Jingle all the way to Tillsonburg this winter for a cozy getaway full of arts, culture and spots to grab a bite. With options for DIY and art lovers as well as history buffs- there are some wonderful ways to get into the spirit of the most wonderful time of year. 

Enjoy a Quiet and Cozy Getaway in Tillsonburg

From DIY Workshops and charming restaurants to holiday traditions that span decades, you'll love discovering Tillsonburg this winter.

DIY Holiday Workshops

Where: Makkink's Flower Farm, 164604 Kellett Rd. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map

hilde holding a wreath at makkink

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to get a little creative and make something with your hands!  Makkink's Flower Farm has some lovely ways to get festive with friends.

At Makkink's, each workshop allows you to choose from several projects including a medium or large Christmas wreath, farm-fresh metal Christmas container, a wooden sled and lantern arrangement, a medium or large lantern planter or an antique truck arrangement with seasonal magnets. All you need to bring is your mask and work gloves!

You'll enjoy an evening with friends around the haywagon and cozy fireplace as you craft something beautiful to your own tastes. You'll also get to enjoy a few treats and hot chocolate to get you in the spirit.

Private workshops are also available with a minimum group of 4 people and a maximum group of 10 people. You just have to email to book those! 

Holiday Arts Market, Kids Crafts & Exhibits

Where: The Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre, 41 Bridge Street W. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map)

a cozy and quiet getaway at the tillsonburg station arts centre

The Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre has plenty planned to make the holiday season special this year.

From November 12th to December 4th, enjoy a new exhibit, Oxford Studio Preview at the gallery featuring the works of many different Oxford artists who showcase their work each May on the Oxford Studio Tour. This exhibit offers up a little sneak peek at that event.

Then, starting on December 6th and running through to the 17th, the Station Arts Centre will be hosting its 4th Annual Holiday Arts Market. With over 20 artist and artisan booths, shoppers will be able to choose from a great selection of pieces to gift this holiday season.

Finally, the Station Arts Centre's popular holiday SACS will be back the first week of November. Parents can order these for their children and they include some holiday crafts and all the materials to do together! Stay tuned the first week of November for those.

A Holiday Tradition at Annandale House

Where: Annandale National Historic Site, 30 Tillson Ave. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map)


The holiday tradition is alive and well at Annandale NHS where volunteers have returned to bring some holiday cheer to the 1880s mansion. This year, visitors can book an appointment for a guided tour of the first floor of Annandale House all decked out for Christmas.

Learn about the history, the family that lived there and be sure to take a look in their changing exhibit gallery as well! To book your spot call 519-842-2294. 

Explore the Downtown

Where: Pedlar's Quay, 20 Ridout St. W. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map); Cherished Pieces, 142 Broadway St. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map); Trinkets Gift Shoppe, 149 Broadway St. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map);  Betty's Consignment and Marketplace, 80 Broadway St. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map); Two Girls and a Cheese Shop, 20 Brock St. W. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map)


Tillsonburg's main strip boasts the charm of small-town Ontario and some fantastic places to pop in and check a few items off of your gift list.

At Pedlar's Quay, you'll find exquisite home decor, charcuterie boards, kitchen items and beautifully crafted Christmas ornaments.

Around the corner, Cherished Pieces is perfect for those who love to quilt, boasting quilting fabrics, tools and classes.

Trinkets Gift Shoppe is home to funky finds, jewelry, a curated selection of clothing and a few other bits and bobs worth of being under any tree.

Two Girls and a Cheese Shop is a must some for any cheese-lover with beautiful pre-made spreads, condiments, accoutrements, chocolates and a beautiful selection of cheeses perfect for the holiday season.

Finally, Betty's Consignment and Marketplace specializes in gently-used children's clothing plus several handmade artisan goods and local items like coffee, green-living pieces and more. 

Grab a Bite

Where: The Indigo Lounge, 264 Tillson Ave. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map); Nectar Coffee + Bar, 117 Broadway St. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map); D'Lish Kitchen Cafe, 518 Broadway St. #1 Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map); Flippin' Mikes, 118 Broadway St. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map)

two hillarys and a shelley

All that holiday goodness will certainly work up your appetite! Tillsonburg's cafes and restaurants have some great spots to gather with your small group or to enjoy take-out from.

The Indigo Lounge has healthy twists on some hearty favourites like their zucchini pad Thai or their burgers made with meat from nearby Y U Ranch, there are plenty of good eats to be had! If you're feeling like you'd like some activity, be sure to check out their variety of yoga classes, pilates, Zumba and more. 

At D'Lish Kitchen Cafe, you can order at their takeout window outside or eat indoors. Hearty power bowls, falafel wraps and out-of-this-world smoothies await you among other things. Take a look at their menu online if you'd like to plan ahead or pop into the cafe and linger over a morning coffee, lunchtime meal or delicious dessert. 

Nectar Coffee + Bar is right on the main drag of Tillsonburg and boasts a heated patio as well as spacious windows facing the street so that you can look out on the town all decked out for the holiday season.

Grab one of their tasty hot bevies and a dessert as you look out or perhaps a frikkadelen (a Dutch-style hot dog that is seriously good). If you're coming later in the day, Nectar Coffee + Bar also has several taps pouring off Ontario craft brews for the hopheads and kombucha too!

Flippin' Mikes, right across the road from Nectar serves all the delicious, comforting pub food you can dream of. Think delicious burgers with locally sourced meat and fresh-cut fries topped with local cheese curds from Mountainoak. Mmmmm. 

Cozy Up

Where: Seven Gables Tillsonburg, 64 Oxford St. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map) or The Howard Johnson, 92 Simcoe St. Tillsonburg, ON. (View Map)

seven gables

Now make your time in Tillsonburg a true getaway by cozying up for the night at a quaint little bed and breakfast or hotel.

7 Gables Tillsonburg is located in the former home of E.V. Tillson- grandson of the town's founder. Built in classic Edwardian style, it boasts old-world charm with modern amenities which can be seen in the bathrooms off each bedroom, era-appropriate elegant decor and of course...wifi (which we're pretty sure old E.V. didn't have but would have loved).

Enjoy your evening snuggled up under a duvet reading a great book (may we recommend Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables?) and enjoy a little time for yourself or quality time with someone you love.  

Just down the road, The Howard Johnson is also a great place to rest your head. This well-located hotel offers up all the necessary amenities: on-site dining, free wifi, free parking and more. If you're travelling with pets, that's ok too! Just minutes from the downtown, The Howard Johnson is a wonderful option. 

More Holiday Trip Inspiration

Want more holiday inspiration? Check out some other winter trip ideas. 

Do any of the area hotels offer packages and deals?

Absolutely. Check out our Travel Offers Page for details.

What other winter events are happening during our trip?

Find loads to do this winter on our events page.

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