Gather up your friends and family and explore what Saint John has to offer over the winter holidays. Here are just a few things to do during the Christmas – Winter Holidays in Saint John.
Carleton’s Winter WonderlandEnjoy an outdoor holiday light display at Carleton Community Centre. Visitors may drive or walk by the Carleton Community Centre after dusk each night to enjoy the lights. It is important to continue following Public Health Guidelines. Visitors are advised to remain within their household bubble, wear masks and practice social distancing at all times. Details
Daily from December 11, 2020 | After dusk
Carleton Community Centre, 120 Market Place, Saint John
A Down Home Christmas with Tomato TomatoJoin us for your (newest) favourite holiday tradition: Tomato/Tomato at Imperial Theatre!
December 19 – 20, 2020
Imperial Theatre, 12 King Square South, Saint John
$40 – $45
Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail at Market Square
Find sweet creations by our Market Square tenants along the Gingerbread Trail! Vote for your favourite Gingerbread creation by visiting the Market Square Facebook page, where you can view the entries and cast your ballot by “liking” your favourite Gingerbread House.
November 27 – December 24, 2020
Come on out to our annual 5k Walk/Run and say goodbye to 2020 alongside your running buddies!! Details
December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Wherever you are in Canada
$10 – $35
Enjoy free skating at the qplex. Details
Quispamsis Qplex, 20 Randy Jones Way, Quispamsis
Santa’s Uptown Workshop
Although you won’t be able to sit on his knee this year, you can still peek in the window and watch Santa working away as he gets ready for the big day! Stop by and wave hello and make sure you take lots of pictures from the street! Details
December 11-13, 17-20, 2020
17 Canterbury Street, Saint John
The Prenuptial Claus
Water Street Dinner Theatre delivers it’s a classic comedic brand and rocking live musical numbers in a new social distancing friendly venue.
The Rockland Wedding venue offers a spacious setting for you and your group to safely enjoy a night of side-splitting adult-themed comedy. As always, these shows are not intended for the easily offended. Details
December 11-13, 17-20 & 31, 2020
348 Rockland Road, Saint John
Sold per table; $299 for a table of 4
Just a short drive from Saint John is a winter wonderland on the slopes of Poley Mountain. Get ready for lots of winter fun in the snow. Be prepared to want to stay at Poley Mountain for a weekend or longer.
69 Poley Mountain Road, Waterford
Rockwood Park is a hub of activity during the winter months. Once the snow starts falling you can enjoy many winter activities here. Ice skating, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing are popular activities to do. Details
10 Fisher Lakes Drive, Saint John
Cross Country SkiingDuring the winter, the Saint John river system freezes over and attracts cross-country skiers. Head to Rockwood Park and explore the 50km of trails and finish off by crossing Lily Lake to get a mug of delicious hot chocolate. Elmhurst Outdoors in Erbs Cove offers 12kf of groomed trails.
Enjoy an Outing
Plan to spend time at Fallsview Park. The park is one of the best locations to view the Reversing Falls Rapids. Details
Fit Rocks Climbing Gym
You don’t have to work out in the freezing cold to keep active this winter. Climb the walls and burn off energy at the Fit Rocks Climbing Gym. There are climbing walls for all skill levels, no experience needed.
40 Ashburn Lake Road, Saint John
Escape Rooms are a great way to challenge yourself while bonding with family and friends. Book a slot with Break Out Escape Rooms. Details
Watch The Great Conjunction
Get ready to watch an extraordinary event this holiday season. From December 12 to 28, giant planets Jupiter and Saturn will be in close proximity after centuries. On December 21 Jupiter and Saturn will only be 0.1 degrees apart. This year’s event will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! Don’t miss the Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn.
Go Bird Watching
Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. What are the popular winter birds that you can spot? Can you notice any winter adaptation changes in them? Grab a pair of binoculars, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot. Do a Christmas Bird Count. If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.
Keep your child engaged at home with these fun activities.
Enjoy online concerts and theatres during winter break.
Explore Canada or the World From Home
Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks, and many more places from Home. Travel to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries, or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.