This Holiday Week In Clarington

Friday December 20th to Sunday January 5th 

It is officially the school holiday for our sons, daughters and grandchildren, and we thought it would be fun to focus on some family entertainment ideas you can explore together, right here in Clarington!  Whether tobogganing outdoors, ‘climbing the wall’ at Durham’s largest indoor family playground, or taking in some free skating sponsored by many local organizations, we hope you have a healthy, happy and safe holiday!

            • Winter Solstice Dinner at Dee’s Harvest Table –106 King St. E. Newcastle
              Enjoy a culinary experience celebrating the Winter Solstice weekend, this Friday and Saturday. Menu that will include a roasted elk and braised wild boar. Call to reserve 905-446-0145
            • Breakfast with Santa at Brimacombe Ski Hill –  4098 Regional Road 9, Orono.  Saturday December 21st Enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast including pancakes, bacon, sausage and all the toppings, plus a small coffee, tea or hot chocolate with Santa, all for $5 including taxes.Have your picture professionally taken with Santa by Rebecca of Rebecca Leigh Photography for only $10.
            • Sleigh Rides at Knox Family Farm – 6325 Enfield Road, Hampton. It’s the final weekend to enjoy wagon/sleigh rides, nativity, candy-cane hot chocolate, baked goods, carols around the campfire and browse the boutique before taking home your family Christmas tree! Call ahead to reserve a personal visit with Santa and Mrs.Claus- 905-263-2930
            •  A Gift of Art Children’s Workshop 187 King Ave E, Newcastle.Monday Dec 23 from 9:00 – 5:00 A Gift of Art is providing a special pre Christmas program for children.  Call to reserve your spot  Members $40.00 non-members $50.00
            • Santa On The Slopes at Brimacombe Ski Hill 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono. December 22, 23 & 24 you can shred some snow with Santa! Watch for his bright red suit on the slopes!
            • Joeys World Indoor Playground – 380 Lake Road Bowmanville.  Durham’s largest indoor playground, Joey’s World, opened it’s doors this year in Clarington. This family entertainment centre includes: a four tiered play structure, three exciting slides, 20-foot rock wall, multi-sports simulator and dozens of other activities. You get this from a 6,000 sq/foot facility and a ceiling that is 28 feet high. )Enjoy this multi sport simulator, multi-tiered play structure, toddler designated area and dozens of awesome indoor activities for kids.
              905-447-PLAY (7529)
            • SKATE TIMESbrought to you by various Sponsors within Clarington

              Newcastle Arena

              December 23 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              December 27 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
              December 30 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              January 1 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
              January 2 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

              Rickard Recreation ComplexDecember 23 1:00 PM – 2:50 PMJanuary 2 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM

              South Courtice Arena

              December 28 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM
              December 30 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

              Orono Arena
              December 22 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
              December 24 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              December 27 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              December 31 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

              Note: For Christmas Holiday Skates and Youth Shinny, check your Recreation & Leisure Guide, or online at

            •  Public Swim Schedule
              Additional Holiday SwimsCourtice Community Complex 2950 Courtice Road North, Courtice  905-404-1525
              Dec. 20th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 23rd        Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 27th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 30th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 2nd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 3rd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Note: Saturday morning Lane Swim will be extended on Dec. 28th. The Lane Swim will run 8:30-10:00am

              Newcastle & District Recreation Complex 1780 Rudell Road, Newcastle  905-987-5667
              Dec. 20th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 23rd        Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 27th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 30th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 2nd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 3rd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Note:Admission standards for public pools will be in effect for all swims.

            • The Animals Gift Holiday Performance – The Bowmanville Zoo, 340 King Street East, Bowmanville. Dec 21st & 22nd Matinee Performances (throught to Dec 31st)
              “Come celebrate the season with the animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, as they present The Animals Gift. This live theatrical performance is a multicultural event that displays the historical relationship amongst humans and animals throughout this festive period.Travel back in time through the holiest of seasons, as seen through the eyes, and felt in the hearts of the animals of our planet. As the world tenderly sleeps, the wild creatures of field and forest come forward to rejoice and celebrate in the wonder of this festive season. Come and share with our animals, their gifts to us. and share with our animals their gifts to us.”
            • “Tree Hunting in Clarington” – Here is a link via with acres of fresh, local Ontario Christmas Tree Growers in our Municipality
            • Rockin’ New Years Eve Elvis Concert – Award Winning Elvis Impersonator at the ORONO TOWN HALL -Tuesday Dec 31. Doors open at 7:00 pm Concert and Dance start at 8:00 pm Cash Bar. Door Prizes, late night refreshments. Party favours, champagne!Tickets $25.00 For more info please call 905 983 5354 Tickets Available at Orono Times Office, Sharon McCartney 905 983 9617 or online
            • Clarington Polar Bear Swim – New Years Day – January 1st at 2:00 pm ath the Newcastle Waterfront – Mill Street South (Registration begins at 12:45 pm) Bring your family to cheer ont he dipper at the icy plunge, ‘it’s really cool entertainment”. “Take the Plunge for Life” supports the Sick Kids Foundation for research into paediatric liver disease.  You can pledge & register information here:
            • Enjoy Forest Nature and Conservation Area Trails over the holidays, info here:

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