Looking for a quick and easy escape from the city? Located an hour outside of Toronto, Port Perry is a town that effortlessly blends history, charm, and a touch of magic.

The historic town is nestled on the southern shores of Lake Scugog, and it’s especially picturesque during the holiday season.

The downtown area is brimming with historic buildings and a delightful mix of boutique shops, restaurants, and art galleries that will have you exploring for hours on end.

As an exciting bonus, horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered for free in downtown Port Perry and past the waterfront, completely for free!

The free rides are a special holiday season gift from Port Perry BIA.

No reservation is required, just line up at 226 Queen Street and wait for your magical journey to begin.

Horse-drawn carriages will be free every Saturday and Sunday in December, from 12 PM to 4 PM.

Additionally, you can check out the carriages on December 24th this year.

Afterward, indulge your sweet tooth at the old-fashioned chocolate shop, The Nutty Chocolatier, or quench your thirst at The Old Flame Brewing Company.

And all of this is set against the backdrop of a stunning historic landscape that will transport you back in time.

Just a stone’s throw away from the heart of downtown, you’ll find the Port Perry waterfront.

It’s a hot spot for summer activities, but in the winter, there’s something truly magical about ice skating on its frozen surface.

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According to the town’s website, Port Perry has become a sought-after destination for those who want to savour small-town charm while enjoying big-city amenities.

And when you’re in town, don’t forget to stop by Hank’s Pastries, a true Port Perry icon.

At over 100 years old, this bakery has stood the test of time, rising from the ashes of the great fire of 1884.

With delectable treats ranging from “Big as your face” Apple Fritters to cinnamon buns and hand-crafted butter tarts, Hank’s Pastries is a taste of history you won’t want to miss.

Port Perry, with its rich heritage, vibrant culture, and mouthwatering treats, is a town that captivates all your senses.