Winter in Ontario is truly magical. With a blanket of fresh white snow, the entire province is quickly transformed into a winter wonderland. And Kitchener-Waterloo is no exception either. From festive holiday events to beautiful sights and sounds, there are so many things to do in Waterloo this winter that will make this your best season yet. \nFor a start, it's nice to know you don't have to travel to Toronto or Ottawa to experience incredible holiday festivities. \nWith thousands of twinkling lights, delicious chilli cook-offs, epic concerts on train cars, and so much more, you can have tons of fun without leaving the Kitchener-Waterloo area. \nIf you didn't get your fill of German treats at the iconic Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, don't worry. They have an epic outdoor German-inspired Christmas market that will definitely hit the spot.\nAnd even if you don't live nearby, you can rest assured that Kitchener and Waterloo are totally worth the drive this winter.\nSo, if you're looking to make this winter one of the best, don't wait.\nTake a peek at the list of winter fun below, send it to your besties, and start constructing those epic winter bucket lists ASAP.\nChristkindl Market\nPrice: Free\nWhen: December 5 to December 8\nAddress: Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W., Kitchener, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: This German-inspired Christmas market is full of holiday charm. You can browse through 100 vendors, indulge in tasty German drinks and snacks, listen to live entertainment, enjoy a free carriage ride, and more.\n View this post on Instagram Took a quick stroll through the #christkindlmarket in DTK! 🎄 Had to take a bite of my 🥨, couldn’t wait for the photo 😂 Check it out all weekend to #SupportLocal! #DTKlove #kwawesome #holidaymarket #ChristkindlCA #OntSouthwest A post shared by Jaclyn Wingfield (@jayywing) on Dec 7, 2018 at 11:52am PST\n\nWebsite\nBingemans Gift of Light\nPrice: Starting at $15\nWhen: November 16 until January 4\nAddress: 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can stay warm and cozy inside your car as you drive through a magical tunnel of lights.\nView this post on Instagram Gift of Lights is just DAYS AWAY! We can't wait to give you the gift of lights alongside the assistance of our amazing sponsors: Libro Credit Union, and Jay Fencing! Libro Credit Union Jay Fencing Ltd for details, check out giftoflights.ca #GiftOfLightsKW #KWAwesome A post shared by Bingemans (@bingemans) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:19pm PST\nWebsite\nWinterloo\nPrice: Free\nWhen: TBA\nAddress: Waterloo, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: From skating in the town square to the scrumptious chilli cookoff and mac n' cheese challenge, Winterloo is full of festive fun for you to enjoy. You can take a free horse-drawn ride, check out snow graffiti, ice sculptures, and more.\nView this post on Instagram do you even skate bro? A post shared by @ samjamal on Dec 29, 2018 at 4:12pm PST\nWebsite\nThe Polar Express\nPrice: Starting at $52\nWhen: November 21 until December 21\nAddress: St. Jacobs Station, Waterloo, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: All aboard! Get your tickets ready because you won't want to miss this incredible holiday train ride. You'll feel like you're in the movie.\nView this post on Instagram Our Polar Express tickets are on sale NOW! Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™, following a short pre-show inside the station scheduled to entertain ticket holders prior to boarding. Visit www.waterloocentralrailway.com for more information and to purchase your tickets. Child tickets starting at $42, adult tickets starting at $52 A post shared by Waterloo Central Railway (@waterloocentralrailway) on Sep 11, 2019 at 6:37am PDT\nWebsite\nSt. Jacobs Sparkles\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: November 15 to November 18\nAddress: St. Jacobs Village, Waterloo, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're on a set of a real Christmas movie when you wander through St. Jacobs. You can enjoy tons of festive lights, old fashioned carolers, horse-drawn rides, and more.\nView this post on Instagram Let the season begin🎄😇 #stjacobssparkles2018 A post shared by Lorrie Marilyn-Fashion Stylist (@lorrie_marilyn) on Nov 18, 2018 at 3:28pm PST\nWebsite\nWonders of Winter\nPrice: Free, donations welcome\nWhen: November 30 until January 1\nAddress: Waterloo Park, Waterloo, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can wander through an enchanted park full of 100,000 lights while you sip on hot chocolate or hot apple cider. On opening night, you can see magical fireworks, enjoy free trolley rides, and more.\nView this post on Instagram *insert cheesy caption about meeting me under the mistletoe* 💕❄️ // some days I really do feel like I should pinch myself. 2017 was the craziest year of my life but it has been so full of blessings, and i’m so grateful to be doing life with this little ball of sunshine by my side. It’s kind of surreal to me still, even two years later, that I get to love and be loved by the woman I know I want to marry one day. It’s kind of funny; I spend most days in an even split of “I’m enjoying being young and in love, I want to enjoy this part of our lives, I’m content like this” and “I want to put a ring on her finger and make her my wife and tell the entire universe that I will love her until the world ends”. It’s wild. But I love it. Merry Christmas guys! 💕💕🎄🎄 A post shared by Ashley Robertson (@arobertson28) on Dec 24, 2017 at 12:37pm PST\nWebsite\nCP Holiday Train\nPrice: Foodbank donation\nWhen: November 29\nAddress: 10 Malcolm St., Cambridge, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You won't want to miss this iconic holiday staple when it rolls into town. You can marvel at the trains beautiful lights and enjoy an epic free concert.\nView this post on Instagram Save the Date! @cpholidaytrain will be in Nelson Dec 12 this year. . . . . . #findingawesome #explorekootenaylake #cpholidaytrain #holidaytrain #nelsonbc A post shared by Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism (@nelsonkootenaylake) on Oct 18, 2019 at 4:35pm PDT\nWebsite\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.