A guide to Fall & Winter kid-friendly events in the County! Please note that several events have been adapted or paused due to the pandemic.
SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER
Sandbanks Music Festival, held annually in September, features live music and all-day kids programming.
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!
The South Marysburgh Recreation Board generally organizes Halloween and Christmas events for local residents.
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 takes place in late November. Follow the Bloomfield Hallowell Recreation Committee on Facebook for up-to-date info.
DECEMBER – FEBRUARY
Picton’s annual Santa Claus Parade takes place in early December.
Ameliasburgh’s Christmas in the Village event takes place in early December. Activities include Christmas crafts, cookie decorating, rope making, and horse and wagon rides.
Wellington has hosted a Christmas event in the past (paused during the pandemic). Follow Wellington & District Business Association on Facebook for up-to-date info.
Christmas in Consecon generally takes place in early December and pre-pandemic included a parade. Follow their Facebook page for more info.
Ice Box is a festive winter gathering taking place in February. Put on by The Department of Illumination, 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. Follow the Sophiasburgh Recreation Committee on Facebook for more info.
Vinter Fest PEC debuted in 2019 but has been in pause during the pandemic. Many of the participating wineries offered family-friendly events as part of this Family Day weekend festival.
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