There are so many fun holiday activities going on in the next 6 weeks around here. Want to take in the excitement of the season with your family?
Check these Holiday Activities in London Ontario out:
Saturday Nov. 14th, 6 pm, London Santa Claus Parade
A variety of floats, bands, and community groups taking part. They will be collecting food for the London Food Bank and brand new teddy bears for the Salvation Army. Donations are also taken for Shriners organizations which support children in hospitals across Canada.
The parade will begin on Egerton Street and Dundas Street (West of Kellogg’s and East of the Western Fair). The parade will travel West on Dundas Street and will end on Ridout Street.
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd, adapted by Philip Grecian. This holiday season we bring the warm-hearted and hilarious story of 9-year-old Ralphie to The Grand stage. A Christmas Story is a pre-war snapshot of a simpler time, with temperamental Oldsmobiles, leggy novelty lamps, cranky Santas, and that Holy Grail of boyhood: a Red Ryder carbine action BB gun. This modern classic has joined the pantheon of seasonal traditions since its movie premiere in 1983.
Nov. 24-Dec. 30
Lighting of the Lights in Victoria Park
Caroling begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by the countdown to the illumination of the park at 6:50 p.m. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating trees in the park, there are a variety of festive displays, and don’t forget Santa’s Mailbox for all those good little boys and girls who need to get their wish list to the North Pole. Victoria Park’s festive decorations and outdoor skating rink are a longstanding tradition in London’s celebration of the holiday season. The skating rink is scheduled to open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting on Friday, December 5 (weather permitting). Winter Wonderland in the park takes place November 27 thru January 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. A popular vantage point to see the lights, the Promenade Deck on top of City Hall will be open from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. beginning Nov. 27 – Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 8, 21, 25, 26).
November 27, 2015
580 Clarence Street
Time: 6:15 PM
“Christmas in Nashville” is a tribute to the wonderful world of Country Music that began in Nashville, Tennessee, almost one hundred years ago. With radio broadcasts over WSM in Nashville, Tennessee, this show business phenomenon has entertained millions of Country Music fans over the years on that most famous of stages, the Ryman Auditorium. “Welcome to Nashville” will re-create for you some of Country Music’s finest moments starting way back at its earliest beginnings, in Nashville.
November 27, 2015
550 Wellington Street
London ON N6A 3P9
Time: 7:30 PM
Friday, November 27th to Sunday, December 13th
Dickens’ Dinner at Fanshawe Pioneer Village | Gabriel Grub & The Goblins: A Christmas Story From Pickwick Papers – A Play by Jason Rip
Enjoy a traditional 19th century country Christmas dinner served family style and featuring local roast goose, root vegetables, soup, cabbage salad, pickles and for dessert: mincemeat pie or plum pudding. After dinner, experience a play based on a short story by Charles Dickens.
Book on-line at Eventbrite. Advance booking is required.
Presented in partnership with Fanshawe College.
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Enjoy the sights and scents of the Victorian Christmas tradition and experience the beautiful holiday decorations of the past.
November 28, 2015 – January 1, 2016
Eldon House, 481 Ridout St. N
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
December 1, 2015 at the Richmond St. railway crossing between Oxford St. and Central Ave.
Every year, the CP Holiday Trains travel through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for North American food banks. Again this year, the Holiday Train program is encouraging people attending events to bring heart healthy donations. Heart health education and awareness is a tenet of CP’s community investment program, CP Has Heart, which focuses on improving the heart health of men, women and children in communities across North America.
The two brightly lit trains will kick off in the Montreal area on November 27 and 28 on their way to visit approximately 150 communities. The “Canadian Train” travels west across Canada finishing its journey in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The “US Train” visits communities across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest, and returns back to Canada for shows in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The concerts are always free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank — either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay in your community.
Over 170 artisans from Ontario and Quebec; great gift ideas under one roof!
Dec 3 1pm-9pm
Dec 4 11am-9pm
Dec 5 11am-6pm
Dec 6 11am-5pm
Progress Building Western Fair District
Admission $6 (tax incl). Ages 12 and under free
A Visit with St. Nicholas at Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Families are invited to a Visit with St. Nicholas. Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast, followed by a baked gingerbread man to decorate for dessert. Hop aboard a horse drawn wagon for a beautiful winter ride around the Village and visit a selection of buildings preparing for Christmas. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without the visit with St. Nicholas himself, who is happy to see each child.
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM (Doors Open), 2:00 PM (Show Starts)
Ticket Price: $20 Advance / $15 Students or Seniors (55+) / $25 Door (no addt’l fees)
Location: Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. E.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Written in 1843, A CHRISTMAS CAROL has become the Christmas story and one of the most loved works in the English language. Few people know that Dickens also wrote and performed a solo theatrical version of his famous story for many years. Now you can experience the laughter, tears and joy of the original with John D. Huston as Charles Dickens.” His remarkable performance has been described as “mesmerizing”, “powerful” and “Christmas magic” by reviewers and audiences across the country.
The Aeolian presents the piano duet team of Marion Miller and Clark Bryan in a program of music in the Christmas spirit.
December 11, 2015
Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. E.
Drop in between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Children will experience the spirit of Christmas past, by playing games, making crafts and treats, and visiting with Father Christmas! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more are requested to arrive at 3:00 p.m.
December 13, 2015
481 Ridout St. N
London ON N6A 2P6
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join the Jeans ‘n Classics Rock Symphony, band and vocalists as they kick off the holidays with music. Bring your Christmas party to the London Convention Centre for a no-fuss solution, and just enjoy the show!
December 19, 2015
London Convention Centre
300 York St.
London ON N6B 1P8
Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: $55 – $69
Monday December 21st, 2015 at 7:30pm
Tickets vary from $39 to $89