Winter break is right around the corner! Instead of spending the holidays at home inside all day, get out of the house and have lots of fun in Fredericton. Below is a compiled list of Fredericton-area events and activities to help keep you sharp, focused and active during the holiday season.
I. Winter Fun
Crabbe Mountainis home to the largest and highest vertical drop and it has the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in Atlantic Canada. The ski hill, located about 45 minutes from Fredericton, have a trail for all skill levels and age. There is also over 30 km of snowshoe trails and classic Nordic skiing.
Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or winter walking along the many trails of Odell Park. Enjoy winters solitude as you hike through one of Canada’s Old Growth Forests within the heart of Fredericton.
Gather the whole family to enjoy outdoor skating (verify whether open) at the park.
II. Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations
St. Mary’s First Nation Festival of Lights
Have a fun family outing to St. Mary’s First Nation and enjoy the sparkle of Christmas at their Festival of Lights.
Sunday Shopping: Downtown at Downtown Fredericton
You can head downtown to get some holiday shopping done. Sunday Shopping: Downtown makes it fun to do your holiday shopping for those hard to buy for people on your list. There are over 35 businesses who are going to be open on Sundays in December.
Pine Grove Festival of Lights – Fredericton
Pine Grove Festival of Lights is an annual event where 75 Christmas trees are decorated and lit up at grounds of Pine Grove Nursing Home. The tradition started in 2010 and has become a wonderful annual holiday event that people of all ages come out to enjoy.
Fredericton Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert
Come listen to the full symphony orchestra with season favourites and the popular “Snowman”, narrated by David Perritt, featuring Landon Garrett. The concert takes place on December 22nd at the Federicton Playhouse.
III. Indoor Fun
Quartermain Earth Science Centre
Explore the geology at the Quartermain Earth Science Centre, which is located within the historic Forestry & Geology building at the University of New Brunswick. The centre encourages visitors to have fun with the events, exhibits, programs, and displays that explore how the world works.
NB Sports Hall of Fame
The NB Sports Hall of Fameis fun for all ages and will wow any avid sports fan. You can try out the Virtual Sports Simulator, and learn the science behind sports and muscles in the Biomechanics and visit the Sports Discovery Centre. There is also the Hall of Famers and Virtual Locker Room where you can learn more about players who have been honored for their athletic achievements.
Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
TheFredericton Boyce Farmers Marketis a Saturday morning staple where people go shopping for local goods. This popular market has both indoor and outdoor vendors who bring local seasonal products, baked goods, handcrafted gifts and much more to Fredericton each week. Going to the market is a great way to spend a blustery winter morning with family and friends. You can enjoy fresh coffee and healthy locally produced food, while having meaningful conversations with people you care about.
Fredericton Cultural Market
Travel the world without having to leave Fredericton at the Fredericton Cultural Market. There is a wide selection of goods and services being offered at this unique market. So, spend a day at the market enjoying delicious meals and snacks or shopping for international crafts.
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
Become an artist and create your own holiday gifts this year at the Clay Café. There are over 300 kinds of pottery to paint. Everything from mugs, to vases to cool designs for kids. Spend some time relaxing and painting with your friends and family.
Unplugged a Board Games Café
TheUnplugged a Board Games Café is New Brunswick’s first ever board game café, and has over 700 of boards that are kid and family friendly. They are also a fully licenced café that serves great finger foods for you to enjoy with your games.
There is over 80,000 feet of fun to be had at Kingswood Resort this holiday season. You can go bowling or spend some time in the cosmic zone. There is fun to be had for kids of all ages. If you get hungry while having fun, there is a food court where you can find Pizza Hut and Café. The Entertainment Centre will be closed on December 24-26. Check out their facebook page for any announcements/changes to their operating hours.
Fredericton Indoor Pool
Take a dip in theFredericton Indoor Pool this holiday season. There is a water slide and a Tarzan rope to keep you busy and jumping into the pool. There is a swirl pool and a sauna, if you need a break from the main pool. There are multiple swim times, so you definitely need to check the schedule to see when the pool is open to the public.
Due to Covid-19, there will be restrictions on the use of indoor pools.
Enjoy indoor skating at the City Arenas. Don’t forget to book your slots in advance.
- The Grant-Harvey Centrefeatures an Olympic sized surface, which makes it a great place to go skating. If skating is not your thing, they also have a walking and running track.
- The York Arenawas opened in 1947 and is the longest-serving arena that is still in operation in Fredericton. The ice surface is mainly used for hockey, and ringette, ball hockey and lacrosse in the summer.
- Willie O’Ree Place has two NHL-sized ice surfaces for ice skating and holiday games. It’s also the home of the YMCA Northside Wellness Centre, an indoor walking track and an indoor skateboard park.
- The Lady Beaverbrook Arena was refurbished in 2007, and is home to a 190 ft by 82 ft ice surface that is used for figure skating, hockey, and speed skating.
Other Fun Activities
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.
Keep your child engaged at home with these fun activities.
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.
Enjoy online concerts and theatres during winter break.