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Must Do in BoQ: The Holiday Tour

A display of Christmas string lights at night.

Find the spirit of the holidays close to home with this list of festive Must Do in BoQ activities.

Pictured: Doug Whitney Fantasy of Lights in Quinte West

Through living and working in the Bay of Quinte region, we’ve learned a thing or two about all the things to do, see, eat and explore around here. Join us each week as we share safer, must-do activities in the BoQ, and check out the rest of our must-dos HERE.


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Denmar Farms

217 Clearview Road, Belleville

The holiday season is full of traditions, and cutting a Christmas tree is one of our favourites. A short drive north of the city brings you here, where the Martin family has created an awesome Christmas experience with — you guessed it — trees, wreaths, local baked goods and plenty of holly jolly tunes.

A person carrying a Christmas tree over the shoulder, in front of a building with beige siding.

Holiday Lights + Decorations Tour

Belleville, Brighton, downtown Trenton and Frankford

Start the car!! And take the family for a slow evening cruise past the twinkly lights and festive displays around the region. Check out the Festival of Lights in Belleville, Fantasy of Lights in downtown Trenton and Frankford and the Holiday Decorating Contest in Brighton.

Two snowmen light fixtures, the background is dark at night.
Photographer: Marilyn Warren, City of Belleville

Selfie With Santa

Beside Ekort Realty, 258 Front Street, downtown Belleville

Human or canine, naughty or nice, you can still snap a photo with Saint Nick — with a COVID-friendly twist. Check out the Enchanted event in the Downtown District for free pedicab rides and details on holiday shopping.

Vivacious Clothing

101 Dundas Street W, downtown Trenton

Because you need an awesome outfit for your office Christmas Zoom party, right?? Whether you shop online or in person, the team here is ready to make you look and feel your best for your virtual shindig!

Five people wearing masks standing in front of a purple wall with text: "Vivacious"
Photo supplied.

Special Effects Lifestyle Boutique

85 Main Street, Brighton

We could just stop and stare at the charming outside of this shop, but many treasures wait within! Owner Sheryl Delorme hand picks everything that makes its way into the store, with the perfect gift for everyone on your list from foodie to fashionista.

A house and garden with a light dusting of snow and some holiday decor.

The Loft on St. Paul

35 St. Paul Street, Belleville

After an evening touring the lights, The Loft is a super cool place to spend the night on your close-to-home holiday staycation. The converted church is modern but cozy, and just a five-minute walk from your morning caffeine hookup!

A screenshot of an Instagram photo. A white-painted loft decorated with modern furniture.


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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.