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.

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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

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