Christmas comes early in Carleton Place

Posted on: October 29, 2018


November 15th-25th get a jump start on your holiday shopping and traditional family activities in the inviting and festive streets of Carleton Place. Replace the overcrowded malls, busy parking garages and the usual gifts with mild winter strolls through picturesque streets, warm hot chocolate, fun family activities and unique gifts that will leave a lasting impression. Downtown Carleton Place will be dazzling this holiday season, with 17,000+  white Christmas lights, lamp posts will be decorated with garland and red bows, holiday baskets full of wintery greenery will line the bridge and store windows will be aglow with festive displays. A short drive from city, Carleton place is welcoming visitors to celebrate Christmas in November from November 15th-25th. There will be dozens of shopping specials, holiday events and unique places to explore! Whether you’re buying gifts, décor or just taking in some holiday traditions with the family this little community has got you covered.

Every great holiday starts with the perfect tree, in Carleton Place you will find a Tree Farm right in town, Sobczak Tree Farm at 400 Lanark Street offers great trees at great prices. If you’re looking for a full day of family tree hunting fun, Ian’s Christmas Adventure Park is a few minutes away at 804 Richmond Rd.

Kicking off the events is the annual “Get All Wrapped Up in Downtown Carleton Place” event. On November 15th from 1pm-8pm the stores in the downtown core will be offering sales, special events and freebies. Shop, Wine and Dine the evening away and the first 150 shoppers after 5pm at the Real Wool Shop (142 Franktown Rd) or Carousel (210 Bridge St) will get a free gift bag (must be 18yrs and over). There will also be 2 chances to win $100 BIA Bucks to spend at downtown stores. For a full list of all the special events happening downtown on the 15th please visit the event page at

The Christmas Hut returns for another year, offering a wonderful holiday gift giving option for kids. Children can “shop” the stores donations and purchase gifts for family and friends with donations to the Lanark County Food Bank. Christmas Hut helpers will assist children in choosing and wrapping the gifts that they can surprise loved ones with on Christmas morning. Follow their page at for a schedule of hut hours and message them to donate new or gently used items.

Another amazing holiday tradition in Carleton Place is the St James Anglican Church Snowflake Bazaar happening on November 17th from 9am-1pm at St James Parish Hall, 225 Edmund Street. This event is a not to miss shopping experience especially if you’re in the market for homemade baked goods and handmade items.

Throughout the holiday season you can enjoy some of our area’s history at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum at 267 Edmund St. The featured exhibit this season is “Wish You Were Here” – Postcards from the Past. These beautiful visual records document our small town, its buildings and natural beauty. The quick notes offer a glimpse into life of years past – love affairs, adventures and special events.

Winter Antique & Artisan Sale

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On November 18th from 10am-3pm check out the Winter Antique and Artisans show at Carambeck Community Centre (351 Bridge St). This unique addition to the holiday crafter lineup features 30 vendors of unique gifts, handmade items, art, décor and a cash canteen. Come browse at your leisure with ample parking and a cash canteen you can certainly while away some fun festive hours!

Plan a fun night out at the Grand Hotel (7 Bridge St) on Friday November 23rd as they present Rag Bag Cabaret Girlz Night Out starting at 8pm. The evening is hosted by award-winning comedian Rachelle Elie. Enjoy an evening of fabulous talent with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lanark County Food Bank.

If you’re still in the mood to shop, The Beckwith Township Christmas Craft show is 5 minutes away at Beckwith Public School (1523 9th Line, Beckwith). This popular craft show features 40 vendors and admission is free with a donation to the Lanark County Food Bank.

The biggest parade in the valley returns to Carleton Place on November 24th at 5pm. This year’s theme – “A Christmas Carol” will see each float taking inspiration from a beloved holiday carol.

With more fun being added to the lineup daily there’s no better place to start and finish you holiday shopping and fun then Carleton Place!

For more exciting events follow the Christmas in November page at