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Give the gift of the Guelph experience this holiday season

3 minute read. Header photo: Dean Palmer

The holidays are just around the corner, and rather than shopping for the latest gadget or toy, consider gifting a present bursting with memory-making opportunities. While the Grinch may have thought Christmas comes from a store, we all know the holidays mean a little bit more.

In an effort to offer gifts that may not come in a box and supporting #ShopLocal with Guelph businesses, we’ve compiled a list of some of Guelph’s unique adventures for the perfect present!

Prime seats

Take date night to the next level with tickets to a show that you’ll be bragging about until next Christmas.

Portal Dance’s The Chrysalis Project, Photo: Dean Palmer

Give the gift of dance with tickets to Portal Dance’s The Chrysalis Project at the River Run Centre. It will be an evening to remember with a performance of wonder and dance.

Give the gift of music with winter or summer options to Hillside Festival. Hillside Inside runs February 7-9 and Hillside Festival tickets are on sale now for July 24-26.

Give the gift of laughs with a gift card to The Making-Box – from improv to sketch shows offered year-round you may even want to try out a class yourself!

Give the gift of cheer with tickets to a Guelph Storm game! The Ontario Hockey League champions are back to defend their title this season. Looking to plan ahead for the summer? Hear the swish of the net with tickets to the Guelph Nighthawks as they fly back onto the court next summer.

Get up and go

For the active household who loves to be on the go. Don’t just watch it, live it!


Give the gift of achievement as you scale the walls at Guelph Grotto. Pick up a gift card to try something new or dive into a thrill-seeking membership.

Give the gift of the great outdoors with a Grand River Parks membership. Enjoy Guelph Lake Conservation Area year-round with activities from paddling, hiking, cycling and more.

Fun for all ages

Escape from reality and immerse yourself in the creativity of crafts or racing against the clock to solve a puzzle. From kids to teens to the young at heart, play is always a great present!


Give the gift of a grand adventure at Ctrl V. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to check out this virtual gaming experience.

Give the gift of mystery at Fantescapes or Exitus Escape Rooms. Race against the clock to come out victorious and bragging rights – a great gift for the whole family or to challenge some friends.

Give the gift of creativity at the Children’s Art Factory. If you have some aspiring artists in your family who love visiting the Children’s Art Factory, consider gifting the little ones with a Frequent Visitor Card!

Food is Forever

Guelph’s culinary scene brings together flavours from around the world. Whether it’s a food tour or learning a new skill in the kitchen, these are great gifts for the foodie in your life.  


Give the gift of time in Natalina’s Kitchen. Gift a class in one of Natalina’s classes where you can learn how to make Italian dishes just like Nonna used to make.

Give the gift of flavour during a Taste Detour in downtown Guelph. With tours running year-round, pick up a gift certificate for a wordly dining experience right in the heart of the Royal City.

It may be hard to put a bow on all the experiences that await you in Guelph, but we promise, it’s worth it.

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