The stage is set for another magical holiday season as “Christmas in Collingwood” kicks off November 16 with a 5k run, Santa Clause Parade, tree lighting, fireworks, dining, shopping and more! Ring in the festive season with small-town traditions and family friendly celebrations that are sure to get everyone in the Holiday spirit.

Get a running start to the season with the annual HoHoHoliday 5k. Whether you run, walk, or prance, this 5-kilometer fun run through the Collingwood trail system attracts over 1000 entrants – and the best part; each participant receives a red suit, hat and beard! Register early to secure your free Santa suit at

Bursting with Holiday decor and gift ideas, find a little something for everyone on your list at the unique boutique, home décor, fashion and artisan shops in downtown Collingwood. In the hours leading up to the Santa Clause parade, keep an eye out for live Nutcracker dancers in storefronts along Hurontario Street then stop and say hello to Santa’s reindeer-in-training (which will be taking a break from flying practice) outside the Town Hall from 12:30-3:30. At 5pm sharp Santa and his friends will be making their way north along the Hurontario Street from Hume to First Street in the annual Santa Clause Parade.

Follow the parade towards Georgian Bay for the official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and incredible firework display which marks the beginning of the Holiday season.

Feeling a bit peckish after hours of shopping and celebrating? Indulge your Christmas cravings at one of Collingwood’s delectable restaurants, cafes and cantinas. There are also nearly a dozen specialty shops and food markets that even the most discerning foodie will love. Fill your stocking with loose leaf teas, decadent desserts, perfectly smoked game meats, artisanal cheeses and locally produced preserves.

Throughout the Holiday season kids big and small can visit with Santa and his reindeer-in-training at the Collingwood Town Hall. Deliver your wish lists to the big guy in person, every Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., November 23rd until Christmas.

Celebrate the start of Christmas the old-fashioned way this season, come downtown, and come home for the holidays.

For the full schedule and map of where all the activities happen, visit: