Kids LOVE Bronte Creek Provincial Park at any time of year but especially during the holiday season.
Homestead Christmas kicks off park festivities on December 1 and runs until December 23. The centre of the action will be Spruce Lane Farm decorated to reflect its late 19th century roots. Families can visit farm animals in the Spruce Farm barns, take a wagon ride, enjoy sugar cookies and cider or Christmas shop before slipping into Victorian costumes for a family photo-op and visit with Santa. Ten to twenty-five family portraits will be captured for families to take home on a souvenir USB key. Admission is the cost of a park permit ($16.00 per vehicle) plus a small fee per person for families that opt for the Santa visit, costumes and photos.
One of Bronte Creek’s most popular events is its New Year’s Eve celebration. The park’s large rink has music piped in. Skate rentals and hot chocolate are available. On New Year’s Eve, families are invited to skate under the stars before joining a short, guided night hike to howl for coyotes and hopefully get a response from a neighbouring pack. The night ends with a giant bonfire and New Year’s Eve Countdown for Kids at 8:30 pm. The park closes between 9:30 and 10:00 pm.
More information on the two events as well as details and directionsto Bronte Creek can be found here.
Christmas at Presqu’ile is another traditional park holiday event. The juried Christmas craft show and sale takes place on two consecutive November weekends every year in Presqu’ile Provincial Park near Brighton.