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Christmas Close to Home: 2021 Holiday Gifts and Events

It’s Christmastime in Kawarthas Northumberland, and locals are ready to turn up the holiday cheer. With the ups and downs of 2021 highlighting the importance of supporting local, there’s never been a better time to do your holiday shopping close to home, or to connect with the community. Here are just a few of the seasonal events to get you in the spirit.

An array of Christmas ornaments and gifts, including a row of Santa Clauses

Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Local Shopping

Thekawarthas.ca has put together an extensive list of local shopping experiences available only in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. From one-of-a-kind gift boxes to regional breweries to artisanal chocolate, this list abounds with unique suggestions you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re not sure what to get someone this year, the variety on offer guarantees you’ll find something for all tastes.

Must-See Winter Events

The above goes for holiday events in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, too. There are simply too many interesting events in the region to feature each one, so we recommend browsing this extensive list by thekawarthas.ca. Holiday markets? Try the ARTISANity Show & Sale for exquisite local gifts, or Peterborough’s 5th Annual Christmas Craft Show. Looking to get in the Christmas spirit? Try Fireside Stories at the Hutchinson House Museum. Seeking a family-friendly outing? The Butternut Holiday Trail at Escape Maze is a unique and exciting seasonal experience. Just remember to check the event’s own website before setting out and be aware of COVID safety protocols.

The Boro Holiday Shopping Passport

Not an event per se, but an excellent incentive to keep it local: over 150 businesses are participating in the The Boro Holiday Shopping Passport this year. Every ten dollars you spend at eligible restaurants, boutiques, salons, and other businesses earns a stamp on your passport. Spend $200, and you’ll be entered in a draw to win up to $1,500 in gift cards. Better yet, you can earn stamps whether you shop in person or online. Visit https://theboro.ca/holiday-shopping-passport/ for details.

Nighttime scene with Christmas lights in the trees reflected on the ground

Northumberland County

Holiday Baking Trail

The holidays are a time to indulge your sweet tooth, and oh boy, do the bakers of Northumberland have you covered. From the raspberry white chocolate scones at Our Lucky Stars Café in Warkworth to the gingerbread lattes of Port Hope’s Happenstance, you’ll find plenty to enjoy along the Holiday Baking Trail, available as a PDF or Google Map.

Holiday Events

The Victoria Park and Rotary Harbourfront Park lighting displays in Cobourg are a seasonal highlight, but they’re just the beginning in Northumberland County. Visit this list of 2021 events to find out more about the Port Hope Candlelight Festival, Warkworth’s Magic Under the Stars, Barrett Tree Farm, and other lovely ways to celebrate. Recommended whether you’re looking to hitch a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or catch a digital concert.

Made in Northumberland

Can’t make it to pop-up shop or craft show? There are plenty of Northumberland businesses who can supply all your holiday gift needs. Honey habanero sauce from The Bee Works for the adventurous foodie; craft beer stocking stuffers from Northumberland Hills Brewing; unique glasswork from Frantic Farms Clay & Glass Gallery; the list goes on. Find more recommendations here.

Closeup of a Christmas display, featuring a painting of a winter scene bracketed by Christmas trees on either side

Kawartha Lakes

Mariposa Christmas

 Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, Mariposa Woolen Mill and Farm Market is hosting a Mariposa Christmas event. Crafts, gingerbread s’mores, and a photo op with Santa make this the perfect kid-friendly event in Kawartha Lakes—and grownups will appreciate the quality woolen goods produced at Mariposa. Tickets can be purchased at http://mariposawoolenmill.ca/ or at the event.

Mother Goose: A Panto of Pure Gold

Christmas pantomimes are a time-honoured tradition, and Globus Theatre outside Bobcaygeon has put together a rollicking show for 2021. Cheer the heroes and jeer the villains with multiple showtimes between December 10 and 19, and enjoy a dinner while you’re there. Please note as this is an indoor dining event, proof of vaccination is required. Visit the Globus website for details.

Christmas in Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Lakes boutiques and businesses can supply everything you need for the holidays, from food and drink to one-of-a-kind artworks by local artisans living along the Arts & Heritage Trail. Peruse the listings at explorekawarthalakes.com for more ideas.


Looking for more things to do in Kawarthas Northumberland? See our recommendations of top skating experiences in the region.

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