September, October & November
Sandbanks Music Festival features live music and all-day kids programming. It will take place on September 19th, 2020 on Outlet Beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
On Thanksgiving weekend, make and bring home your own scarecrow at the Department of Illumination’s annual Scarecrow Festival at Small Pond Arts.
At Pumpkin Fest in Wellington, kids will delight in the parade (featuring giant pumpkins and, in the lead up to Halloween, candy giveaways!), carriage rides, and gourd-themed games.
Haunting in the Hamlet is Consecon’s “Harvest and Halloween” celebration. The one-day event takes place the weekend before Halloween at multiple venues around town; cupcake decorating, costume contests, green screens, and more!
2019 was the Hick or Treat fundraiser’s first year, and we hope it becomes an annual event! This kid- and grownup-friendly event was hosted by Smokin’ Rednex BBQ on their property in Northport.
As the daylight wanes, light up the night at the Department of Illumination’s Firelight Lantern Festival; make a paper lantern at one of the free workshops leading up to the event and parade them down Picton’s Main Street on your way to the main event at the Crystal Palace.
Some of the activities on offer during Wassail in the County, which takes place over a few weekends beginning mid-November, will please kids of all ages. Check the schedule and plan your tour around marshmallow roasting, animal visits, and vineyard/orchard walks.
Bloomfield’s Nighttime Santa Claus Parade will take place on Friday, November 27th, 2020.
December, January & February
Picton’s annual Santa Claus Parade is set for Sunday December 1st, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Ameliasburgh’s Christmas in the Village event will take place on Sunday, December 1st, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. Activities include Christmas crafts, cookie decorating, rope making, and horse and wagon rides.
Wellington’s Christmas event will take place on Saturday December 7th 2019. Stay tuned for more details!
Christmas in Consecon will be hosting Consecon’s annual Santa Claus parade on Sunday December 8th 2019 at 1 p.m. Check out the schedule for details on all of the fun activities that will be going on before and after the big event!
The County School of Dance will present The Nutcracker at Picton’s Regent Theatre on Sunday December 8th 2019 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ice Box is a festive winter gathering that will take place at the historic Macaulay House in Picton from February 1st-9th, 2020. Participate in art creation workshops in the weeks leading up to the event. It centers around five ice boxes, colourful wooden huts “transformed into an interactive art installation led by local artists in collaboration with community members of all ages”.
After a skate and wagon ride, warm up with indoor kids’ activities or a Christmas Tree bonfire at the annual Sophiasburgh Winter Carnival.
PEC’s Vinter Festival debuted in 2019; stay tuned for news of its potential return! Many of the participating wineries offered family-friendly events as part of this Family Day weekend festival.
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