1. Christkindl Market
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Kitchener City Hall
It’s the 17th annual Christkindl Market in downtown Kitchener. There are heaps of vendors, from pottery to jewelry to food, ice skating, a model train set and crafts for kids. You can even bring your Christmas letters and cards to the market post office – you will get a special official Christkindl postmark on your outgoing mail. And at noon on Friday, you can see The Morning Edition host Craig Norris perform with his band The Kramdens and special guest Danny Michel. Also, definitely check out associate producer Amanda Grant and her band Run Coyote.
2. Elves at Play
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Shops at Uptown Waterloo
This charity event is put on by StuffIn Stockings, a local charity created by St. Jacobs’ Carolyn Parks with the goal of bringing “the magic of Christmas to youth in need in Waterloo Region.” StuffIn Stockings has set a goal of delivering 1,500 stockings throughout the region. You can help by bringing a stuffed stocking to the Elves at Play event at The Shops at Uptown Waterloo. Or, if you don’t have a stocking you can build one there at the “elf workshop.” Kids can meet Santa, eat some treats and participate in fun activities like face painting, crafts and even catch a magic show with Five the Magician. Plus, there's skating at the rink in the Waterloo Public Square!
3. Westmount Funeral Chapel Family Holiday Afternoon
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Westmount Funeral Chapel, Kitchener
It may seem unusual to include an event at a funeral chapel on my “Five Fun Things” list. But, if you missed the segment on The Morning Edition Thursday, the chapel’s funeral director assistant Brianne Jourdin said she hopes the event will help people realize a funeral home isn’t a scary place. “We celebrate loved ones, we celebrate the lives of people who have passed,” Jourdin told reporter Colin Butler. There’s a chance to meet Santa, make crafts and eat some snacks. Donations are being collected for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Families that RSVP by Dec 6th will be entered in a draw to win a family fun pack. And in case you were worried, no, there won’t be any funerals taking place that day.
4. Country Christmas
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener
Other events might have Santa Claus – but the Waterloo Region Museum has Father Christmas attending the Country Christmas event. And he’s not the only marker of the past – you can take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, sing along with carols and experience a Christmas from years ago at the Doon Heritage Village.
5. Christmas with Leroy Anderson
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
First United Church, Waterloo
It’s not often you can say a band has been around for decades, but the Waterloo Concert Band is celebrating its 155th birthday in 2013. The band is marking Christmas this year with a concert of famed composer Leroy Anderson favourites. You might not know Anderson by name, but you know his song “Sleigh Ride.” There are treats too, and admission is free.