Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend - December 5-6

The Christkindl Market returns, Hanukkah starts and a special guest performs with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.
Skaters at Kitchener City Hall enjoyed the Christkindl Market in early December and can celebrate New Year's Eve there, also. (submitted by: Christkindl Market)

Christkindl Market

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec.6

Kitchener City Hall, King Street West

It's really and truly the Christmas season now in Waterloo Region, because the Christkindl Market is on. The market starts with the traditional candlelight procession at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night and opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. But if you miss out on Thursday, don't worry; there's tons of family fun all weekend. Sip some glühwein and snack on stollen, skate on the rink at city hall, stroll along and explore the market booths or listen to seasonal songs. 

​Christmas Open House and Family Fun Day at Joseph Schneider House

Open House Evening, Friday, Dec. 4, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. 

Christmas Family Fun Day, Saturday, Dec. 5, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Joseph Schneider House has two great celebrations this weekend. On Friday, the open house will feature cider and fresh baked goods, performances by the Playford Players and the announcement of the incoming Folk Artist-in-Residence. On Saturday afternoon, kids can make crafts, see a puppet show, and check out the Haus's Christkindlmarkt featuring old world Christmas crafts like wood toys and handmade candy canes. 

​Gifts for Animals

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 5

Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd. Cambridge

Don't forget your wild furry and feathered friends this holiday season. Help make presents for animals, like a pine cone bird feeder or a bread ornament, in this winter workshop. If your child has severe nut allergy, note that the conservation area says nut products won't be used but cautions that they can't guarantee the bird seed mixtures are 100 per cent nut free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chanukah in the Square VII

5:30 p.m., Sunday, December 6

Waterloo Public Square, 75 King Street South

Hanukkah or Chanukah starts on Sunday this year. The Rohr Chabad Centre for Jewish Life asks that you bring a teen-appropriate item for their Grand River Hospital gift drive when you attend Chanukah in the Square on Sunday. There will be a menorah lighting with a glow-in-the-dark menorah, a professional LED light show, dreidels and latkes, candles and gelt! Gelt is Yiddish for money, and it can also be yummy, in the form of chocolate coins. 

​Holiday Wonderland - Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 5

Central Presbyterian Church, Queens Square, Cambridge

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra's special concert on Saturday features tenor Paul Williamson, so you won't want to miss this one. Williamson, who was born in Jamaica, has studied and performed around the world and is fluent in Russian. He was the tenor soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the New York Festival Orchestra at his Carnegie Hall debut in November 2013. 


Andrea Bellemare is a reporter and producer with CBC Radio. She helped launch the new CBC Kitchener-Waterloo radio station in 2013 and worked as a producer there for half a decade, reported for CBC Montreal, produced radio documentaries for CBC Radio and covered disinformation for CBC News. She has also reported for the wire service Agence France-Presse.