December 4, 2019 – Final preparations are underway for Christmas at Ken Reid on Saturday, December 7. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ken Reid Conservation Area will be transformed into a winter wonderland with horse drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, an animal display, children’s crafts, story time, Santa Claus and more.
“This is such a fun event,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “When we started this in 2018 our goal was to create an event that would be free for the entire community and help people become more immersed in nature and in our conservation areas.”
The inaugural event drew more than 800 people to the day-long event and organizers at Kawartha Conservation have stayed true to what visitors said they loved about the first Christmas at Ken Reid.
“We heard from people that they loved the kids crafts, that is was a great way to spend time with their children and grandchildren; visitors loved the horse drawn wagon rides through the conservation area, the trees, the snow, the caroling; they loved the live music and singing and of course Santa Claus,” said Ms. Virgoe. “So we have ensured that those activities are back this year.”
Children and their families will also be able to participate in the scavenger hunt, a guided story walk with Mrs. Claus, as well as self-directed Christmas Story Walk and Winter Word Scramble.
“Our focus is on creating a really positive experience for families and children so they can come and enjoy the day and take part in a number of fun activities for free,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “Ken Reid Conservation Area is a wonderful place to visit and spend time, walking on trails, enjoying nature, and this event is a way of introducing or re-introducing the broader community to the importance of nature for families.”
New this year will be a free shuttle bus service from the parking lots behind Canadian Tire in Lindsay to Ken Reid Conservation Area. Seating is limited, so it will operate on a first come, first serve basis. The bus will pick up passengers at the Canadian Tire parking lot at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 with the shuttle departing Ken Reid to return to the Canadian Tire parking lot on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. The last shuttle from Ken Reid Conservation Area will be at 4 p.m.
“We have been really fortunate to have so many amazing sponsors come on board this year and help make Christmas at Ken Reid possible,” said Ms. Aspden. “Their support for this event and our community is invaluable, and I know all of our staff and volunteers here at Kawartha Conservation are really excited for the event and to see the hundreds of families and children come out, explore Ken Reid, and enjoy a wonderful day of activities and fun and family.”
Christmas at Ken Reid runs from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Admission to the Ken Reid and the event are free of charge. Donations will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. As well, we’re asking visitors to bring a non-perishable food item to help support the Kawartha Lakes Food Source.