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A young child snowboarding.
Snowboarding at Brimacombe, Orono.
DECEMBER 2018
Celebrate the season.
December is here! Across the region we are celebrating the best of the season. Happy holidays to you and yours. We hope you have a safe and fun holiday and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your time exploring beautiful Durham Region.

Take a look at the events featured below or visit our events calendar on DurhamTourism.ca for more ideas on what to do in Durham this month. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and discover Durham Region.
Holiday Road Trip. YDH is Ontario's road trip destination.
Holiday road trips
The holidays are right around the corner. Is your holiday shopping done? Shop local this year–better yet, why not make it a holiday road trip and explore all the other great elements Durham has to offer? If you still have gifts to buy, we have just the resource for you! Check out YorkDurhamHeadwaters.ca to find great features, articles, and a blog offering amazing holiday road trip ideas and inspiration. You can even pick up all the ingredients for your holiday feast! From profiles on the “makers” of the region, to locations to harvest your own Christmas tree, there is a wealth of information to explore.
Santa Claus speaks with a young boy.
Festive fun in Durham
The holiday fun continues this December! Here are just a few festive events to check out this month:

  • On December 2, experience Christmas in the village, Winter in the woods. Visit with the inhabitants of the Pickering Musuem Village as they share their holiday customs. Note: special admission fees apply, and advanced admission tickets are available online.
  • WindReach Farm welcomes you to the Holly Jolly Jubilee on December 8. Visit Santa, as well as the farm animals; enjoy crafts, pony rides, and a Christmas market with a variety of artisans and vendors offering unique gift ideas! Additional fees apply for pony rides, lunch and refreshments.
  • On December 9, the Scugog Shores Museum is holding their Children’s Old-Fashioned Christmas. Step back in time and tour the historic village, traditionally decorated for the holidays with evergreen boughs, bright ribbons and berries. Visit with Santa Claus, bake and decorate cookies in the Log Cabin, or visit the blacksmith or the print shop. You can even participate in the Holiday Scavenger Hunt! 
  • Take a trip with Santa on the York-Durham Heritage Railway’s popular Santa Train. This annual festive train ride operates weekends until December 16. Enjoy live entertainment on a decorated and heated heritage train, and receive a visit from Santa at your seat! For ticket pricing and availability, visit ydhr.ca.
Three knitted red toques with Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games logo.
Warm heads, warm hearts
This winter, warm your head and your heart with your own Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games toque. The Games toques, hand-knitted by volunteers, are so wildly popular that the Games Organizing Committee is now selling them! Proceeds from the sale of the toques will contribute toward the cost for athletes competing here in Durham Region from February 8 to 10, 2019 . Toques are $20 each and are available by emailing ParasportToques@gmail.com or at the Christmas Warehouse Sale in Unit 36, 1755 Pickering Parkway, Pickering until December 24 .
Christmas pillows and decorations for sale.
Not your average Dark Horse
The Dark Horse in Sunderland is not your average antique shop. It’s also not your average art gallery, or even your average home décor shop. In fact, there is nothing average about it.

Located in the Old Sunderland Fire Hall, The Dark Horse is an intriguing mix of original art, antiques and home décor. Always changing, always evolving, always re-creating.  

Eight years ago, Lianne Megarry left her 25+ year career as a general accountant to combine her two passions of art and antiques into a business. As an artist and a lifelong collector of antiques, she has the knowledge and expertise to source each piece on the floor and shows her own artwork as well. The Dark Horse is also an official stockist for Fusion Mineral Paint, IOD and Muddarittaville.

Two years ago, The Dark Horse expanded once again and now has exciting workshops happening weekly under the label Dark Horse University. The workshops are listed on the website and are updated frequently.   
The Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra performing.
Rock your holiday
Get ready to rock your holiday with the Ontario Philharmonic on December 22 and 23 . From Piotr Tchaikovsky to Irving Berlin, your classical, operatic, rock and pop favourites come together in symphonic splendour. Tickets are available in person through the Regent Theatre Box Office, online at RegentTheatre.ca , or by calling 905-721-3399.
Two para-athletes pose with PACHI the Ontario Parasport Games mascot.
Less than 70 days to the Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games!
The countdown to the Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games continues! The Games Organizing Committee recently announced that Glenn Healy and the Highland Creek Pipe Band will lead the athlete parade into the Games Opening Ceremony on February 8. Glenn grew up in Pickering and played goalie for the Pickering Panthers before a 15-year career in the NHL.

The Games will welcome more than 500 participants across 11 parasports. Check out DurhamRegion2019.ca to learn more about these exciting Games and the venues hosting each parasport. You can also connect with @DurhamRegion19, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Remember to use the hashtag #paramazing!

On November 1, the Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games celebrated a milestone when about 500 people came together to celebrate the 100 Day Countdown to the Games. Participants and local students met athletes, tried some of the parasports, watched the unveiling of the Games medal design, high fived PACHI, and left excited and ready for the Games. Check out the Parasport blog for more highlights from the event.
A family downhill skiing.
Ready, set...ski!
Durham's ski hills are the perfect place to embrace the elements this winter. Start your skiing, snowboarding or tubing adventures this winter at our four local ski resorts: Brimacombe , Dagmar , Lakeridge and Skyloft . Check each resort's website for opening dates. 

Durham Region offers a wide selection of hills for everyone from the experienced to the beginner skier. Don’t forget to check out the cross-country trails available throughout the region as well, for a classic winter outing.
The Comfort Inn and Suites in Bowmanville.
Rest your head at the Comfort Inn, Bowmanville
There’s a new place to stay in town! Located just off highway 401 in Bowmanville, the Comfort Inn & Suites Bowmanville opened in July 2018. Since opening, the hotel has welcomed over 8,000 guests and looks forward to welcoming many more, both to the facility and to Durham Region.

Featuring 72 modern welcoming rooms and cozy beds; complimentary amenities, including a free hot breakfast with hearty and healthy options; free high-speed internet; free parking; an indoor pool and gym, the Comfort Inn & Suites Bowmanville is perfect for both business travellers and those seeking a vacation hotel. Friendly staff are available to help guests with whatever they need to make their trip to Bowmanville and the Durham Region more enjoyable. A home away from home, guests will wake up refreshed and ready for a great day!
Party-goers celebrate as confetti falls around them.
Ring in the New Year!
Celebrate the new year with the Generals
Looking for a new way to celebrate 2019? Catch the exciting OHL action as the Oshawa Generals take on the Kingston Frontenacs at the Tribute Communities Centre on January 1 . Tickets for home games throughout the season are available at the Tribute Communities Centre Box Office, by calling 1-877-436-8811, or through the Tribute Communities Centre website
For unique trip ideas or to plan your perfect day, visit  durhamtourism.ca, or call  1-800-413-0017. If this information is required in an accessible format, contact  Durham Tourism.