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Stratford Presents Victorian Christmas Magic -- Holiday shopping, traditions and fun in Stratford–

Stratford, ON: Stratford invites you to experience the magic of our Victorian Christmas.
As you stroll snow-dusted streets in our heritage downtown you will be captured by the beauty of cedar draped shops tied with big bows as lights twinkle in the windows. The scene is set for a wide range of experiences to mark this festive season.

Santa arrives in Stratford during the evening Parade of Lights on Sunday, November 23 and looks forward to meeting you and introducing you to his favourite reindeer, Comet. Hop aboard for free horse-drawn carriage rides and listen for carollers heralding the season on selected weekends. Even parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.

Holiday shopping is fun and festive on the Victorian Christmas Trail (, as 13 local shops offer distinctive presents for Victorian Trail shoppers inspiring holiday gifts for the sweet lovers and creative or calming spirits on your list. Don't miss out! It's only available until Friday, December 19!

Share our cultural traditions as The Wind in the Willows characters present endearing family theatre. Enjoy musical holiday favourites by Ali Matthews and Liona Boyd, a Community Messiah and Stratford Symphony Orchestra's Festive Night.

At the heart of our festive celebrations, is food and we invite you to savour holiday pairings of tea and chocolate, craft beer dinners, a themed ‘Griswald' supper and internationally inspired menus created by the Stratford Chefs School's aspiring chefs. Our weekly Farmers Markets and local food purveyors are bursting with fresh foods to complete your holiday feast and for tasty gift-giving.

Get away for a few days before the holidays with an overnight package at one of the Inns of Stratford or at a forested retreat just minutes away. (

For more information and complete list of Stratford's Victorian Christmas events go to . Come and visit the holiday wonderland that is Stratford!


For more information, visuals or to arrange an interview, please contact Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager, Stratford Tourism Alliance, 47 Downie Street Stratford, ON N5A 1W7. Tel: (519) 271-5140 x 2 or 1-800-561-7926 Email:, online: or on Twitter: @StratfordON and Facebook: StratfordON

POSTED ON 2014-11-12

Stratford Tourism Alliance presents Victorian Christmas Trail -- Making holiday shopping fun in Stratford–

Stratford, ON: The Victorian Christmas Trail (, makes holiday shopping in Stratford both fun and festive. Presented by Stratford Tourism Alliance, local shops offer distinctive presents for Christmas Trail shoppers inspiring holiday gift ideas. The Christmas Trail package includes six tickets to be redeemed at your choice of 13 shops for a unique gift to share with friends and family - or keep for yourself. For the sweets lover there are giant traditional hand-made peppermint candy canes, locally made melt-in-your mouth brittle, chocolate created using pedal power, tasty holiday preserves, buttery toffee and flavoured olive oils. Unique art cards and one-of-a-kind costume fabric earrings and cufflinks will please the more creative on your list, while moisturizing scented soaps in such fragrances as frankincense and myrrh or sandalwood and aromatic teas invite some well-deserved holiday ‘me time' to delight on Christmas morning.

"The Victorian Christmas Trail has become a Stratford tradition and fun for a girls' shopping day. It is a great opportunity to explore new shops and see many unique gifts in a friendly atmosphere." says Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager. "Each year there are new offers and new partners to visit, but only until December 19."

Victorian Christmas Trail stops, all dressed up for the season with gifts ready and waiting for you include: Bradshaws & Kitchen Detail; Chocolate Barr's Candies; Distinctly Tea; Gallery Indigena; JENN & Larry's Brittle & Shakes; The Milky Whey Fine Cheese Shop; Olive Your Favourites; Small-Mart General Mercantile; Stratford Festival Shop; Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar; Totally Spoke'D; Treasures and Watson's Chelsea Bazaar.

Valid for 3 days from the date of purchase, the Victorian Christmas Trail is available at Stratford Tourism Alliance, 47 Downie Street (open daily until 5 pm) for $25 (plus HST) and offers a package value of approximately $40. The final Christmas Trail shopping day will be Friday, December 19, 2014.

For more information about the Victorian Christmas Trail and full descriptions of each offer go to or call 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926. There you will also find lots of holiday activities to enjoy and celebrate the season.


For more information, visuals or to arrange an interview, please contact Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager, Stratford Tourism Alliance, 47 Downie Street Stratford, ON N5A 1W7. Tel: (519) 271-5140 x 2 or 1-800-561-7926 Email:, online: or on Twitter: @StratfordON and Facebook: StratfordON

POSTED ON 2014-11-12

Doors Open Stratford Requests Community Assistance to Mark 70 Years since end of WWII in 2015

Stratford, ON: In 2015 it will be 70 years since the end of WWII and as our theme for Doors Open on Saturday, June 6, we would like to visit buildings and sites that relate to this historic event in Stratford along with key activities that took place during that time period. This is an important way for us to remember and honour those who fought to bring us the freedom we continue to enjoy in Canada today. The committee is looking for buildings and sites willing to welcome visitors for one day. In addition, we are eager to include homes built in the mid-1940s, especially in the Glastonbury Drive area, a new subdivision at that time. We are also interested in artifacts and art items that could be displayed during the weekend.

"Remembering our heritage is important. With such significant sites in Stratford as our cenotaph designed by Canadian sculptor, W. S. Allward who also designed the memorial at Vimy Ridge and the Dutch memorial, a gift from Holland, the Doors Open committee is honoured to share the stories behind these sites during this popular event." states Ernestine McKenna, Doors Open committee chair.

Doors Open Stratford is one of more than 50 communities across Ontario organizing special events inviting people to visit local heritage sites and learn about the history. The Doors Open committee works closely with Stratford Tourism Alliance to bring Stratford's heritage to life during a one-day free event on the first Saturday in June (June 6, 2015) as a part of our annual Heritage Weekend celebrations. The public is invited into spaces often not open to the public as volunteers share the stories. In 2014, more than 3,400 site visits to 14 different locations were recorded, a 40% increase over 2013.

If you are interested in participating and have something to share, please send your suggestions to Ernestine McKenna, committee chair or Cathy Rehberg at Stratford Tourism Alliance or call 519-271-5140. We would appreciate receiving your ideas by November 30, 2014 and welcome any volunteers interested in assisting.

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For more information please contact Ernestine McKenna, Doors Open Chair at or Cathy Rehberg, Stratford Tourism Alliance or 519-271-5140.

Cathy Rehberg
Marketing Manager
Stratford Tourism Alliance
519-271-5140 ext 2

POSTED ON 2014-11-07


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