Bring on the holiday cheer! There’s no shortage of fun to be had this weekend, most of it in the Christmas spirit. Here we go!
First up, a shout out to the folks at Broadleaf Ranch who had us down to enjoy a sleigh ride last week. We spent a lovely 45 minutes breaking fresh snow through the trails, checking out their new glamping units (sleeps five, outdoor fire pits, amazing views, booking through the winter!), and enjoying the scenery and hospitality. If you have a group that’s interested in a great old-fashioned ride, give them a call and see about booking your own! 506-882-2349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also a reminder that Friday is the final day to drop off a turkey to the Sue Stultz Turkey Drive. The annual campaign is looking to gather more than 4,000 frozen turkeys this year for families in our community. Dropping one off at the fire station on St. George is a fantastic way to involve your kids in giving back! You can also bring the kids with you to Stuff a Bus on Saturday! The annual toy drive hosted by C103 takes place at Sobeys Vaughan Harvey from 9am to 3pm. New toy donations will be given to Salvation Army.
Dieppe’s Fun on Ice is back for another season! Enjoy an outdoor concert each Friday night while skating the oval at Place 1604, with bonfires, hot chocolate, and live music. This week, it’s Maurice Daigle; the next two weeks feature Christmas music! If you can, why not book into the Wingate for the night, overlooking the skating and with access to a pool, then take in the Dieppe Market in the morning, as well as the awesome nearby shops like Carte Blanche and Boutique Mini Coco. Tell them Pickle Planet sent you!
Skating is also now an option at the Ian Fowler Oval in front of the Avenir Centre. Please remember hockey and other sports are not allowed on the ice surface; an outdoor rink that does allow hockey will be opening soon in Centennial Park. Helmets are suggested, but not required at the Oval.
Wild Lights is open now for the season; a feast for the eyes at the Zoo! This is a wonderful outing, either as a family or a romantic night out. (For more ideas on Christmas lights to enjoy, check out our Facebook post where folks are sharing their favourite spots to enjoy the holiday sights, and don’t forget the fabulousness that is the Riverview waterfront!)
Speaking of Riverview, this weekend is the annual Holiday Hoopla, with lots of fun for the family. On Friday night, catch The Polar Express on the big screen at the Riverview Community Hall. Saturday afternoon there’s a free family swim at the Pat Crossman Memorial Aquatic Centre and on Sunday you can enjoy a free skate at the Byron Dobson Arena in the afternoon – and in the morning, grab some gifts at the Ladybosscollective Events Bazaar at the community hall.
Friday is the annual Santa Claus Festival of Light Parade in Petitcodiac. Parade begins at 7pm; Santa will visit with everyone at the fire hall following the parade. Photos are available with a donation to the Lorna Hicks Youth Cultural Centre.
The School of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada presents the musical version of A Christmas Carol at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre of Friday and Saturday. This production features a cast of more than 150 youth, students, and adults, as well as dancers from the Atlantic Ballet.
The Academy of Classical Ballet and Modern Dances is presenting the Nutcracker all weekend at the Capitol Theatre, with music by Tutta Musica. Student tickets are just $33.
Saturday morning Santa will be stopping by the Petitcodiac Legion during their pancake breakfast! Children under age 12 are free; others are $7. Santa will be on site from 9-10am, with photos available by donation.
You will also find Santa at the Moncton Market this Saturday morning!
Saturday’s Family Favourites film at Cineplex is The Polar Express; just $2.99 per ticket.
The first of three gingerbread house decorating sessions at Riverview Superstore is this Saturday; cost is $18 per house.
This weekend and next weekend the Thomas Williams House will hold its annual Holiday Tea. Enjoy local sweets and treats in a Victorian setting, with live music. You must reserve a spot; call 856-4327 or drop by Resurgo Place.
Michael’s has lots of workshops and craft sessions this weekend; check them out for options and prices.
Hawthorn Hill Academy is holding a Winter Faire on Saturday afternoon; a great chance to enjoy the school’s forest, share in stories and carols, and shop the artisan market. Admission is $10 per family.
Sunday afternoon is the annual Snider Mountain Christmas, a fantastic free day filled with pony rides, sleigh rides/wagon rides, sliding, music, cookie decorating, face painting, and much more. Food will be available for purchase.
DancEast presents The Nutcracker Sunday evening at Casino NB. This holiday tradition is in its 25th year!
The Moncton Wildcats have two games this weekend, Friday night against Charlottetown (bring a donation for the Food Depot Alimentaire!) and Sunday afternoon is the annual Teddy Bear Toss game! Bring a new teddy, toss it on the ice, it will be donated to local charities.
Poley Mountain is open this weekend; head out and hit the slopes!
Home Depot holds a Kids DIY workshop the second Saturday of each month.
Have you stopped by Close to the Heart yet? This fantastic new children’s store features many local products and events, as well as top retail lines. The store’s grand opening party takes place Saturday afternoon!
The 1st Moncton St. George’s Scouts are holding an All You Can Eat Dessert Party fundraiser on Saturday! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 10 and under.
The Moncton Library holds a bilingual chess club for ages five and up on the second Saturday of each month; call 869-6000 to register.
Some more ideas for family fun: Hop Skip Jump!, Crystal Mountain Party Palace, Get AirMoncton, Skyzone Moncton, FitRocks Climbing Gym, Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, and Parklane Bowling in Riverview (all offer gutter blockers), DIY Studio, Room Escape Atlantic (rooms for ages eight and up), Resurgo Place, the Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre in Riverview, Moncton YMCA public swimming, and Dieppe Aquatic Centre. (You can find details on all these and more on our MEGA LIST of things to do!) There are also lots of indoor skating options!