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A Winter Wonderland Welcome
The Southern Ontario Traveller Travel to Huron County - Ontario's West Coast, and feel the magic of the season surround you with shimmering Christmas lights, winter festivities, and holiday shopping. Are you in the Christmas spirit? Then bundle up and warm yourself with a hot chocolate or apple cider at a local café, before attending one of the numerous Santa Claus parades happening in towns and villages across the County. Our towns come alive with glittering lights during winter evenings throughout the 'Festival of Lights' celebrations. Whether shopping in Bayfield or strolling around the Christmas-lit Square in Goderich, enjoy the Christmas magic in Huron County.

Enjoy your Christmas "Inn" Style
The Southern Ontario Traveller It's Christmas at the Brentwood on the Beach B&B, beautifully situated near the shores of Lake Huron. The lights have been strung and garlands have been hung. The house has been wrapped in the splendour of the magic of the season. Our neighbours, the towns of Goderich and Bayfield, are decorated and ready to envelope you in their charm and holiday spirit. Be delighted by original work of the local artisans - gifts that are unique and full of character. This time of festivities evokes childlike joy. Come be part of the wonder of Christmas, out in the country, along the shores of Lake Huron.

Award-winning Lights are a-"Glow"ing for you...
The Southern Ontario Traveller Come stroll through the award winning Celebration of Lights, a spectacular display when Sarnia-Lambton is set aglow under a blanket of illuminated lights. Both local residents and the thousands of visitors who come here each year to view the Celebration enjoy this magical festival. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our beloved Celebration. From its modest beginning in 1984 with 650 lights and 9 displays, the magic has grown to a spectacular 160 displays of thousands of lights. Trolley rides every Sunday. Victorian Christmas in Petrolia and a multitude of parades, theatre and craft events will leave you feeling the true spirit of Christmas.

Comedy's 'Inn' Season!
The Southern Ontario Traveller The Oaks Inn Acorn Dinner Theatre in Wallaceburg (Chatham-Kent) presents "The Office Christmas Party," Nov. 23-Dec. 17. Everybody has a company Christmas party story they'll never forget...even though they'd probably like to. This Christmas show is definitely one to remember as executives, secretaries and clients rub elbows and more at the annual holiday bash. Secret Santas and this year's bonus are on everyone's minds when the party starts, but of course, when it ends, everyone has a few new resolutions to make on New Years. The Oaks Inn offers fun-filled afternoon luncheon matinees and entertaining dinner shows. Happy holidays!

Be Enchanted by the Magic in Simcoe!
The Southern Ontario Traveller Celebrating its 45th year, the Simcoe Christmas Panorama in Norfolk County is on the grow. From November 26th to January 1st, both Wellington and Clifton Parks are aglow with even more lights and new displays. Close by, the Eva Brook Donly Museum will host an "Arts of China" exhibit from November 5th until December 24th. This exhibit provides a unique glimpse of an ancient and mystic civilization.

A Panorama of Holiday Favourites...
The Southern Ontario Traveller Simcoe's Christmas Panorama is Ontario's longest running Christmas festival and can be enjoyed the entire month of December. Come and see over 110,000 lights and 65 themed displays. Hot chocolate and a horse drawn trolley ride await the young and young at heart. Finish your Christmas shopping during your visit and stay at the Travelodge in Simcoe. Take the chill off in our hot tub, sauna and steam room, and let the kids burn off their excitement in our indoor pool. Ask for our special Simcoe Christmas Panorama rates.

Family Celebrations in a "Great Canadian" Setting...
The Southern Ontario Traveller Not only is Brantford the home of two of the Greatest Canadians, Alexander Graham Bell and Wayne Gretzky, it is also brimming during the holidays. Experience traditional Victorian Christmas celebrations at the Bell Homestead National Historic Site for a nostalgic "Christmas Lamplight Tour", or step back in time at Myrtleville House Museum for their "Traditional Christmas Greeting Card" exhibit. During the month of December, the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts will be featuring several performances for the whole family including the Christmas classic The Nutcracker. Join in the fun at this year's Families First New Year's Eve Celebration at the Brantford Mall and usher in 2005 at this award-winning event.

Stop by for Christmas Cheer and Cookies!
The Southern Ontario Traveller Shop and Tour Tillsonburg - We promise your back won't ache! The Tillsonburg Super 8 Motel makes the perfect getaway spot. Enjoy our country charm in one of our 61 well-appointed guest rooms in a variety of styles. Visit Scotty's Family Restaurant, on site for your not too early breakfast. Tillsonburg is home to our Down Home Country Christmas. Stop by Annandale National Historic Museum for a beautiful tour and take advantage of their Christmas Tea and Tour from December 1st to December 20th. Accommodation Packages are available at the Tillsonburg Super 8. Give someone you love a holiday getaway this season.

An Old-fashioned Christmas with Father Christmas
The Southern Ontario Traveller During this magical time of year, Kitchener plays host to many Christmas events. A Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park begins November 27th with an evening candlelit procession from Kitchener City Hall to Victoria Park. Thousands of Christmas lights are turned on in an explosion of colour, until January 2nd. Step back to the turn of the century, at Doon Heritage Crossroads to enjoy Christmas in the Country. Meet Father Christmas, sing Christmas carols, and pile onto a horse drawn wagon to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas past. A Country Christmas runs from 1 - 4 p.m., December 5th, 12th and 19th.

O Christmas Tree...a Fabulous Festival of Finery!
The Southern Ontario Traveller Enjoy the Christmas Season in Guelph and Wellington County! Experience the Festival of Trees being held at the River Run Centre, where 60 beautifully decorated Christmas trees are on display from November 24 until December 12. "Sparkles in the Park" welcomes you to view over 30 light displays at Riverside Park from December 18 to 31. Manhattan's Jazz Bistro is hosting Christmas themed concerts during December. Visit Old Quebec Street Shoppes for free gift-wrapping, photos with Santa, and celebrity ginger bread houses on display from December 12 to 24. Spend the night by the warm glow of the fireplace at Stone Gables Manor Bed and Breakfast.

From Christmas through to New Years - Indulge in the Magic!
The Southern Ontario Traveller Get into the Christmas spirit; join the fun and Indulge in a little Oakville! Check out the bright lights during the "Forest Festival" at picturesque Bronte Harbour with your family and friends, November 27th through to January 1st, 2005. Join Downtown Oakville December 10th for a great night of holiday shopping where the magic of Christmas comes alive; visits from Santa, traditional carollers and extended holiday shopping hours until 10:00 pm. Finish off the holiday season by ringing in the New Year at Bronte Creek Provincial Park with outdoor skating, music and hot chocolate. Visit Oakville and feel the Christmas Magic.

Get X-cited by X-mas in Niagara!
The Southern Ontario Traveller There's no better place to find winter festivals and activities than Niagara. Grimsby's AngelFest, November 12 - January 23 - a celebration of all things angelic invites you to follow lighted angels through the wine country route to enjoy events such as the Fantasy of Trees, the lighted Santa Claus Parade and the Angels in the Kitchen. Visit Niagara Falls to enjoy the Festival of Lights, November 19 - January 18, the frozen Falls and surrounding parklands will shimmer each evening from 5pm - 11pm with thousands of beautiful colored lights. Niagara-on-the-Lake has a brand new festival called Winterglow! More than 300 Niagara events run from December 1 - February 28.

Be Dazzled by this "Northern Lights" Celebration...
The Southern Ontario Traveller Two-time national champion of the Winter Lights Celebration, Owen Sound's 17th annual Festival of Northern Lights, with its 18 km of light strings and over 220 displays, is an impressive sight for young and old alike. The Lights are on daily from 5 - 11 pm, November 19 to January 16, with a full slate of events. Owen Sound, in Grey County, is a popular all-season destination offering visitors fabulous restaurants, accommodation, gift and clothing boutiques. Visit the Festival's website for your copy of the 2004 Festival of Northern Lights brochure.

A Friendly Family Countryside Christmas
The holiday season is upon us - a time to celebrate with family and friends the year that is drawing to a close and a time to plan for the year that is about to begin. Join us for your family feast at RP's restaurant at Rochester Place Resort Inc., Deerbrook - a short countryside drive from Windsor. Sit back and enjoy a sumptuous buffet or country style dinner or become the next "Sherlock Holmes" at a Murder Mystery Dinner. Other events include a step back in time with a musical tribute to the British bands of the 60's & 70's; a high energy Comedy Show with the duo of Chris and Larry or an evening of dancing & romancing with the experts from Sounds Great DJ Service.