Kate’s 5 fun things to do this weekend (Dec. 4-6)

Well, the weather outside won’t be frightful, but it will be quite cool in the region with temperatures expected to remain just under the freezing mark.

With Waterloo region in the “red zone” of the province’s COVID-19 framework, it means many in-person events have been cancelled. 

But everything from craft sales to concerts to tree lightings have been moved online.

Virtual tree lighting, in-person window walk and more

7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4

Uptown Waterloo BIA

The holiday shopping season is in full swing in uptown Waterloo this weekend. It’s the “hop ‘n’ shop” weekend where the BIA is asking people to shop local for gifts and treats. 

There is also a self-guided window walk where businesses have painted their front windows and Mistletoe Lane has returned where the laneway beside the parkade has been decorated — perfect for taking a selfie with someone from your household.

Children are also being invited to send letters to Santa by dropping them at Crumbly Cookie Dough Co. and Just Love Pie. Santa will read the letters on video and those videos will be posted to the BIA’s social channels.

The tree in the uptown square will also be lit Friday evening. There will not be a public, in-person event due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but it will be livestreamed on the BIA’s Facebook page.

Also, you can strap on your skates because the ice rink in uptown is set to open at 3 p.m. Friday. Remember, if the rink is too busy and physical distancing is difficult, it’s suggested you try going at another time.

Grand Harmony Chorus online seasonal concert

Friday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

Streamed on YouTube

This year’s concert is a 35-minute cabaret-style show with some of the group’s favourite holiday songs, as well as quartet and solo performances and “lots of humour,” a release said.

The chorus is asking for a donation in exchange for viewing. There will also be an online silent auction, which ends on Monday at 5 p.m.

Take in the Waterloo Park Art Walk

Anytime

Waterloo Park from Caroline Street to Seagram Drive

A new art walk in Waterloo Park features pieces by 24 local artists. Each piece makes a reference to nature, scenery or the landscape of the park. The art will be on display through 2021, so if you can’t make it this weekend, or even this year, you have time to check it out.

Also, the city recently dropped Trail Mix #2, which combines a local trail with some tunes. This time, it’s the Walter Bean Grand River Trail between Park Road and Grand River Drive. Musicians include Alysha Brilla, Sons of Shanley, Tragedy Anne, Rufus John and more.

Music in the Round

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 5 

Available on demand

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra is launching its “to go” season this weekend, which will be a series of mini digital concerts. Each instalment has it own theme and the first, on Saturday, will be Music in the Round. 

The special guests Brassroots, from London, Ont., will join the Stratford Symphony Orchestra’s brass section. There will be six in total. Tickets are $10 for an individual concert, or $50 for the six-session series. 

You can see how the musicians prepared to perform in the behind-the-scenes video below:

 

Meanwhile, the Elora Singers and harpist Julia Seager-Scott will present A Quiet Village online, which will feature Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols that’s been arranged for mixed choir.

Holiday markets

All weekend

There are a few holiday markets this weekend, both online and in-person.

Perhaps the most well know is the Christkindl Market, which normally takes over Kitchener’s city hall but has moved online this year. Don’t worry, you can still get your stollen and gluhwein, decorations and other treats, but it’ll take a few extra days before it arrives at your door.

The in-person Holigay Market by Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. People need to register for a timeslot to shop and the secret location will be revealed after registration. Masks are mandatory and there will only be 10 shoppers at a time. As well, it will be entirely cashless. There will also be an online market through the group’s Facebook event page all weekend.

Tis the Season for a Pop-up Market by Family Connections KW runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the K-W Liquidation Store at 428 King St. N in Waterloo (the former Chapters). Masks are mandatory for everyone and there may be a lineup to get in so pack your patience.

Creative Spark winter market artisan show and sale in Guelph has moved online this year. Register ahead of time to get information about the market, live music and workshops that will be held Saturday and Sunday.

The Guelph Holiday Market at the Victoria Park East Golf Club in Guelph will run Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of local makers will be on hand for this in-person event.

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