With all the holiday festivities coming up, it’s no wonder that it’s our favourite time of the year. Here are some of our family-friendly holiday events in the Durham Region.


For a great family holiday experience, come aboard and join Santa on a magical trip to the North Pole onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Your journey begins in the enchanted Christmas tent with a magical tree lighting followed with a one-hour train ride to the North Pole. Children are given their first Christmas gift, along with hot hot chocolate and treats; passengers are also encouraged to read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Date: Now until December 21st

Happy Holidays from the McMichael

McMichael will be transforming into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. On December 15th, come in and enjoy special exhibitions, art workshops, and performances- all in French, Canadian, and Maritime style.

Date: December 15st 

Whitby Santa Claus Parade

The annual JCI Santa Claus Parade is coming up and with over 20,000 people expected to attend, this Parade will be the highlight of the year. Line up on Brock Street to catch a glimpse of Santa Clause while enjoying all the marching bands, Parade floats, and musical entertainment.

Date: December 21st

Zac Mansfield’s Christmas In The City in Oshawa

A concert not to be missed, Zac Mansfield’s Christmas In The City is an event for all ages, a show for the whole family can enjoy. Joined by special guests, your Christmas favourites from “White Christmas” to “Jingle Bells” will be performed, leaving you in high Christmas spirits.

Date: December 21st