December is just around the corner which can mean only one thing – the holiday season in Huntsville is here! From markets to concerts, and parades to super-magicated train rides, with so much in between, there is something magical for everyone this holiday season in Huntsville!


Customer Appreciation Crawl

November 23 – 5-9pm
Downtown Huntsville

To kick off the Downtown Huntsville BIA Muskoka Market: Huntsville Holiday Edition on November 25 & 26 – and to appreciate you, the customers, Downtown Huntsville is hosting the Customer Appreciation Crawl again this year!

Some of your favourite local stores are working together to offer special discounts, goodies and a fun evening of shopping! Collect stamps at participating stores, while shopping and enter to win DOWNTOWN DOLLARS! Stamp cards will be available at each participating merchant the night of. At the end of your shopping adventure, you can submit your stamp card at any of the participating merchants and shortly after the crawl, winners will be announced!

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 23 – 6pm
Kent Park

Enjoy the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kent Park at 6pm on Thursday November 23rd! See the 20′ tree lit up with 4000 lights!

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Huntsville Santa Claus Parade

November 24 – 7pm
Downtown Huntsville

The Rotary Club of North Muskoka, in partnership with the Huntsville-Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, presents the 2023 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade in downtown Huntsville on Friday, November 24, at 7:00 PM. This year’s theme is: Creating Hope at Christmas!

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Muskoka Market: Huntsville Holiday Edition

November 25 – 10am to 6pm / November 26 – 11am – 3pm
Downtown Huntsville

The Huntsville BIA is thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual Muskoka Market: Huntsville Holiday Edition! The BIA is bringing our community together to shop local and take part in some holiday cheer on Saturday, November 25th from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, November 26th from 11AM – 3PM. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, and the streets will be decorated in holiday cheer with warming outdoor fire pits, carolers and dancers, as well as an organized shopping experience for kids. You can expect giveaways and so much more!

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Hoppy Holiday Market

November 25 – 11am – 5pm / November 26 – 11am – 3pm
Canvas Brewing Co.

Get into the holiday spirit at the annual Hoppy Holiday Market! Taking place at Canvas Brewing Co. on Saturday November 25th from 11am-5PM and Sunday November 26th from 11am-3PM.

Join us for a festive shopping experience with over 40 local artisans and unique gifts. Don’t miss out on the seasonal treats and crafts.

Also don’t miss out on photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Sunday from 11am-2pm!

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Holiday Party Featuring Dwayne Gretzky

November 25
Deerhurst Resort

Add some live concert excitement to your group’s holiday celebration and join the party with Dwayne Gretzky at Deerhurst.

Start the party off right with a delicious buffet dinner, followed by an exciting concert party in Legacy Hall. This gathering is perfect for dancing, socializing, and revelling in a lively, festive ambiance.

Indulge in the sumptuous surroundings of a warmly decorated banquet room, glowing with festive décor and twinkling lights, then step across the hall to join the party for a live concert and dancing in Legacy Hall.

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Susan Aglukark’s ᐅᐱᓐᓇᖅ – Upinnaq Christmas

December 1 – 7:30pm
Algonquin Theatre

Susan Aglukark is Canada’s first Inuk artist to win a Juno (4), a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, and she is an officer of the Order of Canada. Susan holds several Honourary Doctorate degrees and has held command performances.

During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Susan’s journey as a singer-songwriter has led her to reflect on who she is, where she comes from and the importance of discovery – discovery of history, culture and self, this time of reflection, writing and songwriting has Susan coming back to one area of profound knowing, the Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their Ancestors, their journey is what shaped them.

Produced by Chad Irschick, Dreaming Of Home is a collection of uplifting contemporary seasonal favourites, a combination of traditional and contemporary music, sung in English and her mother tongue Inuktitut. Susan has re-recorded some Christmas traditional songs like Silent Night and has also re-done one of her personal favourites Old Toy Trains. Please join Susan and her band for an evening of Christmas music. ᐅᐱᓐᓇᖅ – Upinnaq in this use means to be in awe or wonder.

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Holiday Party Featuring Soular

December 9
Deerhurst Resort

Make your group’s holiday celebration even more thrilling and lively with SOULAR, a 9-piece band that draws inspiration from Motown, Soul, R&B, Pop, Rock, Dance Music, and Top 40. With their passion and energy, Soular will surely get everyone to hit the dance floor and enjoy their favourite tunes!

Experience the joyful ambiance of the decorated banquet room, adorned with twinkling lights and festive décor. Seating arrangements are reserved in sections for each group. After dinner, head over to Legacy Hall for a live concert and dancing. Join us for a fun-filled night that you’ll never forget!

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Soular


A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Pantomime

December 23 – 10am & 3pm
Algonquin Theatre

This is not your typical Christmas Carol. Staged in the tradition of a British Pantomime (informally known as a panto), this type of musical comedy stage production is designed for family entertainment and generally performed during the Christmas and New Year season. This holiday celebration includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale. This year, we’re sending up A Christmas Carol, the tale of Mr. Scrooge. Bah! Humbug! The whole family will love the fun of singing along and participating in helping Scrooge get his smile back!

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Portage Flyer Christmas Train Ride to Santa

December 23 – 5 – 8pm
Muskoka Heritage Place

Super-magicated is the word we use to describe this fun community event!

What does it include?

  • The Portage Flyer locomotive and authentic coaches have a thousand lights
  • Enjoy a cup of free hot chocolate and cookies (while supplies last) and sing along to the carols while you wait to board the train
  • Once on board, you will gently ride alongside the Muskoka River to The Purser’s Cabin
  • Santa is waiting to hear “your side of the story”. If you want to stay longer, you can always catch the next train back

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Portage Flyer


Need a place to stay to make the most of your holiday season visit to Huntsville? Check out these great accommodations nearby.

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