28 Dec

Things to do in Simcoe County in January 2019

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January is a great time to reflect, relax, and unwind as you soak in all of your holiday memories. Don’t worry if you are looking for something to do, there is still plenty going on in Simcoe County this month!

Gather your family and friends and check out some of these fun winter events and festivals:

Christmas Glow

When: November 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Where: Bradford Greenhouse Garden Gallery
What Is It: If an evening of delicious food, one-of-a-kind gifts, and authentic light displays are something you would be interested in then Christmas Glow is one to mark in your calendars. Featuring a magic castle playground, LED swings, and an appearance by the man in red himself, this event is sure to lift the holiday spirits of all members of the family.
Christmas Glow Barrie


Winter Wonderland

When: Friday evenings from Nov 30, 2018 – Jan 4, 2019
Where: Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., Newmarket|
What Is It: Grab your outdoor gear and enjoy a dazzling a holiday light display, performances, treats, and a free outdoor skate every Friday evening at the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons. Children will gather with friends to admiring performances by Bex in MotionScarlet Black, and Hoop U while adults gather in The Ice Lounge, sponsored by Jay Miller Real Estate to relax.
Winter Wonderland Newmarket



When: Dec 1st, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
Where: 156 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains
What Is It: Gather the family and head to Blue Mountain to experience the wonderful, illuminated sights of “Blumination”. It’s a holiday celebration every night of the week, with an extra extravagant schedule on Saturday nights, featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, visits from Santa, and fireworks. 
Blumination at Blue Mountain Village


Winter Break Activities

When: Dec 22 – Jan 6, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, 16160 Highway 12 E., Midland
What Is It: Discover the beauty of Nature on the stunning winter terrain of Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre this winter break. Daily activities include but are not limited to, hiking, bannock roasting, visits from the “feature creature,” swan stories, and snowshoe discovery guided tours.
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Midland


Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes

When: Friday, December 28th – Saturday, March 30th
Where: Scenic Caves, The Blue Mountains
What Is It: Enjoy a 1½ to 2 hour guided nighttime snowshoe hike through the wintery wonderland of the scenic caves trails. Cost: $49 per person (includes snowshoes if required). Reservations required.
Scenic Caves at The Blue Mountains


Nerf Gun Game Night

When: Friday, January 4th 
Where: Midland Public Library
What Is It: Pack up your nerf guns and head on out to the Midland Public Library to challenge your friends in an action-packed game of capture the flag. Admission: $5:00 per participant.
Nerf Gun Game Night in Midland


Nordic Demo Day

When: Saturday, January 5th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Hardwood Ski and Bike, Oro-Medonte
What Is It: For both the avid skier or the beginner, come out to demo day to test out some of the latest and greatest equipment in the sport. A variety of retailers will be on-site offering demos of their ski equipment along with their expertise.
Hardwood Ski and Bike in Oro-Medonte


Newmarket’s New Year’s Levee

When: Wednesday, January 9th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall
What Is It: Welcome in the new year with the mayor and members of the town council at their annual levee. Enjoy a free public skate, warm beverages, and treats.
Newmarket’s New Year’s Levee


Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019

When: January 10th-12th
Where: Orillia Opera House
What Is It: Sponsored by Sojourn, the Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Orillia! The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity brings a tour of authentic films around the globe which highlight profound journeys, adventures and ground-breaking expeditions in the mountains.
Sojourn Outdoors in Barrie


The 21st Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Celebration

When: Saturday, January 12th
Where: Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club
What Is It: Enjoy an evening of celebration of everything Canadian hosted by OMAH’s History Committee. The evening will feature guest speaker Sally Armstrong, author, journalist and human rights activist. Tickets are $60.
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club in Severn



When:  January 19th – February 3rd
Where: Various restaurants throughout Barrie
What Is It: Delight in savoury culinary fare at numerous restaurants throughout the city of Barrie. Enjoy prix fixe full course meals ranging from $15 – $30 per person and expertly curated for this annual event.
Barrielicious in Barrie


Mudmen in Concert

When: Saturday, January 19th, 8:00 pm
Where: Orillia Opera House
What Is It: Enjoy an evening of music and dance with The Mudmen, Canada’s family-oriented Celtic rock band.
Mudmen in Concert in Orillia


Taylor Cup Pond Hockey Tournament

When: January 25th – 26th
Where: Bayview Wildwood Resort, Sparrow Lake / Severn Bridge
What Is It: In memory of Judd Taylor, this 14th annual pond hockey tournament is a 2-day round robin tournament taking hockey back to the basics on a frozen pond. Proceeds benefit Sarcoma Research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Taylor Cup Pond Hockey Tournament


Power of the Purse – Dress for Success

When: Saturday, January 26th, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Barrie Country Club
What Is It: Come on out for a fun-filled girl’s night! Enjoy a silent and live auction featuring designer and one-of-a-kind handbags. Proceeds support the Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie employment and suiting program which empowers women to become economically independent.
Power of the Purse in Barrie


Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Night at Tangle Creek

When: January 26th, 6:00 pm
Where: Tangle Creek Golf Club
What Is It: Enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner alongside an evening of laughter with family at friends at Yuk Yuk Comedy Night. Admission: $74.95 per person + HST. Don’t miss out!
Yuk Yuks Comedy Night in Thornton


The February Blues Festival

When: January 31st– February 4th
Where: Various Venues throughout Barrie & Simcoe County
What Is It: Conclude your month the right way! Attend The February Blues Festival for a full weekend of live music, great food, and an array of venues throughout the region.
The February Blues Festival in Simcoe County



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