Family-Friendly Winter Event Guide

Waterloo Region has everything you need this holiday season to create unforgettable memories and new family traditions with your little and not so little ones!

Christmas at the Castle

Castle Killbride

Travel back in time at Castle Killbride to see what Christmas was like in 1877. You’re not allowed to take pictures, so put your devices aside and feel the magic of the season. Take time and enjoy the intricate details in this beautifully decorated Victorian home. Heads up — this is not the easiest place to bring strollers. Make sure you check their website for fun seasonal events and winter hours. How many trees can you count?

Gift of Lights


A light show worth visiting at Bingemans in the comfort and warmth of your car. If you’re not a fan of spending some time in the cold with the little ones, enjoy this fun and colourful show.

Victorian Christmas

Woodside National Historic Site

You have until Dec. 22 to visit the Woodside National Historic Site. See how the Lyon Mackenzie King and his family celebrated this festive time of year through the richly decorated rooms of its Victorian beauty.

Old Fashioned Christmas

Snyders Family Farm

Opened for the weekends in December, Snyders Family Farm is the place to be this Christmas. Complete with  hay rides, a North Pole with Santa, s’mores for roasting, holiday-themed crafts and fresh-cut Christmas trees — as always the delicious bakery will be open to satisfy all our sweet needs.

diy crafts & decor

245 The Boardwalk, Waterloo

Skip the tasteless gifts and make your own. Stop by Crock A Doodle’s drop-in studio and paint a Christmas tree, ornament, mug or whatever you can think of. Take advantage of a night to shop while you leave the kids entertained for a couple of hours by taking them to a workshop or a special visit from Santa on Dec. 8. Check their website for a full list of events.


Various places

Feel like total Pinterest pro at one of the Nailed It Night workshops. Choose from a variety of Christmas inspired DIY projects that will make great memories and the most perfect gifts. Their workshops happen in various locations, so check their schedule on Facebook.

Play With Clay

10 Water Street N, Cambridge

As the name suggest, at Play With Clay you can do more than paint —  you can actually play with clay in downtown Cambridge. Options are endless, from hand and foot prints for the little ones to mugs, decorative plates and ornaments. Imagination really has no limits. While you’re building your masterpiece, you can look at the beautiful city covered in white snow.

Clay and glass Gallery

25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo

Want a different type of pottery workshop? Check out the the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. They have a few workshops and classes available for various levels, including a “Play With Clay” workshop for all ages.


1601 River Rd E Unit 22, Kitchener

I couldn’t leave Play-A-Latte out of this list. This indoor play area is geared towards children under seven. They also have some pottery events scheduled in addition to sign-making workshops and ornament painting.