Downtown Orillia kicks off the holiday season


Tune into Downtown Orillia’s Facebook page at 7pm on November 13th for a festive holiday event that will ignite your holiday spirit. 

While we cannot gather in person to kick-off the season, the city and downtown merchants invite you to join their Facebook Livestream event to ring in the Christmas season., featuring holiday music pre-recorded by the Orillia Silver Band, beautiful shots of the downtown lights, and a virtual lighting of the Christmas tree.  Bask in the lighting of over 80 thousand twinkling lights, 50 warm light spheres, and 50 hanging baskets lining the streets of Historic Downtown Orillia.

This livestreamed event is being held in partnership with the City of Orillia and Downtown Orillia and proudly sponsored by Orillia Power Generation.

“We’d like to thank Orillia Power Generation once again for their generous sponsorship of the holiday lighting as well as the City of Orillia, Orillia Opera House and Orillia Public Library who without their help the event and lighting would not be possible,” noted Manager of Downtown Orillia, Lisa Thomson-Roop.

Take in the twinkling lights during Christmas Shopping Nights that will be running every Friday in Downtown Orillia from November 13th up until and including December 18th. Shop, Dine and Connect on the main streets of Downtown Orillia while you find the perfect Christmas gifts!

Prepare for a safe and fruitful, Black Friday on November 27.  Book your time on Thursday November 26 to pick up your 50% off 50-dollar Downtown Dollar gift certificates that you can use to shop the outrageous Black Friday deals at downtown shops and restaurants. One per customer, while supplies last.

To get into the holiday spirit, kids can join Santa live online from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen to listen to stories and bake cookies together on Thursday nights in December. The recipe will be provided beforehand so kids can bake along with their family. This online event will be running on Thursday, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 6:30pm, and families can choose which night works best for their schedule.

Visit for a full listing of all of the exciting events planned in Downtown Orillia this holiday season.

And remember - there is FREE three-hour parking in downtown Orillia lots until January 1st!