Holiday events around K-W
Wonders of Winter: A Festival of Lights
The lights display has been running in Waterloo since 1994. It has now grown to consist of 100,000 lights with 60 businesses from the community providing sponsorship for the displays. Take a walking tour of Waterloo Park to see all of the displays and enjoy the crisp winter air. The lights turn on at 5:30 p.m. and remain on until 10:30 p.m. On select nights you can take a horse-drawn trolley ride: Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 26-31. Warm up with some hot chocolate or hot apple cider purchased from the concession, which is open the same nights as the trolley rides. The displays will be up until December 31.
Cambridge Christmas Market
Let’s face it, you probably haven’t even started thinking about buying Christmas presents yet. From December 10 to 13 you can visit Cambridge City Hall where artisans and vendors will be selling unique gifts and seasonal treats. Each day will also have a special entertainment feature. Saturday will incorporate the Cambridge Farmers’ Market.
Winter Sleigh Ride
It doesn’t get much more festive than this. Take a 45-minute sleigh ride through the countryside. The sleighs are horse-drawn and involve a tour through fields and tall sugar bush. It’s suggested you wear warm clothes and bring a blanket along, but afterward you are given the chance to warm up in the sugar shack, sitting by a wood stove and drinking hot apple cider. There are two sleigh options, one for groups of four and another for a group of 15. The sleigh rides are run by St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours, which is located at 1222 Apple Grove Road in Woolwich, in the north end of Waterloo near the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.
Winter Ice and Lights
The weather has only just started to get cold but you can still enjoy an afternoon or evening on an outdoor skating rink in Cambridge. Until January 2, Central Park has set up an outdoor synthetic ice rink which you can use for free. Bring your own skates and while you’re at it take in the lights display in the park. It’s located at 615 King Street E.
UpTown Waterloo Holiday Open House
The holidays are the perfect chance to get off campus and explore uptown Waterloo. On December 12 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. visit select shops and services in uptown for special promotions and treats. They are also running a Christmas/Holiday Trinket Search. Pick up a passport from The Shops at Waterloo Town Square or any of the businesses that are participating. Then go to each of the businesses and find the trinket that is hidden in the story for which you will receive a sticker for your passport. If you collect four stickers you will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a grand prize consisting of $250 worth of items from 20 businesses in uptown Waterloo.