Saturday, November 28, 2020

December 2020 Events, Christmas Activities, Holiday Adventures and Stuff to Do in Kitchener Waterloo and Area

In the past we have always said to check the links we provide as info can change without our knowledge. We really emphasise that now as Covid-19 changes things rapidly when it comes to Openings and Closures. WE ALSO SUGGEST GOING THROUGH THE WHOLE LIST NOW AS SOME EVENTS REQUIRE REGISTRATION AND WE DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS OUT

Last month I had the opportunity to speak with Wanda of EarlyON about this blog!

Thanks Wanda for including us! You are a wonderful Community Connector

This month EarlyON has a variety of Indoor and Outdoor and Online events.  In order to participate you need to register for a KEyON account at

Then you can see their event list at for OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES and for all of their other event info

December 2020 Events


The Virtual Holiday Market is happening all month. Learn more about how to support the local vendors and there is a chance to win a Stocking Stuffer at

Bingemans Gift of Lights is happening all month. Get all the info at

Bingemans will also be having Holiday Drone Shows every Saturday this month. Info at

Flag Raiders Outdoor Paintball by Bingemans is Open until Christmas

Flag Raiders Paintball outdoor location is open and ready to welcome you back to the playing field.  We have a number of health and safety protocols in place to ensure that you and your family can join us and play paintball, airsoft and Nerf.  We have acres and acres of wide open space and lots of fresh air so you can get out and play safely.

As we continue to operate in the Red Zone, a number of additional protocols must be followed to ensure everyone’s safety.  Capacity is reduced to ensure that appropriate physical distancing measures can be followed.  Please make an online reservation prior to arrival to reserve your spot.

Masks must be worn at all times, by everyone.  No exceptions.

We can only guarantee entry and equipment (if needed) to those who book ahead.

If you have a prior reservation from either of our locations, please send us an email to  We will work with you to reschedule it at a time that is convenient for you.

 Kids Parkour Drop In Classes

New to parkour and interested in trying a class before signing up for an entire term? A Kids Drop In Class (Ages 4-17) will run weekly on Fridays from 7pm-8pm from September 18th-December 18th . Registration will be available online starting August 15th. The cost to attend is $21 per participant. Info at and for their other classes visit

Cambridge Winter Illumination

Monday November 23, 2020 to Saturday January 2, 2021

Cambridge will be illuminated with up to 20 light installations that will be placed around the City from Nov 23 to Jan 2.  This new addition to the festival combines some of the best-loved features of Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, Candyland and Music and Lights in the Village but without the crowds.  An interactive map will be provided for this self-guided experience.  Installations will be set up in Preston, Galt and Hespeler. Several local artists will be showcasing their work.

Waterloo Park

5:30 pm -10:30 pm
Every evening until Friday, January 1, 2021

Enjoy the sparkle of the lights and the excitement of the holiday season in Waterloo Park
Saturday November 28, 2020 to Friday January 1, 2021

Beginning December 1 in St. George Ontario (between Cambridge and Brantford) businesses plan to decorate the town with lights this December! Info from


Beginning December 4 in Uptown Waterloo

Holiday Window Walkers Art Walk

Take a self-guided tour throughout Uptown Waterloo to discover beautifully painted themed windows at various businesses! Visit our Window Walkers page for more details. 

Mistletoe Lane

Mistletoe Lane returns for the third year in a row! Bring your sweetheart to the decorated laneway between McCabe’s Waterloo and the Uptown Parkade to take a kissing selfie to post on social media! Don’t forget to tag #mistletoelane when you post!

Ongoing until Dec 11 in Uptown Waterloo

Letters to Santa

In lieu of physical visits with Santa this year, children can write their letters to him and drop them off at one of two Uptown businesses: Crumby Cookie Dough Co. (8 Regina St. N., Unit 5) or Just Love Pie (33 Erb St. W.) by Friday, December 11. Santa will collect all letters and record a video reading them, which will be posted on the Uptown social channels the following week.



Thursday - Sunday, November 5 - December 27, 2020, 7:00pm


Old Post Office
12 Water Street South, Cambridge, ON
See Map: Google Maps


 Watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night!

Winter and Holiday Theme: November 19 to December 27

7:00pm (with sound)
7:30pm (with sound)
8:00pm (no sound)
8:30pm (no sound)

Please Note: Some shows may have strobe light type effects that may be disorienting to some residents.

Please remember that pandemic guidelines are still in effect and that gathering limits apply.

"At Home With Christkindl Market"


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DECEMBER 2020 Events

Registration is open for Lantern Lit Strolls at Doon Heritage Village Cost $7.50+tax many dates are sold out

Registration is open for the Wintry Candelit Stroll at Joseph Schneider Haus Cost $10+tax many dates are sold out

 Registration is open for THEMUSUEM’s Noon Year in a Box Cost is $25

 Ring in the New Year with THEMUSEUM, but at a time perfect for your little ones!

Noon Year in a Box brings you all the fun of New Year’s Eve to the comfort of your own home. You and your family will enjoy a box filled with sweets, goodies, and craft supplies. You will also receive an exclusive invite to the Noon Year Livestream beginning at 10:45! You can watch guest performances featuring both music & magic, craft tutorials, and more. At noon, join in the fun for a big countdown to welcome 2021! Boxes are limited, so don’t miss out. Be part of the fun at our first virtual Noon Year!

Once the snow arrives you can join the SNOW SCULPTING CLUB info at &

Once the snow arrives you can join the SNOW SCULPTING CLUB info at &

Plus, you will need this list


December 1, 2020

Pick up your kit at the KW Art Gallery for the Family Sunday events

December 2020: Winter Wonderland

As the pandemic continues to affect our day to day lives, we may start to notice that winter may look a little bit different this year. 

This month, we’ve partnered with Brenda Reid, coordinator of the From Behind The Mask community quilt project to creatively collect and record stories of this unique time. As the year comes to an end, what changes have you observed? What winter activities do you enjoy doing and how do you think they might be different this year? What thought, memory, or experience would you like to record as a snapshot of your Winter 2020 season?

Pick up a kit from the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery starting Tuesday 1 December during regular business hours and use the materials inside to let us know! Kits completed as part of our December Family Sunday will be assembled and installed at KWAG for community display in 2021.

Get some inspiration for the snowy days ahead with our Winter Activity Bingo Card - we’d love to see what you get up to! Feel free to share pictures or videos of your activities with us using #KWAGFamilySunday on social media.

Cozy up with a cool story in our Virtual Story Time as read by our friends at the Kitchener Public Library For more winter-inspired titles, the Kitchener Public Library will be offering curated reading lists for kids, tweens and teens. Info from 

December 3, 2020

Christmas Joy Concert Online

NoteWorthy Singers are excited to present a VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT in support of the Waterloo Knights of Columbus NEW TOYS FOR NEEDY KIDS campaign. Since NoteWorthy Singers cannot hold a live Christmas Concert to collect toys, GoFundMe is being used to receive donations. Click on the link below and follow the instructions for GoFundMe. Please give generously. This year, the need is greater than ever. The Virtual Christmas Concert will be posted on YouTube Thursday December 3rd, 2020, at 2:00 pm EST. This link will take you to the NoteWorthy Singers YouTube Channel where you can see the concert.

December 4, 2020

Virtual Tree Lighting: December 4, 7:00 pm

Watch the Uptown Christmas tree lit up in the Waterloo Public Square online – with help from Santa! Visit our Facebook page to tune in live

December 4 and 5, 2020

Journey to the Manger in Elmira

Elmira Pentecostal Assembly has decided to run a modified version of our annual Christmas Pageant. Please join us with your family and drive through the greatest story ever told. This event will feature an outdoor set where families can drive through, listen, and observe the story of Christ's birth with live actors and animals.

We will be doing 3 showings:
Friday December 4th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday December 5th @ 2:00pm- 4:00pm
Saturday December 5th @ 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Space will be limited to adhere to all Covid-19 procedures and precautions. Please register at Info from

December 5, 2020

Christmas Tree Trimming at #KitchenerMarket FREE EVENT

Are you missing the giant 25’ tall Christmas tree inside City Hall this year? It’s been relocated to the Kitchener Market! This beauty of a tree is trimmed with lights and decorations, but we are asking the community to help fill it even more. Join the Kitchener Market and Artshine for a fun, family activity that you can do at home. Pick up a wooden tree ornament kit (includes 4 ornaments) from the Kitchener Market staff beside the tree at the bottom of the staircase on Saturday, Dec. 5 starting at 9 a.m. Kits will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis, with a limit of one kit per family. Only 150 kits will be available,and pickup your FROZEN DOUGH for the Dec 12th Baking with Mrs. Claus event. We are so fortunate to have Artshine in our community to provide video instruction on some decorating ideas to for your ornament. The video instructions will premiere on the City of Kitchener YouTube channel on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. (and will be available to re-watch anytime afterwards). Decorate one ornament for the City’s tree and keep the rest for your own tree at home. 

To have your ornament included on the Christmas tree at the Market, we invite you to return it on Saturday, Dec. 12 or 19 between 10 a.m. and noon. Can’t make it back to the Market? Then hang all the ornaments on your tree and let us see it by sharing on social and using the hashtag #KitchenerMarket. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Also happening the same day is the Virtual Kids in the Kitchen Class

Join Chef Nicole from the comfort of your own home as we present a Virtual Kids in the Kitchen series every Saturday.

Chef Nicole will be providing instruction on simple, fun recipes that you can enjoy with your children from your own kitchen.

Ingredients for each session will be posted on the Facebook event page by the Thursday before each session.

E-Waste Drop off at Waterloo Park


Bring your old, unwanted and broken electronics to be recycled! Drop off your electronic waste (e-waste) to be recycled or refurbished and donated to families and nonprofits in need across Canada. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Electronic Recycling Association. The drop off event will take place on Saturday December 5th at Waterloo Park in Waterloo, ON At the Parks West Gazebo located off of Westmount Road North. Items accepted include: Laptops Computers Monitors Printers Scanners Fax machines Keyboards Computer mice Cell phones Home phones and answering machines Gaming consoles and accessories Cameras iPods, iPads and MP3 players Stereo equipment Headphones Tablets Servers Software Switches Routers Computer parts & ALL OTHER IT RELATED ITEMS! All data will be securely destroyed with no potential for retrieval prior to donation and recycling. Things to note: There is no restriction on age, quality or condition (bring all of your broken charging cords and headphones!) Please note that only IT related items will be accepted. No personal electronics or household appliances can be accepted If you have any questions about potential items, please contact Kaitlin (226) 288-0316 Read more about the Electronic Recycling Association here:

December 5, 7 or 9 2020

Speak Mandarin Class to Support Food4Kids Waterloo Region – time slots vary

Want to see what our beginner online Mandarin classes are like? Register for our fun and free 1-hour demo class. In our demo class, you will learn some of the basics of Mandarin, including characters, pronunciation, tones and your first few words!

When? First week of December. In the contact form please indicate which date and time you prefer. 

Where? Zoom (you will receive a link for the demo class after registering)

Who? Persons aged 13+

Cost? Free! However, we will be accepting donations for Food4Kids Waterloo Region, a local charity that provides nutritious food bags to 750 children living with chronic hunger across 43 schools in Waterloo Region EVERY FRIDAY for the entire school year.

December 10, 2020

Rockwood Farmers Santa Claus Drive By Light Show


The farmers are planning their floats and will have them parked along the 4th line for you to enjoy from the safety of your vehicle. Info from

December 12, 2020

The Kitchener Market has Baking with Mrs. Claus (Frozen Dough Pickup is Dec 5th see highlighted area for Dec 5th listing)

Join our very special guest, Mrs. Claus for a special edition of Kids in the Kitchen with Chef Nicole! Watch live on the City of Kitchener Facebook page as Mrs. Claus and Chef Nicole show you how to make the perfect sugar cookies, ready for decorating. Mrs. Claus will also be sharing some of her favourite holiday stories. The Kitchener Market will be providing a baking kit complete with cookie dough, icing and sprinkles. Pick up your baking kit from a Kitchener Market staff member beside the big Christmas tree on the lower level on Saturday, Dec. 5 starting at 9 a.m., on a first come, first serve basis. One kit per family, each kit makes 6 cookies. Only 100 kits will be available. Keep those tasty holiday traditions alive with the Kitchener Market! And don’t forget to show us how they turn out! Post to social media using the hashtag #KitchenerMarket.

December 19, 2020

The Kitchener Market has Breakfast with Santa 10am

Breakfast with Santa is going to look a little different this year to keep everyone safe, but we’ll still be celebrating with everyone’s favourite holly, jolly fellow! Join Santa Claus virtually at the Kitchener Market, where he will be accompanied by Chef Nicole who will be preparing a special pancake breakfast. Make your own special breakfast with your family and enjoy along with Santa, while he reads some stories, makes a craft, tell us some funny jokes, and more! So, while we can’t see Santa in person, tune into the City of Kitchener’s Facebook page to celebrate the season with Santa and the Kitchener Market. And don’t forget to show us how your meal turns out! Post to social media using the hashtag #KitchenerMarket.

The only New Year’s Events I have noticed so for THEMUSEUM it is listed at the top as something that needed registration.  As the month goes on. I will be updating the list.  If you know of a great FREE or LOW COST event please post it in the comments. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

The Virtual Holiday Market at is sure to make you Merry and Feel Like an Elf! – Enter to Win

Disclaimer: I am also a representative for but that just means I get to tell you all about it and giveaway a prize! Enter for a chance to win a Colouring Book and Crayon set at the end of this post!

2020 has certainly changed the holiday season here in Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Canada.  At this point, we are usually watching for Santa to pop up, attending Christmas parties, and are busy with Holiday Shopping.

With all the changes happening due to Covid-19, many of our local businesses are hoping you shop for Christmas presents here in the Region of Waterloo.  A great way to do this is by purchasing from the vendors on the Virtual Holiday Market happening on

The Virtual Holiday Market

A new offer will be posted on throughout the Holiday Season to encourage you to Shop Local this year. It is a way to make things merry while supporting local businesses and making our community feel safe. You may even start to feel like one of Santa’s Elves with all the helping you will be doing.

Keep checking from now until Christmas for all the special offer highlights for the Virtual Holiday Market

You can see the latest offers at and look for discounts at

They will also be posted on our Social Feeds




I would love to hear if you will be supporting local this year and which offers you jumped on! Tag ShopKW in your posts and use the #VHM2020 hashtag so everyone will know how you supported local businesses.

You cannot help but be merry when you think of Christmas Elves so we thought this Elf Name Game would put a smile on your face.

Click to Enlarge

To add even more merriment, we have a Colouring Set to Giveaway to one of our lucky readers! We think it will make a great Stocking Stuffer!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Enter To Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us what your Elf Name would be in the comments.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you this Colouring Set (please note this is for a colouring book and crayons only)

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Movember Fundraisers Have Moved Online for 2020 - MovemberKW Fundraiser with Taya


As many of you know, MOVEMBER looks a lot different this year. You can see in the pic above we always enjoyed hosting the Movember Events.  Last week we so thrilled that the Kitchener Market included @MovemberKW as part of their Virtual Kids in the Kitchen.  You can learn how to make Moustache Cookies and Movember Treats in the video below.


Because we cannot take donations in person, we have partnered with TAYA for an online fundraiser!

• Taya is an online boutique run solely by Lisa ensuring very limited handling of merchandise. Shopping at Taya is a fantastic option for the safety conscious, immunocompromised, busy people or those who do not enjoy traditional retail shopping.

• Quality, well-priced, on trend accessories, clothing XS-Plus, handbags and footwear

• Product selection includes natural and sustainable fabrics, fair trade, Canadian made • Quick Shipping or Free KW Delivery to your door

• SSL Secure website and secure payment processing Shop Online at Taya! with Facebook Friends & Fashion from Taya 519-664-0001

Enter the Coupon Codes listed below to received discounts and a portion of the sale will be donated to MovemberKW. DID YOU KNOW THAT TAYA HAS A MOUSTACHE FACEMASK?

CLOTHING10-MOV Save additional 10% off regular priced & sale priced Clothing (excludes leggings)

MASK-MOV Get a free $15 Jak’s face mask with purchase of a reg or sale priced Jak’s handbag over $70

LEG20-MOV $20 ea when you buy 3 or more soft brushed or double brushed Leggings (Reg $23)

SOX10-MOV $10 ea when you buy 3 or more YoSox Men’s or Women’s patterned socks (Reg $12)

COAT25-MOV Save $25 when you buy one each of a Jacket/Coat, Hat (min $34.99), Scarf (min $24.99) & Gloves OR code HSC15-MOV Save $15 when you buy a Hat (min $34.99), Scarf (min $24.99) & Gloves

 TTSET-MOV Buy a 100% Turkish Cotton Towel and Hand Towel for $49.99 (Save $8) Turkish Towels

SHOE10-MOV $10 off reg & sale priced shoes $79.99+ If your order does not include any of these Coupon Codes, please indicate in Order Comments that your order is part of the Movember fundraiser.

Coupon Codes valid until Nov 30th. Not valid with any other specials or coupon promotions. Shipping & Returns FREE SHIPPING across Canada on orders over $100 & $10 Flat Rate Shipping on orders under $100 FREE DELIVERY on any order amount in Kitchener-Waterloo, St. Jacobs, Conestogo or Bloomingdale, Ontario Style For Your Story Since 2005 Doesn’t fit? No problem. Products can be returned for refund. All returned fabric items are steamed in line with safety protocols before being restocked.

Need a great gift idea? See all the ways Lisa from Taya uses her Turkish Towel in the video below

For more information about Taya, visit these links





Let us know what you purchased for the Movember Fundraiser and we will send a shout out!

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Gift of Lights – Bingemans Annual Christmas Light Display Drive-Thru in Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Canada

Please note that we were gifted this experience by Bingemans, but that just means we get to tell you all about it and you get a preview of what took place. 

Kicking off the Christmas Season

Our hearts were all a glow when arrived last night at Bingemans for the Gift of Lights VIP night!  We found this year’s display dazzling and found some extra special surprises along the way as well. Driving through Bingemans for the Gift of Lights is our Kick-Off for the Christmas season.

As our readers know from our past experiences at the Gift of Lights, we really enjoy all the light tunnels, motion displays and the unique lit features.  This year included those and so much more.

We were greeted by a Gift of Lights arch, found reindeer bounding over the car and a salute to our First Responders that have worked so hard to keep our community safe during Covid-19.

We also had perfect timing for the Drone Show that happened to be going on at the same time and caught a glimpse of it too.

(please note this was a separate event and not part of the Gift of Lights, we were just lucky and got to see it for a minute).

Watch the video below to see a quick recap of our experience this year.

To make the VIP Night extra special, were gifted a box of decorated cookies to enjoy!


Bubble Safe Holiday Fun

Because of the Coronavirus, the 2020 Christmas Holiday Season will be quite different this year.  As always, we encourage families to stay safe when choosing family-friendly activities and you can include the Gift of Lights as a great way to spend some magical moments with those in your bubble.

The Drive-Thru setup means that you can experience the Gift of Lights inside your vehicle, but if you like there are also Walk Through Gift of Lights dates available as well.  For even more fun, choose an Add-On like a pizza party, or a package of cookies like the ones we received, but with the extra fun of being able to decorate them together to extend your experience after you have shared a fun night at Bingemans.


Give the Gift of the Gift of Lights

Gift of Lights tickets are a great way to give a family a joyful experience for Christmas 2020.  Just head to for all the ticket options. Not only are you giving a great gift, if purchased for specific dates you can also be supporting local organizations that are important to Kitchener Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo.

November 29th - In partnership with Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region
December 17
th - In partnership with Grand River Hospital Foundation
January 3
rd - In partnership with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Please note that there are various dates, times, and prices available. For more information about the Gift of Lights visit these links

Website: or





Have you been to the Gift of Lights at Bingemans or plan to? Let us know in the comments!



Monday, October 26, 2020

VIRTUAL #KitchenerMarket Kids in the Kitchen MOVEMBER KIDS Event - Nov 14, 2020 at 10am on Facebook Live

Join the Kitchener Market Kids in the Kitchener Facebook Live Movember Event on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The Kitchener Market Chefs, Nicole and Rob, will show you how to bake and decorate moustache cookies on the City of Kitchener's Facebook page for this year's Movember Kids KW event. The Kitchener Market has been partnering with Movember KW for a decade in order to bring awareness of this important movement to local families. This year it looks a little different as an online event, but we are sure you will enjoy spending the morning baking with your family.

To donate to MovemberKW visit

RSVP on our Facebook Event

Friday, October 16, 2020

Halloween Family Fun Nights at Kitchener Market



Family fun nights

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 29
  • 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Residents will be able to pre-register for a fun night of activities at the Kitchener Market including a spooky science show, a family photo booth and take home a pumpkin after their visit. Limited space is available. Each cohort will be given a 30-minute time slot.

Registration opens Saturday, Oct. 17. Visit to register. Families can only register for one of the two nights.

Oct 17th UPDATE - the times are filling fast

Register for a Wednesday timeslot:
Register for a Thursday timeslot:

Friday, October 2, 2020

Kitchener Market, Oktoberfest, Halloween and More October 2020 Activities, Events and Stuff To Do Safely in Kitchener Waterloo and Area

October 2020 Activities, Events and Stuff To Do Safely in Kitchener Waterloo and Area

From March to the Summer we kept updating our Social Distancing event post, but as everyone headed outside there were less events to post about.  Still, if you are looking for great resources, I suggest checking our post and scrolling down to the RESOURCES area for lots of ideas for online activities.

Now that fall is here, it is time for an update.

Please note, we suggest we check with the event/venue in advance to see what safety precautions they have put in place and decide if it is an activity that you are comfortable with.

October 2020 Events – Ongoing


For those with older kids (teens), did you know that THEMUSEUM has a Youth Council? Find out more at

The Kitchener Market is open every Saturday for their Farmers’ Market from 7am to 2pm weekly. You can learn more about their safety precautions at

They will continue their online cooking classes this month as well.  Tune into the City of Kitchener Facebook page on Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 7pm for the recorded cooking classes.  Plus, our readers love the Saturday Morning FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES that take place Saturdays at 10am


Outdoor Light Show at The Old Post Office in Cambridge

(there is a parking lot across the street so you can watch from your car)

Watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night!

Halloween and Autumn Theme: October 2 to November 1

  • 8:00pm (with sound)
  • 8:30pm (with sound)
  • 9:00pm (without sound)
  • 9:30pm (without sound)

Please Note: Some shows may have strobe light type effects that may be disorienting to some residents.

Uptown Open Air Market

Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm

October 4 – 25, 2020

Waterloo City Hall Parking Lot, 100 Regina St. S.


Watch the video below to learn more about Oktoberfest this year 

Also for those who want to dress up all month for Halloween, I suggest joining in this month's DISNEYBOUND 

 Flag Raiders has outdoor paintball. Times and pricing at

Oct 10-25

Dinosaur Drive Thru at Bingemans

THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Times and prices at



Oct 3

Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Kevin Coates


Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and Eggs Benedict

Oct 9-10

Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10

You can now experience all the same Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ‘Gemuetlichkeit’ you’re used to right from the comfort of your own home. Join in on a fun and interactive two-day virtual event happening on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

There will be a number of live events happening, from Oktoberfest-themed entertainment and concerts to experiences the whole family can enjoy. Watch a live keg tapping ceremony to kick off the festival, as well as concerts from your favourite Oktoberfest bands, cultural displays of music and dancing, kids entertainment and many interactive activities like cooking demos, trivia, and more.



Oct 10

Kitchener Market Pretzel Making Event

Combine your pandemic bread-making skills with Oktoberfest! German-style pretzels are a great place to start. Not only are they crowd-pleasers, but the pretzels’ firm dough also makes them easier to work with than other doughs.

To get your free supply bag:
Come to our welcome desk on the Food Hall level of the market on Saturday, Oct. 10 (hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.), then join Chef Nicole on Facebook at 2 p.m. when she will show you how to make your pretzels (Video will be available to re-watch afterwards).

Supply bag includes:

Dough for 2 pretzels, mini pumpkins for a fun craft, festive colouring pages, and recipe and baking steps for your pretzels.

Only 100 kits available, first come, first served.




Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Marko Kecskemeti (aka: Prince of Polka)

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am Cook Like Oma - join Chef D and friends preparing Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest comfort food


Oct 10-30

Dinosaur Drive Thru at Bingemans

THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Times and prices at

Oct 12

There will not be an Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Parade this year, but you can watch past parade highlights!

CTV Parade Special Monday, October 12
12pm-1pm on CTV

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Waterloo Region without the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade! We have partnered with CTV Southwestern Ontario to bring you a look back on previous parades. The special will include historical facts about the parade and Festival, as well as lots of great archival footage. It will also highlight many of the floats, bands, and special guests that have been a part of the parade over the years.

This one-hour special is proudly presented by Pillers Fine Foods. It will air across Southwestern Ontario and select Canadian cities on Monday, October 12 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.


Oct 17


Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Marko Kecskemeti (aka: Prince of Polka)

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am Halloween Themed Cupcakes and Pumpkin Cream Puffs


Oct 25


October 24, 25 and 31: Joseph Schneider Haus Spooktacular outdoor craft and games for Halloween! Wear your best costume – spooky or not and get a special treat!

Oct 28 and 29

Halloween Party @ Kitchener Market - Pre-registration (Now Sold Out)

 Oct 29-31

Kitchener Community centres

  • Events will be hosted at all community centres except Williamsburg
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Noon to 6 p.m.

Families are invited to arrive in costume to community centres to explore and take photos at the outdoor haunted Halloween displays and take home a bag of treats.

Gathering limits will be maintained, and participants are asked to wear a face covering when indoors and physical distance at all times.

Oct 30 and 31

For Halloween weekend (Fri and Sat) State and Main WATERLOO will be donating 15% of their in-store sales and in-store pickup sales to @food4kidswaterlooregion 🎃👻 They will also be giving treat bags to all the kiddos who can't go out this year info at

Recharge and Play socially distanced halloween party Friday Oct 30 or Saturday Oct 31!

$15/child $10/sibling

St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade

Halloween may look a bit different this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get out to enjoy the spookiest time of year. Since handing out candy has been exorcized, we've used our sorcery and put together some amazing prizes to giveaway instead.  Join us for our first ever St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade! With your help, we will be transforming King Street to “Stephen King” Street with Jack O’lanterns and haunted decor. Starting at 6:00pm head down to King St. with your pumpkins. Costumes are encouraged!


Pick up your FREE pumpkin or gourd and instructions at either The Stone Crock or Block 3 from October 23rd-28th (while quantities last). Plan your costume and carve your prize winning pumpkin!

Bring your Jack O'lantern back to The Village on the 30th or 31st and place it on the King Street sidewalk in the marked areas between Albert and Cedar Streets, post a picture of you and your pumpkin and tag us @stjacobsvillage and use the hashtag #stjpumpkinparade. Our volunteers from The Optimist Club of St. Jacobs will make sure it gets lit with a candle. Stroll the beautiful candle lit and spooky village and enjoy the best season of all Halloween!

All entries must be on the sidewalk on Friday and/or Saturday night and the cut off for posting to social media in time for contest entry on Saturday at midnight….. Spooky right!! 


  • AGES 3-9

  • AGES 10-18



  • Scariest! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Funniest! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Most Original! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Stencilled Masterpiece! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Peoples Choice - top prizes!

All the info can be found at

Oct 31

Candy Handout at Kitchener Market
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get a head start on your candy collection on Halloween at the Kitchener Market. Visit the welcome desk for a free handout of candy, while quantities last.


Downtown Kitchener Halloween Art Walk and Scavenger Hunt

  • Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Anytime between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Starting on Gaukel Street between Joseph and Charles streets

Get your costume ready for Downtown Kitchener’s Halloween Art Walk and explore over 48 art installations across downtown Kitchener all outside and at your own pace anytime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Starting on Gaukel Street (between Joseph Street and Charles Street) you’ll pick up a printed Art Walk Map at the tiny “haunted house”, enjoy a sweet Halloween treat (while supplies last) and a scavenger hunt to follow throughout the afternoon.

The full digital Field Guide to Downtown Kitchener’s Art Walk can be downloaded at

Participants are asked to wear a face covering when visiting the haunted house and maintain physical distancing throughout the Halloween Art Walk.

Happy Halloween

See the info above for the St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade

Trick or Treat Drive Thru at Bingemans (this may be sold out at the time of posting – always stay tuned to our Facebook Group for the latest info


Uptown Treats in the Streets

Saturday, October 31, 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Come trick-or-treating and enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience while exploring the businesses of Uptown Waterloo!

Check back on this page for more details soon!

New This Year! Window Walkers Art Walk

As part of this year’s Treats in the Streets event, the Uptown BIA is offering an opportunity for artists to help add vibrancy to shop windows during the autumn season. The Window Walkers Art Walk will feature business windows painted in an autumn or Halloween theme. Check back on this page soon for a map of the windows!

Halloween Comicfest

Free Comic Books! Learn more on the video below

More info at (I would suggest calling your local comic book shop to see if they are participating before you make the trek there).

Virtual Tricks and Treats Halloween Party by Thunderstorm Productions 6pm-8pm info at