It’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the Town of Whitby! Enjoy an evening of local entertainment, hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from Santa. November 30 2018. 6 pm to 8 pm. Celebration Square, 405 Dundas Street West, Whitby. FREE.
Step back in time at the Oshawa Museum’s Annual Lamplight Tour! The homes are decorated for a Victorian Christmas, and don’t miss a visit with Santa! December 1 2018. 6 pm to 8 pm. Lakeview Park, Oshawa. $5 per person.
Get on board the Santa Train! This popular train ride on the York Durham Heritage Railway is a great family holiday experience. Enjoy on-board entertainment while waiting for Santa’s arrival, and enjoy a visit from Santa! December 1 and 2, 2018. 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. Book your tickets online at: www.ydhr.ca. Uxbridge.
Celebrate the start of the festive season at the Whitby Santa Claus Parade! Parade goes along Brock St. from Manning Rd to Trent St. in Whitby. December 1 2018. 10 am to 12 pm. FREE.
The Oshawa Little Theatre presents The Addams Family! In this original story, it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. December 1 & 2 (until December 8) 2018. Various times. 62 Russet Ave, Oshawa. $28 adult/$15 student.
Support local makers at the Handmade Holiday Market! The Abilites Centre in Whitby has partnered with Picks & Giggles Handmade Markets to bring you a variety of unique vendors, bouncing castles, and kids activities
to help make your holiday season a little brighter and merrier! December 1 2018. 10 am to 3 pm. 55 Gordon Street, Whitby. $5 per person, under 3s FREE.
Don’t miss the huge line up of big-name Canadian comics at the hilarious show and fundraiser “What’s My Line?” There are some SERIOUSLY well known faces, so grab tickets for a side-splitting afternoon of comedy! December 2 2018. UOIT Regent Theatre, 50 King Street East, Oshawa. 2 pm. Purchase tickets online.
Visit with the inhabitants of the Pickering Museum Village as they share their holiday customs! Enjoy Scottish Hogmanay, Welsh traditions, Victorian English Christmas celebrations, Squire Jonathan’s Christmas Ball, and a walk in the woods to see how Pickering’s first settlers struggled in the wilderness. Plus, enjoy Winter Fun with Parks Canada! Try out snowshoes, tackle a scavenger hunt, join a winter birding 101 session, and find out how to make the most of your visit to the Rouge, Canada’s first National Urban Park. December 2 2018. Pickering Museum Village, 2365 Concession Road 6, Pickering. 11 am to 4 pm. Check out the free shuttle bus pick up stops! $11.
Head to Courtice to catch the Santa Claus Parade that heads east on Nash Road from Townline Road to George Reynolds Drive. December 2 2018. 12 pm. FREE.
Come and join the Friends of Second March for a Winter Walk and Chickadee Feeding! Feed the chickadees, taste Cedar Tea and make a craft. Don’t forget to lug-a-mug for hot chocolate! Guided hike at 1:30pm. Meet at the wooden kiosk east of the woods on south side of Colonel Sam Drive. Parking permitted on road. December 2 2018. 1 pm to 3 pm. Second Marsh, Colonel Sam Drive, Oshawa. FREE.