Winter is a magical time when snow and frost paint the trees. Icicles as tall as a house hang majestically from the steep gorge walls. Enjoy angelic choirs, do your Christmas shopping while celebrating the bard.
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
7 p.m to 11 p.m.
New Year's Eve will be a special one in Centre Wellington this year.
As the curtain closes on Canada's 150th birthday, a glorious year of celebration, we invite you to join us for our final curtain call. Due to forecasted extreme cold weather for Sunday evening, Township staff, in consideration of the safety of our residents and performers have cancelled the outside portion of our New Year's Eve celebrations, moving many of our activities and events indoors from 7 to 11 p.m.
Activities will include:
The Gorge Cinema
- Will showcase special free screenings of "Helicopter Canada" featuring local footage and artists from 7-11 p.m.
Elora Information Centre
- Will host free children's activities and hot apple cider from 7-11 p.m.
The Elora Royal Canadian Legion
- The Elora Legion will offer their club room as a warming station, with free hot chocolate served by First Fergus Scouts. Our outside performers will be moved inside so that residents can still enjoy the amazing sounds of Poverty's Arse with guest fiddler Aaron Soloman as well as Musical Duo Foghorn Saxhorn from 7-11 p.m.
Live outside of Elora? CW Hydro is graciously sponsoring a shuttle bus that will depart every 30 minutes from the Fergus Library to the Elora Information Centre from 6:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. to ensure you and your family can take part in all of the amazing activities happening in downtown Elora.
This event has been made possible with funding from Centre Wellington Community Foundation and the Township of Centre Wellington.
Looking for something to do on New Year's Eve? We need volunteers for this amazing event! Enjoy the event and volunteer for your community at the same time! To learn more please email Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by the Fergus Pipe Band, enjoy this January tribute to Scotland's bard. Dancing, music, a toast to the lads and lassies, and an address to the haggis like you've never seen!
Every year Wellington County Museum & Archives host their Christmas Festival - an annual celebration filled with festive music, family activities, displays, refreshments, Santa Claus and a huge Christmas Tree.
Christmas in Elora and Fergus
The holiday season starts early in Elora and Fergus - For two nights in November, check off everyone on your Christmas list early this year and stroll under the stars, exploring the boutiques and specialty shops of beautiful downtown Elora during their Starlight Shopping events. The Elora Santa Claus Parade is a spectacular evening colour and light parade through Elora's historic streets. Carol sing and hear the cry of the bagpipes as the town of Fergus lights their Christmas tree and Santa makes a pre-parade stop to check his list before he parades through downtown Fergus in the ever popular Fergus Santa Claus parade held the first Saturday in December. Stick around for Moonlight Madness in December where retailers open late for those last minute gift buyers. Meander through moonlit downtown Fergus and discover unique shops, great views and excellent dining.
Presented by The Harris Artists' Collective - a member-run collective of artists who exhibit in the Harris Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts - this annual show and sale offers a wide variety of their work - original oil and acrylic paintings, glasswork, photography, pastels, ceramics, fine jewellery, fibre and textile arts, encaustics and more - all available for purchase. Great for Gift Giving this holiday season!
Running from December to April, this series of performances from the Juno and Grammy nominated Elora Festival Singers ranges from heartwarming soup concerts to soul lifting Carols. Their renowned Handel's Messiah is an annual rite of winter. Many concerts offer an opportunity to meet and mingle with the performers before or after the shows.
Celebrate Family day in fine style at Wellington County Museum & Archives. Enjoy a fun-filled winter afternoon including snowshoeing, ice-skating, curling and ice sculpting!
Planning a wedding? For almost 20 years Fergus Wedding Showcase highlights the best of local vendors. Everything you need to plan your dream day in our picture perfect town. Hosted by Fergus 7 District Kinsmen with proceeds supporting Cystic Fibrosis.
Gallery Concert Series: Venturi Winds
Hosted by the Elora Arts Council, this series of four concerts runs from January to April. Each concert features talented local musicians from strings to wind, song to brass. Enjoy music in an intimate setting followed by conversation and coffee with the artists. Held at the Wellington County Museum & Archives.
Next March break, think about sending the kids to Elora Centre for the Arts. Through age appropriate projects, campers explore the wonders of visual and expressive arts with sculpture, mixed media collages, drawing, painting, print-making and more! Camp programs are designed to provide fun, encouraging, creative and safe experiences for children, led by experienced artist-educators in the centre's professional studios
Take a break at the Museum! Enjoy daily themed drop-in activities all the family can enjoy at Wellington County Museum & Archives. Conveniently located halfway between Fergus and Elora, the Museum is a must-see on your March visit. Depending on the weather, why not stroll here from either town on the Elora Cataract Trailway?