Andy Williams might have sung, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but personally we think it’s the most remarkable. It’s the time of year when friends and families gather close together, when chilly nights are warmed by sparkling lights, when hot cocoa is a perfectly acceptable after-dinner drink, and when “hygge” gives us all an excuse to snuggle under a blanket and get cozy. The holidays are here!

We’re not the only ones getting excited. Markham and Unionville have a line up of exciting events planned, everything from classic Nutcracker performances to breakfast with the big man himself (Q: How does Santa like his French toast? A: With loads of “ice”-ing sugar! LOL!). Enough with our cheesy jokes, let’s take a look at some of the upcoming occasions to share in a little holiday cheer.


Festival of Lights on Main Street Markham | Friday, November 24

Kick off the holiday season with this Main Street Markham tradition. There will be live musical entertainment and a visit from Santa for the ceremonial lighting of the tree.


Holiday Art Show, Opening Night | Friday, November 24

Winged Canvas is hosting their annual Holiday Art Show to help spread festive cheer through the joy of art. Check out unique masterpieces and one-of-a-kind gifts. Opening night takes place November 24, and the show runs through December 17.


The 45th Annual Markham Santa Claus Parade | Saturday, November 25

Grab a cup of hot chocolate from Timmy’s and stake out a prime position to watch the floats during this year’s Markham Santa Claus Parade. T-minus one month: the countdown is on.


Old Tyme Christmas Parade | Friday, December 1

Snoozed through November? There’s still time to catch the floats, bands, and festive cheer. The Old Tyme Christmas Parade will roll through Main Street Unionville on the first of the month. Pack your jingle bells.


Breakfast With Santa | December 2 & 3, 9 & 10

Join Santa and his elves for a pancake or french toast breakfast. Bring the whole family and fuel up for some holiday shopping along Main Street. Reservations required.


A Swingin’ Christmas with the Toronto All Star Big Band | Sunday, December 10

In the mood for a good ol’ fashioned classic holiday revue? Then check out the spirit, style and sound of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s capturing the warmth, joy, and magic of the holiday season.


Wonderful World of Christmas: Graceland Edition | Thursday, December 14

Calling all Elvis fans! Celebrate the season with the King. An award-winning tribute artist performs Elvis classics like “Blue Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” It will have you dancing in your “Blue Suede Shoes.”


Late Night Shopping on Main Street Unionville | December 14 – 23

Not enough hours in the day to cross off that naughty and nice list? You’re in luck! Main Street Unionville is open for late night shopping for nine days this month.


Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market | Every Sunday until December 17

Give the gift of a satisfied tummy or an artisanal gem with something from the Stiver Mill Farmer’s Market. Fan favourite vendors include Cobs Bakery, Forsythe Farms, The Strudel Guy, Willow Springs Winery, Crave Catering, crafters, and more.


A Christmas CarolSaturday, December 23

MOTUS O dance theatre adapts the classic Christmas tale into a multi-media performance that follows the grumpy, yet lovable Scrooge through his festive journey. Bah humbug.


The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition | Saturday, December 30

A Canadian tradition indeed, no holiday season is complete without a showing of the Nutcracker. Experience the classic performance reimagined against the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape as seen through the eyes of the Group of Seven. This interpretation brings together Canadian heritage with a classic Christmas tale.