Outdoor Holiday Tree Fun


People are eager to get outside and start exploring all the great things to do in YDH. But don't forget....it's still important to stay safe while you are having fun supporting our local businesses and communities.

If you are lucky enough to live in YDH (we are biased) or you want to come for a visit, we've got some great ideas for you to get active outside, explore your inner artist, learn something new and celebrate this awesome season...virtually or in-person. Please note that many conservation parks and trails are over capacity, so ensure you pre-book your visit or even better...step off the beaten path and find discover a new terrain to enjoy.

Remember safety is a choice you make and we look forward to seeing all visitors again soon.

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Thoughts of the holiday season always conjure up, in my mind, images of a warm and cozy living room with stockings hung by the fireplace, and a large, brightly lit, beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the corner of the room – bonus if there are wrapped gifts already under it!

While every home looks different and every family has their own traditions, for those celebrating Christmas, a Christmas tree, real or artificial, usually centres into those plans. For those that are fans of a real tree, or maybe on the fence about getting a real one this holiday season, head to Horton Tree Farms to cut down your very own tree, big or small! Walk the grounds till you find that perfect tree, then put your collective strength into that saw (provided on site) to get ‘er down. Don’t forget to take photos as you go along, and, if your kids are anything like mine, to you’re your wonderful new tree a name – Sir William the 8th was one of my favorites, no idea where that name came from though! 😊

Christmas Tree

Now, if you’re looking for a bit of extra fun for the little ones, Treetop Trekking’s Treewalk Village in Stouffville will be staying open this winter season! Bundle up and let your children’s imaginations lead the way as they climb from colourful tree house to tree house through 8 ft tall hammocks, nets, and wood bridges, along with other forest activities designed specifically for kids, ideally aged 3 to 7. Note, this is a 2-hour activity, and advance reservations are required. No minimum age or height required; however, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Treewalk Village

All this running around has likely worked up an appetite, so head to Main Street where you’ll be sure to find a selection of dining options to please everyone’s palate, plus some shopping options too if you’re so inclined.  Stop in at Reesor’s Market & Bakery for some delicious freshly baked goods to go. And if your holiday table is still in need of some wine selections, did you know Stouffville is home to two award-winning wineries – Gallucci Winery and Willow Springs Winery? Include a visit to one of their wine boutiques before heading home to discover these hidden gems right here in York Region.