With Halloween behind us, now’s the time to clear off your front porch and throw all that natural Halloween décor in the green bin and start thinking about Christmas events.

Ontario’s communities are host to a bevvy of Christmas events, including bazzars and makers markets that make a great place to start shopping for unique Christmas gifts while supporting your local economy. Not to mention all the Santa Claus Parades you can attend! Here’s a list of a few in November.

Aurora:
Saturday, November 26
Santa Under the Stars
Dress warmly for this evening parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Visit www.aurora.ca for more information.

Bradford:
Saturday, November 19
BWG Santa Claus Parade
BWG’s greatest holiday tradition begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information and parade route visit www.bwgsantaclausparade.ca

Leaskdale:
Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12
Mauds Favourite Things Gift Show & Sale
Held in Historic Leaskdale Church this show offers gifts, home furnishings, decorations, confections, handmade items, paintings and more. For more information email lmmontgomery.on@gmail.com.

Midland:
November 24 to December 10
First Light at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Held Thursday to Saturday evenings, this 17th century holiday season celebration is held under the magical glow of 5,000 candles. Visit www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca for more information about this enchanted evening.

Newmarket:
Friday and Saturday, November 18 & 19
12th Annual Holiday Home Tour
Newmarket and area play host to the annual home tour of six homes sure to inspire your holiday decorating. Visit www.pickeringcollege.on.ca for details.

Saturday, November 19
Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
Welcome Santa Claus to Newmarket at this annual parade. Visit www.newmarket.ca for details.

Orillia:
Sunday, November 20
Orillia Santa Claus Parade
One of the largest Christmas parades north of Tonroto, this parade brings Santa to town and ushers in a winter wonderland with more than 100 floats. Visit www.orillia.com for more details.

Toronto:
Saturday and Sunday, November 19 & 20
Swedish Christmas Festival
Featuring all things Swedish, this festival will help you get into the holiday spirit Scandinavian style. Look for crafts, clogs and delicacies. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com for more information.

Sunday, November 20
Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Enjoy the 112th annual parade along the downtown parade route. Visit www.thesantaclausparade.com for more information.

November 24 to December 5
One of a Kind Show
Shop and discover the best in Canadian handmade at this fantastic show. Visit oneofakindshow.com/Toronto for more information.

Whitchurch-Stouffville
Saturday, November 26
36th Annual Victorian Tea
Enjoy a delicious taste of Christmas past and visit the gift shop for difficult-to-find heritage games, toys and books that make great gifts. Call 905-727-8954 to reserve your seat.

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