Christmas in Kitchener-Waterloo

Christmas decorations are starting to appear on houses everywhere, and the snow will be falling any day now.  How can you and your friends and family enjoy the holidays here in Kitchener-Waterloo?  Here are a few of the many traditional events taking place locally.

A Festival of German Christmas

Kitchener’s City Hall becomes home to Canada’s original Christkindl Market, and this year marks their 22nd anniversary!  The market comes alive this December 6th – 9th with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas! http://www.christkindl.ca/

 

Waterloo Park

If you’re looking to head outdoors, then check out the annual Wonders of Winter Festival of Lights in Waterloo Park. Experience over 80 displays, both static and animated, with a total of 100,000 lights. Opening night is December 1st , and it’s always a crowd-pleaser with fireworks to kick off the festivities. http://www.wondersofwinter.ca/

Waterloo Region Museum

The Waterloo Region Museum presents a country Christmas from the 1900’s.  This attraction includes the sights and sounds of Christmas past with horse-drawn wagon rides and Father Christmas. http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.om/plan-your-visit/holiday-special-events/

Candyland

How does a large park, transformed into a whimsical world of candy and magic sound?  Experience live entertainment, interactive activities and more at the annual Candyland in Cambridge on Saturday, December 1st  https://www.cambridge.ca/en/parks-recreation-culture/christmas-in-cambridge.aspx

Bingemans

Prefer to see the lights from your car?  Visit the Bingemans Gift of Lights at Bingeman’s between November 16th and January 5th. This attraction is a 2km drive-thru light display.  Featuring 2 tunnels with year and more lights than ever before!.  http://www.bingemans.com/gift-of-lights.php

St. Jacobs

Looking for a magical shopping experience?  Check out St. Jacob’s most anticipated holiday event – St. Jacobs Sparkles!  This event runs from November 15th -18th .The stores of St. Jacobs open their doors to kickstart the holiday shopping season amid 1000s of Christmas lights, old fashioned charm and loads of good cheer! Don’t forget about in-store food sampling, Victorian carolers, horse-drawn shuttle trolley and a festive bonfire to keep you warm. https://stjacobs.com/blog/2018-st-jacobs-sparkles-is-on-the-horizon.htm

Canada Pacific Holiday Train!

The Holiday Train is back again for it’s 20th year, collecting food and raising funds for local food banks!  Come experience the train which is 1000 feet in length and features 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights and travels through Cambridge on November 29th

http://www.cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train

Shopping

Finally, are you looking to do more shopping?  If so, there are dozens of Christmas bazaars and craft sales happening around our region:

Don’t Forget About Santa!

He loves to visit Kitchener-Waterloo!  In fact, he comes several times to the surrounding areas! Here are the dates he will be stopping in our region:

Cambridge http://cambridgesantaparade.com/ Saturday, November 17th at 6:00pm

Hespeler http://hespelersantaclausparade.ca/ Saturday, December 1st at 12:00pm

Kitchener Waterloo http://lionsclubofkitchener.com/1343-2/ Saturday, November 17th at 10:30am

Rockwood https://www.facebook.com/RockwoodParade/  Thursday, December 13th at 7:00pm

Aberfoyle/Puslinch: Sunday, November 25th from 2-4pm

Elmira: http://www.elmirakiwanisclub.com/?event=91607  Saturday, December 1st at 10:00am

Elora: http://www.eloralions.org/  Saturday, November 24th at 6:00pm

Fergus: Saturday, December 1st at 1:30pm

Guelph: https://downtownguelph.com/event/guelph-community-santa-parade/ Sunday, November 18th at 1:30pm

New Hamburg: https://www.therecord.com/events/8997187–the-new-hamburg-santa-claus-parade/ Sunday, December 2nd at 6:00pm

Paris: Saturday, December 1st at 6:00pm