Christmas Festival Returns to the Kawartha Lakes December 3


Photo © Courtesy of Kawartha Conservation

‘Christmas at Ken Reid’ welcomes all to celebrate the season

Only a short drive from the GTA, Kawartha Lakes is a magical destination boasting quaint and historic towns, fantastic dining and shopping, beautiful lakes and rivers and an abundance of hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring opportunities to suit everyone.

On December 3, Kawartha Conservation is inviting those from near and far to celebrate the holidays and experience the beauty of winter in the Kawarthas at one of the region’s most beloved winter festivals – Christmas at Ken Reid. 

This holiday favourite has been enjoyed by thousands of visitors who kick off their holidays with horse-drawn wagon rides, Christmas story walks with Mrs. Claus, visits with Santa, a Christmas scavenger hunt, kids craft corner, musical entertainment, animal displays, hiking, hot beverages and much more.

Christmas at Ken Reid is a free event for everyone so visitors can spend time with family and friends, laugh, smile, and make memories to last a lifetime. This December, be sure to mark your calendar and start a new annual holiday tradition with Kawartha Conservation, enjoying Christmas at Ken Reid in the heart of the Kawarthas.

“Christmas at Ken Reid is a fantastic event that we’re happy to be offering for free once again to our community in celebration of the holiday season,” said Rebecca Pomeroy, Events and Community Support at Kawartha Conservation. “Whether you have little ones excited to see Santa Claus, enjoy the sights and sounds of horse drawn wagon rides through Ken Reid Conservation Area, are fascinated by the amazing birds of prey demonstration, or are just looking to connect and spend time with family and friends for a day of fun in nature to kick-off the holiday season, Christmas at Ken Reid welcomes everyone.”

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Photo © Courtesy of Kawartha Conservation
Photo © Courtesy of Kawartha Conservation

Visitors can also explore the 272-acre property at their own pace, experiencing the Story Walk Trail, Kawartha Quest, a fun, interactive outdoor adventure series for all ages, feeding chickadees and nuthatches by hand or simply enjoying the forests, Sturgeon Lake, and the provincially significant McLaren’s Creek Wetland through more than 10 kilometres of trails, two marsh boardwalks and an accessible viewing platform.

“In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we are also encouraging visitors to bring non-perishable food items to the event, all of which will be donated to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source in support of those in need within our community,” continued Pomeroy.

Whether you’re looking to visit for a day, a weekend or a lifetime, Kawartha Lakes offers a relaxing lifestyle with great local amenities, recreation, and all less than 90 minutes from the GTA.

This winter, make Ken Reid Conservation Area and the Kawartha Lakes your new favourite getaway destination and experience nature and the outdoors in a whole new way. We can’t wait to see you.

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Kawartha Conservation is a watershed-based, non-profit organization established in 1979 by the municipalities within our watershed under the Conservation Authorities Act. We are one of 36 conservation authorities operating in Ontario and a member of Conservation Ontario.


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