Welcome to the weekend, everyone! We’ve got a jam-packed list filled with awesome events coming up over the next few days. A quick note that this will be our last regular round-up for 2018; you can expect a post before next weekend with our best tips for being Christmas ready and a post between Christmas and New Years with more things to get out and enjoy as a family, but this is the last regular one for the year. Thank you for reading and sharing all year; expect lots more great information coming your way in 2019 and please, if there’s something you’d like to read more of or learn about, let us know in the comments!
Do you like contests? Should we have more in 2019? We have one going right now! Check out our feature on the Theatre New Brunswick production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and you could enter to win two tickets to their show here in Moncton! You can also take in a special presentation about the performance this Saturday afternoon at the Moncton Library; this is a free drop-in event.
What about more podcast episodes? We have two left for 2018 and we’d love to know what you’d like to hear us talk about in the new year. Drop your ideas in the comments! Did you catch last week’s episode on feeling ‘touched out?’ It’s one of my favourites so far!
We have a post on Facebook where folks are sharing their ideas on the best places to see Christmas lights; we’ll add some highlights to our Christmas Cheat Sheet but a sure bet for an awesome light show is the Wild Lights fundraiser at the Zoo! The event runs until January 5 (closed December 24 and 25).
Now, on to the weekend!
Friday night is Fun on Ice at Dieppe’s Place 1604. Enjoy live Christmas music with Phil and Denis, bonfires and hot chocolate, and skating on the oval. Entertainment begins at 6:30pm.
There’s also a free Christmas family dinner at the Dieppe Boys and Girls club on Friday evening, along with a talent show.
Need an awesome personally made gift for someone? Sign up for That Art Thing’s session at the Riverview Superstore on Saturday afternoon! This is open to ages eight and older; a great chance to create alongside your older kids. Check the link for the awesome reindeer painting you’ll create! All supplies and amazing instruction for just $27 plus tax.
Saturday is the annual Christmas party at Toys for Big Boys! Santa is on site from 10am until noon; there’s free gift wrapping, discounts, and lots of deals.
The Moncton Library is holding a holiday storytime Saturday morning; please register to attend.
Resurgo Place is holding a Drop n’ Shop event this weekend; leave the kids (ages six and over) to have fun on Saturday while you finish up your shopping – or whatever else you want to do! You must register in advance: https://bit.ly/2BaEsui
Royal Oaks is hosting a special session with Santa on Saturday. Enjoy lunch and a photo with Santa between noon and 2pm.
Riverview’s Skatepark is open to all ages on Saturday with their annual Holiday Potluck in the evening!
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.
It’s going to be an awesome family time at Sunday’s Moncton Magic home game at Avenir Centre. The team is bringing in bouncy castles, face painters, and more! Game time is 2pm; perfect chance to bring the young fans out to enjoy! You can buy tickets online; also makes a great Christmas gift!!
The Moncton Library offers a drop-in, bilingual program on the third Sunday of each month that offers a variety of sensory experiences for children of all ages.
Sackville’s Anderson Octagonal House is holding a Christmas Elves Card Making Workshop on Sunday afternoon; everyone welcome, donations to Tantramar Heritage Trust welcome.
Sunday evening there’s a lovely family-friendly Christmas show happening at the Lutz Mountain Meeting House. Hot drinks and sweets available, just $7 at the door, which opens at 7pm. Lots of great classic and not-as-classic tunes are promised!
If you’re looking to give back while shopping this weekend, consider finding a gift in the Lewisville Middle School online auction! Funds raise will help the school buy whiteboards for classrooms. There are some great options, like an annual family pass to Resurgo Place, movie gift cards, and lots more!
You can also enjoy indoor skating, Poley is open on part time, and you find details on all the other great local attractions (trampoline parks, swimming, and more!) on our MEGA LIST of things do to! And don’t forget you can visit Santa at both Bass Pro Shops and CF Champlain!
Happy adventures, everyone!
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(If you’re wondering about this week’s cover photo, that’s from the boys’ first Christmas, FIVE years ago! So hard to imagine all that’s changed over time. I miss being able to dress them up in those little outfits and pose them!! Love the photos, though!)