The winter holidays become such a busy time of the year, it gets tough to stop and smell the evergreens. Whether you’re trying to make time for family or friends, our community provides an abundance of activities to participate in throughout the season.
Want to glam up a winter evening? Take at trip to the River Run Centre and participate in a long standing Guelph tradition: visiting St. Joseph’s Festival of Trees. One need only walk through the doors to experience the whimsical winter wonderland that volunteers, local businesses and community groups have transformed the River Run Centre into. Promenade through the winding paths of more than 50 uniquely designed trees and get into the holiday spirit. The event is donation based and all proceeds support St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Guelph. This magical event runs from November 19th through December 23rd from Friday-Sunday.
After a witnessing the Festival of Trees you can continue your enchanted evening by taking a stroll, or even a drive, by Riverside Park to see another brilliant holiday display. Sparkles in the Park – a spectacle organized yearly by the Rotary Club of Guelph – is a festive light show for all to see. The event runs every night starting December 12th, running until December 31st from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The celebrations will go off with a bang on the final day for a New Years Eve countdown and fireworks show at 8:00 pm.
If you’re interested in something a little less flashy but just as fascinating, stop by the Guelph Civic Museum to check out the Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah exhibit and learn about historic Guelph traditions of the past and present. This event runs until January 10th, so there is plenty of time to make your way over and experience the celebrations.
In the spirit of the holidays, spectators and fans are always welcome at Guelph Storm and Hurricane games that continue throughout the season. Buy a ticket, bring a crowd and support your local junior hockey teams as they fight for championship titles!
The weather outside may be frightful, but wintertime in Guelph is nothing short of delightful.