By: Parker Coulter

Winter Activities in the Barrie and Surrounding Area This 2023 Holiday Season

Winter Activities in the Barrie and Surrounding Area This 2023 Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, real estate has a tendency to slow down as  families in and around Barrie and surrounding area take advantage of the plethora of winter activities. Whether it's enjoying the twinkling lights of the city, embarking on outdoor adventures, or indulging in cultural experiences, Barrie offers a winter wonderland experience for all ages.

  1. Downtown Barrie's Light Displays: One of the simplest yet most magical activities is taking a walk through Downtown Barrie. The area is transformed into a festive paradise with enchanting holiday trees and stunning light displays. It's a perfect backdrop for family photos and a great way to enjoy the crisp winter air​​.
  2. Magic of Lights at Springwater Park: For a mesmerizing experience, the 'Magic of Lights' drive-thru display at Springwater Park is a must-visit. This dazzling journey through illuminated holiday scenes is available from November 17, 2023, to January 6, 2024, offering a spectacular visual treat for the whole family​​.
  3. Friday Harbour Christmas Market: Inspired by traditional European markets, the Friday Harbour Christmas Market at Friday Harbour Resort offers a festive atmosphere with chalet cabins selling seasonal delights, holiday beverages, and unique items from local retailers. Available on weekends until December 24, this market is a great place to soak up the holiday spirit​​.
  4. Musical Performances: The Bravado! Festivus and Barrie Concert Band Christmas Concert are scheduled for early December. These events offer a delightful mix of music and holiday traditions, making for a perfect family evening out​​.
  5. Drysdale's Christmas & Holiday Village: Starting November 18th, Drysdale's Tree Farm turns into a magical holiday village with activities like live carolling, magic shows, train rides, and horse-drawn wagon rides. It's an ideal destination for those looking to experience the traditional joys of the season​​.
  6. Family Day Winter Adventure: Families can head to the Barrie Community Sports Complex for a range of activities, including sleigh rides, skating, and snowshoeing. This event is a great way to enjoy the winter outdoors with the family​​.
  7. Winter Fun in Barrie: For the more adventurous, Barrie and its surroundings offer an array of winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Local ski resorts and facilities cater to all skill levels, providing a thrilling experience for everyone​​. Give some cross country skiing a try on the free simcoe county forest trails or the expertly groomed trails at Hardwood Ski and Bike.
  8. Unique Outdoor Adventures: Try something different like dog sledding at Wind Drift Kennel, exploring wine-making at Heritage Estates, or tobogganing at Arboretum Sunnidale Park. These activities offer unique experiences that are both fun and educational​​.
  9. Ski & Snowboard Lessons at Snow Valley Barrie: Snow Valley Barrie offers ski and snowboard lessons for various age groups and skill levels. This is a great way for the family to either learn a new sport or sharpen their skills on the slopes​​.
  10. Barrie Winterfest: Scheduled for February 4, 2024, this festival features ice sculptures, family entertainment, and various activities that encapsulate the joy of the winter season​​.
  11. Horseshoe for the Holidays at Horseshoe Resort: From December 23, 2023, to January 6, 2024, this resort offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and more. It's a perfect getaway for families looking to enjoy a range of winter activities​​.
  12. Day at Vetta Spa: The spa features various amenities, including six outdoor pools (two hot, two warm, and two cool plunge pools), a sauna, a steam room, fire pits, relaxation rooms with heated flooring and gas fireplaces, a hot stone room, and a salt scrub room. Additionally, the spa offers massages by Registered Massage Therapists (RMT), available based on availability.

Each of these activities offers a unique way to experience the beauty and excitement of winter in Barrie. From outdoor adventures to cozy market strolls, there's something to satisfy every family member's holiday wishes.

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