Monday, December 9, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Flag Raiders Paintball Games



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After their successful PAINTFEST last weekend, Flag Raiders Paintball Games is ringing in the Holidays and the New Year in a fun fashion.  Watch Joe from Flag Raiders in the video below to see all the upcoming events they have happening.

Family Fun at Flag Raiders Paintball Games

Because most of us spend a lot of time with family over the holiday season, wouldn’t it be fun to let off a bit of steam together too?
With Flag Raiders Paintball Games, you have the option of OUTDOOR Paintball or their INDOOR facility.  You can pick which spot best suits you and your challengers. Joe’s email signature captures all that they have to offer.

Paintball, Half Splat (low impact), Splatmaster (super low impact), NERF, Axe Throwing and Airsoft
For those with younger kids, an indoor Nerf Party Package sounds perfect, and for those with older kids, one of the other packages listed above may be more their speed.
Whichever you choose, it will be great to get everyone off the couch and get them active over the holidays! The packages available would make great gifts too! 

For more info, visit these links

To celebrate all that the Flag Raiders Paintball Games has to offer, we are giving away a Family Fun Session as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

A Family Fun Session (3 hours) for up to six players, including rental gear (mask and paintball marker) and 100 paintballs person person. For ages 10 plus, low impact or regular paintball

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us who you would bring with to the Family Fun Session at Flag Raiders Paintball Games.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a pair of tickets.

The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply.  If we do not hear from the winner within the 48 hour time period, a new winner will be chosen.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – KW Women’s Show



This spring the KW Women’s Show is hoping to inspire you and your friends.  This two-day event is taking place at Bingemans on March 21 and 22. So unless you are like us, and have been booking 2020 happenings for months now, you have something to put on your 2020 calendar.

What’s Happening at the KW Women’s Show

With a room full of exhibitors and a Culinary Stage, you can expect lots of fun experiences during the KW Women’s Show weekend.

Check out the hottest fashions on our runway; get pampered at our beauty bar; shop for exclusive jewelry, makeup and clothes; sample culinary delights; get the how-to on home décor trends; and learn the latest in nourishing your mind, body and soul. And more than 120 vendors from the KW and surrounding area for you to choose from! So get ready for a fantastic, fun-filled, female-fabulous weekend—focused on YOU.

We think it will be a great day to celebrate being a woman!

 

For more info, visit these links
To celebrate all that the KW Women’s Show has to offer, we are giving away a pair of tickets as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us who you would bring with you to the KW Women’s Show.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a pair of tickets.

The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply.  If we do not hear from the winner within the 48 hour time period, a new winner will be chosen.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Play-A-Latte Cafe




This time of year the weather can be very unpredictable. Today there is snow on the ground but by Monday it could be raining.  Mother Nature can make it difficult to plan an outing with the family.  That’s where Play-A-Latte Cafe can help.  Play-A-Latte Cafe is an indoor play place for families with young children.

What Happens at Play-A-Latte Cafe
Play-A-Latte Cafe is known for its indoor play structure


Learn more about the play structure from this info from their website
PLAY
Play-A-Latte Cafe has a play area geared towards children under 7 years of age. We have a large wooden play structure, teeter totter, kitchen, kids play house, and a soft play area for our smaller guests!As part of admission, you have access to twice daily groups lead by one of our Early Childhood Educators! Your child can participate in songs, games, crafts and much more! Join in our ECE lead groups at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.
 Our play area is a socks only space. Children and adults are required to be in socks, even if they are not on the play structure. Shoes and bare feet are not permitted. Socks are available for purchase if need you need a pair.
 Come play with us!

Admission Rates
Infant up to 1 year (with a paid drink)     Free
Toddler up to 2 years     4.50
Child 2 - 7 years 8.99
Additional sibling              4.50

Multi Visit
5 Visit Pass (2 - 7 year olds) $39.99

and that’s not all
Parents can relax and socialize with others in the café why their kids are busy playing,


or if you don’t come with children in tow, there is a separate part of the café for you to visit.


but wait there’s more.  Play-A-Latte Cafe also hosts a variety of events and workshops as well. Head to their website https://playalattecafe.com/ and click on the Events, Classes and Parties tabs to see all the services they offer.  They even have a gift card section on their site for all your gift-giving needs.

So, no matter the weather, you can get the family out of the house before it becomes madness




To learn more about Play-A-Latte Cafe, visit these links

To celebrate all that Play-A-Latte Cafe has to offer, we are giving away a two visit pass as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us what you think your family will enjoy most about Play-A-Latte Cafe.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a two visit pass.
The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply.  If we do not hear from the winner within the 48 hour time period, a new winner will be chosen.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Kitchener Market



It was a celebratory year for the Kitchener Market.  They celebrated 150 Years of the Kitchener Farmer’s Market, 10 Years of Movember KW and right now they are celebrating the Christmas season.  To see all the things happening at the Kitchener Market this month, visit their Event Calendar and scroll down the page to see a full description of each event.

Looking Ahead to 2020 at the Kitchener Market

Every Saturday morning the Kitchener Farmer’s Market on the lower level fills with shoppers looking for locally produced food and the upper level has local artisans and small business start-ups. From Tuesday to Saturday the Upper Level Food Hall is open for Breakfast and Lunch plus there are events for kids on select Tuesdays and Saturdays, as well as every Thursday. There are so many things happening at the Kitchener Market and what we are looking forward to the return of the International Cooking Classes in the Upper Marketplace Kitchen.  We have learned so many skills and been inspired by these events and hope you will come and experience them as well.

Parents’ Night Out

The International Cooking Classes at Kitchener Market make for great Parents’ Night Out events.  It combines the fun of going out for a dinner along with a shared learning experience.  See how skilled Diane became after attending the cooking classes at Kitchener Market.



Keep watch of the Event Calendar to see when the next round of cooking classes begins.  They fill up fast, so if you see something that interests you, then we suggest you register right away as space is limited for each class. The cooking classes start are 6:30pm and are approximately two hours in length.

To celebrate all that the Kitchener Market has to offer, we are giving away a pair of tickets to an upcoming Cooking Class at Kitchener Market as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us with what type of cooking class you would like to see at the Kitchener Market in 2020.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a pair of tickets to attend a Kitchener Market Cooking Class.
The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply.  If we do not hear from the winner within the 48 hour time period, a new winner will be chosen.


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Mini Pop Kids London Ontario




Many of our Stuff to Do families get excited when they hear the Mini Pop Kids are starting a new tour! 
Being that the last Mini Pop Kids Live tour was so successful, they are ready to head back to the stage.  On December 28, 2019 the Mini Pop Kids Live: The Bright Lights Concert Tour will kick off in London Ontario at Centennial Hall. Take look at what is in store for your family at the kid-friendly concert.


The Mini Pop Kids are back and shining bright with their brand new 'Bright Lights Concert Tour,’ featuring the year’s biggest hits! Performing songs by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift to throwback favorites that all will enjoy. This isn't just a show, it's an experience for the whole family! Don’t miss your chance to sing, dance, and POP!, with Canada’s best-selling kids music group, The MINI POP KIDS

Mini Pop Kids Live Tickets for Christmas

The Mini Pop Kids Live: The Bright Lights Concert Tour is happening on December 28th at 2:30pm in London Ontario.  Now is the time to get your tickets.  Plus, they make great Christmas gifts! Give the whole family the experience of attending a kid-friendly concert by giving them tickets as Christmas presents.

Tickets start at $25 and there are even ways to upgrade to VIP! Head to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mini-pop-kids-live-the-bright-lights-concert-tour-tickets-69881165447 then on the right side of the page click the TICKETS button. When the new window pops up, scroll through all the ticket options to see what works best for you.

To celebrate this year’s tour, we are giving away a pair of tickets to a Mini Pop Kids Live: The Bright Lights Concert Tour in London Ontario as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us what song you hope they will perform.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a pair of Mini Pop Kids Live tickets.

The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply.  If we do not hear from the winner within the 48 hour time period, a new winner will be chosen.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – KW Titans




It’s almost time for the KW Titans to start season number four! After last year’s exciting playoffs, we cannot wait for this year’s season to begin! The AUD has been the home of the KW Titans Basketball team and the Titans are getting set to take to the court later this month.

KW Titans Tickets for Christmas
The KW Titans Home Opener is happening on December 28th at 2pm.  Now is the time to get your tickets.  Plus, they make great Christmas gifts! Give the whole family the experience of attending a professional basketball game by giving them tickets to a KW Titans basketball game. Even Santa agrees that KW Titans basketball tickets would be a wonderful Christmas presents!


To learn more about the KW Titans, visit the links below

We are eagerly anticipating the start of this season and to celebrate we are giving away a pair of tickets to a KW Titans game as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us why you are excited to see the KW Titans.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a pair of KW Titans tickets!
The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply.  If we do not hear from the winner within the 48 hour time period, a new winner will be chosen.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

KW Titans, Christmas, New Year's Eve and more December 2019 Events, Activities and Stuff To Do With Your Kids in KW





As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.
WE ALSO SUGGEST GOING THROUGH THE FULL LIST BECAUSE SOME EVENTS MAY REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION.


First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast


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Ongoing Events
University of Waterloo Research Studies
Research Studies @ UofW Contact Lens Research
Currently the top contact lens research centre in the world is continuing to accomplish great things through research done right here at UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO. The studies are non-invasive and all of our participants are compensated at $20/hr for their time and often get free contact lenses or glasses. Right they are recruiting 7-11 year olds to participate in a 3yr study cclr.uwaterloo.ca


Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo  and is recruiting for a new scientific study (ID: CYPRESS) that examines how to treat nearsightedness in children aged 6-9. Participants will receive up to $690 for 9 visits over 3 years, and also receive a free pair of spectacle frames to keep.
If you are interested in participating, please call for more details or to book your appointment at 519-888-4742.  Please provide the study ID “CYPRESS” when you call. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.


Infant Studies Group
If you’re looking for something new and fun to do with your child, we would love to have you participate in one of our studies! Help us discover how children learn about language and the world around them. Typical studies involve a one time, half hour visit. You stay with your child the entire time and receive a small gift for participating as well! Please contact us or visit our website for more information. We hope to see you soon!
Social Development Lab

Our lab is currently looking for children to help with our research! Our lab looks at personality and the social world for young children. Our study involves parents and their children coming into our lab and answering a few questions. Kids get to play some fun computer games as well! The typical sessions take around 2 hours and parents are always able to observe their child during the social interaction tasks. In appreciation of your time, children get a small gift. To learn more about our lab and what we do, check out our website! Follow us on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date with our fun!

Twitter: SDLab_UW
Facebook: Social Development Lab Waterloo
Website: uwaterloo.ca/social-development-lab
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775
Email: sdl@uwaterloo.ca


Youth Drum and Bugle Corps
Great program for youths in the KWC area. Our participants come not only from Cambridge, but Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford, and surrounding areas as well. We are not the Scouts. We are not the Army, Navy or Sea Cadets. We are the only Youth Drum and Bugle Corps in the area!
No experience required and we have a modest membership fee ($20 per year). We provide a unique musical education program that not only teaches kids to play music or perform colour guard, we instruct them how to march, perform and basically just have fun! Check us out on our website: www.scouthouseband.com/cadets


FULL MONTH EVENT CALENDARS
These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually
Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar http://calendar.rwlibrary.ca/?_mid_=17409
Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar http://ideaexchange.org
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar http://www.ourplacekw.ca/
Grand River Conservation Authority https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default
If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE http://www.brantford.ca/residents/leisurerecreation/communityfacilities/HarmonySquare/Pages/EventsandPrograms.aspx




Daily
The Creekside Playground is open on Sundays and is available to the general public Monday through Thursday 9:30am-11:30am at various seasons throughout the year.  You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of the playground.
Admission is free!  Aside from regular play, special events/classes are offered throughout the week.  This is a great place for your children to play and for you to meet new friends.
Choose from 2 locations. Begins Mid September see link for info
660 Conservation Drive, Waterloo.
1356 Weber St East, Kitchener.




Calvary Church Cambridge Indoor Playground
What: We are an indoor playground located directly in the church building which opens its doors to our community to allow a safe and friendly environment.
 Ages: Suited to infant/crawlers, toddlers and pre-school children.
 Cost: $1.00 minimum per head. This helps reduce the cost of regular cleaning and new toys.
Hours: Monday – Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am.
Closed: Fridays all season and Holiday Mondays
Schedule: September to June (closed for the summer months)
Special Activities: Twice a week there will be different activities offered, from Play-doh Play to arts and crafts, the activities are geared toward preschool aged children.
Daycare Workers: We will be opening the playground every Tuesday for any caregiver that operates a daycare. If you are not a daycare worker, you are still MORE than welcome to attend on Tuesday! Every day we have coffee, tea, juice and snacks available for purchase.


Sleep And Your New Baby Waterloo Region Sessions
(various dates and times)
Session Details:
The purpose of the session is help families understand and respond to their baby’s sleep patterns and language, which will in turn strengthen family relationships and contribute to achieving optimal child health.
The 1.5 hour session will be offered weekly at all three Ontario Early Years Main sites with a mix of daytime, evening and weekend timings
Parents/caregivers can register online at http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-registration.html The session will be most beneficial if parents/caregivers brings their baby with them and we encourage bringing a support person to assist with this http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-regist…


Earth Sciences Museum @ University Of Waterloo
Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open evenings Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Plus info about the Scavenger Hunt can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts


Mondays
Parent and Tot Art for Babies 18 mo and younger 1-2pm at Downtown Community Centre FREE EVENT


Tots at Play (Mondays and Fridays)
Unleash the kids with toys galore! Unrestricted floor space allows for tons of creative play and action games.
For newborn - 6Y. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
  Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Manulife Financial Soccer & Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo


Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24) https://www.facebook.com/events/317175528805117


Tuesdays
Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market select Tuesdays from 11a.m.-noon for a fabulous, fun-filled morning! Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time at these FREE weekly children's events as our performers entertain your tots!

Dec 17 Erick Traplin and Santa Claus
https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2019-12-17-1100-Kids-Hop-with-Erick-Traplin-and-Santa-Claus
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Parent & tot drop in at the Carmel New Church and School gym will be running Tuesday mornings. There will be ride-on toys, balls, slides and lots of space to run around.
Our gym opens into our nursery room where babies and little ones can play with toys or do a craft.

Tuesdays from 10-11:45 @ 40 Chapel Hill Dr. Kitchener
Ages 0-5
Free to attend
Join us and bring a friend!
We request that parents bring their own children to in order to maintain a balanced program https://www.facebook.com/events/2969967333020159


Colour Our Community @ KPL Central (Downtown) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2pm-4pm
Art can be a tool for increasing social connections and fostering community inclusion and integration. Colour Our Community aims to make connections between those who are often marginalized and members of the community at large in a comfortable, accessible venue where all are welcome to explore their creativity and experience connection through art. Colour Our Community is a partnership with Kitchener Public Library and Circle of Friends.


Nature Play @ Kingsdale Park 3pm-6pm


Wednesdays


Nature Play @ Gzowski Park 3pm-6pm




Thursdays
A FREE art program every Thursday! -
Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon, ARTSHINE will be hosting a parent and tot program at the Kitchener Market - a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!
AFTER the program, be sure to stop by one of our market vendors for a healthy, kid-friendly lunch with lots of options for adults too.
Space is limited! Reserve a spot now for the ARTSHINE programs on Thursday by calling 226-647-2777, or emailing ARTSHINE.
TOT SPOT @ Downtown Kitchener Community Centre 12:30-2:3pm
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=816047210816&set=p.816047210816&type=3&theater
Ukelele Jam Thursday Nights ages 16+ see registration info at http://www.musicatgreengables.com/ukulele
Free Community Music Jam Session (ages 16+)




Fridays




Tots at Play (Mondays and Fridays)
Unleash the kids with toys galore! Unrestricted floor space allows for tons of creative play and action games.
For newborn - 6Y. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
  Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Manulife Financial Soccer and Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo


Saturdays
Family Favourites $2.99 Films @ Cineplex

Home Depot Workshops 2nd Saturday of Each Month
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/workshops.html


Nailed It Nite will be hosting children’s DIYs every Saturday morning at the Bridgeport Community Center starting in September. Costs start at $10-$20/child www.facebook.com/naileditnite

Best Places to Toboggan in Kitchener Waterloo
Where To Skate

DECEMBER E-BLAST 

Always check the provided links for updated info, as events may change without our knowledge


Begins Nov 28 (various dates and times until Jan 4)

Glow Toronto (about an hour from Kitchener Waterloo)





Begins Nov 29 (various dates and times until Dec 8)

Walk of Lights this Christmas at K-W Christian Fellowship. During this FREE 20 minute tour, view the tallest Christmas tree in the city and walk through the 6000 light dome that opens unto various live scenes of Christmas. Have your children talk to the shepherds and pet the sheep. The Walk of Lights ends by opening unto a live Nativity Scene with an angelic choir.



Various weekends in December
Santa Trains from Waterloo Central Railway

Now until Dec 11
Letters to Santa at Kitchener Market
We are happy to be a drop off location for letters to Santa. Use our special Santa mailbox and your child will get to see their name on Santa's nice list (only first names will be used, for privacy). The mailbox can be found at the Market's office window (near The Caribbean Kitchen) and the 'Nice List' will be located near the Marketplace. Letters will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 11.


Wonders of Winter

Opening night

OPENING NIGHT: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30th, 5:30PM!!!

Wonders of Winter kicks off its 2019 season on Saturday, 30 November at 5:30pm, with fireworks and trolley rides. Join us for the “throwing of the switch”!

Parking is tight, so consider taking the ION right to our entrance gates off Seagram Drive; there is a station in Waterloo Park. Wander up to the Park Inn, where the festivities will be happening.  Info at https://www.wondersofwinter.ca/  Wonders of Winter continues until New Year’s Eve at Waterloo Park.


Dec 4
Join the YW Art Factory at Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre at 7:30 PM for the big reveal of the mural we've created! There will be free food and some art activities to try out!
Contact:
Kaylin Epp
Phone:
519-998-2537
Contact Email:


Dec 5

Tree of Hope Radiothon @ the Family Centre


The Noteworthy Singers performance and Toy Drive



Skate with Santa @ Cambridge Centre Arena

Jolly old St. Nick will join us again for our annual Skate With Santa.  Santa will strap on his skates and hop on the ice from 6:10pm-7:30pm on Thursday December 5, 2019.
*Regular rules and rates apply

*Maximulm capacity of 200 skaters, arrive early to avoid disappointment.



Dec 5 to 8

Christkindl Market at Kitchener City Hall



Dec 6

Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30 – 8:30pm

A dramatic reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring Hon. Karen Redman Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo, Police Chief Bryan Larkin Waterloo Region Police Service, Eugenia Schatz Chair St. Peter's Church Council, Bishop Michael Pryse Eastern Synod,Hon. Daiene Vernile CTV Province Wide Host, Retired.
Music by Brad Moggach and Tim Moher.
7:30 – 8:30pm

There is also an audience Christmas singalongs.
The cost is $10 dollars at the door plus refreshments.

Dec 6 to 8

Uptown Holiday Hop ‘N Shop

December 6-8, 2019

Start your holiday shopping in Uptown Waterloo! Come on up for the 2nd annual Official Christmas Tree Lighting, Mistletoe Lane, visits with Santa, Santa Paws, special promotions at uptown businesses and more



Dec 7

Cineplex Community Day FREE Holiday Movies beginning at 9am


Cambridge Seniors’ Choir @ David Duward Centre Cambridge at 1pm





Suzuki Waterloo Holiday Concert @ Kitchener Market
Sing along to holiday music with the Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo group happening just outside the Marketplace. Accepting donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.


Intensely Irish Dancers @ Kitchener Market
Sure to delight and entertain everyone with traditional Irish dancing set to holiday music.  Performing on the upper level of the market, this group of local dancers will get you in the festive spirit! 

Mark your calendar for Star’s Winter Open House on Saturday, December 7th.
Morning classes will run normally, and open house attendees are welcome to join in for free throughout the event.
Santa will be in the studio from 9:45 to 11:45am.
There will be minute-to-win-it style games and activities as well... AND A HOT CHOCOLATE BAR‼️🍫🥛☕️

Any questions, please call the studio 519-886-8600 


Candyland in Cambridge

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Central Park, 615 King Street East

Central Park transforms into a place of candy and magic. Don’t miss this full day jam packed with live entertainment, interactive games, a giant ice slide and enough photo opportunities to fill anyone's social media pages. Candyland is a great holiday activity for families with young children. The best part is admission is free!

What’s happening at Candyland

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides through Downtown Preston

Meet Santa and Mrs Claus - don't forget your camera!

Warm-Up Zone & Crafts in Knox Church with Idea Exchange

RBC Christmas Truck

Face Painting


Interactive games and activities

Food trucks (Pit Stop Grill, Beavertails & Kiltie Mini Donuts) 

Meet the Cambridge Redhawks 

Schedule of live entertainment:

Schedule of live entertainment
Entertainment
Times
10:00 to 10:20 am & 10:30 to 10:50 am
11:00 am to 11:30 am & 12:00 to 12:30 pm
1:00 to 1:30 pm & 2:00 to 2:30 pm
Sammy Duke: The One-Man-Band
3:00 to 3:30 pm & 4:00 to 4:30 pm
Festival Light Feature 

Take a walk through the interactive light displays in Central Park during the month of December.



Christmas Fantasy Opening Night in Victoria Park Kitchener
Bring the whole family out for some holiday cheer! View the spectacular display of festive lights that adorn Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges.

5:30-8 p.m. - Activities on Roos Island, Victoria Park
6 p.m. - Lights will be turned on in Victoria Park


Enjoy  music, crafts and free hot chocolate, Santa, reindeer & more 


Dec 7 and 8

Santa and his favourite reindeer at Meadow Acres Garden Centre 10am-4pm (Petersburg)



Live History Christmas @ Woodside Historic Site beginning at 1pm each day

December 7, 2019  and December 8, 2019 various times between 6 to 7:30pm

Join us at Elmira Pentecostal Assembly for our Annual Live Outdoor Christmas Pageant.  Come and enjoy the Christmas story with live animals and a full cast.   Please dress appropriately for this outdoor event.  Parking available at Foodland and PIB across the street from the church. Shuttle bus run to the church for each event.  

Dec 8

Christmas Open House @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge 1-4pm

It’s our chance to thank you for another unforgettable year and wish you all the best for the holiday season. We’d love it if you would stop in this afternoon to join us for a cup of cheer, a few tasty treats, plenty of Scottish hospitality, and live music from 1 to 3:30p.m. by PG Tips (aka Gwen Potter (fiddle) and Paul Morris (melodeon).

In addition to enjoying some holiday cheer, kids will be having tons of fun crafting holiday decorations.



Dec 9

Monday, December 9, 2019 | 7:30 – 8:30pm

Concert with the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service.  Free Will Offering to Support Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

Dec 11

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 7:30 – 8:30pm

The Waterloo County Teachers’ Choir (WCTC) invites you to "Celebrate the Season", on Wednesday December 11th at 7:30pm, at Benton Street Baptist Church.

Our 100-voice choir will present a captivating evening of choral music, ranging from 15th century poems through to modern carols.  WCTC is directed by Jane Schultz-Janzen and accompanied by Michel Allard, and for this special night will be joined by several guest instrumentalists.
Tickets are $15.00; free for children under 12. Available from choir members or  
wctchoir@gmail.com.

Dec 12

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night in Cambridge

Thursday, Dec. 12, starting at 7 p.m.

Location: Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street

A modern twist on caroling, all ages can enjoy walking through downtown Cambridge with thousands of participants. To add to the event, download the music for free to your phone and bring your portal speaker or borrow one of ours! 

The walk starts in Civic Square at 7 p.m. 


Santa Visits the Kitchener Market
Santa's schedule is pretty busy these days, but he's still making time for his friends at the Kitchener Market. Please bring your own camera or phone to take pictures.

Dates and times:
Dec. 14 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Dec 15

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 7 – 8pm

The Woodland Christian High School Choir along with Orchestra, Soloists, and Community Choristers present Handel's Messiah. One performance only, just in time for Christmas. 


Dec 17
Kids Hop with Erick Traplin and Santa Claus @ Kitchener Market 11am-Noon

Dec 17-24

Elora Grinch Display

26th year of Sue and Gerald's Grinch display. The Grinch this year will be out making trouble every night from December 17th to December 24th from 6pm to 9pm. 🎅🤶

For those of us that are just joining this year (I'm sure you've heard the stories and are super excited!), the Grinch display is a heart warming collection of decorations, the original animated movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas projected on the big screen, and the Grinch himself. This display is put on by Sue and Gerald Benham, with the help of friends and family. Are you looking for something to do to create some wonderful memories with your family? Perhaps a cute Insta moment? This is it! 


This year we are please asking people (if possible) to make the environmentally friendly decision to park somewhere close, bundle up, and walk over.
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This event is completely FREE for you to enjoy! It is put on in true Christmas spirit that we hope you have a great time. Please no donations - just be kind to each other 


The more the merrier - share the event with your friends and family. We love to hear your stories and see your photos. Share here or tag your post 
#BenhamGrinch on FB. 



Dec 20 to 22 in Listowel



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Listowel Mennonite Church 465 Maitland Ave S Listowel
Take an indoor journey back to the time when Christ was born. Come join the excitement and experience the sights, sounds & drama as your journey unfolds. Tours take approximately 45 minutes and are wheelchair accessible.
Donations are accepted.

Dec 21
Santa's schedule is pretty busy these days, but he's still making time for his friends at the Kitchener Market. Please bring your own camera or phone to take pictures.

Dates and times:
Dec. 21 9am-11am

Intensely Irish Dancers @ Kitchener Market
Sure to delight and entertain everyone with traditional Irish dancing set to holiday music.  Performing on the upper level of the market, this group of local dancers will get you in the festive spirit! 

Winter Solstice Shinrin-Yoku Guided Walk in Huron Natural Area

7pm-9pm
Free event!

Celebrate the changing of the seasons on an evening Shinrin-Yoku walk led by a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”.

This will be a gentle and mindful walk where we get to explore Huron Natural Area by twilight or moonlight and observe the seasonal changes.

Registration required via email at knap@kitchener.ca

More events at Huron Natural Area:
kitchener.ca/knap

Dec 27
Friday, December 27, 2019 | 7:30 – 8:30pm
Once upon a time in faraway Russia, the villagers believed that every New Year the fairy Babushka would grant every worthy person their special wish for the holiday season.  A toymaker named Dimitri and his wife Katya were sad, for they had no child of their own to love.  One night Dimitri made a wish to Babushka that he might find a way to make Katya happy.  Like magic, an idea came to him & he'd form a child from the ice and snow surrounding their tiny cottage!  When Katya saw the girl, she was delighted and wished with all her heart that her little snow child could be just like a real girl.  That’s when the real magic began.  A gentle play filled with genuine warmth and tenderness

Dec 28

KW Titans HOME OPENER @ THE AUD at 2pm
Sunday, December 29, 2019 | 10:30 – 11:30am
Once upon a time in faraway Russia, the villagers believed that every New Year the fairy Babushka would grant every worthy person their special wish for the holiday season.  A toymaker named Dimitri and his wife Katya were sad, for they had no child of their own to love.  One night Dimitri made a wish to Babushka that he might find a way to make Katya happy.  Like magic, an idea came to him & he'd form a child from the ice and snow surrounding their tiny cottage!  When Katya saw the girl, she was delighted and wished with all her heart that her little snow child could be just like a real girl.  That’s when the real magic began.  A gentle play filled with genuine warmth and tenderness

Dec 31
New Year’s Eve

Waterloo Public Library Noon Year’s Eve – Albert St. Branch
Ring in the Noon Year with your famliy with a countdown to 12noon. Plus we've got music, crafts, balloons and so much more happening at the Main Library. Drop-in. Everyone welcome.

Come join us this New Year's Eve at one of two locations:
MANULIFE SPORTSPLEX & HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE AT RIM PARK
2001 University Ave East
519-884-5363
·         4:00-5:50 p.m. Free public skate party, sponsored by Tim Hortons.
WATERLOO PUBLIC SQUARE  
75 King Street South
6-9 p.m.
·         Music, children's activities and entertainment, and a special early New Year Celebration at 9 p.m. 


New Year’s Eve @ Kitchener City Hall
Join us for the City of Kitchener’s annual countdown to the New Year!
This year we're celebrating with a prehistoric party! 
Get your picture taken with a replica of the Jurassic Park jeep or the iconic Flintstones car and check out the larger than life dinosaurs. 
Be sure to fill your pockets with quarters and play vintage arcade games, challenge your friends in the console gaming zone, shop the many toy/comic book vendors, kids can make a fun craft (starting at 6 pm while supplies last), free skating, stop by and see our friends at the Virgin Radio and KFUN booth, and live music courtesy of STARPOWER on Zehr Square from 10 pm - midnight and join the fun with members of council and Sarge from KFUN with our live countdown to ring in 2020!
 *Admission is free. 
**Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
***Hot chocolate station hosted by Rotary Club of Kitchener (while supplies last)
Program subject to change


New Year’s Eve @ Waterloo Public Square
Join us for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in uptown Waterloo. Ring in the New Year each year from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Waterloo Public Square.

Featuring:
• Music
• Skating on our outdoor rink
• Free hot chocolate
• Get crafty with Agnes from Mindful Makers
(
https://www.mindfulmakers.ca/) and make your own festive light-
up crown to celebrate NYE in style
• Snap a family photo in our Fire & Ice themed photo booth
• Explore Sam Dougherty’s interactive light table and play with
splashes of colour in motion
• Launch LED arrow toys into the night sky
• And more!!!

New Year’s Eve Cambridge
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | 5 – 8pm
This family friendly evening is of fun and entertainment as we celebrate the New Year! The event includes; free skating, crafts, games, bounce castle, live entertainment and an early countdown to the New Year!


Be sure to look for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways too!