Photos with Santa

The Downtown Orillia Management Board in collaboration with December Sun, The Orillia Public Library, Manticore Books and Creative Nomad Studios are thrilled to host a Free Christmas Photos with Santa event.

This is a Free event, but we do ask that you bring a canned food donation for our local food bank.

Our event will held on November 26th from 10am -2pm , on the second floor of Creative Nomad Studios during the Orillia Christmas Market.  This event will allow you to pre-register from 10-11:30am, or drop in from 11:30am-2:00pm.  If you would like to pre-register/book your timeslot please click here.

During the photos the Orillia Public Library will be hosting a free Holiday Craft activity for your children to participate in!

We will have beverages, crafts, a small gift and good ol’ Saint Nick! We cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces on November 26th.



Orillia Christmas Market by Creative Nomad Studios

Creative Nomad Studios and the Downtown Management Board invite you to rediscover a traditional Christmas in an nontraditional way!

Stay tuned here as we announce all the exciting Vendors, Events and Partner Events that you can experience for 2022!

Come and visit the Christmas Market and then our vibrant downtown stores, restaurants and galleries, and admire the window displays and Christmas specials.

Enjoy finding just the right gifts for your loved ones, visit Santa and more!

…and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas…

Santa Claus Parade

Once again, the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce will be running the Santa Claus Parade! This is the largest Christmas parade North of Toronto! Featuring over 100 floats, bands, and Santa himself, this is a great way to ring in the holiday season!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here.

Interested in registering a float? Click here.

For more details, visit the Orillia Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Cinema in the Courtyard

Mortgage Man Presents Cinema in the Courtyard!

Come enjoy the movie “Night at the Museum” under the stars in Downtown Orillia!

Where: Orillia Public Library Courtyard

When: August 23rd, 2022

Time: Kids craft starts at 7pm, Movie starts at 9pm

Featuring: Night at the Museum

  • Confection and Food options from local downtown merchants.
  • Family Craft with the Orillia Public Library
  • FREE Popcorn!

*Please Note: This is a ticketed event. In order to attend, you must fill out the form linked below, and present your registration information to the entrance booth.*


Sign up for the movie night HERE!

Thanks to our generous sponsor:

44th Annual Orillia Scottish Festival

A three day celebration of Scottish culture. Friday evening Ceilidh at the Legion. Saturday parade from Peter Street to Couchiching Beach park for Scottish entertainment, vendors, beer tent, pipe bands and children’s village. Sunday afternoon Ceilidh at the Legion. Please support the festival and purchase a $2.00 button!

Click HERE for more details.

Summer Block Party

Downtown Orillia Summer Block Party

A downtown summer street festival like no other! Showcasing a fusion of art, fun interactive activities, live music, delicious food, kid zones, and sizzling sidewalk sales!!!

Stay tuned for the features and entertainment to be announced in the coming months.

If you are a downtown merchant and would like us to advertise your participation in this event and your festival deals, please complete and return the Merchant Participation Form.

Call For Vendors!!

Downtown Orillia is looking for vendors for our upcoming Downtown Summer Block Party on July 23rd! If you an artisan, artist, community group, food or concession vendor and would you like an opportunity to sell your products at the this event, get in touch!

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of give us a call at 705-325-3261, email us at or simply download and complete the appropriate vendor forms and drop it off at our office or send it in via email or mail. Don’t delay, spaces are filling up fast!

Click the link below to fill out the vendor application form:

Vendor Application Form

22nd Annual Classic Car Show

A jaw-dropping collection of 400 classic cars line the Downtown streets! Enjoy live entertainment, great dining, shopping and the largest car show in the region!

Pre- Registration is now open!

It is our privilege to invite you to bring your vehicle to our 22nd Annual Downtown Orillia Classic Car Show being held this year on Saturday August 13th, 7am-5pmWe know that you will enjoy the live music and activities taking place throughout the day.  Your registration includes a 2022 dash plate, special offers and coupons to many downtown businesses and chances to win great door prizes!

PLUS Pre-registered vehicles receive two ballots for a chance to Win a Classic Longblock Engine Rebuild by Parry Automotive Orillia*!


Pre- Registration closes at noon on Friday, August 12th. If you wish to register your vehicle after this time, a registration tent will be set up at the corner of Mississaga St E and Front St at 7am on August 13th. Click the link below to fill in the online registration form:


Our office accepts the $20 pre-registration payments in the form of cash, cheque, or debit/credit in our office.

Map to the Car Show

Food Vendor Form

To secure a specific location on the street, you should arrive with your car no later than 7:30am, as spaces fill up quickly. You cannot save a space for someone else, so you must arrive as a group if you wish to be parked together.


2022 Winners

Trophy Class Year Make Model Winner Name
Pre – 1930’s

Muscle Mouse Auto Spa


1929 Ford A Truck Andre Racine

Sunshine Super Wash


1931 Plymouth 3 Window Coupe Brian Flood

Parry Automotive


1936 Ford Tudor Coach Allan Griese



1946 Chevrolet Pickup Jim Higgs

Red Truck Auto


1950 Meteor Custom Deluxe Fordor Dennis Hawman

Orillia District Chamber of Commerce


1951 Fargo Floo Pickup Doug Pestill

Parry Automotive




Pontiac Bonneville Ron Bond

Sunshine Super Wash


1964 Ford Fairlane David McDonald

Subaru of Orillia


1974 MGB Marcel & Anke Heaton



Georgian Bay Printers / Print & Signs



1970 AMC Rebel Machine Ray Carter



1985 Ford Mustang Todd Parsons

Orillia District Chamber of Commerce


1998 Chevrolet S-10 Joshua Clare

Subaru of Orillia


1993 Mazda RX7 Steve Mckenna



1974 MGB GT Tom Hall
Classic Truck

Red Truck Auto


1975 GMC Sierra Doug Vanwyck

Specialized Upholstery & Glass


1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air 3 Door Sport Richard Pearse



1967 Dodge Coronet Peter Welechenko



Georgian Bay Printers / Print & Signs


1931 Ford Roadster Dave Taylor
Best Muscle Car

Muscle Mouse Auto Spa


2011 Chevrolet Camaro Thomas Wilson
People’s Choice

Downtown Orillia


1969 Chevelle Malibu Bobby Cross
Best In Show Runner-Up

Orillia District Chamber of Commerce


1957 Chevrolet Corvette Chris Spruce
Best In Show

Joe Watt Trophy


1956 Cadillac Coupe De Ville James Corneau


Kid’s Halloween Costume Contest

It’s that time of year again! The kid’s Halloween Costume Contest will run online again this year. Kids can get all dressed up in their awesome costumes and submit a picture to our office any time this month before midnight on Halloween night. We will be voting on our top five favourite costumes and winners will receive tasty treats and some Downtown Dollars as prizes. The winners photos will be posted on our social media accounts, and contacted to come pick up their prizes on November 1st, 2021.

Submissions can be sent to with the kids name and phone number.

Good luck to everyone entering, and we can’t wait to see your amazing costumes!

Canadian Federation of University Women Virtual Homes for Scholarships Tour


This year’s Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Orillia Homes Tour is going virtual! Explore our five beautiful homes and learn seasonal entertaining tips from Local Experts, all from the comfort of your own home.

This popular event supports scholarships for young women pursuing post-secondary education.

This event will feature a few downtown Orillia businesses; The Northern Joinery (Makers Market), Era 67, Le Petit Chapeau, and Long Way Home Decor.