Featured Event:
Santa Claus Parade & Festival of Trees


April 14, 2020:


‘Tis the season! All are welcome to the 2019 Minden Santa Claus Parade! link to the Santa Claus Parade EventThis fun-filled event is perfect for the whole family to kick off Christmas season in Minden Hills! Floats start at 11:30 AM at the Curling Club parking lot, travel along Parkside Street to Bobcaygeon Road, then through the town of Minden and ending at the township office parking lot on Milne Street.

Please DO NOT park on Main Street leading up to the parade. Santa will make his way back up for photos at the Cultural Centre at 1:00 PM at the wonderful Festival of Trees!

For more information, contact Elisha Weiss at 705-286-2808 or eweiss@mindenhills.ca

Date: Saturday, November 23rd at 11:30 AM

Minden Hills Lights and Delights
Date: Friday November 15th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Downtown Minden
An evening of food, music and holiday cheer as the town of Minden lights up their main street for the season.

2019 Festival of Trees logo

10th Annual Minden Festival of Trees

This raffle event is an opportunity for you to win from a delightful assortment of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gift baskets, gift certificates and much more! Join us for this fun family event to start your Holiday Season! Admission $5 for 18+ Raffle tickets $5 for a book of six.

November 22 – 10 AM to 6 PM
November 23 – 10 AM to 6 PM
November 24 – 12 PM to 3 PM

Our Heritage Village will offer a Candy Shop and Gift Store at the Sterling Bank, hot chocolate and cider at the Bowron Loghouse, Christmas craft-making at the Schoolhouse, and traditional Christmas music at the Bethel Church. Santa will be at the Toy Shop on the Saturday for pictures!

Christmas trees and other raffle prizes are located throughout the cultural centre. Visit the Fantasy Christmas Land Cafe then enjoy touring the Agnes Jamieson Gallery and Nature’s Place for more festive displays.

This is a community program and fundraiser located at 176 Bobcaygeon Road in the town of Minden. If you would like to participate by decorating a pre-lit Christmas tree using your own creativity and use of your own decorations, please download the 2019 FOT Decorating Tree Form for more information.

Christmas Artisan MarketInformation poster for the 2019 Christmas Artisan Market

Sunday November 24th, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Minden Community Centre.

Just in time for your holiday shopping! Come and check out handcrafted items made by local artisans. Cost to enter a booth is $10. Admission is free to the public.

Application forms are available in the Fall & Winter drop down below:

Cultural Events
Upcoming Events
Ongoing Events


Outdoor Movie Nights at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre (on the grass).
Movies start at 8:30 PM. Bring a blanket or chair. Enjoy a snack from the “lobby”. Admission is by donation.

Sponsored by: Minden Home Hardware and The Township of Minden Hills.

Movie Schedule
Thursday August 22nd – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Thursday August 29th – E.T.Minden Hills Cultural Centre Outdoor Movie Nights Poster

Don’t forget to check out our great events during the year:

Spring & Summer

Haliburton County Farmers’ Market
Date: Saturdays 10am-2pm, May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend
Location: Downtown Minden, Milne Street

Enjoy an easy stroll through the Farmers’ market where you can take in the products of local farmers, vendors and not for profit organizations


Minden Hills Artisan Market
Date: Saturdays 10am-2pm, June 22nd to Thanksgiving weekend
Location: Downtown Minden, Milne Street

A weekly market displaying handcrafted items from local vendors. Interested vendors can apply for a space for $10 a market day.

Artisan Market Information Poster

Haliburton County Fair
Date: Saturday June 8th
Location: Minden Fairgrounds

For over a century the County Fair has been praised by locals and visitors alike. With new attractions and exhibits planned annually, this event will keep you coming back year after year.  NEW this year: “Home Brew” featuring 7 local bands, Comic con presented by Pop Culture Canada, miniature horse derby, horse show and lots more to check out!


Minden Kin Club Truck Pull/Show Shine
Date: Third Saturday in June
Location: Minden Fairgrounds

Music by the Gull
Date: Friday evenings, June to August
Location: Downtown Minden, Water Street

Bring a lawn chair and sit back to enjoy a remarkable range of local musical offerings under the open skies by the Gull River in the heart of Minden village. Brought to you by the Minden Lions Club and Highland Winds Symphony

Minden Hills Canada Day
Date: July 1st, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Downtown Minden, Cultural Centre, Fairgrounds

There are attractions for everyone to enjoy like the Haliburton Highlands Time Travelers classic car show, kids fishing derby, 1.51km family fun run, FREE ice cream sponsored by Kawartha Dairy, live music and performances and food vendors to keep you well fed and watered throughout the day.

At dusk, there is a spectacular fireworks show at the Minden Fairgrounds. Entry is by donation.

Canada Day Save the Date Information Poster
Minden River Raft Information Poster

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival
Date: July 18th-20th
Location: Minden Fairgrounds


To our Bluegrass Supporters:

Regretfully due to very poor advance ticket sales, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Festival.

Our advance ticket sales helps us to estimate what our overall revenue/expenses will be and in particular, to cover the cost of the bands.

We would like to thank all of those who have supported our Festival.

Minden Pride Week
Date: August
Location: Various locations

Pride week in Minden provides an opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies to celebrate their culture, heritage and diversity at a variety of events in a safe community for LGBTQ people of all ages.

Minden Pride on Facebook

Festival of the August Moon
Date: August
Location: Gull River

Join the community to honour departed ancestors by celebrating at a festival of events before releasing paper lanterns into a floating parade down the Gull River


Fall & Winter

Minden Hills Family Halloween Party
Date: Friday October 25th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Minden Community Centre

An annual event with games, prizes for best individual and family costumes, refreshments and of course music so you can show off your best dance moves. Admission is by donation and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Minden Hills Lights and Delights
Date: Friday November 15th, 6:30 PM
Location: Downtown Minden

An evening of food, music and holiday cheer as the town of Minden lights up their main street for the season.

Minden Hills Festival of Trees
Date: November 22nd to November 24th
Location: Cultural Centre

An annual fundraiser for the Minden Hills Cultural Centre that is meant for the entire family. Bid on beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, garlands, gift baskets or spend your time in the candy shop and gift shop.

Minden Hills Santa Claus Parade
Date: Saturday November 23rd at 11:30 AM
Location: Downtown Minden

Meet Santa and his friends as they travel through the downtown area in Minden. After the parade, you can meet Santa and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the Cultural Centre.

Download the Santa Claus Parade Waiver Form

Minden Hills Christmas Artisan Market
Date: Sunday November 24th, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Minden Community Centre

Just in time for your holiday shopping! Come and check out handcrafted items made by local artisans. Cost to enter a booth is $10. Admission is free to the public.

Minden Hills Family New Year’s Eve
Date: December 31st, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: SG Nesbitt Arena

Grab your skates, toboggans and family and bring them to this family event at the S.G Nesbitt Memorial Arena. There will be public skating, tobogganing, marshmallow roasting and popcorn all for free!

Kinsmen Ice Races
Date: January to March
Location: Minden Fairgrounds

Watch from the sidelines as cars race around an ice track built and maintained by the Minden Kin Club at the Minden Fairgrounds, or get in one yourself as a Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs-Ontario Region ice racer


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The Minden Hills Cultural Centre is located at 174 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden Ontario K0M 2K0
Phone: 705-286-3763 Email: gallery@mindenhills.ca

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For more information on these Township events, please contact

Elisha Weiss at 705-286-2808 or eweiss@mindenhills.ca