Haliburton Winter Events.
Best Events Haliburton winter 2017-18. Calling all outdoor adventurers, families, culture-seekers, cold-weather enthusiasts and festive folks: Haliburton, Ontario is waiting for you. Exciting, family-friendly winter events abound this year—think skiing at Sir Sam’s, ice fishing, dog sledding, pond hockey, Santa Claus parades and much, much more. Mark your calendars!
The Nutcracker at Northern Lights – December 2-3, 2018
Don’t miss the Heritage Ballet’s magical performance of holiday favorite The Nutcracker at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Center. You’ll have two chances to view the ballet: December 2nd and 3rd. The family-friendly show, featuring dancers aged 3-70, is sure to enchant and inspire ballet-lovers of all ages.
Celebrate with Santa Claus – December 10, 2018
Find the spirit of the season at the Santa Claus Parade, which takes place in downtown Wilberforce on December 10th. Enjoy a sparking, snowy afternoon of holiday celebrations, culminating in the chance for children to meet Santa, take photos, and exchange Christmas wishes.
New Year, New Skiing Skills at Sir Sam’s – January 1-5, 2019
Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride should be stop number 1 on your tour of Haliburton’s best winter events. Kick off 2018 with New Year’s Ski Camp, hosted from January 1-5. Hone your skills on the slopes or develop new ones, under the guidance of dedicated Snow School staff. Aspiring skiers and snowboarders will build confidence, sharpen technique, and most importantly, have fun!
Sir Sam’s Ski Challenge – January 14, 2019
Infamous among locals and visitors alike, Sir Sam’s Ski Challenge is a family-friendly racing event for skiiers of all levels. Show off your skiing skills and meet fellow snow enthusiasts, all with the chance to win a 1,000 dollar prize! Races take place nearly every Sunday afternoon beginning on January 14, 2018, so you’ll have plenty of chances to strut your stuff.
Illuminating Ice at the Hardwater Festival – January 27, 2019
Now in its second year, Haliburton’s Hardwater Festival is a joyful celebration of all things ice. On January 27th, ice sculptors will be on-site to demonstrate and showcase their art. Get hands-on with ice fishing, ice skating, and ice crafts for kids. After an active and icy morning, enjoy a hot lunch and relax with ice-themed, family-friendly movies.
Pond Hockey: A Classic Canadian Pastime – January 26-28 and February 2-4, 2019
Nothing says winter in Haliburton like pond hockey. Skaters come from all around to compete and spectate at one of Haliburton’s most celebrated winter events: the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships. Between Open Weekend (Jan. 26-28) and Masters Weekend (Feb. 2-4), there’s a division for every level of skater, from the most casual to the most competitive. Register and play with a team, or simply spectate for the love of the sport.
Off to the Races at the Dogsled Derby – February 10-11, 2019
The Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby offers world-class dog-sled racing paired with the friendly small-town charm that sets Haliburton apart. Mushers and spectators alike will find well-groomed trails and courses that showcase the beauty of the Highlands.
Racers of all levels are welcome to throw their hat in the ring – one of the events most popular races is the adorable kid-and-mutt class, which requires only a dog, a sled, and the will to race! With races departing every two minutes on Saturday and Sunday, spectators are in for an action-packed and exciting weekend.
Family Fun at Frost Fest – February 17, 2019
Imagine every classic winter activity rolled into one event, and you’ve got Haliburton’s Frost Fest. On February 17th, bring the whole family to Head Lake Park for a festive snowy day of dog sledding, carriage rides, snowshoeing, skating, and delicious barbecue. Build the perfect snowman or try your hand at the Polar Bear Challenge to support local charities—just make sure to bundle up after your dip in icy Head Lake!