2020 is almost over and it’s been a very long year, to say the least. We’ve earned ourselves a festive break so we can go into the new year with a fresh perspective. This holiday season may feel and look a little different, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less cheerful! 

Whether it’s online or in person, there are plenty of things to do in Barrie this holiday season. Remember to wear your mask and respect social distancing when visiting any in-person events!

Holiday light shows

We all deserve some extra light in our lives this year, so what better way than to enjoy holiday light shows in Barrie!

Enchant – Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain Resort

Celebrate the return of the light with a festive interactive light display at the Blue Mountain Resort with free day and night shows from now all the way up until Christmas Day!

Christmas Eve Together

Join Connexus Church for Christmas Eve Together, an exclusive online interactive Christmas experience the whole family can enjoy. There are four services happening: December 23rd at 7:00 PM and December 24th at 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Head to their website to see how you can join in on the virtual festivities.

Shop local

Local businesses have been hit hard this year. You can help them by doing your Christmas shopping locally rather than going to big box stores. Have fun with a local experience and get to know the makers of your gifts while also helping others!

5 days of Christmas Markets with the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market

Visit the Orillia fairgrounds in Orillia (near Barrie) on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 1:00PM from December 5th until December 19th. From pottery and baked goods to fresh produce, this is the perfect way to support local businesses! For more information on vendors, and what to expect, visit their website here.

Fun for the little ones

December is a special month for many of us, but for the little ones, it’s such a magical time of year. Measures have been taken to ensure your child’s safety, so whether it’s online or in person, there are a number of things to do in Barrie with your children this holiday season.

Santa at the Georgian Mall

Taking your young one to see Santa at the mall is a time-honoured tradition, and something kids get excited over once December rolls around. It may look different this year as Santa has taken measures to ensure the safety of your little one during these times. 

If you’re nervous about entering a mall, there are also virtual options! Santa’s not just offering pictures either. There’s also a story time with Santa among other festive traditions.

Bake cookies with Santa online

On December 3rd, 10th and 17th, you can join Santa and Mrs. Claus online while they make cookies and share stories! Click here to learn more.

Mission Jolly: A Holiday Extravaganza!

Join Mission Jolly: A Holiday Extravaganza this year with the whole family! It’s a two-day free, online event over December 19th and 20th with performances, treasure hunts, and so much more! You can register here

Music and theatre

The holidays have so many traditions, especially through storytelling and music. From Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to all the other favourites, there are plenty of traditions and experiences to help fuel the yuletide spirit!

For a list of musical and theatrical events in the Barrie area, check out this list here.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Whether it’s taking in an online concert, baking cookies with Santa, or shopping local, Barrie has plenty to offer for the whole family this season. We wish you a fun and safe holiday season!

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