Throughout the winter season, the days are shorter and the sun seems to disappear far too early. But in Waterloo Region, you never have to worry about running out of things to do–– even after dark.
It’s in the air – colder temperatures, the appearance of snowflakes, and a feeling that lets you know the holidays have arrived in Waterloo Region!
This year, the holidays may take on a bit of a different look without the usual event gatherings. However, thanks to this region’s innovative spirit, the Holidays 2020 will have lots of safe and creative ways for you and your family to get your jingle on! Here’s a list of things you can do in Waterloo Region to get your festive fun started.
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St. Jacobs Sparkles November 12-December 24
Come shop into the night amid thousands of twinkling lights in the village. Santa has even set up a satellite Workshop in the village where on special dates and times you can see him at work and drop off your letter to Santa.
St. Jacobs Market District Holiday Market December 3-20
This new holiday market takes place inside the Outlet Mall at St Jacobs Market District (Covid-19 protocols will be in place). Find unique gifts created by area artisans and artists.
KW Symphony Yuletide Spectacular Online December 18
This favourite holiday tradition may look a little different this year, but it will still be as spectacular as ever! Featuring Canadian Broadway star Chilina Kennedy performing holiday favourites, along with some special surprise guests.
UpTown Waterloo Hop ‘n Shop In Person Dec. 4-6; Virtual All of December
December 4-6, Uptown Waterloo businesses host a variety of special promotions for you to hop around to explore and shop for the holiday season! New for 2020: Shop local for the holidays – online! Uptown’s Hop ‘N Shop event will also have a virtual format this year, for the whole month of December.
At Home With Christkindl Market December 1-24
The annual Christkindl Market is going virtual this year. Check out their Online Advent Calendar, and visit your favourite vendors online to shop for holiday gifts, traditional and handmade treasures and delicious holiday specialty foods and treats.
Castle Kilbride ‘Christmas at the Castle’ November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Step back and marvel at the sights and sounds of a merry Victorian Christmas. Beginning November 21st Castle Kilbride in Baden will be fully decorated for the holidays. Advanced tickets are required.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Get the family together and enjoy the great outdoors as you choose and cut your Christmas Tree at these 3 local tree farms:
Benjamin Tree Farm Waterloo
Chicadee Christmas Trees Cambridge
Merryhill Christmas Tree Farm Breslau
St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours Winter Sleigh Rides
Looking for a fun and memorable activity to do with your family? A scenic Sleigh Ride through open fields and the tall sugar bush is just the thing! These are private bookings and require reservations in advance.
Christmas Tree Display At Centennial Park in Ayr December 6, 2020- January 8, 2021
Take a stroll through Centennial Park in downtown Ayr to see 45 Christmas trees on display, uniquely decorated by local businesses, schools, churches and community groups.
Doon Heritage Village Lantern-Lit Stroll Multiple Dates in December
Sip warm apple cider and enjoy the evening with a stroll in Doon Heritage Village, lit in its finest with over 100 lanterns. Advance ticket purchase is required for this event.
Country Christmas December 6, 13 & 20
Appreciate the afternoon outside and experience a 1914 Christmas in Doon Heritage Village. Sip warm apple cider while taking a walk down the paths in Doon Heritage Village. Enjoy some sweet holiday treats and demonstrations in 3 of the village buildings. Pre-purchased timed entry tickets are required.
Festive Night with Friends at Doon Heritage Village December 18 & 19
Enjoy the sights of a Christmas past as you wander through the village in its finest with over 100 lit lanterns. Stroll down the paths and peek through the windows of decorated shops and homes to experience the unique ambiance of a 1914 celebration. Advance ticket purchase is required.
Uptown Waterloo Window Walkers Art Walk Throughout the Holidays
Take a self-guided tour throughout Uptown Waterloo to discover beautifully painted themed windows at various businesses! Check out the Google Map for all the locations.
THEMUSEUM Virtual DIY Seasonal Stockings December 17
Bring the holidays home with your own DIY seasonal stocking! Participants receive an at-home delivery of felt, needles, thread, and decorations, plus a link to the expertly led Livestream class.
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Winter Activities for Kids Dec. 19, 2020- Jan. 31, 2020
Escape the cold and step into the tropics this holiday break with fun, self-guided programming for kids!
Holiday Cooking Classes with Relish Cooking Studio
Relish is offering both in studio and virtual Holiday cooking classes for all ages. From Holiday Cookies & Treats, to Make Ahead Breakfast ideas, check out their full list of holiday themed classes here.
Holiday Lights in Waterloo Region
Looking to brighten up your holidays? Check out Making Spirits Bright: Where to See Lights in Waterloo Region