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December 2023

Gift Guide: Shop in Durham Region's Downtowns

Make some holiday memories by grabbing your coat and heading to Durham Region’s downtowns to support local and pick up your holiday gifts this holiday season.

Gifting is an art form, and it’s not always easy to find the perfect gift for that special someone. So, we’re saving you some steps, and put in the leg work, to find the best gifts for everyone on your holiday gifting list. It’s all wrapped up with a tidy bow!


View the full blog post at DowntownsOfDurham.ca.

Where to find the best apple fritters

in Durham Region

By: Shaun Bernstein, The Write Stuff Agency

Imagine going on a quest around Durham Region to save fall by trying as many apple fritters as you can!


Okay, maybe not that dramatic. Fall wasn’t really at risk.


The mission, though, was crucial—Durham has incredible apple orchards throughout the region, and with great apples comes great apple fritters. There are bakeries from Uxbridge to Ajax, and Port Perry to Bowmanville—each of which, pride themselves in making amazing and delicious apple fritters.


So, which one was truly the best? For that, I donned my bib, got in my SUV (that’s now officially dubbed the ‘frittermobile’) and headed out on an adventure!


View the full blog post at DurhamTourism.ca.

Living nativity in Uxbridge

Experience the joy of that first Christmas at the living nativity in Uxbridge’s Centennial Park. This outdoor re-creating of the Christmas story is complete with narration, authentic costumes and live animals.

There are two presentations every evening at 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. on December 15, 16 and 17.


Learn more.

Ontario Tech Carriage Cup tickets on sale now

Get ready to witness an electrifying showdown as the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks go head-to-head with the York Lions at the Tribute Centre on January 11 at 7 p.m. It's not just any game; it's the very first annual Carriage Cup, and it's going to be a blast!

Here's what's in store for you at this historic event:

  • Say hello to Hunter the Ridgeback: the beloved mascot will be there to greet you and get the party started.
  • Win awesome prizes: fantastic prizes are waiting to find their lucky winners.
  • Bring your Ridgeback spirit: show your support and enthusiasm for the team in style! 

But that's not all—this event is not just about hockey; it's about making a difference in the lives of students. All proceeds from the Carriage Cup will go toward supporting the Ontario Tech Student Relief Fund. So, while you're having a blast, you're also contributing to a great cause.


Join in and be part of the history of this new tradition!


Get your tickets now at TributeCommunitiesCentre.com.

Discover the charm of the Uxbridge Holiday Trail

Throughout December, get your holiday shopping done at one-of-a-kind boutiques and dine at local restaurants in Uxbridge. Discover the holiday charm of Uxbridge, enjoy the snow people featured in the shop windows, and Holiday Trail specials at local restaurants while attending festive events.

On December 8, 9 and 10, the “Holiday Trail Comes to Life” with life-size games, musicians, strolling characters, a “Toonie Trail” and a guest appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy a Holiday Trail special at a local eatery and hop on the Town Trolley for a drive through the Optimist Club Fantasy of Lights. Grab a map at the Cobra Fireplace Warming Station at 23 Brock Street to start your journey.

Learn more at DiscoverUxbridge.ca/HolidayTrail.

Experience the thrills and chills of

Cirque du Soleil Crystal

Winter is coming, and so is CRYSTAL! Cirque du Soleil is getting ready to bring its coolest arena show to Oshawa and Durham Region audiences from December 7 to 10 at the Tribute Communities Centre, presented by Sun Life. This one-of-a-kind performance features seven traditional circus acts including trapeze, hand-to-hand, Banquine, aerial straps, hand-to-trapeze, juggling, and hand balancing—all performed on ice!

Thrilling more than 1.9 million people worldwide since its creation in 2017, CRYSTAL takes audiences on a journey into a whimsical frozen playground using real snow—a Cirque du Soleil first—and features remastered pop songs including Beyoncé’s Halo, U2’s Beautiful Day, Nina Simone’s Sinnerman, and Sia’s Chandelier.

This show is suitable for all ages.


Get your tickets at TributeCommunitiesCentre.com.

December events across Durham Region

There is so much to do in Durham Region this month! Here is a snapshot of events taking place in December.

📍: A Very Motown Christmas – Regent Theatre, Oshawa

🗓️: December 1

📍: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – Pingle’s Fam Market, Hampton

🗓️: December 1, 8, 15 and 22

📍: Music4life String Orchestra presents A Celtic Country Holiday – 60 Kearney Drive, Ajax

🗓️: December 2

📍: Adventures with Santa at Willowtree Farm – Willowtree Farm, Port Perry

🗓️: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17

📍: Tindall Farm Christmas Market – Tindall Farm and Market, Uxbridge

🗓️: December 2 and 3

📍: Archibald’s Christmas Market – Archibald’s Estate Winery, Bowmanville

🗓️: December 3

📍: “Home for Christmas” with Irwin Smith and Friends – Town Hall Theatre, Port Perry

🗓️: December 8

📍: Candlelight Tours at Lynde House Museum – Lynde House Museum, Whitby

🗓️: December 8, 15 and 22

For more details and events, visit DurhamTourism.ca/events.

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