What’s On Oshawa Weekend Nov 20 to 22, 2015

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What’s on in Oshawa this weekend? Christmas fun, craft workshops, ghost hunters, cheap films and a performance of Handel’s Messiah!

Catch the Christmas spirit at City Hall Square for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.  Enjoy music, children’s crafts and entertainment, and a visit from a very special guest dressed in red!  Remember to bring a letter for Santa, a mug for hot chocolate, and an unwrapped toy for donation.  Date:  November 20, 2015.  Location:  50 Centre Street South.  Time:  6:45 pm to 8:15 pm.  Cost:  FREE.

Just a short walk across the parking lot of the McLaughlin Public Library is the Christmas Tree Lighting After Party!  Warm up and grab a treat, plus kids can enjoy holiday activities.  Date: November 20, 2015.  Location:  McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library, 65 Bagot Street.  Time:  6 pm to 9 pm.  Cost:  FREE.

PFLAG Canada, Durham Region, and the Student Association at Durham College and UOIT present Trans Day of Remembrance.  Date:  November 20, 2015.  Location:  61 Charles Street.  Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, event starts at 7 pm.  Cost: FREE.

Enjoy the holiday classic Home Alone, part of Cineplex Family Favourites! Date: November 21, 2015.  Location:  1351 Grandview Street North.  Time:  11 am.  Cost:  $2.99 per ticket. 

Learn to make a scarf at the Knitting Board Scarf Workshop!  Join weaving artist Dave Marlowe as he teaches how to use a Knitting Board to create a beautiful scarf that you can keep for yourself or give to a friend! This will be the first part of a two part knitting board workshop where he teaches you tips and tricks for creating beautiful one-of-a-kind scarves, he’ll return on the following Saturday (November 28th) at 11am to explain how to remove your scarf from the loom and finish your pieces. All materials will be supplied, all ages and abilities are welcome. Date:  November 21, 2015.  Location:  149 Simcoe Street South.  Time:  2 pm to 4 pm. Cost:  $10 or Pay-What-You-Can. Includes a handmade knitting board that you can take home and use forever!

Is the Canadian Automotive Museum haunted?  The Paranormal Seekers will be at the museum to find out! Date:  November 21, 2015.  Location:  99 Simcoe Street South.  Time:  6 pm and 10 pm.  Cost:  $20 per person.  Must be over 18.  Email paranormal_seekers@yahoo.com to reserve your spot.  

It’s time for Oshawa’s Santa Claus Parade, but this year, there’s a new route! The parade will start at King Street West at Gibbon Street, travel west down King Street, turn at Centre Street, and head west on Bond Street back to Gibbon Street.  Need a map?  Click here.  Date:   November 21, 2015.  Time:   6 pm.  Location:  King and Bond Streets.  Cost:  FREE.

Check out Living Within, a new exhibition at the RMG by abstract expressionist artist Ray Mead. This exhibition of work is taken from The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s extensive collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by members of Ontario’s first abstract expressionist collective, Painters Eleven.  Date:  November 21, 2015, until January 17, 2016.  Location:  72 Queen Street.  Time:  Gallery opening times.  Cost:  FREE.

Lee Aaron, Canada’s very own metal queen, returns to Oshawa for the first time in 24 years!  Check her out at the Oshawa Music Hall, with Crossdockers and The House Call opening.  Date: November 21, 2015.  Location:  39 King Street East.  Time:  Doors at 8pm, Lee Aaron at 11:30 pm.  Cost:  $30 plus fees.

Get started on your holiday shopping at the second annual Handmade with Heart Marketplace. More than 20 local artists and craftspeople will be selling one-of-a-kind items, including baked goods, bath and body products, crochet and knit wares, jewelry, art, ornaments, craft kits and holiday loot bags. Date:  November 22, 2015.  Location: Auditorium, McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library, 65 Bagot Street.  Time:  11 am to 4 pm.  Cost:  FREE.  

Know what pretty much everyone loves to get at Christmas?  A hand-painted holiday ornament. Where you can make one without the mess of painting it at home?  At the Pottery Painting Party at Canlan Ice Sports.  Parents and children can paint a figurine, a mini holiday ornament supplied by Ceramics Canada, and can enter a raffle for prizes (with a free raffle ticket given for each donation of a new or gently used household item).  Better yet, you’ll know that the proceeds and donations go to Oshawa’s Denise House, an emergency shelter for abused women and children.  Date:  November 22, 2015.  Location:  1401 Phillip Murray Ave.  Time:  1 pm to 3 pm.  Cost:  $20.  

Enjoy a live performance of selections from Handel’s Messiah by the the Durham Community Choir! Date:  November 22, 2015.  Location:  College Park Seventh Day Adventist Church,  1164 King Street East.  Time:  3 pm.  Cost:  $25 per adult, $15 for children 12 and under.  Email info@durhamcommunitychoir.on.ca for ticket locations.  

Coming Up

It’s not until November 28, 2015, but we’re getting the word out a bit early because it’s a Canada-first and it’s taking place right here in Oshawa:  The Strange and Astounding Show, an immersive, live action horror and pop culture fan convention.  Fans can find vendors, have a festive photo taken with Zombie Santa, and have their pants scared off by the craziest cosplayers and scareactors around. All this and more takes place November 28 and 29, 2015, at 151 Cadillac Ave, in Oshawa. Adults are $10 per day at the door ($8 with a donation to Simcoe Hall Settlement House), children under 10 are free.

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