There is nothing better than celebrating Christmas in Parry Sound! From the lack of frenzied crowds to the opportunities abounding to purchase unique, hand-made gifts, it couldn't be better!
The first event that makes it official it is "Christmas in Parry Sound", is the annual Light Up the Park. This event showcases the beautiful Christmas lights adorning the many trees in Parry Sound's Market Square. This year, the special feature is the opportunity to see "Pete's Christmas", a Hallmark movie shot in Parry Sound last year.
Another big feature that everyone looks for is the CP Holiday Train. Since 1999, Canadian Pacific Railways have sent brightly lighted and decorated railcars across the country to help raise funds for local food banks. Every train includes a modified boxcar that has been modified into travelling stages for musicians who perform free concerts at various stops along the way. In Parry Sound, while the train is visible from the train trestle just up from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast, the place to be is the CP Station Gallery, so you can hear the music!
As with most towns and cities, the annual Santa Claus Parade always brings out people to view the usual - and unusual Christmas floats! From Santa with his reindeer, you will find floats representing churches and kids activities to the local ATV club riding down the street, the Canada Post truck accompanying some walkers, to the gem pictured here - a tug boat decorated for the season!
The Stockey Centre embraces the season through a variety of different musical shows - whether it's a brass band, choirs or country and western musicians singing old and new favourites, there is always something to bring Christmas alive.
There is nothing like glistening white snow to reflect the beauty of Christmas lights, and you will see lights and decorations everywhere - from lamp posts in downtown Parry Sound to individual houses and businesses decked out in their finery. I love to stroll around the town after dinner to appreciate all the work that has gone into recognizing the season.
Something that has amazed me is the compassion that lives in the hearts of Parry Sound residents - and Christmas is no exception. There are a number of fundraisers that occur - from the traditional Salvation Army kettles to the Festival of the Trees, which raises money for the food bank, to Soup for the Soul, for Parry Sound's hospice program.
Craft sales and bazaars pop up on the weekends throughout the area, offering you a chance to purchase unique handcrafted goods; from knitting to jewelry; woodworking to materials to create your own special gifts.
Churches also get decorated and seem to have more people attending during the Christmas time. Is it the children's pageants, the season, or just the fact that since Parry Sound is a tourist area, and more of us now have time to attend? Whatever the reason, the music seems to be more uplifting - and definitely louder!
And if it is the out-of-door activities that draws you to the Parry Sound during the Christmas holidays, check out all the recommendations we have on 40 Bay Street B&B's Things to See and Do page.