You don’t have to travel to the North Pole to step into the world of Old Saint Nick. In fact, you can pay a visit to Santa’s Village right here in Ontario.

Nestled in the gorgeous forest landscape of Muskoka, Santa’s Village is a Christmas-themed amusement park that’s open year-round for kids and families, but in the wintertime, it transforms into a charming festive experience known as Santafest.

Hosted by Santa and his elves, this annual event feels even more authentic thanks to its picturesque setting in the woods.

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Complete with a snow-covered cottage for Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, and one million twinkling lights throughout the village, you’ll feel transported to a holiday storybook.

A daily tree-lighting ceremony takes place during Santafest, as well as a Christmas market with many vendors selling unique holiday gifts.

And if you’re truly a kid at heart, there are also rides like The Candy Candy Express Train, Santa’s Carousel, and The Ferris Wheel.

There are all kinds of things to see and do at Santafest, and you have until December 24th to experience it.


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Also running this December is the adorable Christmas Land at Niemi Family Farm, which features a Polar Express that takes you around the magical village.

In the city, you can get your dose of Christmas cheer at Toronto’s Holiday Fair in the Square and the Distillery District Winter Village, which was just named one of the best holiday markets in the world.

There’s so much fun to be had in our province this holiday season! Let’s start crossing them off our list, shall we?

Santafest at Santa’s Village

When: Until December 24th, 2022 (select dates)
Where: 1624 Golden Beach Road, Bracebridge
Cost: $29.95 per person, Children under 36″ tall FREE