Do you love Christmas as much as we do? Do you get giddy at the thought of cookies, hot cocoa and cinnamon scented everything? Than it’s about time you head to Stratford, Ontario.
Last week marked the launch of the annual Stratford Christmas Trail, a self-guided experience that captures the spirit of giving and the joy of checking off that list. Every year, throughout November and running until December 20, twenty-seven shops get together to celebrate the best of the region during the holidays.
You�ll discover unique and individual gift ideas when you stroll our festive streets visiting shops draped in fresh cedar rope and tied with big red bows. Not sure where to start? Here’s what our perfect weekend along the Stratford Christmas Trail looks like.
1. Explore the town centre, which gets the royal decorating treatment at this time of year. Make sure to stop at the Stratford Chefs School, where you can watch students in action, enjoy lunch and then take home a bag of sweet and spicy mixed nuts made right on site.
2. Get off the main street and head to Junction 56 Distillery. Sample your way through their gin and moonshine — before taking home a bottle of Fireshine Cinnamon Moonshine as part of your Trail Pass.
3. For the prettiest window displays in town, head for Bradshaws where your Christmas Trail Pass will get you a beautiful Michel Designs vintage tin holiday ornament filled with fragrant mulling spices. It’s a great spot to pick up cast iron and other kitchen essentials for the food lover on your list.
4. Pick up a sweet treat at JENN & Larry’s Brittle & Shakes. We were kinda, sorta, seriously obsessed with their autumn Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie and can’t wait to see what they come up with for the holiday season!
5. After a day of shopping, there’s no better place to unwind than the Red Rabbit, a worker-owned, Feast On Certified restaurant located in the downtown core of Stratford. Ease into the evening with the Duck Bread Pudding — a savoury, heart-warming combo of roasted Perth County squash, duck confit, sourdough and leek gravy.
About The Stratford Christmas Trail
Here is how it works. Purchase your trail at Stratford Tourism and receive your map and six vouchers to exchange for your choice of unique and distinctive gifts ready for you at 27 stops on the Christmas Trail. Share with friends and family to delight on Christmas morning � or keep a treat for yourself.
The Stratford Christmas Trail is available at Stratford Tourism, 47 Downie Street (open Monday to Friday, 9am � 5pm and Saturday 10 am- 4 pm, for $30 (plus HST). Trail goers are invited to share their experiences using #ChristmasTrail. The final Christmas Trail shopping day will be Sunday, December 20, 2017.