The holiday season is in full swing – can you believe it’s December this weekend?! If you’re still looking for some great gift ideas from local companies, you’ll want to check out our 12 Days of Local Gifting Guide. We asked a dozen local parents to share their picks for what to buy for everyone from your kids’ bus driver to their grandparents to your co-workers and more. We added a few extra to create a list with 75 awesome local companies featured; be sure to take some time to look it over and share with your friends!
Now, for this weekend’s holiday fun! (There are a few non-holiday events; we’ve listed those at the end for easy finding.)
There’s nothing quite like Christmas in the Country, especially when everything is beautifully snow-covered and picture perfect! More than a dozen businesses from Riverview to Alma are celebrating, including the Hillsborough Farmers Market open Saturday and Sunday with lots of awesome vendors. The Artisan’s Village will be open, and there’s a craft market at Riverside Consolidated school. There’s lots of fun planned at Broadleaf Ranch, too, with snowman rock painting, selfies with Santa, and a chance to cut your own tree for just $10! Broadleaf Ranch will also host its final Sunday Brunch of 2018 this weekend; open from 10am until 2pm. Call 882-2349 for more information. Don’t forget: the ranch is offering group sleigh rides this winter! Grab some friends and head out on the trails; it’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon!
Shediac is also pulling out all the holiday cheer this weekend! Friday night is the village’s Santa parade, followed by Saturday morning’s Family Day with Santa. The Rusty Barn’s second annual Christmas Market takes place Saturday and Sunday at the multipurpose centre. There’s a chance for photos with Santa on Saturday! You can also see Santa Saturday morning at the Legion; enjoy breakfast with the jolly man for just $5 (free for under 12).
Friday night the Friends of the Salisbury Elementary Cubs are showing The Polar Express in the school gym; cost is $2, with treats available for purchase.
In Riverview, the WRES Home & School group is showing Christopher Robin on the big screen.
Saturday is the official opening of Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo. This fantastic event is quickly becoming a holiday tradition for many local families. There’s a special focus on penguins this year!
Riverview Superstore is holding a pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday! Cost is $10/child, open to all ages, with proceeds going to President’s Choice Children’s Charity. Enjoy pancakes for the whole family and a photo with Santa; you must reserve your spot, call the store at (506) 387-5992.
Cineplex’s Family Favourites shows ELF on the big screen for just $2.99 this Saturday morning!
Michael’s has lots of great hands-on sessions this weekend, including gingerbread house making, gingerbread slime, and more; check their site for costs and times.
Join in the Santa Shuffle and Elf Walk on Saturday morning to support the Salvation Army. Bring your cheer to the Moncton Press Club for 10am! (Registration fees apply.)
Saturday afternoon Wild Cheer Athletics is holding a fundraising event with That Art Thing, where kids can paint a fun Elf with expert guidance. Call 388-5767 to book your spot!
Salisbury Baptist Church’s Junior Choir is presenting The Secret of Snowflake County on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Jingle Bell Rock is a one-hour, high-energy, interactive family fun event hosted by Moncton Wesleyan Kids World. Enjoy fun photo ops, treats, and more after the show. Performances on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Santa is heading to Bouctouche on Saturday; the village’s parade is at 6pm.
Resurgo Place is offering a parent’s dream: drop n’ shop! Drop the kids off (ages six and up) for a full or half day while you get ready for the holidays! Price ranges from $20 to $35; registration form and more info online.
Sunday morning is the annual Expert Turkey Run, a great way for the whole family to head out and support a great cause! Please register in advance; there’s a $5 charge – and a frozen turkey – to run. Everything goes to support the Sue Stultz Turkey Drive!
Salisbury is holding a community tree lighting on Sunday evening at 6pm. Enjoy carols and warm drinks; please bring your own cup!
Sunday is also Cap Pele’s Santa parade, starting at 6pm.
The Salisbury Public Library is again offering a workshop for children to learn the art of cursive writing, on Saturday morning. Call 372-3240 to register.
The Moncton Magic is hosting the Cape Breton Highlanders on Friday night and St. John’s Edge on Saturday night; we saw some great video of the excitement when Moncton visited the Edge, so let’s show them what a Moncton audience can do!
And you can find all the usual great ideas – bowling, rock climbing, skating, and more – on our MEGA List of things to do with the kids in the Moncton area!
Did you catch last week’s podcast? Founder of The Play Café, Marley McGinnis, shared a bit behind her decision to close the beloved indoor play space; it’s a must listen! So is this week’s episode, coming up on Friday. The founder of What Kids Need Moncton, Amanda Pooley, sat down with us to talk about the current needs of families living in poverty in our community, how you can help make this year’s Snowflake Station a success, and how she came to start this charity several years ago. You’ll definitely want to take the time to listen to what she has to say; it might just change your Christmas. (You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify, so you never miss an episode; you can also find it on the site each Friday.)
If you’re looking for another way to give back this holiday, you might also want to give to the Early Childhood Family Resource Centre’s diaper drive.