Celebrating the Holidays in the Region

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? I can tell you there is no place for the grinches out there because no other region does Christmas better than the Waterloo Region!
There are events for every budget, from markets to plays to train rides, there is something for anyone looking for some festive entertainment.
If you keep an eye out, the region’s December calendar is looking busier and full of holiday events to help you enjoy local businesses, great food and entertainment with a local stamp!
This year, you can choose to give the most priceless and cherished gift: time spent together. After months of isolation and online meetings, it is time to safely meet your friends and family in some local unique events.

Chriskindl Market

This city tradition is a must-visit and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Downtown Kitchener becomes an absolute winter wonderland with tons of local vendors, live music and so much more.
You can attend in person from Dec. 2 until Dec. 5 or all month long with online activities, like their advent calendar.

Cambridge Christmas Market

Just outside city hall, you’ll be able to enjoy a one day outdoor market in the beautiful city of Cambridge with live entertainment and food trucks. Online shopping is also available in the Online Market until Dec. 20.
Centre In The Square

Whether you decide to go with your family, your friends, on a date, with kids or even alone, The Centre In The Square has you covered! Ballets like Cinderella or the Nutcracker and live concerts take place in December.

Santa’s Magical Christmas Adventure

You can choose a daylight or an evening experience and ride from St. Jacobs to Elmira and back in the most magical experience aboard a magical train ride in the Waterloo Central Railway.

Wonders of Winter

Back again at Waterloo Park, over 100 colourful and fun displays. Grab a cup of your favourite warm beverage and enjoy the magical stroll in the park. Our favourite parts are the elf houses and the scenes inside.

Christmas on the Farm

Somehow Snyders Farm makes an outdoor Holiday event feel cosy. How? with pre-booked winter campfires, sweet treats from their bakery, the brand new Gift Barn and visits from Santa.

Gift of Lights

A great way to hop on the holiday spirit and skip the cold walks in this drive thru experience for the whole family. Beautiful light displays with light tunnels, jumping reindeers, and a whole north city full of light and colour.