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Your Wellington County Weekend: holiday season is in full swing

Lots of holiday markets, events and the first local Santa Claus parade
The first day of Erin's Winter Fest was marked with a tree lighting and window wonderland display.


Starlight Shopping Elora

Downtown Elora

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the spirit of the season in Elora with four days and nights of shopping and savings. Evenings feature festive street performers and carollers.

Window Wonderland 

Downtown Erin - 109 Main St., Erin

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Annual tree lighting at McMillan Park followed by the Window Wonderland reveal at 6:30 p.m. along Main Street. Night includes Santa visits, hot drinks, holiday music, food trucks, photo ops and special retail promotions.

Light up the Park

Lions Park - Main Street East, Palmerston

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A Palmerston park glows up with colour Christmas lights lining the park’s trails, walkways and features at the official lighting of the Palmerston Lions Heritage Park. Following the lighting includes photos with Santa, horse and wagon rides, free popcorn, children’s activities, fire and glow performers and a fireworks display. Donations to the local food bank are encouraged.

Fergus Whalers

Arthur & Area Community Centre - 158 Domville St., Arthur

7:30 p.m.

A ‘home on the road’ game for the PJHL team against the Mitchell Hawks. The team will be making a donation to #GetInTouchForHutch. 

Elora Rocks

Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex - 550 Belsyde Ave. E., Fergus

8 p.m.

Home game against the Stratford Fighting Irish.


Christmas market at a Christmas tree farm

Erin Hill Acres - 5837 Third Line, Erin

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Outdoor market with tractor rides, play area, animals, live music and children’s characters. Farm shop is open and fresh cut trees are available.

Elora Farmers’ Market - Winter Market

Highland Rugby Club - 160 Albert St. W., Fergus

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local food and vendors moved inside in Fergus for the remainder of the year.

Mount Forest Lions Christmas craft market

Mount Forest and District Sports Complex - 850 Princess St., Mount Forest

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Entry is by monetary donation.

Arthur Lions Christmas craft sale

Arthur Community Centre - 158 Domville St., Arthur

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Over 80 vendors at this craft sale. Admission is free.

Emmanuel Community Festival

Emmanuel Christian High School - 680 Tower St. S., Fergus

9:30 a.m.

Fundraiser with a magic show, baby races and vendors to raise money for Emmanuel Christian High School.

Santa Photo Grotto

Elora Legion - 110 Metcalfe St., Elora

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit with Santa at the legion for a free photo opportunity. All ages and furry friends welcome.

Harriston Hometown Christmas

Downtown Harriston

10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A day of shopping, workshops, skating and children’s activities before the Santa Claus Parade. Holiday market runs until 4 p.m.

Enchanted Witches Holiday Market

Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex - 550 Belsyde Ave. E., Fergus

5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Free market with local vendors, mystical readers, witchy and holistic products, crystals, jewelry and more.

Harriston Santa Claus parade

Downtown Harriston

7 p.m.

Floats lineup at 6 p.m. at Speare Seeds on John Street with the parade coming through downtown at 7 p.m.


Crafty Christmas Open House

Mini Lakes - 7451 Wellington Rd. 34 (Gate 3), Puslinch

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas shopping at a vendor market in Puslinch.