Online Easter Scavenger Hunt

Downtown Orillia’s Online Easter Scavenger Hunt is happening again this year!! On Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, tune in to our Facebook page and keep an eye out for the scavenger hunt questions to be uploaded at 9:30am! There will be a list of questions that can be printed off and answered about your downtown businesses!
These scavenger hunt questions will be based around our downtown businesses’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so get out your computer/phone/tablet and have fun with the whole family while you search for the answers! Some of these questions will have multiple answers, and some extra sweet treats will be rewarded if you can name multiple businesses!
The first 10 people to submit their scavenger hunt sheets on April 3rd with the correct answers will receive a prize of Downtown Dollars and some sweet treats! You can submit your answer sheet via email at office@downtownorillia.ca or send us a Facebook message.
Don’t forget to fill out your name, address, and phone number on the sheet so we can contact you if you are a winner*!
*Due to COVID-19, our office is open by appointment only, so if you are a winner we will message you to set up a time to come pick up your prizes! Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021.
Good luck to everyone! If you have any questions about this event, feel free to email Downtown Orillia at office@downtownorillia.ca!

Online Easter Scavenger Hunt

Downtown Orillia’s Online Easter Scavenger Hunt is happening again this year!! On Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, tune in to our Facebook page and keep an eye out for the scavenger hunt questions to be uploaded at 9:30am! There will be a list of questions that can be printed off and answered about your downtown businesses!
These scavenger hunt questions will be based around our downtown businesses’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so get out your computer/phone/tablet and have fun with the whole family while you search for the answers! Some of these questions will have multiple answers, and some extra sweet treats will be rewarded if you can name multiple businesses!
The first 10 people to submit their scavenger hunt sheets on April 3rd with the correct answers will receive a prize of Downtown Dollars and some sweet treats! You can submit your answer sheet via email at office@downtownorillia.ca or send us a Facebook message.
Don’t forget to fill out your name, address, and phone number on the sheet so we can contact you if you are a winner*!
*Due to COVID-19, our office is open by appointment only, so if you are a winner we will message you to set up a time to come pick up your prizes! Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021.
Good luck to everyone! If you have any questions about this event, feel free to email Downtown Orillia at office@downtownorillia.ca!

Christmas Shopping Nights

Shop and dine in Downtown Orillia every Friday night in December leading up to Christmas!  Enjoy the fresh night air and atmosphere while you safely pick-up everything you need on your Christmas list during these late shopping nights.

These shopping nights will run every Friday starting November 13th, up to and including December 18th.

Stay Safe & Shop Local! It matters now, more than ever. Shop Downtown Orillia.

 

Bake Cookies With Santa Online

Join Santa live online from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen to listen to stories and bake cookies together. Recipe will be provided beforehand so you can bake along with your family!

This online event will be running on multiple nights in December, so you can choose which one works best with your schedule! The online baking nights will be December 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 6:30pm.

On Thursday December 17th, 2020 at 6:30pm, click the link below to join the Zoom meeting with Santa!

Santa Claus is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Baking With Santa

Time: Dec 17, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82814600589

 

Recipe:

Funfetti Cookies

YIELD – Makes about 18 cookies
PREP TIME – 5 minutes
COOK TIME – 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (15.25-ounce) package funfetti cake mix
1 cup rainbow sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place the eggs and vegetable oil in a large bowl and whisk until combined. Use a fine-mesh strainer to sift the cake mix into the egg mixture to break up any large lumps.
3. Pour the sprinkles that do not pass through the strainer into the bowl with all the other ingredients. Using a spatula, stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened and a dough forms.
4. Pour the sprinkles into a shallow bowl. Scoop the dough into 2 tablespoon portions and form into balls. Toss the balls gently in the sprinkles until completely and generously coated.
5. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between each cookie, about 12 cookies per baking sheet.
6. Bake until the cookies are set and the edges are slightly browned, about 10 minutes.
7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire cooling racks and cool completely.

 

Great Easter Egg Hunt // CANCELLED

DUE TO COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) THE DOWNTOWN MANAGEMENT BOARD HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL THIS EVENT.

Media Release:

March 30, 2020:  Orillia, Ontario.  The Orillia Downtown Management Board (ODMB) regrettably announced today that it has cancelled the Great Easter Egg Hunt due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The City of Orillia has stated that all public gatherings that involve 250 individuals or more will be cancelled, and it is now recommended that gatherings of no more than 5 people are to occur.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt is a hands-on event that draws a large crowd with many families in attendance. For the safety of everyone involved, Downtown Orillia has made the decision to cancel the event that was due to take place on Saturday, April 11th, 2020.

During this time, many of the Downtown Orillia BIA businesses are closed, however, some businesses remain open for take-out and delivery of their products.

If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the Downtown Orillia office via email at office@downtownorillia.ca or by calling 705-325-3261.

 

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This Easter bring the whole family & join us in Downtown Orillia! 

Meet the Easter Bunny + scour downtown in search of colourful eggs + have your face painted + enjoy hunting for items during the family treasure hunt all beginning at 9:30 am at the Orillia Opera House. Trade your eggs in for tasty chocolates from Apple Annies Cafe and Shop at the egg exchange located at the historic Orillia Opera House and don’t forget to find the GOLDEN EGG to win an awesome prize!

Please stay tuned for a list of downtown businesses included on the treasure hunt. Hunt will begin at 9:30 am rain or shine so please be sure to dress weather appropriate and bring a basket to collect eggs in. All ages welcome!

See you downtown this Easter for family fun & delicious treats!

Volunteers Needed!!!

If you would like to help out at this fun downtown event, get in touch today by contacting us at office@downtownorillia.ca or 705-325-3261.

Kids’ Halloween Costume Parade // CANCELLED

Bring the family, dress in costume and join us for this fun, FREE costume parade & contest!

Where: Meet us outside Studabakers beachside, 211 Mississaga St. East dressed in costume at 12 pm on Saturday, October 31st for a chance to win the BEST COSTUME prize. The best costume contest will occur at 1 pm in the Orillia Public Library courtyard, 36 Mississaga St. West.

Details: We will parade up the main street on the sidewalk collecting spooky treats along the way! Be sure to bring something to collect your treats in and be prepared to make your way up the street with hundreds of other trick-or-treaters. The parade will go all the way up to Albert Street ending at the Orillia Public Library courtyard where there will be an opportunity to make Halloween themed crafts with the best costume announcement occurring at 1 pm.

You will also be provided with a Halloween passport to be stamped at all of the participating downtown shops and restaurants offering tricks, treats and spooky sweets! After all the Halloween fun, make your way back down the main street to finish trick OR treating and have your passport stamped at participating downtown merchant businesses for a chance to win a prize! Passports can be dropped off at the Downtown Orillia office mailbox located at 33 Mississaga St. east at the end of the event or during the week following the event.

Stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Instagram pages closer to the date for updates on participating businesses.

Santa Claus Parade // CANCELLED

The largest Christmas parade north of Toronto! Help welcome Santa as over 100 floats and bands lead the way for him through Downtown Orillia.

For more information get in touch with the Orillia Chamber of Commerce!

Horse & Wagon Rides // CANCELLED

Hop aboard a free horse drawn wagon rides at the Pizza Pizza intersection between 1- 3 pm. Explore the Downtown and take a trip back in time as you get into the Christmas spirit!

Rides occur on December 5, 12 & 19 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm.