It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – well, in Costco at least. While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, we know that the upcoming slush and snow can sometimes be a bummer. That’s why YourSauga’s compiled a list you can come back to for things to do when winter’s got you down!

Public Skating at Vic Johnston Community Centre (Begins December 17th) 

Fresh ice, newly sharpened blades, and the sweet smell of hot chocolate… there’s just nothing better than that first skate of the season. Lucky for you the Vic Johnston Community Centre (335 Church St.) has a beautiful indoor rink that opens up for their public skate on Sunday, December 17th. Skating is a great way to get some exercise in an otherwise sluggish time of year, not to mention there’s a certain entertainment value in watching your friends’ epic falls and crashes while you shred those calories.

Annual Store Front Contest (month of December)

Bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and walk the streets in the ‘Ville this December to check out some stunning store fronts! This annual contest brings out some serious competition among the businesses; some notable ones from years prior are Joanne Lipp European Skin Care (11 Main St.), Silver Lining (208 Queen St. S.), Body and Soul Day Spa (214 Queen St. S.), Ladner’s Clothiers (220 Queen St. S.), and many more! Seeing all the beautiful lights and decorations that Streetsville has to offer is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit (plus, you can pop right in, buy some last-minute gifts, and bring some of that holiday spirit home with you)!

Christmas in the Village Festival (November 25th-26th)

Usher the holiday season into town with the Streetsville BIA’s annual (and growing!) ‘Christmas in the Village’ festival and market! Unique vendors will be lit up and lining Queen St. S. from November 25th-26th for all your Christmas shopping needs.

From 2:00pm-9:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am-4:00pm on Sunday, sample a holiday craft brew or mulled wine while enjoying live entertainment for the whole family. Ice carving demonstrations, Christmas choirs, and even a Tom Jones impersonator are just a few acts lined up to take center stage at the Hospitality Lounge (Streetsville Village Square). Take a load off in cozy Muskoka chairs, and remember to bring your appetite – some seriously delicious, mouth-watering maple taffy will be available in the Square, not to mention local restaurants and unique food trucks will be serving all sorts of goodies all weekend long!

Entertain the little ones at the Children’s Craft Area where kids will listen to classic Christmas stories, make holiday themed crafts, and get pictures with their favourite princesses. No need to stand in line at the mall – Santa will be taking time from his busy schedule to take pictures and listen to those ever-growing Christmas lists outside Robinson Bray House. Afterwards, chug on over to Reindeer Ridge (Jon Clipperton Park) via adorable mini train to enjoy an array of winter games and, on Sunday, Santa’s crew of live reindeer! If you’re a little too big for this form of transportation, try taking a whimsical horse and carriage ride through town! The Streetsville BIA will also be sponsoring a free skate at Vic Johnston on Sunday (11:00am-12:20pm), so don’t forget to sharpen those blades!

The Fine Art Show (November 25th) 

Hosted by Kaleidoscope Art Studio, this beautiful (and free!) Christmas Art Show will be held at the Kinsmen Centre (327 Queen St. S.) on November 25th from 10:00am-6:00pm. Offering up all sorts of traditional craftsmanship such as metal, wood, pottery, and calligraphy, it’s a great place to appreciate some local talent while checking those art lovers off your shopping list.  Looking to create some art yourself this winter? Ask about how you can sign up for Kaleidoscope Art Studio’s many classes and workshops!

Old Fashioned Christmas at the Leslie Log House (December 2nd) 

If you’re looking to experience some local tradition this holiday season, join the Streetsville Historical Society for their Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Leslie Log House (4415 Mississauga Road) on December 2nd from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Bring a donation for the local food bank to enjoy apple cider by the fire in this cozy piece of history. Kids can check out the whimsical scavenger hunt, games, toys, and Christmas treats. Santa will also be making an appearance, so have those Christmas lists ready! If you’re looking for more information about this fun event, call Malcolm or Anne at 905-414-5958.