Group of people celebrating with sparklers

The weather is getting chilly here in the Durham Region. All of a sudden, it seems like the sun sets too early and the days seem to fly by! Plus, there’s always that holiday gift rush. So it’s no wonder that many people like to stay in and enjoy some time with their friends and family.

However, for those who want to get out and about (perhaps those who really love the wintertime!), there are an abundance of events for all ages, and at all price points, here in the Durham Region. Here’s our list for some of the must-try winter events—for those who like to put relaxing in front of the fire on hold for a bit!

WILD Winter Festival Of Lights

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Concession Road 10, Clarington

Okay, maybe the cold is a little too much for some… But what if you still want to do something with the family? WILD Winter Festival of Lights, on since 2020, is run by Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue—and you never have to leave the warmth of your car!

This drive-through light experience is made up of 500,000 lights and 50 displays to bring some holiday cheer. And the proceeds go to local charities! On from December 6th to December 11th, you can purchase your tickets here

Celebrate With The Pickering Public Library

1 The Esplanade, Pickering

The Pickering Public Library hosts a multitude of events all throughout the year, for those of all ages. This year, celebrate New Year’s and Kwanzaa with your friends and family.

Come on down to celebrate Kwanzaa with the library and the Durham Family and Cultural Centre. This in-person event is happening December 29th and starts at 6:30pm, which will feature performances, storytelling, food, and more! Get your tickets here.

Noon Years Eve! is the library’s New Year’s event, happening December 31st from 11:00am to 12:00pm. As the name suggests, this is for the kids, ages three to twelve, and they’ll be doing some fun crafts and having their own special party! Sign up here

Winter Wonderland and Christmas Market

2685 Shirley Road, Blackstock

North of Oshawa and Courtice is the Durham Region community of Blackstock. This year, Souls Path is hosting a Winter Wonderland and Christmas Market event, on from December 10th-11th and December 17th-18th. 

From 12:00pm to 4:00pm, stop by to take pictures with Santa, visit the Reindeer Misfits Petting Zoo, have fun at story time, take a walk in the enchanted forest, and more! Children under the age of 2 are free, as well as admission to the Christmas Market is also free. Book your tickets here

Ring In The New Year

The whole family is invited to celebrate the New Year with The Ajax Family New Year’s Eve Party, brought to you by Ontario Power Generation. This free event is hosted by the Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Road, Ajax), December 31st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.Come on by for ice skating, games, live music, and more. Learn more here

And for those looking for a semi-formal night out, Sloane’s House is hosting Hollywood Glamour New Years Eve. Dine in elegance and splendor at LVIV Hall (38 Lviv Boulevard, Oshawa), December 31st from 6:00pm onwards. The night includes dancing, a live jazz band, dinner, goodie bags, and more. Tickets can only be purchased until December 15th. Get your tickets here.

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