2020 Holiday Activities in the Tri‑Cities

December 2, 2020

A few outings for you and your family during these pandemic holidays

If you’re like millions of other Canadians, you’re getting a little tired of staying at home and staring at screens. Fortunately for those in the tri-cities area, there are enterprising business people who are not letting COVID get in the way of a safe and happy holiday.

Here are a few ideas for an evening out with the family.

Gift of Lights at Bingeman’s

An annual holiday tradition at the Kitchener mainstay, the light show is open seven days a week until Jan. 4. Guests can either drive through or walk through two 200-foot light tunnels, and view light shows featuring 300 static and light displays. Just don’t forget to buy tickets in advance.

Wintry Candlelit Stroll

The historic Schneider Haus is hosting a magical candlelit evening outdoors, allowing patrons to wander their grounds and “twinkling forest.” There’s also musical entertainment, storytelling, and each attendee goes home an individual pre-packaged take-home craft as a goodie bag. Tickets are $10 and visits are scheduled for one hour.

Wonders of Winter at Waterloo Park

A series of holiday displays in Waterloo Park featuring over 100,000 lights. According to CTV News, the organizers had to reimagine their setup this year to prevent too many people from congregating together. If you’re in Kitchener, there is also a light display at Victoria Park. Both are free to attend.

Latern-Lit Stroll in Doon Heritage Village

Sip warm apple cider as you take an evening walk through Doon Heritage Village at the Ken Seiling Museum. Lit by over 100 lanterns, the 1914 outdoor village evokes a special kind of holiday ambience. Admission is $7.50 per person and must be purchased in advance. The walks run Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, as well as Dec. 11 and 12.

Christmas at the Castle

Castle Kilbride, an 1866 grand Victorian residence touted as “the height of extravagance in the heart of the country,” is continuing its tradition of decorating for the holidays. It is offering 30-minute guided tours, but availability is limited to allow for appropriate distancing.

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