8 Family Activities for the Holiday Break

After catching up with your friends and family, enjoying their company, and giving some gifts, sometimes the holidays start to lose excitement. To keep spirits high, here are eight fun ideas the whole family can do over the holidays.

1. Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Setting up that same plastic tree that you have been using for the last six years makes it a pretty dull event, but heading out to a tree farm and putting in some manual labor really spices up what can be a festive time. With many great locations within a 20 minute drive from KW, you will quickly find yourself on a new Christmas adventure. A quick google search can give you a great list of locally owned tree farms.

2. Wonders of Winter

Every year the city of Waterloo lights up Waterloo Park with many creative and decorative displays. Some depict scenes of the holidays, while others just show fun characters that the whole family can recognize. However, Wonders of Winter is not just the light show, there are also free horse drawn trolley rides which last about 15 minutes. The trolley runs on December 18, 19, 24, 26, and 31 from 6-9pm. The lights turn on at 6 PM each night and stay on throughout the night. Make sure to find a time this holiday season to head on down to Waterloo Park and enjoy the holiday spirit. For more information you can check out the Wonders of Winter website at www.wondersofwinter.ca.

3. Skating Uptown

Once the snow starts falling and the temperature drops below zero, the uptown square will transform into an outdoor rink.  The rink is open to everyone as long as they are skating safely; however, there are no sticks or pucks allowed on the ice. Skating is completely free and is only interrupted when the ice is resurfaced by a cute tractor. There are many outdoor rinks in the Waterloo. For more information about the uptown rink or others, you can check out the city of Waterloo’s website.

4. Santa Train

Yet again this year the Waterloo Central Railway is running their annual Santa Train. The Santa Train is an exciting adventure for young kids who get to take a fun ride on the Waterloo rail system, and they are guaranteed to meet Santa, too. The Santa Train Runs on December 19th and 20th. More information can be found at waterloocentralrailway.com.

5. Guelph Lake Tobogganing

What every kid thinks when he or she sees the first snowfall of the year is “I can’t wait to go sledding!” Usually the hill close to your house will do just fine for the week night adventure of tobogganing, but when the holiday break comes calling, heading to Guelph to spend the afternoon at Guelph Lake is bound to be fun. Albeit a little busy at times, it’s a great way to kill an afternoon outdoors rather than being inside on a nice day.

6. Holiday Movies

Almost everything closes down on December 25th, but one of the great exceptions is the movies. This year there are some great movies coming out around the holiday season including: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Concussion, and 45 years. These are just a few selections of the movies coming out this holiday, but ones we will likely be hearing about for a long time. Once the excitement of the holidays starts to wear off, maybe think about heading over to one of the many movie theatres in town.

7. Christmas Shows

The Centre in the Square has a couple of options this year if you are looking to watch some productions. The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is putting on The Hockey Sweater as part of the Yuletide Spectacular Program. It is running on December 18, 19, and 20 with both matinee and evening performances. Then on December 28, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, accompanied by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, will present The Nutcracker. The show is only on the 28th, but it has a matinee at 2 PM and a night show at 7 PM. If your holiday spirit feels like it needs some culture, head on over to Center in the Square to give you some holiday sophistication. For more information go to centreinthesquare.com.

8. Go Carolling

A great way to spend a fun night with your friends is to get together and go carolling around a neighbourhood. Have them come over and spend some time picking out a few of your favourite songs to practice. It’s even better if one of you can play a mobile instrument to go along with the songs. As long as you knock on doors with a smile on your face and have a bit of holiday spirit, it won’t matter if you’re great singers because in the end it’s the thought that counts.

However you choose to spend the holidays, it’s important to spend time with family and friends – those who matter the most. The eight options described above are a few ways to do just that.

Regardless of how you choose to spend the holidays, FJORD wishes everyone a safe and relaxing break!