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With the snowflakes suddenly swirling around, there’s a festive feel to the air and Christmas markets are popping up, showcasing the talents of local makers and artisans. And holiday shopping at the markets couldn’t be more friendly or convenient. Watershed country hosts a number of holiday markets, including the County’s ever-popular Christmas at the Eddie from December 3 to 5, the Busy Hands Market, December 4 & 5 at the Armoury in Picton, to the Grafton Outdoor Christmas Market on December 4 and the Winter Creators Market, December 11 at the Cobourg Lions Centre.

Find a host of Christmas Sights, Sounds and Shopping close to you:


A community tradition returns in time for the holidays. Green Wood Coalition, Northumberland’s inclusive, street-level organization that cares for “the homeless, the hurting and the hungry” is bringing back their Community Dinner to thank those who have helped with home-delivered meals during the pandemic.
This family-style event will host 100 people, inviting them to share stories, laughter, community spirit and dinner of course! Please consider a donation to support the efforts of Green Wood so this grass roots group can stay connected with those who often face isolation and desperation.



One of the greatest pleasures in life is cooking, sharing and setting a table to enjoy a meal with friends and family. Watershed country residents and celeb chefs Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk (Joie de Vivre Spring 2021) share favourite recipes from their latest book, Hearth & Home: Cook, Share and Celebrate Family-Style. This sumptuously styled cookbook celebrates the simple joy of sharing stories and platters of hearty fare surrounded by those we love and honouring timely message – cook together and eat together.

Hearth & Home,


And just like that, live theatre is gearing up their box offices for a winter of music, dance, laughter and magic. Oh how we have missed live performances and a chance to get dressed up and head out on the town. Throw in dinner and drinks with friends and that whole nasty pandemic issue dissolves into a distant memory. Check out Picton’s spectacular hub for entertainment at the Regent Theatre; Belleville’s venerated Empire Theatre offers a cultural focus with a cool edge; Stirling’s Festival Theatre marries rural charm with big city entertainment; Campbellford’s Aron Theatre Co-op celebrates 10 years of purpose-built cinema; and Port Hope’s Cameco Capitol Theatre delights as one of Canada’s remaining Atmospheric theatres.

Discover Christmas Magic and a Winter Wonderland at the following live and local theatres:


Have you noticed those colourful kites soaring across a snow swept farmer’s field or dotting the Bay of Quinte and Rice Lake landscapes? Snow kiting takes winter adventure to a whole new level of skill and addresses your need for speed. If you are up for the challenge and already own a pair of skis or a snowboard, you’re halfway there! Elmhirst’s Resort in Keene offers their annual Snow Kite Weekend in January with kiting gear to try, and picture-perfect snow conditions to hone your skill. Find out what you need to know by chatting up the experts who are happy to indoctrinate more kiters to their growing sport.

14th Annual Snow Kiting Weekend
Jan. 28-30, 2022
Elmhirst’s Resort
1045 Settlers Line, Keene


Explore our deep connection to water with Karole Marois, a Picton-based visual artist, and poet Lindsay Brant, a young author from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The John M. Parrott Art Gallery showcases Freshwater Reflections from February 26 to March 30, 2022 that stimulates discussion and underscores the significance of water in our lives, our health and daily activities. This thought-provoking exhibition invites the viewer to consider the importance of clean water, its healing power and our interconnectedness with all things H20.

John M. Parrott Art Gallery
254 Pinnacle St.

[Winter 2021/2022 departments]