December is the most wonderful time of the year in downtown Oakville! It’s charming village atmosphere exudes a warm holiday spirit. The main street is festively decorated, shop windows dazzle and fun family activities abound! On the streets adjacent to the downtown core, homes are beautifully trimmed for the season. From stately residences to historic cottages, Oakville offers an urban tranquility rarely enjoyed by larger towns.
The Towne Square is home to a towering white spruce, adorned with massive red and gold ornaments and spectacular lights. It is the perfect backdrop for photos with family and friends!
Weekend horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa meander through Olde Oakville to the delight of small children and shoppers laden with gifts. Carolers, singing a cappella and dressed in Victorian garb, stroll past the busy boutiques and restaurants, often popping in, to the delight of patrons! On Christmas Eve, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m., the Towne Square will be filled with music, courtesy of ‘Carols in the Square’. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Non-perishable food donations will be collected in support of Kerr Street Mission’s foodbank.
The Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate has several programs to keep everyone entertained, including sessions of Christmas craft making. From December 20th through the 22nd, ‘Aladdin – A Holiday Pantomime’ takes to the stage at The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. A rock ‘n roll genie, a sneezy monkey and Mary Poppins all join in to help Aladdin and Jasmine find their place in the world.
Just a short drive from downtown Oakville is Bronte Creek Provincial Park which hosts a Victorian Christmas, December 27th-30th. Step back in time to the year 1900 at Spruce Lane Farm, all decked out in seasonal splendor. There will be traditional Christmas games and activities, designed for all ages, offered daily.
The Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in west Oakville hosts the ‘Spectacular Showcase’ at 3:00 p.m. on December 28th and 29th. This high-energy, cabaret style variety show, now in its 7th year, features a talented array of singers and dancers.
Oakville is also famous for its Polar Bear Dip which takes place every January 01st. Residents are invited to ring in the New Year with a refreshing dip in Lake Ontario. 2019 marks the 30th annual Courage Polar Bear Dip. Participants gather at Coronation Park in southwest Oakville at 12:30 p.m. There is live music and a costume competition followed by the ‘big dip’ at 2:00 p.m. Net proceeds from the $25 registration fee support World Vision Canada.
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