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. 

For a start, it's nice to know you don't have to travel to Toronto or Ottawa to experience incredible holiday festivities. 

With 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. 

If 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.

And even if you don't live nearby, you can rest assured that Kitchener and Waterloo are totally worth the drive this winter.

So, if you're looking to make this winter one of the best, don't wait.

Take a peek at the list of winter fun below, send it to your besties, and start constructing those epic winter bucket lists ASAP.

Christkindl Market

Price: Free

When: December 5 to December 8

Address: Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W., Kitchener, ON

Why 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.


Bingemans Gift of Light

Price: Starting at $15

When: November 16 until January 4

Address: 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can stay warm and cozy inside your car as you drive through a magical tunnel of lights.


Winterloo

Price: Free

When: TBA

Address: Waterloo, ON

Why 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.


The Polar Express

Price: Starting at $52

When: November 21 until December 21

Address: St. Jacobs Station, Waterloo, ON

Why 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.


St. Jacobs Sparkles

Price: Prices vary

When: November 15 to November 18

Address: St. Jacobs Village, Waterloo, ON

Why 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. 


Wonders of Winter

Price: Free, donations welcome

When: November 30 until January 1

Address: Waterloo Park, Waterloo, ON

Why 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.


CP Holiday Train

Price: Foodbank donation

When: November 29

Address: 10 Malcolm St., Cambridge, ON

Why 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.



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