Christmas in Carleton Place

The Christmas Season is a magical time of year to share with family and loved ones. Carleton Place has much in store for you and should definitely be one of your “not-to-be missed” destinations this year, as there are many wonderful events, fantastic holiday shopping opportunities, and delicious dining experiences to be enjoyed.

Included in the festivities are three wonderful community events that will support the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Foundation. Become inspired by Christmas décor with a tour of eight beautiful homes all decked out for the holiday season; tour and bid on seventeen exceptional pre-decorated Christmas trees to take home with you; and join Santa for his Pre-Flight Check-Up and see that he receives his “clear for take-off” status from his doctor while taking in the Foundation’s annual Tree Lighting Festivities!

We also have a few suggestions for you for Christmas cheer that you can enjoy all month long, if you miss these events.

Carleton Place Christmas Events

Holiday House Tour

Each home on the second annual holiday House Tour is decorated from top to bottom for the holiday season. The homeowners are present and engaging, there are goodies and hot apple cider to sample in each home, and some will even have live entertainment! The tour opens on Saturday, December 7, from 6:30–9:30pm, and follows on Sunday, December 8, from 10am to 4pm. Each ticket costs $25 and comes with a ballot for a chance to win one of nine wonderful prizes. Full details further down in this post.

Christmas Tree Tour

If you’re looking for more inspiration when it comes to decorating for the holidays, why not take a Christmas Tree Tour through businesses of Carleton Place, and bid on the perfect themed and already decorated special Christmas tree, ready for you to take home and enjoy! Seventeen merchants and businesses will be participating by displaying Christmas trees in their storefront windows, which will be auctioned off through a silent auction at each location.

Keeping Up with Santa

The Foundation is also thrilled to announce that Santa has chosen Carleton Place as his hospital of choice to have his annual Pre-Flight Check-Up to make sure he is cleared for take-off on Christmas Eve. This will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 4pm, and will kick off the 16th annual CPDMH Tree Lighting Ceremony. Chief of staff Dr. Marty White and fellow nursing staff will be giving Santa a full examination to make sure he is ready for his big day. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the importance of keeping ourselves strong and healthy! Included in this event will be kids’ activities organized in part by the Ontario Early Years Centre; Charlie Brown Christmas Trees and kits will be sold to help raise funds for the Hospital, hot chocolate and goodies will be served and there will be lots of treats for all!

After that, you are invited to participate as Santa helps light up the hospital’s very special Christmas tree. Honour someone you love by purchasing a light on the tree or by making a donation to the CPDMH Foundation. Sip a hot chocolate and join The Town Singers carolling from 5–5:30pm, and enjoy the grand ceremony at 5:30pm.

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, two fabulous Christmas concerts will be taking place at 7pm: The Bowes Brothers “Home For Christmas” concert at the Carleton Place Arena is raising funds for the CPDMH Foundation (advance tickets available at various locations in Carleton Place including the Foundation Office at the hospital), and The Town Singers will give their annual concert, entitled“A Down Home Christmas”, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Bridge Street (tickets available at the door).

All proceeds from the House and Christmas Tree Tours and Tree Lighting Festivities will go towards the purchase of much needed patient care equipment for the Hospital. For more information on the House and Christmas Tree Tours, please contact Jane Tunks at 858–6633 or To make a donation or for more information on the Tree Lighting Festivities and other “Christmas in Carleton Place” events taking place on the same weekend, please contact the CPDMH Foundation Office at 257–2200 x856 or visit

Christmas cheer all month long

If you can’t make the holiday House Tour described above, you can still enjoy beautiful pictures from the participating homes in the Ottawa Citizen’s Style section.

If you’re out doing Christmas shopping on Bridge Street, consider dropping into Reads Book Shop for a warm, fragrant Gingerbread Latte, a December-only special, a hot chocolate or a cup of tea.

If you’re looking for a little Christmas cheer in Carleton Place, but don’t want to be tied down to a date, or you missed the above events, you could always plan a stroll or a drive to enjoy the Christmas lights put up by your neighbours. One Carleton Place resident has made his home (on Prime Place) a truly special destination for an evening drive-by, as noted in this news item on CTV:
Lighting Up Christmas in Carleton Place, CTV

If you plan to visit, you can map this location on Google Maps:

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