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Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Nov. 29 to Dec. 1)

There are plenty of events to get you into the holiday spirit, from tree lighting to Winter Wonders, music and craft fairs.

Lots of music and community events to fill your weekend

Take a walk through the Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park starting Saturday night. (WondersofWinter.ca)

Here we go!

December arrives this weekend, and you can bet that will mean holiday songs blaring from store speakers, and we may even see freezing rain or snow on Sunday as our milder temperatures dip below freezing.

Grab your mittens, tuque and travel mug of hot chocolate and head out to one (or several) events in and around Waterloo region this weekend.

The Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association will hit the ice at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Friday night to face off against the Movember Mavericks.

The Grand Harmony Chorus will kick off its season with a Christmas concert Saturday afternoon. The Spirit of Christmas show runs at the Glencairn Mennonite Brethren Church in Kitchener.

There's Starlight Shopping in Elora Friday, the Spice Queens will be at the Masonic Hall in Stratford both Friday and Saturday night and the Guelph tree lighting celebration is also on Saturday night.

There's a performance of The Messiah with a smaller venue, orchestra and choir than you might usually see. That's from the Spiritus ensemble, and it goes Sunday afternoon.

As well, don't forget there are a few Santa Claus parades in the area, too!

Christmas in Cambridge

3:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29

Malcolm Street Train Station, 10 Malcolm Street, Cambridge

6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29

Downtown Hespeler

There are two events celebrating the season in Cambridge on Friday.

The first is the CP Holiday Train, which stops in Cambridge at 3:15 p.m. before heading to Ayr at 5:20 p.m. The stop will include performances by Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band.

Then later in the evening, there's several events in Hespeler, including a festive play, a concert of carols and the lighting of the tree.

Wonders of Winter opening night

5:30 p.m. start, Saturday, Nov. 30

Waterloo Park

Enjoy the lights at the Wonders of Winter opening night. Take part in the candle lighting at 5:30 p.m.

There are fireworks at 6 p.m. and then you can walk through Waterloo park and check out the displays. Parking is limited, so consider alternative modes of transportation.

Can't make it Saturday night? The displays are on each evening in December from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and there are other special events including horse-drawn trolley rides, songs and stories as well as family photos with Santa and a New Year's programming.

Tunes and Tuques

1 p.m. to late, Saturday, Nov. 30

Rhythm and Brews, 1000 Bishop St. N., Cambridge

Organizers call this a mini-indoor-music festival with lots of local musicians like LoFi Mind and the Shannon Lyon Pop Explosion.

The event is free, and it's a bring your own tuque event. You can wear it, share it or trade a tuque to someone else.

Wintersong

7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30

K-W Musical Productions, 14 Shaftsbury Dr., Kitchener

This is an evening of Christmas classics, performed by local young musicians like Grade 5 student Sophie Hopkins, Laurier prof Amanda Brunk, and people you may know from K-W Musical Productions, like Reid Spencer, Erin Moffat and Aaron Balzer.

They'll be accompanied by Alison Enns.

Grab a gift, or treat yourself, at a holiday artisan or craft market. (Evan Dickson)

Holiday artisan and craft markets

Handmade gifts are often the best kind, but we can't all be genius crafters.

Thankfully, you can buy beautiful items from people who are. Here are just some of the artisan and craft markets happening this weekend:

Friday

The W Feminist Night Market will be at The W in Cambridge.

Globe Studios is hosting an art show and open house in Kitchener.

There's a holiday open house and artisan fair at Fearless Heart Yoga in Waterloo.

A Christmas market will be held at the Shops at Paisley in Guelph.

Saturday

The DTK Project 220 Makers Market will run Saturday at the pop-up space at Kitchener city hall.

The W Feminist Night Market will be at The W in Cambridge.

The Jingle Bell Boutique is on at the Breslau Community Centre.

A holiday market will be held at Royal City Brewing in Guelph.

A Christmas market will be held at the Shops at Paisley in Guelph.

The Elliott Community Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in Guelph.

Riverside Public School in Elmira is hosting a holiday market.

Sunday

Crafts and Drafts will be at the Waterloo Brewing Taphouse in the afternoon.

The DTK Project 220 Makers Market will run Saturday at the pop-up space at Kitchener city hall.

Christmas Bazaar at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.

There's a school craft and vendor sale at Hespeler Public School in Cambridge.

A Christmas market will be held at the Shops at Paisley in Guelph.

Sip and Shop at Dixon's Distilled Spirits in Guelph.

Attend the Christmas bazaar and silent auction at the Elora Legion Branch.

Also on Sunday, you can enjoy Christmas in the Village in Ayr, with local shops offering deals.

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