December in the County TASTE * TOUR * EXPLORE * UNWIND…….December 2017

It’s DECEMBER in the County!! Get into the holiday spirit in beautiful Prince Edward County. The year-round music, art and wine take on a festive theme, while the countryside is as peaceful as ever.

December Special Offers

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Check out December Special Offers on Getaways, Christmas Shopping, Food, Wine,  Family Movies, Public Swims, Seniors Discounts  …Find out more »



December Getaways

Many of our hospitality partners are offering fabulous winter specials and packages and there are events to suit every interest.

Twin Birch Suites & Cottages in Wellington :: Cozy winter getaway, Great rates! Cozy up in front of electric fireplaces, enjoy winterized cottages with great lake views.

candy caneSunrise Cottage Resort :: a Waterfront Resort with Luxury Cottages. Ideal for family vacations or group events and reunions.

Jacksons Falls Country Inn :: Girlfriends Getaway • BREWmance Package • Winter Getaway

Black River Bed & Breakfast :: Waterfront adult-only B&B in a park-like sanctuary. Unique gourmet dinners.

Wine Tour Packages with Sandbanks Vacations & Tours :: Stay & Play Packages • Half Day Tours • Lunch & Wine Tours • Group or Corporate Packages

Merrill Inn :: A classic country inn in the heart of Picton. Girlfriend Getaways – Seasonal Packages – New Year’s Getaway – Fine Dining.

isaiah tubbs resort & conference centre :: Dining & Getaway packages • Family vacations • Weddings • Retreats • Conferences. ☆ Book early for the Christmas and New Year’s packages.

The Manse Boutique Inn and Spa :: The Manse is the perfect place for that special occasion with that special someone.  Enjoy our romantic fireplace rooms and spa packages.

The Wexford House :: A perfect venue for your Christmas party • Family Gatherings • Group Reunions • Small Weddings • Girlfriends Getaways • Meetings & Retreats.

Wassail & Festivus

FestivusFestivus ~ weekends from November 17 to December 23.  You’re invited to celebrate the festivities of the season with the wineries, breweries and cideries on the County’s East side. Shop & Get Your Passport Stamped. Purchase your favourite beverages from all of the County Eastside Festivus – Christmas shopping or just for you ! Find out more »


WassailWassail the County & Getaway Packages ~ weekends from November 18 to December 3.  Join Prince Edward County’s winemakers for mulled wines, comfort foods and festive good cheer. Ontario’s most unique wine celebration, Wassail pays tribute to the age old tradition of celebrating the harvest before the arrival of winter. Find out more »

A Closson Road Christmas ~ Weekends starting November 18th to December 16th at Closson Road, the “Golden Mile” of Prince Edward County. Closson Road celebrates the holidays with 5 weekends of special events and activities in conjunction with Wassail! … Find out more »

Wassail through the Centuries ~ Saturdays Nov 18, 25, and Dec 2 at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton. At the church building this year. “Time travel” to four different eras for a true feeling of Christmas past!  Featuring our popular annual bake sale, Christmas Café * Stocking Stuffers * Ye Olde Toy Shoppe Period Vignettes * Costumed Characters * Children’s Games Musical Entertainment at 2:00PM each day … Find out more »

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Christmas Celebrations

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Christmas Lights Tour Picton ~ The County Carriage Co. is excited to offer a “Christmas Lights Tour”. This 1 hour tour is available select evenings beginning November 25th. Enjoy the beautiful lights and majestic holiday scenery and the sound of hooves and jingle bells. Find out more »

Picton Santa Claus Parade ~ Sunday November 26 @ 1pm ~ Picton Main Street Enjoy the music, the clowns, the marching bands and all the fun of the big parade. Main Street will be closed at 1:00 p.m. so pick your spot and settle in for the big parade. It begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends with the arrival … Find out more »

Wellington’s Christmas in the Village ~ Sat December 2. Welly-Ville Christmas Parade @ 10:30 followed by a visit with Santa and Christmas activities throughout the village. Show us the “WHO” you are by dressing up and joining us at all of our Welly-Ville Christmas Events. Find out more »

Christmas in the County House Tour ~ Sunday December 3 from 11am to 5 pm. Tour old and new County homes as well as other significant structures dating from a by-gone era, each decked out in holiday finery. Funds raised from this self-guided tour support the preservation of historic County buildings. Find out more »

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Ameliasburgh Christmas in the Village ~ Sunday December 3 from 1-4 pm. All Free!  Experience the Village as in Ages-Past! • Multi-location tour; walking or by beautiful horse drawn wagon • By-gone era Christmas décor at Village sites with Crafts for Kids, Mulled Cider, Cookies, Bake Sales, Mr. Rope Maker. Find out more »

Breakfast with Santa ~ Saturday, December 9 from 9am to 11am at Albury-Rednersville United Church. Professional “Cool Magic” show, “fireside” chat with Santa, reading of a visit from St. Nicholas, photo opportunity with Santa, pancake breakfast, take-home craft. Reservations required.  Find out more »

A County Christmas ~ Saturday, December 9 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bloomfield. It is an amazing story that has been passed down for two thousand years. A bright star blazed in the sky and a glorious angel appeared to poor shepherds watching over their flocks. Find out more »

A Wellington Christmas ~ Sunday, December 10 at 2pm at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Wellington. The Friends of Wellington Library will present an afternoon of Christmas readings and music — an opportunity to relax and enjoy Christmas-related writings. Find out more »

Ugly Sweater Party ~ Saturday, December 23  at The County Canteen in Picton. Come on down with your ugly sweaters and dance your buns off with DJ Jason Ferguson. Let’s clear the tables and be festive! Prize for the ugliest sweater! Find out more »

Christmas Shopping

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Annual Christmas Tree Sale, sponsored  by Picton Firefighters Association.  Christmas Trees are for sale starting November 23, at 8 Macdonald Drive in  Picton. All monies and donations are donated back to the community! Find out more »

Give a County EXPERIENCE!  How about a gift certificate for …

  • Baxter Arts Centre Workshops? Glass, Beading, Print Making, Oil Painting.
  • County Magazine subscription ~ a quarterly feature magazine about the people, places and history of Prince Edward County.

ONE DAY ONLY pre-Christmas Sale at French County in Picton ~ Friday December 1. 20% off storewide.  Draws, Refreshments, Treats 11am to 7pm. Find out more »

Winter Show at ARTS on MAIN Gallery ~ until January 282018.  Come and do some holiday shopping – lots of variety in art and price points. Open seven days a week from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Find out more »

Holiday Market at House of Falconer ~ Thursdays thru Sundays  @10am to 7pm during December. Jewellery, Apothecary & Home, Knits, Art, Yoga … Find out more »

MERRY MAINSTREET in Picton on Saturday December 16 @ 1pm – 6pm features holiday music, visits with Santa, kids activities, a Christmas wrapping station and more! Beginning November 24, you can collect points toward prizes with Merry Main Street BINGO CARDS.   Find out more »

Reaching for Rainbows Holiday POP-UP SHOP ~ Friday, December 1 @ 11am to 3pm at  Books & Company in Picton. For the second year in a row, Reaching for Rainbows will be making an appearance throughout December at Books & Company, thanks to the generosity of owners Barbara and David Sweet. This year, we will be holding a draw  …Find out more »

Thank you to our newsletter sponsor PEC Homewatch
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Drake Devonshire Holiday Market ~ Saturday, December 2 at 11 am – 7 pm. Free event at Drake Devonshire Inn in Wellington. Get into the spirit with the return of Drake Devonshire’s annual Holiday Market. We’re bringing it back with some of our favourite PEC pals so you can bet on finding unique gifts and goodies among mulled … Find out more »

Sonrise Christian Academy Vendor & Bake Sale ~ Saturday, December 2 at 9 am – 2 pm. Join us for our annual Christmas Vendor Sale!  Tearoom and admission by donation. Start your Christmas shopping, purchase some baking, and enjoy a day … Find out more »

Christmas Open House at Campbell’s Orchards ~ December 2 & 3. Join us for a weekend of sampling, savouring, and holiday shopping!  Several door prizes will be drawn throughout the weekend. Bring a children’s toy for the Belleville Christmas Sharing Program or a monetary donation and double your chances of winning a great prize!  Find out more »

Christmas Bazaar for PECM Hospital Foundation ~ Sunday December 3 at  9:30 until noon at Wellings of Picton. Proceeds to PECM Hospital Foundation. Find out more »

Busy Hands Craft Show ~ At Wellington Arena Dec 9 and 10.  A wonderful opportunity to support the local economy – over 70 artisans from Prince Edward County display and sell their wares. Hours are Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 10-4. Find out more »

Wellington Town Hall Christmas ~ Saturday, December 16 @ 9am to 4pm at Wellington Town Hall, 246 Main Street.  A curated selection of Holiday Gifts in an authentic Town Hall in Wellington. Find out more »


You’ll be Entertained

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“A Swingin’ Christmas with the Toronto All-Star Big Band” ~ Saturday December 2 at 7:00pm at The Regent Theatre. A Swingin’ Christmas with Toronto All-Star Big Band! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year Big Band Style with swingin’ renditions of seasonal as well as all time favourites from the “GOLDEN AGE OF SWING”. Find out more »  

En Riet ~ The County Christmas Special – Saturday, December 9 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM live At Bloomfield Town Hall.  Just in time for the holiday season! Come on down to Bloomfield Town Hall, an evening of good music and good times. Find out more »

Christmas Harps in the County ~ Saturday December 9 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Picton.  Acclaimed Celtic harpists, Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon, will be harping in the festive season with a benefit concert on behalf of Reaching for Rainbows. Find out more »

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BRUCE DOW: Beautiful Things ~ Sunday December 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Wellington United Church.  A Concert for the Season ~ Beautiful Things: A Concert for the Season offers holiday favourites in an intimate performance format. Get ready for the holidays with this one-of-a-kind event featuring one of Canada’s leading singing actors singing his personal favourites in a glorious setting. Find out more »

Sultans of String Christmas Caravan

Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan ~ Thursday, December 14 at the Regent Theatre. Billboard World Music Chart Toppers and 3x JUNO Award Nominees, the Sultans of String bring their critically acclaimed Christmas Caravan to The Regent Theatre live on our stage!. Order a copy of the Sultans of String Christmas Caravan Album when purchasing your concert tickets for the show and get it autographed by the band!  Find out more »

It’s a Wonderful ‘New’ Life presented by The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe: Taste That.  December 15 & 16, 29 & 30, 2017 @ 8pm at Mount Tabor Playhouse in Milford. Find out more »

December MillPond Country Jamboree & Open Mic ~ Saturday, December 16 at 5 PM – 9 PM at The HOPE Centre, 46 King St, Picton. Our annual Christmas Jamboree & Open Mic featuring Colleen O’Connell Skeard. Come out and join in the fun. Great dinner and music for only $20 per person. Door prizes and much more. Find out more »

A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ Sunday December 17 @ 2pm St. Andrew’s in Picton A FREE concert performed by The Duncan Cooper Trio featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Suitable for all ages! Donations will be accepted in Support of Community Projects in Prince Edward County. Find out more »

Christmas in Bloomfield Village ~ Command Performance Choir invites you to enjoy an evening of Christmas music at Bloomfield United Church, December 21 & 22 at 7:30 PM. In addition to the choir’s varied selection of Christmas music, there will be some sing-along carols. Tea and scones will be served at the interval. Find out more »

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FREE Family Movie at the Regent Theatre ~ Sunday December 31 at 2pm. Find out more »


Happy New Year!

New YearNew Year’s Eve at Elks Hall in Picton ~ Ramblin’ Fever live on New Year’s Eve. $30/couple, $15/single Show starts  at 8pm. Find out more »

New Years Eve at The Waring House ~ Join us on December 31st as we send off 2017 and ring in 2018! We’ll have The Reasons and Carl Dixon performing live in both Waring Hall and The Barley Room. Stay tuned for pricing and menu details!  Find out more »

New Year’s Package at isaiah tubbs ~ One night accommodation, Grand Buffet Dinner with Live Band MOON SUGAR, Champagne toast & party favours Recovery Breakfast Monday Jan 1.  Find out more »

New Year’s Eve Package at the Merrill Inn. Start 2018 right with a romantic and delicious stay in the heart of the County! Five-course table d’hote menu w/Champagne Cocktail aperitif, Wine and cheese reception. Check in on December 30, Check out extended to 1pm on Monday January 1st. Breakfasts included. Find out more »

New Year’s venue ~ It’s time to plan the big night! New Years 2018 is approaching quickly. If you’re looking for a venue to host your get together, where you don’t have to cab it back to your hotel, we may be what you’re looking for! Have your gathering and stay overnight in our cozy bunk rooms or Private Rooms. Find out more »

Sports & Recreation

Public Swimming ~ at Prince Edward Fitness & Aquatic Centre (PEFAC). Lifeguard on duty. Tuesdays 6-8pm; Thursday 7-8:30pm; Saturdays 1-3pm  Find out more »

Public Skating ~ at Wellington & District Community Centre and Prince Edward Community Centre (Picton). Find out more »

It’s Hockey Season in the County ~  Cheer on our local teams:

  • Picton Pirates – our local Junior “C” ice hockey team. Details & schedule at
  • Wellington Dukes – our local Junior “A” ice hockey team. They are in the Eastern Division of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Details & schedule at


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