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Horseback riding, Municipality of Clarington
Sparkle and shine
December 2019
Happy holidays! As 2019 comes to a close, there is a lot of sparkle and shine across Durham Region. We’ve got a great line-up of events this month, from Santa to snow sports, and hometown hockey to holiday road trips.

Stay warm, enjoy and celebrate the best of the season. See you in 2020 !

Check out the events featured below or visit our events calendar on durhamtourism.ca  for more ideas on what to do in Durham.
Gingerbread Village
Run, run as fast as you can…to the Bakersville Gingerbread Village  
The Bakersville Animated Gingerbread Village is coming to the Scugog Memorial Public Library. From December 7 to 31 , you can visit this festive display during library operating hours.

Admission is free!

This magical, animated gingerbread village- once assembled with figurines, snow and greenery- comes alive!
Tin Mill Restaurant
Farewell to the Tin Mill
The Tin Mill restaurant and bar is centrally located in downtown Uxbridge in a renovated turn-of-the-century flour mill. This local favourite, featuring an innovative and creative menu, will close its doors in mid-January 2020 , after 13 years.

From Coconut-Lemongrass Congee to their Beetroot Borani & Grilled Paneer Bowl they’ve tantalized our taste buds. Home-baked desserts, local craft beers on tap–what more could you ask for? But don’t fear–there’s still time to book your holiday party or stop by and dine this holiday season!

Even better, proprietors Don Andrews & Conrad Lepine will be serving up a new culinary venture in 2020. It will have a new name, new location, and a new menu, with the same great dining experience you’ve come to know and love. You can stay in the loop and follow their journey to the new restaurant on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Watch for the new restaurant’s website in the coming months. They can’t wait to show you what they’ll be bringing to the table!
Ontario Philharmonic
Ontario Philharmonic
The Ontario Philharmonic’s much anticipated annual holiday program brings young Canadian cello sensation Stéphane Tétreault front and centre with Edward Elgar’s marvelous Cello Concerto. Celebrate Pomp & Circumstance and the best of Sir Edward Elgar, as well as holiday favourites. The concert takes place December 20 and 21 at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre. Tickets are available through the box office on RegentTheatre.ca or by calling 905-721-3399 extension 2.
Tractor Parade
The holiday celebrations continue
Holiday celebrations continue throughout the month. Don’t miss these exciting events:

December 6
Arena, on December 14
Shopping at Penney & Co.
Selections for the
serious shopper
Durham Region has your shopping needs covered–no matter what time of year! Unique arts and craft stores, specialty boutiques, shopping malls and farm stores, and even pop-up markets offer something to fit everyone’s style.

Find the perfect purchase–whether that’s original art and antiques, hand crafted soaps, or designer goods. Combine your shopping trip with a stroll through one of our picturesque downtowns or, grab a bite at a local bistro or café for a perfect day!
Rogers Hometown Hockey
Rogers Hometown Hockey coming to Whitby
Circle December 28 and 29 on your calendars for the ultimate hockey experience right here in Durham Region. Those are the days that the Town of Whitby’s Iroquois Park Sports Centre will serve as one of 25 Canadian stops on the 2019 Rogers Hometown Hockey™ Tour –the ultimate NHL experience celebrating the local hockey stories that connect the nation.

This free weekend festival will feature live entertainment, NHL alumni, and hockey-themed activities, ending with a live outdoor viewing party of an NHL broadcast from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio on Sunday evening. The festival will run from noon to 6 p.m. on December 28 and noon to 10 p.m. on December 29 . You can learn more at Whitby.ca/HomeTownHockey . In the meantime, get in the spirit of Rogers Hometown Hockey, show your Whitby hockey pride and join the Town of Whitby in painting the town red .
What can you expect? Rogers Hometown Hockey is offering a great weekend of free hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances, music, and fun for the whole family! Celebrate the stories of hockey history and culture that put Whitby on Canada's hockey map! Them stick around to catch the Montreal Canadiens take on the Florida Panthers.
Snow tubing
Flurries in the forecast
You know there’ll be flurries in the forecast this December–and that’s good news for all our snow sport lovers! Durham's ski hills are the perfect place to embrace the elements this winter. Skiing, snowboarding and tubing adventures are available at our four local ski resorts: 
Brimacombe Dagmar , amd Lakerid ge .  

Visit their websites for hours and opening dates.

There are even more snowy adventures to be had! Check out the cross-country trails available throughout the region for some classic Canadian fun. Or, bundle up and enjoy a winter hike at one of many local conservation areas or trails.
Ice skating
Goodbye 2019, hello 2020!
Wish a fond farewell to 2019 and welcome in 2020 at one of these family friendly events taking place across the region:

  • Noon Year's Eve Party! (ages 4 to 12), Come on out and celebrate with your little reveller! Enjoy a magic show and dance party! Pickering Public Library, December 31 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Ajax Family New Year's Eve Party, Featuring children’s activities, games, live entertainment, interactive experiences, and ice skating with a DJ; tickets required, Ajax Community Centre, December 31 at 6 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve Skate & Swim, Free family skate & swim with games, prizes and New Year Countdown, Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex, Pickering, December 31 at 7 p.m.
  • Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee, Pickering Civic Complex, January 1 at 2 p.m.

For more awesome ideas on how to ring in the new year, visit DurhamTourism.ca to plan your own year-end celebration.
Fat Biking
The ultimate holiday
road trip
Just a short drive from Toronto, York Durham Headwaters is your ultimate road trip destination. Take a break from your everyday routine and join us for a fresh change of scenery and a weekend of unexpected adventure.

Plan a trip based on your road trip personality – are you a foodie fanatic, or an adventure seeker? Check out the Ultimate Holiday Recipes featuring local fare. Locate the best Christmas Tree farms , or plan some post-present fun.

Whatever road trip you decide on, you’re sure to have a blast!
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.