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Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Christmas at Ken Reid Conservation Area

KAWARTHA LAKES: Get ready to mark your calendars, because the merriest and most magical day of the year is coming back to Ken Reid Conservation Area! On Saturday, Dec. 2nd, you're invited to experience the enchantment of Christmas at Ken Reid, a free-of-charge family event that has become a beloved holiday tradition. It's the perfect way to kick off the festive season with your loved ones.

Carolyn Snider, Administrative Support, Conservation Programs, shared her excitement, "Christmas at Ken Reid is all about creating joyful memories and spreading the holiday spirit. We can't wait to welcome families and visitors from near and far to our wonderful celebration."

This year's festivities promise to be even more delightful than ever before. The day is packed with an array of free activities that will make your heart glow with holiday cheer. While donations are appreciated and warmly welcomed, Christmas at Ken Reid is all about spreading joy, and the spirit of giving is at the core of this event.

"We've worked hard to create a truly magical experience for our guests. From horse-drawn wagon rides to a Christmas scavenger hunt, there's something for everyone to enjoy,” explained Melissa Creasy-Alexander, Conservation Areas Technician.

Here's a sneak peek of just some the fun-filled activities you can enjoy from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm:

  • Kids Crafts at Santa's Workshop: Unleash your inner artist with delightful holiday crafts and ornaments.

  • Reptilia Zoo with an Interactive Display: Meet fascinating reptiles and learn more about these incredible creatures.

  • Small Hooves Big Hearts Petting Zoo: Get ready to make some new furry friends and share some special moments with adorable animals.

  • Royal Canadian Falconry with a Birds of Prey Show: Be awed by the majestic beauty and grace of these incredible birds.

  • Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides: Experience the magic of the season while you embark on a picturesque journey through the wintery landscape.

  • Elf-in-Training Scavenger Hunt: Embark on a whimsical quest to discover hidden treasures and earn your elf wings.

  • Self-Directed Christmas Story Walk: Immerse yourself in enchanting tales of the season as you explore the beautiful conservation area.

  • Self-Directed Winter Word Scramble: Challenge your wits and unscramble wintery words for a chance to win exciting prizes.

  • Infant and Toddler Activities in the Warming and Family Care Station: Warm up and enjoy special activities tailored for the littlest members of your family.

  • Feeding the Chickadees: Get up close and personal with nature's feathered friends as you hand-feed these delightful birds.

The anticipation for Christmas at Ken Reid is building, and we can't wait to welcome you and your family to this heartwarming event. Be sure to invite your friends, neighbors, and loved ones to share in the joy and create cherished memories together. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for this special day, so make sure your wish lists are ready!

For more information, visit our website at, and follow us on social media for exciting updates. Let's make this holiday season one to remember at Ken Reid Conservation Area. See you on December 2nd!

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