Out and about…
It’s that most wonderful time of the year – when there are so many things you can do with your family in celebration of winter and Christmas. I am sure your family has some favourite things to do during the month of December, but I wanted to let you know about a place that we discovered a few years ago.
It’s Ian’s Christmas Tree Farm, just off Richmond Road – between Carleton Place and Smiths Fall, close to Franktown. It’s a great place to take little kids – 12 and under – and especially magical at night.
Our first visit there was on a Sunday evening – there was hardly a soul there – which was perfect for us! The park is open until 9:00 p.m., so we headed out after an early dinner. It was a starry night, and not too cold – perfect weather.
We took a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, enjoying the night air, and discovered Santa’s reindeer – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. The little ones were delighted to see real reindeer!
We found Santa warming himself around the bonfire, but our little ones were too shy to approach him. They weren’t too shy, however, to slide down the toboggan hills we discovered – (take your own sled!) We took a wagon ride around the Ho Ho Lake, and then enjoyed a hot chocolate around one of the campfires. We ended our visit by purchasing some pre-cut trees, but you do have the option of cutting down your own tree as well.
We have plans to do this again this December – and will hopefully get a chance for the little ones to visit Santa this time. According to the website, there is no charge for the park activities providing you purchase a tree – so if you are looking for a fun outing with the family, you should check out Ian’s Christmas Tree Farm!
804 Richmond Road