10 Things to Do in Prince Edward County in December🎄
There’s plenty of places and spaces to get your holly jolly on this December in The County. Pack your coziest woollies for the last of 2019.
Ring in December by joining Pictonites for their much anticipated annual Picton Santa Claus Parade (Dec 1) for a delightful afternoon on Picton Main Street with bands, performers, elves and of course, a visit from the big guy himself. You can watch the festivities from Beacon Bike + Brew where they are hosting Chrismukkah the same day and offering ornament making, tree decorating and lives tunes from Aaron Nash. Can’t make it to Santa on the first? He’s hanging out at The Armoury Saturdays leading up to Christmas. Or, head North to Ameliasburgh for Christmas in the Village (Dec 1) for an old fashioned Christmas celebration with free refreshments, horse-and-wagon rides, a blacksmith, bake sale and more.
Catch the tail end of Wassail in The County (Nov 30 + Dec 1) for a final toast to the vines before they’re officially put to rest for the winter. The elves have been busy at Macaulay House building a wonderland of ice and snow. Join them for Wassailing at Macaulay’s (Nov 30 + Dec 1) for tasty treats and a pop-up shop!
Do you heart DIY? Join Coriander Girl to make your own winter wreath (Dec 1) using evergreens and woodsy embellishments. Make your own holiday centrepiece (Dec 22) using a mix of evergreens, botanical elements and fresh florals.
Laugh off all those cookies and treats that are suddenly appearing around the office with the funny folks at Taste That!, in their final “Whose Wine is It, Anyway?” performance of 2019. Catch them Dec. 12 at Karlo Estates.
Festival Players is presenting two concerts this holiday season, starting with a Dec. 12 session for fans of instrumental music. “The Boy from Bologna” focuses on the music of Archangelo Corelli, today known as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque period. In fact, he was the first European composer to stake his reputation on creating music without voices. How did he do it? And why? With commentary provided by The New Classical FM’s Kathleen Kajioka, this performance will follow his compositions from his humble beginnings to international fame.
If you’re having a tough time getting into the spirit of the holiday season, join performer Bruce Dow on Dec. 13 for “Beautiful Things,” a Festival Players cabaret of seasonal favourites. If you haven’t heard Dow perform, trust us: he is like the conductor of a musical roller-coaster, lifting you up before gently laying you low, all the while filling you with the wonder of his incredible voice.
For something a little more local, check out the Silent Winters Matinee (Dec 15), or join Command Performance for their annual holiday performance, Yuletide Evergreens, on Dec. 20. This choir features 65 voices harmonizing on Christmas classics, Britten, Mendelssohn and Rutter. Join Trevor and Stu – the duo behind Norris & Jones for their Residency Jam at Karlo Estates Winery happening the third Thursday of each and every month (Dec 19).
If December isn’t your jam and you find yourself missing the fresh blooms from summer, head to Oeno Gallery for Fiona Ackerman’s “Botanical“, an exhibition inspired by the narratives and botanical drawings of women naturalists – on til December 8. Catch the Winter Show at Arts on Main Gallery in Picton til January 26, or get a pop of colour at “12 Days of Colour” holiday show and sale at Andara Gallery (Dec 12-23).
Avoid the mall this holiday season by shopping at local craft and artisan markets. Busy Hands, on Dec. 14-15, is a who’s who of County vendors, while Nick of Time Christmas Craft Show on December 14 is, as the name suggests, a great place for last minute gifts and 100% handmade. Head to Guild Works in Bloomfield for Ornamental, your one stop shop for one of a kind ornaments made by local artists (until Dec 23). A portion from each sale will support two local charities – Community Living Prince Edward and Alternatives for Women.
If by the time the big day rolls around you’re too zonked to think about cooking, leave it to the professionals at Isaiah Tubbs Resort and join them on for their Christmas Eve dinner – a three-course turkey feast. And if you’re too sleepy from the turkey to cook, erhm, more turkey (let’s be honest, it’s what the holidays are really about, right?) leave it to The Knoll to once again save the day with their annual Christmas Day Buffet.
And if you’re ringing in the New Year in The County, you have a few options:
Christen the Back Room, Main St. Picton, with their Roaring ’20s party. Expect cold gin and a hot dance floor, plus bubbly and nibbles. The evening will feature a countdown playlist with the most dance-able songs from each era, ending with The Charleston at midnight.
Or spend the night with Isaiah Tubbs and local crooners Moon Sugar, featuring a massive New Year’s buffet, champagne toast and lots of dancing tunes.