November 17 – 20, 2016
Kick-off the Christmas season at the Exeter Christmas Festival on November 17-20! Join us as we enjoy traditional holiday events. Please see below for a tentative schedule of events – subject to change.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
TURKEY DINNER WITH THE HAWKS
5pm – 7pm at the SH Rec Centre | $20 Dinner + Game
Come enjoy a turkey dinner with your Exeter Hawks! After dinner, walk over to MacNaughton Park to catch the ‘Lighting of the Park’ and ‘Lantern Walk,’ and be back in time to catch the Hawks play the Thamesford Trojans!
LIGHTING OF THE PARK
6:30pm – 7:15pm at MacNaugton Park | Bring a canned good!
Bring the whole family to enjoy coffee and donuts while you sing Christmas carols in the park! The official lighting will take place at approximately 7:15pm. Please bring a canned good to be donated to the Exeter Food Bank!
Event hosted by the Exeter Lioness with the support of the Exeter Lions Club.
7:15pm starting from MacNaugton Park
Immediately following the ‘Lighting of the Park’, join us for a walk along the Storytime Trail. The trail will be lit with lights, but we encourage you all to bring your own lanterns to light the way (no open flames please)!
Hosted by the Exeter Library in partnership with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and the Huron Arts and Heritage Network.
November 4 – Lantern-making drop-in craft for children – details coming soon!
November 12 – Adult lantern-making class – details coming soon!
EXETER HAWKS VS. THAMESFORD TROJANS
8pm at the SH Rec Centre | $7 per student / senior, $3 child
Come out and cheer on your Exeter Hawks as they take on the Thamesford Trojans! Puck drops at 8pm.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
1-3pm at the SH Rec Centre
Lace up your skates and hit the ice. Fun for the whole family!
Sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club.
CHRISTMAS CAROL SING ALONG + CONCERT WITH THE SOUTH HURON COMMUNITY BAND | 4pm at the Exeter Library
Head to the Exeter Public Library to listen to music and sing along to Christmas carols!
SANTA CLAUS PARADE
6pm on Main Street
Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us as we line Main Street to see all the floats and spot a glimpse of the big guy himself! The parade will start from Huron Street, continue along Main until Victoria Street where it will turn to finish at the South Huron Recreation Centre. This year’s theme is ‘storybook characters’!
Hosted by the Exeter BIA and the Exeter Lions Club.
VISIT WITH SANTA
Immediately following the parade at the SH Rec Centre
Immediately following the parade, head to the South Huron Recreation Centre to meet Santa and Ms. Claus!
***Bring your letters to Santa to the Rec Centre! Santa will be taking them back to the North Pole!***
Hosted by the Exeter Lions Club and Exeter Guardian Pharmacy!
WINTER COFFEE HOUSE
7-10pm at The Cultural Collective Studio and Lounge
The stockings are hung by the chimney with care for The Cultural Collective’s Winter Coffee House!
Held right after the Exeter Christmas Parade at 355 Main St. S., anyone is welcome to watch, play and be entertained.
Admission is by donation, and free hot drinks and homemade baked goodies will be provided!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE
10:30am at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church
Join Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church for a community church service! Everyone welcome.
12-1pm at the SH Rec Centre
Enjoy a little time on the ice – fun for the whole family!
Hosted by the Exeter Lions Club.
1pm at the Exeter Library
Visit the Exeter Public Library for an afternoon of tea, refreshments & live entertainment.
BELL TOWER TOURS
2-4pm at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church
Take a tour up the Bell Tower and get your chance to play part of a song on these historic bells! Tours will run every 1/2 hour from 2-4pm (4 tours total). Tour space is limited and tours will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Hosted by Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church.
CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MOVIE AT TRIVITT
4pm at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church
Join us in the Trivitt sanctuary for a showing of the original HOME ALONE movie! Entrance by donation; drinks & refreshments available for purchase.
Hosted by The Cultural Collective and Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church.
Kick-off your Christmas shopping at the Christmas Open House on Christmas Festival weekend!
Exeter Christmas Festival Weekend – Participating Stores:
– Bakelaar Jewellers Exeter
– Brigitte’s Fashions & Thomas H Fine Menswear
– Custom Covers For Home & Office
– Designer’s For Him & Her
– Injoy Exeter
– Inner Urban
– Kalidoscope of Quilts
– Luxe for the Little ones
– LUVU Naturally
– Miller’s Country Store
– The European Addition
– The Jewellery Box, Exeter
– Wuerth Shoes
Click here for a full list of operating hours for the weekend!
PLUS – enjoy extended holiday shopping hours during the month of December!
Thursdays: until 8pm
*Please Note: Extended hours in December only continue until Christmas.
Stayed tuned for a full list of participating retailers!
Buy an Experience Exeter Coupon Book and help raise funds for Christmas Festival weekend events including the Santa Claus Parade!
Coupon Books are just $10 each and feature 30+ coupons, offering over $300 in savings. Coupons valid until December 31, 2016.
Learn more about the Experience Exeter Coupon Book.
- Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)
- Exeter BIA
- Exeter Hawks
- Exeter Lions Club
- Exeter Lioness Club
- Healthy Community Kids Challenge
- Huron County Library
- Huron Arts and Heritage Network
- The Cultural Collective
- Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church
- Hansen’s Your Independent Grocer
- McDonald’s Exeter
- 90.5 myFM
- Raymond and McLean Lawyers
- Tim Hortons