1. Lantern Walk

Saturday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Meet on Hett Ave., Kitchener

Why not brighten up the shortest day of the year with the soft glow of lantern light? This lantern walk takes place on the first day of winter, as well as the winter solstice. You’re encouraged to bring a travel mug for apple cider, snacks to share at a potluck, and a donation of new or gently used warm winter gear like coats and boots for charity. Christa Van Daele writes on the lantern walk’s blog, “How often do we move around in the poetry of our lives in this way, in the wintery dark, with our families and friends?”   

http://lanternwalk.wordpress.com/

2. OPEN EARS: Little Match Girl Passion

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Conrad Grebel College Chapel, University of Waterloo, 140 Westmount Rd. N

This performance is billed as “Modern Solutions for the Messiah Weary:The Little Match Girl Passion”, a new Christmas tradition instead of turning to Handel. Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a little match girl who stays out in the cold rather than returning to an abusive stepfather and dies while dreaming of a better life has been scored for a quartet of vocalists and percussion. American composer David Lang won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008 for the Little Match Girl Passion. You can get a taste of the sounds on Lang’s website, but the full effect can only be appreciated in person.

http://davidlangmusic.com/music/little-match-girl-passion

https://gregory-oh-trrv.squarespace.com/events/2013/11/11/december-21-2013-little-match-girl-passion

3. Grand River Pebbles Christmas Party

Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Grand River Rocks, 50 Borden St., Kitchener

Grand River Rocks is a fantastic indoor rock climbing facility in Kitchener that offers a weekly climbing night for kids age 4-14 (Pebbles). This Saturday is the group’s Christmas party with crafts and activities – even a rope swing! A great opportunity for kids to learn a new skill and burn off some energy to boot.

https://www.facebook.com/GrandRiverPebbles

4. KW Reptile Party Show

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.

THEMUSEUM, Kitchener

The KW Reptile Party group are bringing a collection of snakes and lizards to THEMUSEUM for a live interactive demonstration. Children will get a chance to learn more about the biology and habitat of these fascinating creatures. Plus – check out other activities at THEMUSEUM in the afternoon to make a day of it.

http://www.themuseum.ca/events/kw-reptile-party-show-1

5. Flight of White – Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Runs to January 5, 2014

2500 Kossuth Rd., Cambridge

The Butterfly Conservatory brought in thousands of white rice paper butterflies for their 5th annual Flight of White exhibit. The butterflies, also called Paper Kite butterflies or Large Tree Nymph butterflies, have wingspans that grow up to 14 cm in length. For a white Christmas of a much warmer kind, head to the conservatory for a stroll through the tropics.

http://www.cambridgebutterfly.com/events/flight-of-white