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


Norad Santa Tracker online 

Google's Santa Tracker

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


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

Adventure Rooms Kitchener

Approx $25 per person (min 2)

Castle Kilbride in Baden

Holiday Hours and Admission: Regular Touring Hours – Booking online required Fully guided 35-minute tours of the decorated Castle • Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM • Admission: Adults $9, Seniors/Students $8; Children $5

Special Evening Tours – Booking online required For two nights only see the Castle a glow. Fully guided 30-minute tours. Book early! • November 26 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM • December 3 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM • Admission: Adults/Seniors/Students $15, Children $10

Info from and see

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

Victoria Park Kitchener

Christmas Fantasy

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

Waterloo Public Square Ice Rink and Public Skating begin. Info at 

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! (Photo opp)

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.

Christmas Tree Display in Ayr - Centennial Park

Take a stroll through Centennial Park in beautiful downtown Ayr to see 45 Christmas trees on display, uniquely decorated by local businesses, schools, churches and community groups.  The trees will be on display from Sunday, December 6, 2020 until Friday, January 8, 2021

Sparkles in the Park - Guelph

At Riverside Park in Guelph. Drive-Thru light display. Cost is by donation

Spirit of Giving in Cambridge

Christmas light show that you stay in your car for. 38 California Rd (end of the road) Cambridge. Cost is by donation

"At Home With Christkindl Market"


Join us each day from December 1 to 24!
Return to this page to open a new door and discover:
Today's Video
Today's Concert
Today's Stories, Traditions, Activities
Today's German Word of the Day
And, a few Memories you Love

KPL Calendar

WPL Calendar

Region of Waterloo Library Calendar

Cambridge Libraries Calendar 

 For those with older kids looking to Volunteer as a family, Canadian Blood Services is looking for those able to make blood donations this holiday Season, INFO at,17%20and%2023%20years%20old.

If you are considering donating blood for the first time you must be: 

DECEMBER 2020 Events

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

December 4-6

Grand Harmony Chorus Online Christmas Show starts on Friday December 4th at 5:00 pm and ends Sunday December 6th at 5:00 pm on Youtube. It's all weekend long; watch it whenever you want in the comfort of your own home. Link coming soon - watch our website for details

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 8, 2020

Family Game Night with the KW Humane Society Online - cost is $5

Info from Register at 

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 14

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth is excited to be able to offer Virtual Yoga with a licensed instructor, Jaci!

We began offering yoga virtually in August of this year and have found it to be a great success with people of varying ages.  Jaci's approach to practice is gentle and relaxing and the feedback we have received about her teaching has been excellent.

Virtual Yoga takes place on Zoom and lasts from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  No additional materials are required. Cost:  $10 Register

December 17-20


To All A Good Night is presented as a greatest hits selection of our annual holiday concerts of the past. A holiday concert like no other, it is at once humorous, nostalgic and irreverent. This event will include singers Jessica Mitchell, Liam Russell, David Wall, Jackie Richardson and Tom Wilson in performances of imaginative arrangements and off-beat seasonal selections. Backed by an ensemble of classical, jazz and pop musicians, highlights include songs by Stephen Colbert & Elvis Costello, John Prine, Steve Earle, The Pogues, Joni Mitchell, Alfred Schnittke, John Lennon & Yoko Ono and more. Info at

December 17-21

The Metropolitan Opera Online Family Holiday Festival
Thursday, December 17 through Monday, December 21 |
Free Student Stream of Hansel and Gretel
Thursday, December 17, 1PM ET | Get to Know Hansel and Gretel
Friday, December 18, 1PM ET | Feeling Crafty
Saturday, December 19, 11AM ET | Kid in the Holiday Kitchen
Sunday, December 20, 1PM ET | Creative Carols
Monday, December 21, 1PM ET | Solstice Songs
Monday, December 21, 2PM ET | Solstice Dance Party
All events will be hosted on YouTube and Facebook Live. The only exception is the Solstice Dance Party, which will be hosted on Zoom.  Info

December 17-31

Arts Umbrella Dance Company presents a modern and engaging twist on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, bringing together a flavoursome assortment of dance styles for an extra-special holiday treat.

This live holiday showcase is traditionally a landmark in our Dance calendar and AUDC dancers are so pleased to still have the chance to share the performance in a re-imagined digital setting. This Special 2020 Edition Holiday Film version of Mixed Nuts (and Assorted Candies) will be available to view online at any time on Thursday, December 17 2020 through Thursday, December 31 2020. Access to the online screening is available by donation.

December 18-January 1

Christmas With Chor Leoni is Chor Leoni’s gift to you, and we encourage you to share it with others around the world. RSVP below to reserve a digital link which will be sent to you on December 18th, and invite your friends and family to RSVP as well to enjoy the concert together.

The concert is free for all to access. Please consider a tax-deductible donation as part of your RSVP. Your holiday donation will help keep Chor Leoni singing, will allow us to present more digital concerts this season, and will create new, beautiful experiences for the world to enjoy. Thank you for supporting us during this challenging year. Info at

December 18-January 2

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Beyond The Stage: FALLEN PRINCE, available from December 18, 2020 until January 2, 2021! Info at

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.

Kitchener Bird Count

Kitchener Christmas Bird Count


Date:    Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location:    Kitchener Area
Compiler:    Ethan Gosnell    519-570-1256 or

If you would like to participate, please contact the Compiler. They need field observers/recorders and feeder watchers.

Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 24-km diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally—all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.

If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.

If your home is within the boundaries of a CBC circle, then you can stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler.

Tinsel the Elf on Facebook Live at Noon

December 19-20

Mission Jolly - A Holiday Online Extravaganza

a two-day, virtual event filled with performances, treasure hunts, activities, special guests and much more. Tune in to watch the main show on December 19th and 20th and find out if the elves succeed on their mission!.

December 19-31 Guelph Sparkles in the Park

December 20

December 20 is the Cambridge Bird Count (see info for Kitchener Bird Count December 19)

Story Time with Santa on Facebook Live 6:30pm

December 21

KNAP Winter Solstice Forest Bathing Walk at Huron Natural Area

7pm-9pm Register at 

December 21-23
Humane Society VIRTUAL Holiday Camp

Camp will still include all the same great things, such as presentations from animal experts, amazing animal crafts, and fun animal games.  Holiday Camp will be led by one of our experienced staff and will include time for breaks so that campers are not on-screen for the entire day.

Camp is going to take place from December 21st to the 23rd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Campers can sign up for any (or all) days that work for them.  Holiday Camp will be appropriate for children ages 6 to 12 years old and while supervision will be provided via Zoom, this is not a substitute for childcare.

Cost of Holiday Camp is $15 per child, per day. Info at

December 22

Chris McKhool's Celebrate! Kids ZOOM Holiday Concert 7pm Inspired by travels around the world, Chris celebrates the multicultural mosaic of our country with songs about Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnival (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Halloween, Kwanzaa (Pan-African), Indigenous Traditions, Ramadan and Winter Solstice. Celebrate! is a window into many cultures from around the world and provides young audiences with a glimpse into the different customs, celebrations and festivities enjoyed in Canada. Traditional and original songs by Chris encourage us to share with our neighbours and friends and celebrate together!

Register at

December 29

Erick Traplin Virtual Concert Winter Festival on Facebook Live at 10am. Info from

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.

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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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