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Festive Fun in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Profile photo of a child in a santa hat with sun glasses looks up at Santa's arrival at the Lakefield Santa Claus parade.

We’ve curated the jolliest list of holiday events and Christmas markets (including a comprehensive list of Santa Claus parades!) to get you into that festive spirit.

Santa Claus Parades

Meet up with friends (both old and new) and see Santa as he tours across Peterborough & the Kawarthas!

Holiday Markets

A Very Merry Little Christmas Market at Burleigh Falls Inn (November 17-19)

Holiday Sip & Shop Market at Rolling Grape Vineyard (November 17-19)
Be sure to try their special holiday menu (including the back-by-popular demand Marquette mulled wine!)

The Apsley Holiday Extravaganza (November 18)

Christmas Bazaar at Lang Pioneer Village (November 18)
Get your free photo with Victorian era Father Christmas.

Christmas at the Marshland Centre (November 18-19)

Festival of the Trees & Holiday Market (November 24)

The Kawartha Potters Guild Annual Holiday Show Show & Sale (November 24-26)

Modern Makers Holiday Market (November 25-26)

Millbrook Farmers’ Market Holiday Market (November 26)

A Rolling Grape Christmas (December 9-10)

Be sure to buy tickets for Ladies Night in Lakefield (an exclusive evening shopping event) and to check out shopping in downtown Peterborough – Holiday Shopping Passport starts November 13 with draws throughout December for cash to spend downtown.

More Festive Traditions

  • Christmas by Candlelight
    aerial image of Lang Pioneer Village heritage buildings, located along the river in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

    Christmas by Candlelight

    December 2, 2023 at 4:00 pm—$15

    104 Lang Road
    Keene, K0L1C0
  • Millbrook Christmas In The Village
    Golden Christmas bells with tinsel and bow isolated on white background, illustration.

    Millbrook Christmas In The Village

    December 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    King St
    Millbrook, Ontario L0A 1G0 Canada

The City of Peterborough is also brightening spirits by showcasing where locals and visitors can enjoy holiday lights displays with an interactive map.