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Monday, 26 November 2018 11:11

More exciting additions to Christmas at Ken Reid announced

November 26, 2018 – Christmas at Ken Reid is less than two weeks away and plans are continuing to unfold for what is expected to be a fantastic, fun-filled day for families, children and adults.

“There is so much excitement and anticipation for Christmas at Ken Reid,” explained Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands Kristie Virgoe. “This event will be the first of its kind at Ken Reid Conservation Area and we are looking forward to inviting the entire community for a free family-focused event celebrating the spirit of the season.”

Starting at 10 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, Christmas as Ken Reid will feature a number of events and activities for all ages.

“Throughout the day we will have horse drawn wagon rides, as well as a variety of crafts for children and adults, entertainment and hot chocolate, guided and self-directed hikes, animal displays and so much more,” said Ms. Virgoe. “We have been in contact with representatives at the North Pole and we’ve been told Santa Claus will even be visiting Ken Reid during the day.”

Helping to make the day a success is the sponsors and partnerships with community organizations and businesses.

Van Halteren Music Centre ( has come onboard to provide the sound equipment for the day and Kawartha Conservation is thrilled to announce Gerald Van Halteren will be joining our two previously announced performers, Mary Kate Edwards and Emily Erhart, two popular, local performers to provide musical entertainment throughout the event.

One of the many craft and activities will be wild bird seed ornament making thanks to For The Birds Birdseed Company (, who is providing the bird seed, while free coffee will be available to warm up with from Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault in Lindsay (

Kawartha Conservation has also partnered with the Optimist Club of Lindsay to offer Christmas tree sales during the event. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Lindsay Optimist’s will have a limited number of Christmas trees available for purchase. Fir trees will be available for $50 and Spruce trees will be $40. All proceeds are used to help fund community based youth projects.

“It is great to be able to partner with businesses and organizations in our community to help support these types of events and activities,” said Ms. Virgoe. “Ken Reid Conservation Area is a wonderful place to visit and experience nature any time of the year, but we think Christmas at Ken Reid will not only appeal to regular visitors to our conservation areas but also provide an opportunity for those that have never visited to experience nature and the outdoors in a fun, accessible way.”

Be sure to mark Saturday, December 8 on your calendar and plan to visit Ken Reid Conservation Area for a day full of free family fun to celebrate nature and the holidays.

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