Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Dec. 7 to 9)

Escape with stories like The Velveteen Rabbit or Anne of Green Gables, hit up the Christkindl Market and go for a lantern-lit walk this weekend.
Anne of Green Gables opens Friday night at the Fergus Grand Theatre. (Dan Dunlop/Elora Community Theatre Facebook page)

The Velveteen Rabbit

6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7

2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8

6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8

2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9

The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener

A new adaptation of a beloved story: A toy bunny learns what it means to be brave when all hope appears to be lost. There's also an art activity with Artshine-Arts4all in the lobby before the play, and a meet and greet with the actors after.

Lantern Walk in Huron Natural Area

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8

801 Trillium Dr., Kitchener

Bring a lantern (not a flashlight) and dress for a hike in this beautiful spot in Kitchener. Don't have a lantern? That's OK, you can still enjoy the hike to the pond and back. Tealight candles will be supplied.

Anne of Green Gables

8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7

2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8

2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9

Fergus Grand Theatre, 244 St. Andrew St., Fergus

It's the classic Canadian story of Anne of Avonlea and how she transforms the lives of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Can't make it this weekend? The show also runs Dec. 14, 15 and 16.

Christmas events

There are so many different Christmas events taking place across the region and area that rather than pick one or two, here's a list of a few.

Christmas in Concert at Koinonia Christian Fellowship on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Schneider House Christmas Open House Friday evening.

Quebec Street Holiday Open House in downtown Guelph Friday evening, then a holiday market continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Cambridge on Friday evening.

St. Agatha Christmas Parade Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Dog Walk on Saturday.

Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park in Kitchener Saturday evening.

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting in Guelph Saturday evening.

Inshallah choir at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon. (They're also performing Saturday at 1 p.m. at Kitchener Public Library)

Maryhill Children's Christmas Party at Maryhill Heritage Park and Community Centre Sunday afternoon.

The Christkindl Market includes vendors inside and outside Kitchener City Hall. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Artisan and craft shows

The biggest market of the year is upon us this weekend: Christkindl runs all weekend at Kitchener City Hall. It includes  many vendors with handmade items, traditional German treats and decorations, and food. As well, there's music, skills demonstrations and skating on the outdoor rink.

A short drive away, the Cambridge Christmas Market also runs all weekend with artisan items, food, and horse-drawn carriage rides near the farmers' market.

There are also these events:

Etsy: Christmas Pop Up at the Queen's Square location of the Idea Exchange on Saturday.

Fergus Holiday Handmade Market on Saturday.

Buy for child artists at the Mini Makers Christmas Market at Old Quebec Street Shoppes in Guelph on Saturday.

Makers' Market at Homer Watson House and Gallery on Saturday.

Hops and Shop at Atmosphere cafe in Guelph Sunday evening.

Homemade for the Holidays at Descendants Beer and Beverage Co. on Sunday afternoon.