Christmas in Huron County
By Mandy Sinclair
Irving Berlin said it best, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”.
A dusting of snow perfectly complements evenings by the fire sipping hot chocolate while watching all the classic Christmas movies. Or the soft sounds of Christmas jazz music playing as the snow gently falls, wrapped up cozy indoors. And of course there’s the blasting of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas while preparing to host festive gatherings.
You see, it’s the lead up to the holidays that I truly love. Getting together with friends and family. A time to indulge in good food and quality time spent with my nearest and dearest. A time to slow down and soak up the excitement of the season. And toast to the year gone by and looking forward to what’s to come.
Whether you’re looking for ideas in the lead up to Christmas, or for things to do during a winter stay during the holidays, we’ve rounded up our top picks for things to do in Huron County this Christmas season.
A Real-life Snow Globe, Bayfield Ontario
Christmas in Bayfield feels like stepping inside a snow globe. Kicking off mid-November and running weekends into December, I consider this Huron County's original, and unique, Christmas market. Shops decorated for the season, twinkly lights that create a festive feeling as the sunsets and outdoor fire pits for creating a bit of warmth while enjoying the festivities.
Planning to spend an afternoon outdoors with friends? Let us deliver a wintry Along the Way buffet to enjoy fireside or indoors with friends and family to continue the festive feeling after the shops shut for the day.
Sleigh Bells Ring, Londesborough, Ontario
Fun for all ages, a sleigh ride through a winter wonderland is high on our list of things to do this Christmas. For this, we turn to Home on the Range for rides through the forest, open fire pits and pulling out our cozy winter gear for some time outdoors.
Christmas Bells of a Different Kind, Goderich Ontario
The Huron County Courthouse famously chimes the hour and the quarter hour, keeping those of us living within earshot aware of the time throughout the day. And between Christmas and New Year’s, a wander around the Square and Courthouse Park is punctuated by chiming of familiar Christmas carols, typically during daylight hours.
Wintry walks, Goderich Ontario
On our Goderich Tasting Trail we meander through the streets dotted with architectural gems and parks providing sweeping views of landscapes below as we chat architectural heritage and history of the town. In between we step into bakeries, cafes, restaurants and other unexpected stops to sample some favourite eats (some of which have been favourites since childhood) and meet friendly locals along the way. We’ll dine outdoors so no vaccine passport required.
A Christmas Carol with a Local Twist , The Livery Goderich
A couple of years ago I saw a Huron County Christmas Carol at the Blyth Festival and I loved the local spin on the Christmas classic. So this year I’m looking forward to seeing The Livery’s Ethan Claymore’s Christmas on stage on select dates between 3 and 18 December.
Perhaps make it a day of culture with an afternoon Goderich Tasting Trail. We’ll spend the afternoon meandering through streets dotted with architectural gems and parks providing sweeping views of landscapes below as we chat architectural heritage and history of the town. In between we step into bakeries, cafes, restaurants and other unexpected stops to sample some favourite eats (some of which have been favourites since childhood) and meet friendly locals along the way.
Sleep-ins and lazy breakfasts, Huron County
We love a lazy start to the day, lingering around the breakfast table a bit longer, in our Christmas jammies of course, and sipping endless cups of coffee (Bailey’s optional) during the holidays. And our Breakfast Table delivery means a selection of all the breakfast must haves, but with minimal preparation. Just set the table. Gather. And enjoy. We like to think of this brunch package as a delivery from a Huron County-wide farmers’ market (with options for vegetarians and gluten-free guests).
Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Huron County
I can’t resist a fresh layer of snow, a forest of cedar trees to wander or snowshoes through, and a perhaps a lightly frozen Maitland River as silence reigns. My favourite spot for a hike after a fresh snowfall is the Robertson Tract before continuing along the Maitland Trail bordering the Maitland River. The Blyth Greenway Trail, as part of the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail, is also a favourite spot for admiring the old bridge and trickling brook. Bannockburn near Bayfield is also a gem! Many of the trails are snowshoe and cross-country ski friendly as well.
This Christmas season at Tasting Huron County, we’re booking festive-themed Breakfast Table and Along the Way deliveries from 3 to 20 December and our Goderich Tasting Trail on select dates to make your holiday planning with colleagues, friends, and family a bit easier.