It’s another busy weekend filled with all kind of Christmas activities and more!
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We usually stick to Fri-Sun events, but on Thursday evening, December 7, the City of Dieppe is holding a skating session with Santa at the Place 1604 skating oval. Christmas carols will be performed by the choir of École Anna-Malenfant, and you can enjoy snacks, hot chocolate, and trees decorated by local daycares in the lobby of City Hall.
Fun on Ice is back for the winter in Dieppe, with weekly free concerts on Friday nights. This week, you can listen to Robin LeBlanc and Nicolas Basque while you enjoy skating on the oval, bonfires, and hot chocolate.
The Academy of Classical Ballet and Modern Dances presents its version of The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre this weekend.
The Moncton Magic host the Saint John Riptide Friday night at 7pm and the Island Storm on Saturday night.
And don’t forget – Friday is the last day to drop a turkey donation off to the Sue Stultz & Moncton Firefighters Turkey Drive! This is the 20th year turkeys have been collected to provide a holiday meal to families in need in our community. This year, there are 4,241 turkeys needed. Not only is this a great service, but also a wonderful chance to involve your whole family in visiting the station.
It’s Holiday Hoopla weekend in Riverview, presenting lots of fantastic family fun. On Friday night, head to the Community Hall (145A Lakeside Drive) for a family pajama party to watch The Polar Express on the big screen. Doors open at 6:30pm. Saturday’s events include a free swim in the afternoon & free skateboarding at the youth centre. On Sunday, Santa will be skating at the Upper Byron Dobson rink from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. This is a free event – with free hot chocolate! You can pop by the Community Hall from noon until 4pm for some local shopping fun, too.
It’s a big weekend of celebrations in Sackville, too, with their annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday night (Santa is coming!), an all-ages Christmas decorating workshop, and special shopping hours and deals around town. Sackville NatureKids Club is hosting a Christmas Bird Count, along with Bird Studies Canada, on Saturday and Sunday is another Make Something Sunday workshop for the kids at Owens Art Gallerly; this week’s theme is leather tooling.
One of my favourite Christmas events this year – a sing-a-long at The Play Café! Andrew & Jeremy of The AJs will lead the kids (and adults!) in a musical morning; this event is included with regular admission.
The wait is over – hop! skip! jump! Indoor play space opens its doors with a grand opening celebration on Saturday! From 9am until 1pm there will be face painting, balloon animals, and more included with admission. Located in the Trinity Power Centre, the play space includes a three-level structure, climbing areas (additional fee), laser maze, mini bowling, air hockey, and more. Day passes are $11.99 for ages one to four years, $14.99 for ages five to 12, and there is a 10% discount for siblings.
The Moncton Wesleyan Kids are presenting Jingle Bell Rock on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a one-hour interactive experience, followed by photos and treats.
This Saturday is the last Cineplex Family Favourites feature of the year, with The Polar Express being shown at 11am for just $2.99 per person.
There’s a Kids Crafternoon scheduled for the Moncton Public Library on Saturday.
It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means Home Depot should have a KIDS DIY session; contact the store for details.
Michaels has several fun workshops this weekend, including photo props and a T-shirt on Saturday, snowman slime in Sunday.
Resurgo Place is hosting Christmas Tea at Thomas Williams House, with several sittings over the next two weekends. Please reserve a seat!
A tradition for our family is the annual Fiddle Doo hosted by Ivan & Vivian Hicks at the Salisbury Lions Club. This year’s event is on Saturday. Music begins at 2pm; there will be all kinds of great fiddle tunes in a casual setting. Admission is by donation, and you’re asked to bring something for the food bank. If you’d like to bring along a meal, you can stay for the potluck portion of the event. This is a very family-friendly event, not just because it’s in the afternoon, but because of the warm welcome you receive.
It’s Christmas at Snider Mountain Ranch on Sunday! There will be pony rides, sleigh or wagon rides, live music, cookie decorating, crafts, and more – and the kitchen will be open, with lots of yummy dishes to warm you up! (This event is free; charges apply for kitchen purchases.) Snider Mountain Ranch is outside Sussex and well worth the drive for this event. They also offer lots of summer camps, so be sure to check them out if you’re thinking ahead to sunnier days!
Sackville’s Owens Art Gallery is again hosting Lewisville Middle School is holding its first Winter Craft Fair on Sunday, from 9am until 3pm, with lots of crafts, goodies, and even a BBQ.
The Petitcodiac Rink is hosting a special free public skate on Sunday, from 1pm until 3pm.
Wild Lights runs almost every day in 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.
Santa will enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Shediac Legion on Saturday morning – with face painting and photos (bring your own camera)! This is free for children 12 and under, adults are $5.
Santa is also stopping by for breakfast in Irishtown on Saturday morning. You can eat from 8am until 11am; Santa arrives at 9am. Admission by donation.
Santa will be skating at the Moncton Coliseum on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. This is a free event put on by the City of Moncton; Tim Hortons will be providing free hot chocolate. Don’t forget your helmet!
He’s also part of the free skate during Riverview’s Holiday Hoopla on Sunday.
Camo Santa is at Cabela’s again 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!
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.
Interested in some non-Christmas activities? Don’t forget our Mega List of What to Do With the Kids in Moncton!