday, Jan. 3, 10:30am-12pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville
- Friday, Jan. 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm – sponsored by YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka Employment and Learning Services
- Saturday, Jan. 4, 12pm-2pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville
- Sunday, Jan. 5, 10:30am-12:30pm – sponsored by the Town of Huntsville
Skiing and snowboarding at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area
Every day until Jan. 5.
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area has you covered over the holidays. Enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding from from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days. And remember to join staff for the annual family-friendly fireworks display. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and live music in the chalet.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
If you’re looking for some fun in a winter wonderland, head to Arrowhead Provincial Park for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and tubing surrounded by natural beauty. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The skating trail has become more and more popular every year: expect lineups and pack some patience. Saturdays tend to be the busiest days. In January and February the park hosts Fire and Ice nights with the skating trail lit by Tiki torches. (Note: skating trail hours differ from park hours. Check the Twitter link below for details.)
All activities are weather dependent. To avoid disappointment, call 705-789-5105 or check Twitter @arropark for updates before heading out.
Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve
If you’re looking for budget-friendly activities over the holidays, look no further. Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve offers free access to snowshoeing and skiing trails daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trail maps and guest parking passes can be found at the self-serve kiosk just past the gate.
Want to enjoy the great outdoors, but don’t have the gear? No problem. Stop in at Algonquin Outfitters in downtown Huntsville where they can assist you with rentals. The store rents cross-country skis, snowshoes (or for an alternative to snowshoes, check out the Altai backcountry skis), and fat bikes. If you’ve never tried fat biking, it’s a fun way to enjoy hiking trails in the winter. The extra-wide tires give you more traction to cut through the snow.
Classic Cheese Fondue for Two, Deerhurst Resort
Looking for an evening out without the kids? Enjoy a gourmet cheese fondue for two with live music after 8:30 p.m. at Deerhurst Resort’s Compass Bar and Grill.
Paint a winter scene with Eclipse Art Gallery, Deerhurst Resort
Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 28 and 29 at 4 p.m.
$35 per person; pre-register at the resort.
An Evening of Stuart McLean Stories, hosted by The Centre for Mindfulness in Muskoka
Dec. 27, 7-9 p.m., Trinity United Church (advance tickets required)
If you love the stories of Stuart McLean, you won’t want to miss this. Hear some favourite Stuart McLean tales about Dave and Morley as well as live musical performances. Proceeds support The Centre for Mindfulness in Muskoka’s vision of an inclusive and thriving retreat centre for various mindful and contemplative practices.
New Year’s Noon Party, Huntsville Public Library
Dec. 31, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Kids and parents/caregivers are invited to make party hats, take photos with the green screen, have snacks and do a countdown to noon! Suitable for ages 3+.
Family-Friendly Fireworks, Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area
Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m.
Fireworks at 6 p.m. Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and live music in the chalet.
Etwell Concert Series New Year’s Eve Dance, upstairs at the Huntsville Legion
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – Jan. 1, 1:30 a.m.
Three great bands and a late night snack. Bill Durst headlines. Bill is a pioneer of the Canadian rock and blues scene. He tours all over Europe and North America and has shared the stage with the likes of Aerosmith, Sly and the Family Stone, and Bob Seger. Tickets $25 in advance at The Record Shoppe, Cripple Creek Music or the Legion. (Also available at the door if still available.)
Huntsville Polar Bear Dip, Hidden Valley Resort
Jan. 1, noon
Ring in the New Year for a good cause. Bring a warm towel, your friends, and your courage. In support of Community Living Huntsville.
A sneak peek at what’s coming in January:
A Play, a Pie & a Pint, presented by Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Jan. 13-14, The Mill on Main
Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by Algonquin Outfitters, Jan. 20-22, Algonquin Theatre
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