It’s another action-packed weekend full of holiday fun! We won’t waste time getting to the details, except to remind you of two things: Be sure to check out our guide to local gift ideas for teachers, and follow Project Nice List for daily challenges that will help you and your family stay connected to each other and the community this holiday season!
Looking for a parade? You can attend at least one a night this weekend!
Petitcodiac’s Parade of Lights takes place Friday night, starting at 7pm. You can bring a non-perishable food item for SPOT & your letters to Santa for collection along the route! Stop by the fire hall after the parade for photos with Santa; this is a fundraiser for a local mom battling cancer. You can also enjoy hot dogs, hot chocolate, and treats.
Hillsborough’s Santa parade takes place on Saturday, starting at 6:30pm. The community fun begins at 5:45pm with carolling at the Village office and the official tree lighting at 6pm.
The Village of Bouctouche is also holding its Santa parade on Saturday evening, starting at 7pm.
Sussex’s Santa parade takes place Saturday, starting at 6:30pm.
Sunday evening the parade fun continues in Cap-Pele. Parade begins at 6pm; you can visit with Santa at the hall at 7pm.
Other Holiday Events
Wild Lights opens on Friday and runs throughout December. This is an amazing light display at the Magnetic Hill Zoo, which acts as a fundraiser for the zoo. The Zoo is open from 5pm to 8:30pm on week nights, and 2pm to 8:30pm on weekends. Toddlers three and under are free, children are $5, and adults are $10; a family of two adults and two children costs $28, with additional children charged $4.
DancEast’s annual production of The Nutcracker takes the stage at the Riverview Arts Centre this weekend, with performances scheduled Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Centre for Arts and Education presents A Christmas Carol on Friday and Saturday at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre.
On Saturday, you can enjoy free bowling and the grand opening of the Boys & Girls Club Tree Lot from 10am until noon in Petitcodiac.
Christmas movies are always fun, especially when you can share the experience in the theatre! Cineplex’s Family Favourites is showing ELF this Saturday on the big screen at 11am for just $2.99 per ticket. (Next week it’s The Polar Express!)
As of Wednesday night, there were still spaces for a Cookies with Santa event at the Riverview Superstore! This is happening Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm; $10 plus tax. Contact the store to register; spaces are limited. Your child will enjoy snacks, colouring, a story from Santa, and a photo with him. There were also spaces available Dec 3 (Sunday), Dec 17, and Dec 23 for gingerbread decorating classes; cost is $18 plus tax, with up to two children working per house. There are also some weekday kids’ classes, check this schedule and enjoy! Call 387-5992 for more details.
You can make a gingerbread house at Michaels on Saturday (1pm to 3pm); cost is a Wilton Gingerbread Kit (purchased in store, decorating supplies will be provided.
The NB Adoption Support Network invites families who are interested or waiting to adopt, have adopted, or are fostering children to a holiday party on Saturday! The event runs from 2pm to 4pm in Dieppe.
Camo Santa makes his appearance at Cabela’s this weekend; grab a free photo with him Saturday or Sunday, 11am until 3pm.
Santa stops by MacArthur’s Nurseries on Saturdays and Sundays between 1pm and 3pm; they also have an amazing array of décor, along with a giant polar bear that looks SO cute!
The Riverview Animal Hospital welcomes pets for photos with Santa on Sunday afternoon. Photos are by donation, with money going to help animals in need.
Did you know you can BOOK your visit with Santa at CF Champlain now? We did last year and it was fantastic not having to worry about a line up! Visits are free; photo packages are not. You can still just walk up, too!
Santa is also in residence at Bass Pro Shops now. You can stop by for a visit between 5pm and 8pm on weekdays, 10am to 8pm on Saturday (with crafts and games from noon until 5pm), and noon until 5pm on Sunday. Miniature horse, Party, is visiting Santa at Bass Pro on Saturday; stop by for a pat hello and a special photo!
Salisbury is holding its first annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Sunday, 6pm, under the Full Cold Moon.
Ventus Machina will present a free (donations to the food bank accepted) holiday concert at the Free Meeting House on Sunday; doors open at 6pm. A reception with warm apple cider and treats will be held afterward in the lobby of Resurgo Place.
Friday night the Wildcats host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday.
Bring the kids to Michaels on Saturday morning to make unicorn slime. Drop-in available 10am until noon; $2 fee.
The first Saturday of each month, l’Église Nouvelle Espérance offer Play Connexion Café, a free morning of bouncy castles, games, and more. Open 10am until noon, 1620 Rue Champlain.l’Église Nouvelle Espérance
At the Moncton Library this weekend, you can take part in musical storytime on Saturday and African storytime on Sunday. There’s also a local authors event at the library on Sunday afternoon; a great chance to pick up some local books for everyone on your shopping list.
The Ecocentre Homarus Mobile Lab will be at Resurgo Place Saturday morning; access is included with regular admission, from 10am until noon.
Enjoy the weekend, everyone, and welcome to December!