I'll admit that winter is not my favourite season...in fact, it likely doesn't fall into my top three seasons ;) However, one thing that does make the winter more enjoyable is getting out and enjoying some of the seasonal offerings. With that in mind, here's a few things on offer through the City of Kitchener (from their website):
Carl Zehr Square Outdoor Rink – Opens Monday, Dec. 2
Sharpen your skates and come downtown to enjoy the outdoor rink in Carl Zehr Square. Enjoy free skating with friends and family, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with city hall and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree as your backdrop. The skating rink is scheduled to be open, weather permitting, on Monday, Dec. 2.
Christkindl Market – Dec. 5 to 8
Christkindl Market is one of Kitchener’s most beloved holiday traditions. It has once again been named as one of the ‘Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario’ and it’s no wonder why. Experience four days of live bands, choirs, dance groups, and a great variety of children’s fun and entertainment. Shop from almost 100 vendors inside City Hall and throughout the Outside Village, with everything from food and gift ideas to your family’s perfect Christmas tree. Our festival of German Christmas is bigger than ever and is ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Kitchener. Christkindl Market will run from Thursday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 8 this year with the opening ceremonies meet-up beginning at 5:45 p.m. and the ceremony itself planned for 6:20 p.m. For more information: www.christkindl.ca
Christmas Fantasy – Opening ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7
Experience the magic of the holidays at Christmas Fantasy as thousands of sparkling lights are turned on in Victoria Park. Bring the kids for chances to see Santa and Mrs. Claus along with popular characters from Frozen. And don’t forget your phone or camera for pictures with them too! There will also be crafts, hot chocolate and you can enjoy a trolley ride around Victoria Park provided by the downtown Kitchener BIA. The opening ceremony and lighting will happen on Roos Island at 6 p.m. and the evening will run until 8 p.m.
For more information: www.kitchenerevents.ca
Admission into all events is FREE