Toronto-born Jason Bangerter arrived at Langdon Hall in the fall of 2013 as executive chef of the Country House Hotel & Spa and winner of five AAA/CAA diamonds and Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s best hotel in Canada.
It’s in the air – colder temperatures, the appearance of snowflakes, and a feeling that lets you know the holidays have arrived in Waterloo Region!
From festivals (like the annual Christkindl Market) to festive events, there’s certainly something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season – especially if you’re seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child.
Check out these Kid-friendly Holiday Things to Do that will appeal to the child in all of us!
The CP Holiday Train makes its annual stop in Cambridge and Ayr on Friday, November 29th. Kids will love the music, entertainment (this year’s train features Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band), and decorated train cars that light up the night. This is also a fundraiser for local food banks, so get the kids to bring along non-perishable food items or a cash donation – it’s a great way for them to give back during this season of giving.
Waterloo Central Railway is also ready for the season, with its popular Santa Trains, and its award-winning THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides! Make sure you book early, as these trains sell out annually.
Who doesn’t love a parade? For many, the annual Santa Claus Parades that happen throughout Waterloo Region have become a family tradition. Click here for a list of when Santa will be coming to your town!
Drayton Entertainment continues its holiday tradition of staging a Panto – an interactive show where kids can cheer the good guys, and boo the villains! This year families can enjoy the fun-filled adventure of Sleeping Beauty – the Panto at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Or, take in Drayton’s other holiday show, Elf – The Musical, happening at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge.
Centre In The Square also invites families to take in its special holiday shows. November 26th enjoy A Charlie Brown Christmas; there’s also the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s annual Yuletide Spectacular– this year featuring readings from The Nutcracker.
Speaking of which, Ballet Jörgen also presents The Nutcracker – a magical holiday tradition in a uniquely Canadian setting.
Nothing makes a child’s eyes sparkle like taking in a holiday light display, and there are several to enjoy in Waterloo Region. Wonders of Winter is a festival of lights that happens in Waterloo Park. You can walk through the displays, or take in the lights while enjoying a horse drawn trolley ride.
Kitchener’s Victoria Park is home to Christmas Fantasy – a spectacular display of festive lights that adorn Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges.
The Old Post Office in Cambridge features its Winter Holiday Light Show every Thursday through Sunday night until January 1st. The light shows are projected on to the Water St. side of the Old Post Office, and take place every hour from 7 – 9 pm.
Over at Bingemans, families can enjoy the largest drive thru holiday light display in southwestern Ontario at Gift of Lights. Enjoy over 300 animated and static light displays from the comfort (and warmth!) of your own vehicle, as well as 2 spectacular drive-through light tunnels!
Chanukah will also be celebrated with the lighting of a giant menorah in Waterloo Public Square at Chanukah in the Square Xl. The lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 22nd.
On Saturday, December 7th, Central Park in Cambridge transforms into a kids’ paradise known as Candyland – a place of candy and magic!
Enjoy the fun, games and festivities happening in Central Park – and bring along your skates to enjoy the Central Park skating rink.
Candyland is part of the annual Christmas in Cambridge celebrations.
It’s a chance for kids to slow down, put the tech away, and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas.
Each Sunday in December, Doon Heritage Village invites families to experience a 1914 Country Christmas in the village. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, sing along with Christmas carols and meet Father Christmas. There’s lots to learn as the kids take in the sights and sounds of Christmas past.
Get into the Christmas spirit at this special holiday edition of Kids’ Hop on Tuesday, December 17th at 11 am! Children’s entertainer Erick Traplin and Santa Claus are teaming up to bring the very best holiday music to kids and tots at the Kitchener Market. Food donations can be made to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
Yes – December brings with it a PD Day for WCDSB kids!