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What to do with the kids this weekend in Greater Moncton (Dec 20-22)

Welcome to the last weekend before Christmas – and the last official weekend round up of 2019! We’ll try to pop in once again with what we can find out for family activities over New Year’s and until school starts back up, but we’re also focusing on taking some time to spend with our family, so please be understanding!

We’ve updated our annual Christmas Cheat Sheet with tips on wrapping gifts for little ones, last-minute ideas for postal workers, healthy holiday treats, and more – including our list of Christmas light displays. But we know you all love this list, so here’s a quick version:

  • Riverview Waterfront
  • 65 Warren Avenue, Riverview (lights set to music)
  • Runneymeade Road, Riverview
  • Pine Glen Road, Riverview (815 & 1089 in particular)
  • 1150 Elmwood Drive, Moncton (Irishtown display)
  • Old Shediac Road & Branch Road
  • Pinehurst Street
  • Falcon Drive
  • Pasadena Drive (lights set to music)
  • 73 Salengro Cresent (lights set to music)
  • 327 Chartersville Road (lights set to music)
  • Corner of Milner & Alexander (Star Trek House with Santa in an upstairs window)
  • Centennial Park (trees at the entrance)
  • Downtown Moncton/City Hall
  • 3202 Mountain Road (between the Zoo & Lyons’ store; lights set to music)
  • WILD LIGHTS at the Magnetic Hill Zoo

Memramcook and Albert County are both having home decorating contests you might want to check out, and even Shediac’s Big Lobster is in on holiday fun!

There’s still time to see Santa!

You can book your spot to see Santa at CF Champlain; he’s there until December 24. There’s also a lovely set up at MacArthur’s Nurseries; Santa plans to be here on Saturday. Santa is also visiting the giant gingerbread house at the Delta Beausejour Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm, and Santa is at Bass Pro Shops 10am-8pm each day until Christmas Eve – when he leaves at 5pm!

You can also Skate with Santa this Sunday at the Moncton Coliseum from 2-4pm for free – or see him at Dieppe’s Fun on Ice Friday night!


Starting Thursday the Hazy Grape Theatre Collective begins performing ELF, the musical, at the Riverview Arts Centre. There are four performances over three days; be sure to check it out!

On Friday Theatre New Brunswick brings It’s A Wonderful Life to the stage at théâtre l’Escaouette as a live radio play.

The Capitol is hosting La Grande Tournée du temps des fêtes on Saturday, featuring four of northern New Brunswick’s favourite Acadian artists, and on Sunday its Symphony New Brunswick’s Christmas Show.


Wild Lights continues at Magnetic Hill Zoo; open daily 5pm to 8:30pm (closed December 24 & 25, last opening January 4).


Fun on Ice is back for another season in Dieppe! Each Friday night enjoy live entertainment, skating on the oval at Place 1604, hot chocolate, bonfires, and more. This week, music by Mixtape – and an appearance by Santa!

Need some time without the kids to prep for the holidays? Register for a movie & pizza night with the Magnetic Hill Lions centre! The kids stay from 5-9pm, enjoy pizza and movies, and you get a few hours to yourself – all for $30/child. Contact them to register!


Make a visit to Off the Wall Eyewear Emporium this Saturday and meet a miniature pony! The gang are fundraising to help give Sylvie Cormier RMT, a mom dealing with cancer, the BEST Christmas ever – and you can help by visiting on Saturday between noon and 2pm.

This Saturday’s Snapology session at Bennic is all about Toy Story 4! You can drop your kiddos off for the morning and they’ll enjoy some incredibly fun learning and a sweet treat! (There’s also a session on December 28 if you want to plan ahead.)

Children ages five to 11 are invited to register for a cooking decorating session at the Moncton library on Saturday. In the afternoon, there’s also a Snapology session at the library!

Saturday afternoon Piatto Pizzeria and Enoteca is holding a family Gingerbread decorating session – book in for a meal and fun!


Everyone is invited to a children’s presentation of A Charlie Brown Christmas at St. John’s United Church, Moncton on Sunday morning.


On the morning of Christmas Eve, enjoy a family skate with Santa at the Eugène (Gene) LeBlanc arena in Memramcook. Open to everyone 9am to 11:30am; bring your helmet!

If you’re looking for ideas on places to go with the family over the holidays, these links can help!

Business folks! A reminder that ALL of these guides have advertising spots available, so if you’re looking to get your name in front thousands and thousands of local families, get in touch. We’re booking up for 2020 – everything from weekend round up ads to podcast sponsorships. Don’t miss out!

Enjoy your time over the holidays, everyone – and here are a few other blog posts that you might find useful in the coming days!

PS: The Pickle Planet Podcast is on vacation until January, but you can catch up on episodes here – and you can hear Jenna as a guest on another local podcast, Straight from the Bend, here.

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