Guide to Holiday Fun

Experience York Region’s Guide to Holiday Fun

Experience York Region is here to help you plan some fun ways to spend the Holiday break, all across York Region communities.

Family Fun

Pride of Canada CarouselThe Carousel’s 44 colourful Canadian characters were created by Canadian-born “junk art” sculptor Patrick Amiot and pays tribute to our nation’s most celebrated wonders and iconic individuals and the sculptural characters have been lovingly crafted from recycled and repurposed objects. Conveniently located along a VIVA Rapidway and housed in a beautiful open glass pavilion the carousel is open year-round and features a free public outdoor skating rink maintained by The Remington Group.

Latcham Art Centre – The new Latcham Art Centre is housed within the Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre and creates opportunities for people to see art, talk about art and create art with the same passion, dedication and vision to grow.  Programming includes various fun activities for children during the Winter Break Art Camp Days

Art & Culture Lovers

McMichael Gallery – Looking for family-friendly activities during the winter break? The McMichael is the place to be! Children can create, explore and learn with wonderful art workshops and interactive tours. “Family Tours” are an interactive, family-oriented tour which will sample works from the McMichael’s diverse collection, including painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. They run Dec 27th through Dec 30th. “Mini Sketchbooks for the New Year” allow participants to use watercolour crayons to create a unique sketchbook cover that illustrates their hopes, wishes, and promises for the coming year. They will then bind the book together and begin filling the pages with their responses to the artworks on display.

Sharon Temple – The Sharon Temple was constructed by the Children of Peace, an Upper Canada Quaker sect from 1825 – 1831. The Temple is an architectural symbol of their vision of a society based on the values of peace, equality and social justice. It opened as a museum in 1918 and was designated a National Historic Site in 1990 because of its historic and architectural significance.  Acquisition and preservation of the Temple, by the York Pioneers in 1917, was one of Canada’s first examples of historic preservation. The Sharon Temple is now operated as a Museum by the Sharon Temple Museum Society.


The Link Winter Market – Enjoy a one-of-a-kind shopping experience right in the heart of Georgina. Find gifts and treasures from local artisans, chefs, farmers and more. A great Sunday outing (indoors), including prizes, contests and live music!

Dining Out

Locale – Get ready to enjoy quality food and traditional hospitality– this venue has a sleek modern look, outdoor patio, and delicious signature dishes.

Hop Bop Noodles – The newest edition to Newmarket Main Street brought to you by the HBH group. Enjoy warm satisfying ramen and stay to shop the local businesses!

New Year’s Eve

Richmond Hill’s First Night – This celebration is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party. Skip the late night events and bring your family to this event filled with activities and entertainment.

Animal Lovers

Dog Tales – Dog Tales Animal Sanctuary is open to the public every Sunday from 11-5, with kennel hours from 12 – 4pm. This is a great time to explore the beautiful grounds, see the animals, and chat about all things animal-related with the friendly staff.

Whatever you decide to do over the holidays, we hope you spend the time enjoying it with loved ones! Be sure to check back often as our Events Calendar is regularly updated with fun things happening across York Region.