Things to Do on Christmas & Boxing Day in KW Region

Gift of Lights at Bingemans

Credit: Gift of Lights at Bingemans

Christmas is an extra special day to spend with family. Take a walk with your loved ones through a sparkling winter wonderland and explore what Kitchener-Waterloo Region has to offer on Christmas and Boxing Day. Here is a list of things to do on December 25 & 26 in Kitchener-Waterloo Region.

Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.

Note: All activities are subject to emerging Covid-19 restrictions. Do check before starting.


Admire Christmas lights

  • See Christmas Lights in Kitchener-Waterloo Region. Drive around to see beautifully decorated homes or the visual effects at the Old Post Office!
  • Don’t forget to drive-thru the Gift of Lights (open on Dec 25 & 26 | 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM) at Bingemans!
  • Experience the Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park (open daily 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM)! Over 100,000 light bulbs will be used to illuminate over 100 colourful and fun displays
  • Embrace the holiday season with Christmas in Cambridge Festival. Up to 20 light installations will illuminate the City from November 23 to January 2.
  • Every evening from December 19 to 31, enjoy a sparkling fun drive-through event at Riverside Park in Guelph.

Want more? Check out these spectacularly lit places in Ontario.

Do a Christmas Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird count on Christmas Day and enjoy a crisp morning walk! Though not an organised/official day for counting, you can always do one own your own.

If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

Visit any of the birding areas near KW Region, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot.

Take a hike in Trillium Woods

Trillium Woods trail is a scenic pathway that winds through the woods and over a wooden footbridge – providing a 30-minute hike, paved in bark chips. The trail is set within Williamsburg Cemetery has a number of unique features including historic artifacts donated by Arthur Hewitt.

Go skating


There are many outdoor skating rinks in KW region. Check which rink is open and enjoy skating. Please note that the rinks are subject to availability based on the weather conditions.

Waterloo Public Square rink is open for public skating daily.


Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the city. This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.

Enjoy a Walk/Picnic

Enjoy a family walk in the green spaces in the region.

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Christmas Brunch/Dinner

Support local restaurants this holiday season and order a holiday takeout meal.

Go Winter Walking

Enjoy winters’ solitude and go hiking. Guelph Lake Conservation area will be open over the holidays. Please be aware that interior roads and trails will not be maintained in the winter.

Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park

Enjoy ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing and more at the provincial parks.

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Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together on Christmas day.

Online Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatre performances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

More Fun Things to Do

Check our family fun activities during Christmas Break for more things to do during winter break.

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