Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend - Nov 23-24

From free horse-drawn carriage rides, to a Christmas musical, to a talk by CBC's own Bob McDonald, there's plenty to do this weekend. Online host Andrea Bellemare lists her top picks.
This photo was taken by the Apollo 8 spacecraft in 1968. Images from that mission were the first to show the Earth in its entirety. CBC's Bob McDonald will be talking about water on Earth and elsewhere in space on Sunday as part of THEMUSEUM's Water Dialogues. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

1. Water Dialogues: “Planet Ocean” An Afternoon with Bob McDonald

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

THEMUSEUM, Kitchener

Bob McDonald, the host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, is coming to Waterloo Region this weekend to give a talk for THEMUSEUM’s Water Dialogues series. That saying, “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink,” could apply to McDonald’s talk on water and space. So far, Earth is the only known planet with liquid water on it, though the latest Mars mission will attempt to discover where the suspected water on Mars went. Other known planets either have ice, often located deep under a planet’s surface, or atmospheric water vapour. Learn about how important water is for life on Earth.

2. Christmas in the Village

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Belmont Village, Kitchener

You can get into the Christmas spirit at the Belmont Village this weekend. There will be chances to decorate cookies, make reindeer food (I’m not sure what it is, but I bet it’s delicious), help decorate the Village’s Christmas tree, even take a horse-drawn carriage ride. And Santa will be on hand for photos, so be sure to tell him whether you’ve been naughty or nice! There’s also a silent auction of Christmas wreaths. Proceeds from the day go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

3. The G33k Art Show

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Kitchener City Hall Rotunda

The G33K (Geek) Art Show’s goal is to showcase upcoming artists who work in genres such as comics, science-fiction and fantasy, and to celebrate “the uniqueness of 'geek' culture and bridge the gap between this culture and conventional art,” according to their mission statement.

There are 29 exhibitors and over ten bands playing through the weekend, workshops and panels, and special guest artists. Did I mention admission is free?

4.  Free Carriage Rides

Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Kitchener

This is the first Friday that you can take a free carriage ride through downtown Kitchener for the holiday season. There are four pickup/drop-off points: The Yeti Café at 14 Eby Street, The Boathouse in Victoria Park, the Coffee Culture at 1 King W and Coffee Time at 255 King St W. The first stop is the Coffee Time at 5:30 p.m. Let those sleigh bells jingle!

5. White Christmas

Friday, November 20 – December 29

St. Jacobs Playhouse

Bing Crosby was dreaming of a white Christmas in this musical by Irving Berlin, and now you can too. The musical’s plot features two old army buddies, now showbiz pros, who try to help their former general save his struggling Vermont inn by putting on a musical. There’s also a bit of romance to spice up the singing.

There are still tickets available for a selection of dates, so be sure to check availability on the show’s website.

About the Author

Andrea Bellemare


Andrea Bellemare is a producer and reporter working at CBC Montreal. She has worked in many departments at CBC, from radio to TV to online, and she has also reported for the wire service Agence France-Presse.


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