Kick off the holiday season with Tree Lighting at Civic Square at City Hall! Enjoy free family fun, including live entertainment, hot chocolate (bring your own mug!), and a visit from Santa himself. Then head to the Oshawa Public Library McLaughlin Branch for treats and family activities, part of their Tree Lighting After Party program, until 9 pm. November 18, 2016. 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm. 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa. FREE, but please bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy.
Santa’s Parade of Lights will delight downtown Oshawa on November 19, 2016! Parade starts at Stevenson Road and King Street, and finishes at Stevenson Road and Bond Street. To avoid being blocked in by the parade, organisers recommend parking north of Bond Street or south of King Street along the parade route. FREE.
Head to the Station Gallery’s Brooklin location for Ornaments for All, a family program where kids can create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the upcoming holiday season! November 20, 2016. 10 am to 12 pm OR 1 pm to 3 pm. Registration required. $15 per person.
Oh no, he isn’t! Catch this brand new spin on the timeless tale of the boy that never grew up. Peter Pan! A Panto from Neverland hits the stage in Oshawa. With side-splitting jokes, music that everyone knows, and a swashbuckling spectacle of a musical adventure, it’s sure to be a fun holiday experience for the whole family. All kids 12 and under will receive a complimentary holiday goodie bag with their ticket. Runs November 25, 2016 to December 3, 2016. Various times. Kids $12, Students (13-19) $20, Adults $26. Dancyn Theatre, 681 Dnipro Blvd., Oshawa.
Get into the Christmas spirit at the Celtic Tenors Holiday Show at the Regent Theatre! November 27, 2016. 8 pm. 50 King Street East, Oshawa. $40.
The C.P. Holiday Train rolls into Oshawa on November 28, 2016! Now in its 18th year of raising money, food and awareness for local food banks and food shelves, please bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Behind the Walmart at Stevenson Road and Laval. 3 pm. FREE.
Head to the Northview Community Centre for Deck the Halls! It’s an evening of family fun, including entertainment, games, activities, and a visit from Santa, plus lighting of the Northview Christmas tree. December 1, 2016. 5 pm to 8 pm. 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa.
Catch a screening of the holiday classic White Christmas, with Bing Crosby and Danny Kay, at the Regent Theatre, part of Classic Movie Nights. December 1, 2016. 7 pm. $5 at the door, cash only. Children/students free. 50 King Street East, Oshawa.
The Canadian Automotive Museum pops the hoods on some of their iconic vehicles at their annual Holiday Open House! Enjoy live music by Toronto-based jazz pianist Jonah Cristall-Clake, and take a look at the recently acquired 1955 Buick Special. Holiday crafts for kids, plus complimentary tours of the museum and refreshments will be available. December 2, 2016. 5 pm to 8 pm. FREE (but donations gratefully accepted).
Step back in time at the Oshawa Museum’s Annual Lamplight Tour, plus the chance to take a photo with Father Christmas in the Drive Shed. This popular event is December 3, 2016, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Admission is $5 per person. Lakeview Park, Oshawa.
Prima Dance Ensemble presents the classic ballet The Nutcracker, on stage at the Oshawa Little Theatre! December 17 and 18, 2016. Various times. Tickets $21.50 and $29.50. 62 Russett Avenue, Oshawa.
Historic Lynde House in Whitby will be decked out for the holidays! Check out their calendar for all the upcoming Christmas events. The museum will be open on December 25th and 26th with tours all day during regular hours, everyone is invited! Admission is free – donations kindly received. 900 Brock Street South, Whitby.
Enjoy Christmas at the Opera with the Ontario Philharmonic and Canadian tenor Michael Ciufo on December 17, 2016 at the Regent Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets $45 – $56. 50 King Street East, Oshawa.