Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Dec. 14 to 16)

There's plenty to do in Waterloo region this weekend, from pub carols to Christmas lights, Philosopher Kings and skating with local hockey players.

From carols to Kings, there's lots of music and other holiday events in and around the region

The Pilosopher Kings have returned after a 10-year hiatus. (

A sunny and mild weekend is ahead, so take advantage of it and get outside.

If you're curious about the region's only cannabis producer, James E. Wagner Cultivation is hosting a ribbon cutting and open house on Saturday at their new facility (the former Lear plant) on Manitou Drive.

There's also a Christmas dedication event at Williamsburg Cemetery on Saturday where people can decorate a tree with donations of outerwear which will be donated to local charities.  If you're out grocery shopping and if you can afford it, pick up a little something extra and pop it into a food bank donation bin. Or you can hand it over to members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers who will be at several Sobeys locations in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge on Saturday filling up large military vehicles.

As well, their concert in Guelph is sold out, but The Good Lovelies will be at Folkway Music Saturday afternoon carolling for charity.

Orange Peel Carollers

2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15

Argyle Arms, 210 King St. E., Cambridge

This ain't your Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas kind of carol — these songs have lived on in pubs for the past 200 years. This group of friends will sing from the Canadian Pub Caroller, which combines traditional English carols with some early Canadian songs, too.

Philosopher Kings

8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15

Maxwell's Concert and Events, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo

They're back with a new album, aptly named Return of the Kings, and are touring southern Ontario with a stop in Waterloo Saturday. The new album has a number of live tracks of hits, so you can expect to hear favourites like Cry and Hurts to Love You.

Sparkles in the Park

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., nightly from Saturday, Dec. 15 to Monday, Dec. 31

Riverside Park, Guelph

The lights are back in Riverside Park. You can see them either by driving by slowly or park and take a walk around. The annual light display opens this weekend and goes until New Year's Eve. From Dec. 22 to Dec. 31 there are also free rides on the carousel. Not in Guelph? There are light displays throughout the region.

There are Christmas light displays in Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener and Guelph. (Chanabeya Horemans/CBC)

Skate with the Elmira Sugar Kings

2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16

Woolwich Memorial Arena, 24 Snyder Ave. S., Elmira

Hang out on the ice with the Elmira Sugar Kings and get a few autographs too after the game on Sunday. The Sugar Kings take on the Listowel Cyclones in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action starting at 2 p.m.

Craft and artisan shows

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, there are not quite as many craft and artisan shows, but here are a few suggestions if you want a locally made gift for someone on your list.

Silence Holiday Market in Guelph on Saturday. 

Holiday Community Market at Fresh Ground in Kitchener Saturday.

The Mennonite Central Committee is hosting a marketplace Saturday in Kitchener.

Feminist Holiday Market on Sunday in Guelph.

It's a Handmade Christmas Artisan Market on Sunday in Guelph.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.