Friday, December 8, 2023

Exploring illumi in Mississauga: A Mesmerizing Journey from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Embarking on a road trip from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, to Mississauga unveils a world of enchantment and wonder. Among the many attractions waiting to captivate your senses, illumi stands out as a dazzling spectacle that promises to transform your evening into a magical experience. Join us on a virtual journey as we explore the beauty of illumi and share tips for making the most of your trip.

Many will remember our first trip to illumi last year and we were so excited to visit all the displays again!

Arriving at illumi:

Upon reaching Mississauga, your anticipation grows as you approach illumi. This immersive light experience offers convenient access for visitors. The vibrant glow of the lights will guide you, creating a sense of excitement even before you enter the enchanting world of illumi.

illumi Experience:

illumi in Mississauga is a one-of-a-kind light show that combines technology and artistry to create a mesmerizing display. As you step into the illuminated wonderland, prepare to be transported into a world of fantasy. The carefully designed light installations, synchronized to music, create a symphony of colors that dance before your eyes.

The thematic displays at illumi evoke a sense of awe and wonder. From dazzling tunnels of light to intricately designed sculptures, each exhibit tells a unique story. Be sure to take your time exploring the various sections, allowing the magic to unfold at its own pace. Don't forget your camera – illumi provides countless opportunities for stunning photographs that will serve as lasting memories of your journey.

Tips for an Unforgettable Experience at illumi:

Timing is Key: This is an evening event so plan accordingly to appreciate the magic of illumi. The play of lights against the night sky enhances the enchantment.

Purchase Tickets in Advance: To avoid long queues, consider purchasing your tickets online in advance. This ensures a seamless entry, allowing you to dive into the magical world of illumi without delay.

Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable shoes/boots as you'll be strolling through the exhibits. Dress warmly to make the most of your outdoor experience.

Plus they have free wagon rentals on site 

illumi in Mississauga is a must-visit destination for those seeking a magical escape from the ordinary. The journey from Kitchener adds an extra layer of adventure, making your road trip an integral part of the overall experience. As you bask in the glow of the mesmerizing lights, you'll carry the enchantment of illumi with you, creating memories that will linger long after the lights fade.

illumi is running until January 7, 2024. 

To purchase tickets visit

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

KW Titans Pre-Season Exhibition Game Tickets and Community Engagement


Engaging the Community on and off the Court
Did you know that the Stuff to do KW Blog has been providing Media Coverage since the very first season of the KW Titans? In fact, we were at the first press conference for the Titans team announcement! Now we want to let you know about the plans for the upcoming season. The KW Titans Professional Basketball team is gearing up for a new year and they want to ensure their community of fans gets involved.

Beyond the confines of the basketball court, the KW Titans are actively involved in community engagement initiatives. Whether it's organizing basketball camps for local youth, participating in charity events, or collaborating with local businesses, the Titans understand the importance of giving back and being a positive influence in the community.

The KW Titans boast a passionate and dedicated fanbase that rallies behind the team with unwavering support. The electric atmosphere during home games is a testament to the strong bond between the team and its fans. The Titans have successfully created a sense of unity, bringing people together to celebrate the love of the game.

Looking Ahead at the 2023-2024 Season

As the KW Titans continue to carve their path in the world of professional basketball, the future looks promising. With a solid foundation, a winning culture, and the support of a vibrant community, the Titans are poised to achieve even greater heights in the coming season. Whether you're a basketball enthusiast or a local resident, keeping an eye on the KW Titans promises to be an exciting journey.
Get an Early Look
The KW Titans are hosting the Jamestown Jackals Pre-Season Exhibition Game on Thursday, 21 December 2023 at 6:30 PM at Conestoga College. Get an early look at this year's roster with the discount ticket price of $12 per person.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Wonderphil Tickets Make Wonderful Christmas Gifts - Enter to Win

Last month we had a fantastic time at the Comedy-Magic Show for Movember at the Apollo Cinema in Kitchener Ontario.  This month we have some Wonderful News!  Wonderphil is coming to Apollo Cinema to perform his family-friendly magic for all to see on December 30, 2023! This 60 minute kid-friendly magic show is sure to delight your family and friends! Learn more below

WonderPhil’s 5 Star show has been a sell-out and all around crowd-favourite at theatres across the GTA and beyond. This is a magic act that is built to amaze the whole family, delivering big laughs and unbelievable magic, to delight kids and adults alike.
A dancing tie, appearing dice, painting with magic, and so much more! 

Grab Your Tickets
Wouldn't your family enjoy seeing Wonderphil? Wonderphil tickets will make wonderful Christmas gifts for the Holiday Season. With the show happening December 30th, it is a great event to attend over the Christmas Break and exciting way to end the year with lots of laughs and magic. 

Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Wonderphil at Apollo Cinema December 30, 2023 at 5pm.
The contest listed below (it might take a minute to load the rafflecopter contest form) is for tickets only.  You must provide your own transportation.  Be sure to leave a comment with why you want to win. It works best if you are logged into your Google Account

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

December 2023 Christkindl Market, Visit Santa, Holiday Events and More Stuff to do in Kitchener Waterloo and Area


Please check all the links listed as info tends to change without our knowledge.  We also suggest you go through the full list as some activities require you to pre-register and many have limited spaces. Dates/Times and Prices Vary.

The top part of our list is for ONGOING EVENTS (daily/weekly events) and further down you can see the MONTH SPECIFIC EVENTS


Attractions ONTARIO coupons for

Playgrounds Movement and Training Centre

Play a Latte Cafe

Cambridge Libraries Calendar

Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) events

Joseph Schneider Haus events

Woodside National Historic Site Self Guided Tours Thursday and Fridays

Kitchener Market Events Calendar

Indoor Skateboard Park @ Queensmount Arena - various dates and times

Infant and Child Studies group is a group of researchers interested in better understanding child cognition: so how kids learn! All our studies are designed as games for children to play while we observe how they respond to various toys, videos or sounds. The activities are fun for the kids, and help us to understand concepts like how children learn new words, when children can begin to understand math, or what learning strategies kids use to understand new concepts. We deliver studies in person, as well as online and in take home formats.

Lab Website: 

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University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum info 

University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Walking Tours - Various locations

Our BEST PLACES TO TOBOGGAN LIST can be found at there are even great recommendations in the comments of that post too!

When it is Outdoor Skating Weather, find rinks below

Outdoor Skating Rinks in Guelph

FREE COMMUNITY SKATING AT VARIOUS ARENAS IN KITCHENER then select Free Community Skating for schedule

Other Ongoing Activities
Laurel Creek Conservation Area (Waterloo) and Shade’s Mills Conservation Area (Cambridge) Snow Shoeing and Cross-Country Skiing info  NOTE *Admission fee when an attendant is on duty.

CARYNDALE MOPS meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday most months @ New Carmel Church

Walk and Talk with Breastfeeding Buddies 10am at Victoria Park 

Big Screen Thursdays @ Gaslight District in Galt (Cambridge)


Family Favourites at Cineplex on Saturdays 

Ciper Saturdays @ CIty of Waterloo Muesem at Conestoga Mall

Appleflats Orchard Tours in Wellesley - various times


Family karaoke every Sunday from 3-6 on the patio at Zaz Bistro in Cambridge

Gift of Lights and Jingle Bell Rock at Bingemans 

Wonders of Winter at Waterloo Park 

KW Famous Holiday Pop U Shop in Downtown Kitchener 

Gaslight District Christmas Market Events

Digital Light Projection Show @ The Old Post Office Cambridge Thurs-Sun

Visit Santa and Photo Info for Fairview Park Mall

Visit Santa and Photo Info for Conestoga Mall

Visit Santa and Photo Info at Cambridge Centre

Visit Santa and Photo Info for Stone Road Mall in Guelph

illumi  *out of town

December 2023

December 3
Waterloo Region Childrens Business Fair - Holiday Edition @ Hacienda Sereda 2-6pm 

Great Joy Concert in Bloomingdale 4pm and 7pm

Walk of Lights 5:30-8:30 pm at K-W Christian Fellowship

December 6

December 7

December 7-10
Christkindl Market @ Kitchener City Hall
  • Thursday, December 7: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Entertainment Schedule at 

The Holiday Express kiddie train will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on King Street between Ontario and Frederick. Dec 9th and 10th

Kidskindl and Downtown Kitchener Candyland Experience
Get ready for a spectacular holiday treat! Join the second year Visual Arts students at Conestoga College: Downtown Campus as they team up with the Downtown Kitchener BIA to bring you a life-sized Candy Land Experience in Market Square. This interactive board game kicks off on Monday, November 20, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and it's here to stay throughout the holiday season.

Don't miss out during Christkindl Market when the doors swing open, offering warmth and free treats on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, from noon to 4 p.m. Hop on the Holiday Express train at Ontario Street to travel from Christkindl to Candyland!
December 8
December 8-10
Walk of Lights 5:30-8:30 pm at K-W Christian Fellowship
December 9
Christkinderfest @ THEMUSEUM (Downtown) 10am 
Christkinderfest allows children and families to experience the joys of a German-inspired Christmas event, featuring Bavarian-themed activities, music and the spirit of Christmas festivals found across Germany.  

Admission is free, registration is recommended. Please note that this is not a regular day at THEMUSEUM, and there is no regularly scheduled public programming running.
Register at
The Grinch will be at St. Jacobs Market for a Toy and Food Drive
Storytime with Santa at St. Jacobs Market - various times $20 Registration Required

Grand Harmony Chorus - Holiday Harmonies 

December 9-10

Once Upon a Mall - A FREE Fairytale Festive Event at Conestoga MallJoin us for a whimsical journey into the enchanting world of fairytales at the "Once Upon a Mall" event on December 9th and 10th! The magic unfolds from 12 pm to 2 pm at the enchanting Winners Court. It's a storybook adventure that's too good to miss!

  • 🏰 Event Details 🏰
  • 📅 Date: Saturday, December 9th & Sunday, December 10th
  • 🕛 Time: 12 pm – 2 pm
  • 📍 Location: Winners Court

December 9, 10 and 12
Christmas Vacation (1989) movie @ Apollo Cinema. Info at

December 10
Homer Holiday at Downtown & Pioneer Park KPL

Winter Bunny Family Workshop @ Homer Watson Gallery 10am-Noon $25 per person

Cardinal Family Workshop @ Homer Watson Gallery 1-4pm $25 per person

Children's Christmas Play St. Matthews Lutheran Church

December 11
Gingerbread Party at Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre - Various times

December 14
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the St. Jacobs Market for a Food Drive 

December 15

December 16
Storytime with Santa at St. Jacobs Market - various times $20 Registration Required

December 17
The Snow Ball by Storybook Events 

December 18
Laughing All the Way Comedy and Carols for the Whole Family @ Resolute Church

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) movie @ Apollo Cinema. Info at

December 20
Home Alone (1990) with CHEESE PIZZA! @ Apollo Cinema. Info at 

December 21
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the St. Jacobs Market for a Food Drive 

December 30
Wonderphil Comedy Magic Show @ Apollo Cinema at 5pm Info at


December 31
New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve at the Waterloo Public Square for a family-friendly celebration! Enjoy free ice skating to music spun by our on-site DJ, make your own crown and enjoy delicious treats from the Hissing Goose food truck.

Bring your skates, dress warm and get ready to have some fun!

Date: December 31, 2023

Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Waterloo Public Square (75 King St, S, Waterloo)

Family New Year's Eve Party in Ayr 3-7pm with Fireworks at 6:45pm

New Year's Eve Party @ Hespeler Arena Cambridge 4-8pm