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Downtown Orillia 2021

Holiday Season

Newsletter

Welcome to Downtown Orillia! With over 150 shops and 30+ restaurants, Downtown Orillia has everything you need!

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Christmas at a Glance!

Free Parking in Municipal Lots

November 19 - January 2


Customers park for free for up to 5 hours in all Downtown Municipal Parking lots.

Paid on-street parking.

November

December

November 19 - Light Up Downtown & Orillia



All Seasonal Decor and Lights will turn on for the Season!

December 3 - Christmas Shopping Night


Contact the office to participate.

November 19 - Christmas Shopping Night


Contact the office to participate! Let us know your hours and any promotions you have going on.

December 10 - Late Shopping Night


Sweet Time Bake Shoppe is hosting their first Christmas Market in the courtyard! Rustica Pizza Vino will be hosting its Outdoor Christmas Night Market once again that evening. Let's make this a big night throughout the downtown. Let us know how you would like to join in and we will make sure we promote it!

November 20-21- Santa Tours Orillia!



Santa will be making his way around Orillia, touring neighbourhoods on his float from Santa's Village. He will be downtown on Saturday afternoon. Watch for details for the time!

Wednesday, December 15 - Christmas Farmers' Market



Inside the Library from 2:30-7:00pm.

November 26 - Black Friday



50% off Downtown Dollars. Sign up to take part in the promotion!

December 17- Christmas Shopping Night



Contact the office to participate.

November 26 - Christmas Shopping Night


Continue your Black Friday sales into the evening!

Wednesday, December 22 - Christmas Farmers' Market



Inside the Library from 2:30-7:00pm.

November 27-28 - Holiday Market Creative Nomad Studios

10am-4pm



CNS will have numerous vendors selling handcrafted goods on Saturday and Sunday. We'd like to build on the market to include the entire downtown. If your business is interested in taking part please contact the office.

Downtown Orillia Office Hours


The Downtown Orillia Office will be closed from the afternoon of December 24th to January 2nd, 2022

Holiday Decor

This year the DMB is adding some light decor pieces to the downtown during the Christmas holiday season! Each downtown block will receive a large illuminated display piece. A great photo opportunity for selfies and families! To help offset costs and purchase more, we are implementing a tiered sponsorship program for members to donate money towards these decor pieces. Sponsoring businesses will be recognized for their donation alongside the light decor piece they have sponsored as well as on our social media platforms. Your business will also be listed on the Tripvia Christmas Tour app. 🌟 You will begin to see these on the downtown sidewalks mid-November.


Sponsorship Tiers


Please select a sponsorship level below, then respond to this email so we can provide you with more details.

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Gold Level ($1000)
Silver Level ($500)
Bronze Level ($250)

Christmas Kick Off

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Start working on your holiday lights and window displays! Since we cannot move forward with the Children's Candlelight Parade due to COVID-19 restrictions, Downtown Orillia and the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce are working together on Light Up Orillia 2021. Businesses are encouraged to amp up their holiday displays and register to be on the light tour. Your business will be included on the Tripvia tours app self guided tours. In addition to your business being listed you will be able to provide a brief description about your business and advertise specials. This will bring people downtown! Plus the best displays will win prize money!


When: Launch November 19th-21st weekend - January 1, 2022

Winter Promotion - Black Friday

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It's almost time for Black Friday in Downtown Orillia! The office will be selling Downtown Dollars at half off once again in the office! We have decided to revert back to in-person sales to draw more people downtown to shop.

Get in on this promotion by offering a product or service as your HOT TICKET ITEM available at a GREAT price!! Sign up for Black Friday by emailing your deals to office@downtownorillia.ca.

As in the past, we will promote your HOT TICKET ITEM or SALE on our social media platforms on November 25th.


When: November 26, 2021 9am-5pm

Christmas Shopping Nights

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The Downtown Management Board will be running a promotion in November and December advertising shop late Friday nights and we will be promoting any products, services, or sales that your business has running during the Christmas season. Businesses are asked to stay open until at least 7pm on the Friday nights. Sign up for the Christmas promotion by filling out the participation form here, and send it back to our office by emailing office@downtownorillia.ca. Your products/services/sales will be promoted on our social media pages. Please let the office know your extended business hours during the holiday season so we can promote that as well. 🎅


When: November 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17

Remembrance Day

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You will notice that the Remembrance Day banners are up in the downtown. The DMB office, City, and the Library all have maps of where certain banners are displayed. If you get inquiries about a specific banner, please refer them to one of these three places with the banner maps.

Downtown Dollars - Debit/Credit Terminal - Online

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The Downtown Management Board office now has a debit/credit terminal in the office. Previously, we have only been able to accept cash or a cheque in exchange for purchasing Downtown Dollars. Now customers will be able to use debit/credit/Apple Pay, etc. We will also begin selling Downtown Dollars online in the next few weeks!

Winter Maintenance

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As much as we don't want to admit it, the snow is coming. It is everyone's responsibility in the Downtown to help keep our sidewalks safe and welcoming for our visitors in the winter time. You will notice in the weeks following that the benches will be removed from the sidewalk to get ready for snow removal. As per the City By-Law, every merchant is responsible for the removal of snow and ice "in front, alongside and at the rear of their businesses by 10:00am." The DMB in partnership with the City of Orillia purchased a replacement sidewalk plow two years ago. The Holder machine will always promise to augment the snow clearing efforts made by individual merchants and can often complete one clear path along the sidewalks before the 10:00am deadline, however it cannot absolve the merchant of their responsibilities to keep their walkways clear. Staff begin clearing snow at 5am and finish around 8:30am, as after this time the sidewalks are too busy to safely continue to plow. Let's all work together to keep Downtown Orillia safe and clear in the winter! Thank you for your cooperation!

See You On The Patio Survey

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Did you participate in the #SeeYouOnThePatio this summer? Whether you did - or didn't - we want to hear from you!

Take the See You on the Patio Business Feedback Survey to provide feedback on the See You on the Patio program. Even those who businesses didn’t get a chance to come out are encouraged to take the survey so that we can understand how the program can be adapted in the future.


Anyone who takes the survey is eligible to qualify for a draw to win one of two prizes of $100 Downtown Dollars. The survey will be active until Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at noon.


Access the survey and more here.

Report Undesired Behavior

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Just a reminder, you are encourage to report any undesirable and illegal activities you see downtown. The Orillia OPP Detachment has regular foot patrols downtown to discourage illegal activity, however they continue to encourage us to report all suspicious and undesired behaviour so they are able to respond effectively.


Toll Free Non Emergency Number

1-888-310-1122

Parking Tickets

Just a reminder that when taking parking tickets from customers, the customer must fill out the ticket legibly as Bylaw has made the request that they need to be able to see all the information in order to cancel the ticket. Tickets MUST be submitted to us within 7 days of the ticket date. Customers must fill out the bottom section of the ticket on the back with their name, address and phone number.


The ticket form that they must fill out to accompany the ticket stating that they have not had a ticket withdrawn through our program this year can be downloaded here. Call or email the office to have your tickets picked up or you can send your customers here directly.

Vaccine Passport

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Starting September 22, here is what you will need to enter certain businesses and organizations:


  • Proof of vaccination (paper or digital copy of your vaccine receipt)
  • Proof of identity that shows your name and date of birth (photo ID not required)


Why do I need to show my ID? So businesses and organizations can ensure the vaccination receipt belongs to the right person.



To confirm your identity, learn what identification documents you may use, click the button below:

Vaccine Documents

Want more information? Visit our website, send us an email, or give us a call!

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DOWNTOWN ORILLIA

705-325-3261 | office@downtownorillia.ca

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