Light up the Wharf

Kick off the festive season at the Muskoka Wharf!
Friday November 17, 2023 from 6pm to 8pm!
Holiday shopping, live entertainment, family fun, and the unveiling of the holiday light displays! 

Schedule of Events 

1pm - 8pm Muskoka Discovery Centre Festive Christmas Market (more details below)

6pm Cockburn Square Tree Lighting with Mayor and Council followed by live entertainment

6pm - 8:30pm The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace Ladies Shopping event (more details below)

6pm - 8pm Blue Willow Tea Shop will be open for tea sampling and early Christmas shopping.

6pm - 8pm Hawkestone Soap Co. will be open for early holiday shopping.

6:30pm Festive Pet Parade starting at Cockburn Square (more details below)

6pm - 8pm Come out and interact with other exciting community members including the Gravenhurst Fire Department, the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Commitee (including Skokie) and others. Get your free hot chocolate and wear your festive attire to strike a pose in front of the holiday lights and selfie frames along the boardwalk and throughout the Wharf. Enjoy live outdoor entertainment and family fun in various locations including Cockburn Square, The Shops on the Boardwalk and near Dock D just before the Muskoka Discovery Centre.

Starting at 7pm Live music (indoors) at Boston Pizza. For a chance to win $50 in Gravenhurst Dollars, be sure to enter Boston Pizza's colouring contest. Click HERE to download the colouring page and hand in at Boston Pizza, Gravenhurst.

Festive Pet Parade - 6:30pm starting at Cockburn Square

Bring your best dressed pooch and let them strut their stuff down the Wharf boardwalk. Parade starts at Cockburn Square.  All doggie participants will meet Full Paw’Tential Pet Grooming at the parade finish to get a special treat (Dock D just before the Muskoka Discovery Centre.) 


What's on at MDC - Muskoka Discovery Centre - Located at 275 Steamship Bay Rd. 705.687.2115

Festive Christmas Market Friday November 17 from 1pm - 8pm. (ALSO HAPPENING SATURDAY NOV. 18TH FROM 9AM -4PM!)

Something for Everyone: Vendors, crafts, foodtruck, cider, hot chocolate, beer tasting

Family Fun:  Horse and buggy rides on Friday (6-8pm), visit with Santa on Saturday (10am - 1pm & from 2pm - 4pm), gingerbread cookie decorating, Kidzone Christmas crafts (Friday 11am - 4pm & Saturday 9am - 4pm) and more.

Price of admission: By cash donation (any food donations received will go to Gravenhurst Against Poverty)

Note: MDC exhibits are closed

More information HERE.

The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace Ladies Night Shopping Event - at the Muskoka Wharf
When: 6pm to 8:30pm

Where: The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace - 908 Bay Street, Gravenhurst

What: Wine & nibblies available. Many of their resident artists and authors will be on site to meet in person and the Yummies in a Jar vendor will be offering samples on the Upper Deck. There will be two guest vendors offering unique gift ideas as well as on site demonstrations of wine related items including wine wands, prosecco and wine recorking instruction and even a deck of cards that was designed by a sommelier. Last but not least, there will also be 5 draws for prizes - but you must be in the store to claim your prize.

Please note Shipyards will close from 5pm to 6pm, and reopen at 6pm.

Check out these Community Members. Get your FREE HOT CHOCOLATE & More! Bring your cash for new Winter Carnival Merchandise!

Gravenhurst Fire Department 

See their new UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) as well as the ladder truck and meet Sparky.  Free hot chocolate available too.  The Fire Department team will be located near Dock D just before the Muskoka Discovery Centre!

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Booth

Featuring an appearance by Skokie, free hot chocolate and Winter Carnival merchandise to buy (cash sales only.)  Find the crew at The Shops on the Boardwalk, just past Roksy's Cafe. 

THANK YOU to these supporting businesses and organizations

Full Paw'tential Pet Grooming - voted as Muskoka’s favourite grooming salon, offers dog and cat grooming services for all breeds and sizes.

Blue Ocean Lighthouse - a small family owned business located in Gravenhurst, Ontario. With over 15 years in business Blue Ocean Lighthouse has not only become a go to décor store- but a destination.

Blue Willow Tea Shop - The Blue Willow Tea Shop has been delighting local residents, cottagers and visitors from around the world since 2006.   An idyllic waterfront location at Muskoka Wharf, where you can shop our vintage boutique or indulge in our traditional high tea in our lake view dining room or patio.

Muskoka Discovery Centre - Feed Your Imagination! Explore their one-of-a-kind museum that inspires curiosity and feeds the imagination for persons aged 1 to 101.When you explore their exhibits and galleries you will get to know Muskoka.

The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace - Steps from the iconic Lake Muskoka, The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace offers over 4000 square feet of shops and products geared to Muskoka life & style.  The Shipyards is anchored by six signature main floor merchants offering a selection of Jewelry, Apparel, Home Décor and Gifts.

Boston Pizza Gravenhurst - Canada's #1 casual dining chain, with an unforgettable view of Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf.

Gravenhurst High School & Alice Hamilton, GHS Co-op student

Tito's Handmade Vodka for Dog People - At Tito's they love making vodka, but they may love dogs even more. The vision of their Vodka for Dog People program is to better the lives of pets and their families far and wide.

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments - on location is a sales floor dedicated to products like Gibson, Ernie Ball, Epiphone, Traynor, Yorkville Sound, Fender Roland, Yamaha, Pearl, Mapex, Universal Audio, Krk, Selmer, and many other major brands to fit all budgets! Their Music Lesson Centre includes 5 studios and offers lessons in a variety of instruments.


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