7 Holiday Activities Happening Locally Between Now and New Year’s

If you live in the Guelph, Cambridge or Kitchener-Waterloo area, here are some events this December for you and the family to get in the holiday spirit.

Guelph

Sparkles in the Parkimage of Christmas lights in a tree

December 17th – 31st, nightly 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Riverside Park

Take in the natural beauty of snow covered trees and fields lit up with twinkling lights and holiday displays. Fill up your thermos with hot cocoa and drive through at your own pace and stay toasty in your car while you gaze. Or, park and take your group venturing out by foot. Find the perfect display for your family Christmas card photo…will it be at the “Candy Factory” stand?

Parking is FREE.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated in traditional Sparkles fashion with a fireworks display at 8:00 PM.

Merrymaking at the Market

December 21st, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Market Square, 1 Carden St.

You can actually *enjoy* the holiday bustle by avoiding the malls and big box stores to take in some small community charm. Head downtown and pick out one-of-a-kind pieces from the 80+ local venders, all with a festive background of live Christmas music and singing. There will be free hot chocolate and ice skating too. Now that’s a great last minute shopping experience!

Christmas tree lighting with Mayor Cam Guthrie at 6:30 PM.

Kitchener

The NutcrackerImage of Nutcracker dancers

December 23rd, 7:30 PM at River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St.

If you’ve never seen the Nutcracker, this should be year you change that. It may just become a part of your Christmas tradition. This year the play is available locally and will be performed by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. This performance offers a uniquely Canadian spin on the classic, featuring set design inspired by the famous Group of Seven landscape artists. Enjoy the meeting of heritage and festive tradition in a performance staged to inspire and delight.

Ticket Price Ranges

Adult $46-70        Student $30-70         Senior $43-70

Let it be Christmas

December 23rd and 24th, 7:00 PM at Highview Community Church, 295 Highview Dr.

It’s true at the holidays that All You Need is Love. Enjoy original “Beatleized” Christmas carols and songs that will make everyone Come Together. There could hardly be two more universally loved things than Christmas and the Beatles, and what better way to prove it than to the sweet music they make combined? Don’t miss this.

This concert is FREE. Donations will be accepted to Supportive Housing of Waterloo.

Image of super heroesNYE Toycon for Kids

December 31st, 6:00 PM – Midnight

Kitchener is translating Comicon for younger ages this year with “Toycon.” This celebration of all things superheroes will feature comic and toy vendors, retro arcade games, craft stations and more! Skating, live music and hot chocolate bring some more festive fun. Popular superheroes (and maybe some villains) will be there for photos, and your little ones are invited to come in costume too.

This event is FREE.

 

Cambridge

The Nutcracker

December 16th, 7:30 PM at Forward Church, 455 Myers Rd.

You can enjoy this classic even at a lower price point. In its 10th year, tickets to this performance are a steal at only $15.00/each, so bring the whole family. Live music will be performed by Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the dancers hail from a local dance studio.

7:00 PM pre-show performance by the Cambridge Youth Orchestra.

New Year’s Eve Free Skating

December 31st, 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Cambridge Memorial Arena, 640 Ellis Rd. West

Ice time for the whole family will be free for up to one hour. Off ice fun activities will keep the little ones entertained too, including a magic show.

This event is FREE.

Competition and Fun at the OTSC

Can you think of a place where you can find robotics engineers, aestheticians, bakers, and…plumbers and HVAC technicians all working under one roof?

If you did, congratulations, you’ve just invented quite the catch-all business.  We’ve never seen that company, but we did get to experience this scene at the recent Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo!

If you’ve never heard of it, the OTSC is a one day competition that bring together over 2,100 young trades people to compete in 67 skilled trade categories. The winners get prizes and the opportunity to move on and compete at the national level.

Our Hy-Mark team was there in full force, running the Heating Systems competition, as well as judging in the Sheet Metal and Plumbing categories.  Dozens of high school and college trades students came out for these events, working hard and having fun with the challenges we set up for them.

The best part? We offered full time apprenticeship positions to the winners in each of these three categories.  In fact, Hy-Mark was one of only two companies (out of over 50 total companies and organizations involved in OTSC) to offer this award.

Congratulations to the winners!

Bailey Bowman of Cambrian College (Heating Systems)

Owen Fryer of St. Clair College (Sheet Metal)

David Kingsberry of George Brown College (Plumbing)

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Hy-Mark team at OTSC 2016

Plumber contest winner receiving apprenticeship offer at OTSC 2016