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 Mountain is 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.
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 Fame is 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
The Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market is 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.
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
The Unplugged 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. They are closed on Dec 24 & 25. and open from noon to 6 pm on Dec 26 and Jan 1 and until 12:30 am on Dec 31. Rest of the days will follow regular hours.
Fredericton Indoor Pool
Take a dip in the Fredericton 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.
Administrative offices close at noon on December 24 and 31 and will close December 25, 26, as well as January 1. The front desk will be open for regular weekly business hours, 8:15 am to 6:30 pm, from December 22 to January 4 (excluding December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1). There will be a special holiday swim schedule in effect from December 22 to January 4. There are no swims on December 24 and 31.
December 24 and 31: Closed at noon.
December 25, 26 and January 1: Closed all day, except for the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, which will be open for the New Years Levee from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.
- The Grant-Harvey Centre features 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 Arena was 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.