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The Holidays Are Here in #LdnOnt: Holiday Events

Local Events Listing

I know I say this all the time but I can’t believe its December! Well in one day it’ll be December.

Though very little snow, it is winter in the city. Here are some fun ways to celebrate the holidays this month in London.


  • When: Friday November 30, 2012
  • Where: Victoria Park
  • Time:  Entertainment starts at 6:15 pm with the actual lighting taking place at 6:50 pm (get there before that as it’s always a bit early)
  • What: View the 75,000 individual lights coming on for the first time in 2012, caroling, and a mailbox for Santa where kids can drop off their letters. Lights will be on each day from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm until January 1st
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information: www.london.ca




  • When: Friday November 30, 2012 – December 30, 2012.
  • Where: City Hall – 12th Floor Observation Deck
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • What: Catch a bird’s eye view of the lights at Victoria Park. United Way volunteers will be accepting donations and providing cookies and hot chocolate to visitors. Note the following dates that City Hall will not be open for viewing: Dec. 7, 14, 24, 25 and 26.
  • Cost: Free! Donations are welcomed to help support 40 London agencies that offer support for vulnerable Londoners.
  • For More Information: Call 519-661-4500

Christmas in the Village


  • When: Saturday December 1, 2012
  • Where: Wortley Village
  • Time:  9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • What: Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll the village surrounded by the sights and sounds of the village.
    • Breakfast with Santa (continental) is between 9:30-11:30 (tickets required at $1 each which can be purchased at the Landon Library.)
    • Horse & Buggy rides 10:30-2:00 (this starts in the parking lot of Village Autocare)
    • The Christmas Bus 1:00 – 4:00 (corner of Askin & Wortley)
    • Passport to Christmas 10:00 -4:00 (you collect stamps from the local businesses in the there is a prize to be won. Passports available at Landon Library. Prizes on display at Tuckey Hardware.)
    • Pet portraits with Father Christmas 2:00 – 4:00 (162 Wortley Rd.) (donations accepted to the London Humane Society)
    • Lighting of the Tree (Wortley & Bruce Street) at 4:30 with caroling by children of The Preschool of the Arts
    • Cost:  Most events are free or with donations unless otherwise stated.
    • For More Information: www.facebook.com/WortleyVillage


Cp Holiday Train + London, ON


  • When: Sunday December 2, 2012
  • Where: Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Pall  Mall Street
  • Time:  8:15 pm
  • What: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has hit the rails again and will be visiting over 150 communities across our network.  Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank.  Everyone who attends is encouraged to donate food and/or which stays in their community.
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information: www.cpr.ca


Old World Christmas Market


  • When: Sunday December 2, 2012
  • Where: Elsie Perrin Williams Estate
  • Time:  11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • What: Old World Christmas market with crafters and artists,
  • Cost:  General admission $5, children under 12 are free.
  • For More Information:  http://www.oldworldchristmasmarket.ca/


Miracle on 34th Street


  • When: November 21 to December 30, 2012
  • Where: The Grand Theatre
  • Time:  Various performance times
  • What: Could the department store Santa be the real thing? Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday favourite. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine miracle, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, fostering camaraderie between Macy’s and Gimbel’s Department Stores and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her sombre daughter and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth.
  • Cost: Various ticket prices
  • For More Information: www.grandtheatre.com


Santa In the City


  • When: Saturday December 15, 2012
  • Where: Citi Plaza – Centre Court
  • Time:  9:30 am story time, 10:30 am movie time.
  • What: Santa will read the Polar Express to the children followed by a FREE screening of All I want for Christmas. The story starts at 9:30 am followed by the movie at 10:30 a.m. Families are welcome to bring their own cameras to take photos with Santa and capture the magic of the day!
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information: http://www.facebook.com/citiplazalondon/events



  • When: November 10 – December 22, 2012
  • Where: Western Fair Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market
  • Time: Regular weekend market hours: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • What: Celebrate a traditional and enchanted Christmas with a market within a market. Gingerbread Decorating – Growing Chefs will coordinate the making of a Gingerbread Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market. Each week children can sign up for this event & help create the Christmas Market and decorate Gingerbread cookies. Cookbook Swap – Bring your old cookbooks up to the Market office and trade them with others. Donations will be used in the continuous support of Growing Chefs.
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information:  Call 519-438-5942

Rockin New Years Eve


  • When: December 31, 2012
  • Where: Victoria Park
  • Time: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
  • What: Ring in 2013 with skating, entertainment and fireworks!
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information:  www.london.ca


  • When: December 31, 2012
  • Where: Storybook Gardens
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00pm
  • What: Ring in the New Year at Storybook Gardens with skating, campfires and a mini countdown starting at 8:30.
  • Cost: Pre-Registration is required. $12. Children under 2 are free.
  • For More Information: http://www.storybook.london.ca

However you choose to celebrate the holiday, from my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

PS. If you are aware of any other holiday themed events taking place in the city, please leave it in a comment below. Thanks!

2011 Holiday Events in London {#LdnOnt}

There are so many fun and exciting things happening in London for the holidays. I love this time of year as do most people, and our city makes sure we enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Read on to see all that’s going on.


The much-anticipated Cinderella production is now playing at The Grand Theater (Nov. 23 – Dec. 31). The Grand is running a contest for a chance to win reserved seating in the Royal Box Seats on December 21, 2011 at 7:30pm for a family of four.

To enter visit grandtheatre.com and upload a picture of your prince or princess dressed in their ‘royal best’.

Contest closes December 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm and the winner will be drawn randomly on December 12, 2011.



 Lighting of the Lights

Next to the summer festivals in Victoria Park, this is my favourite time of year. There will be 75,000 lights coming to life in the park on Friday, November 25, 2011 (today).

Event starts at 6:15 pm with lights coming on at 6:50 pm. Note that last year they turned the lights on early, before the time they said, so make sure to get there early.

You’ll also be able to help name the newest holiday display at the par.  Enter your suggestion in the “Name the Festive Train” contest for a chance to win a $50 in Spectrum gift certificates.

Panoramic Bird’s Eye View at City Hall

Beginning on November 25, the promenade deck at City Hall (12th floor) will be open to the public on from 7:00 – 11:00 pm for spectacular view of the lights at Victoria Park. Note that the following dates City Hall will not be open for viewing: December 5, 6, 12, 19, 20, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2012.

Skating at Victoria Park

The city’s favourite skating rink will be available this winter daily for free public skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  – with a one-hour closing for ice resurfacing from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate London: Rockin’ New Year’s Eve!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the best spot in London. Events will start-up at 5:00 pm with family skating and will end at midnight with a fireworks display. Children’s fireworks will take place at 9:00 pm.

Visit london.ca for more information.


Whoot whoot…the holiday train is coming to London and will make its stop at the Richmond Road tracks (between Oxford St. and Central Ave.) on Wednesday November 30 at 8:05 pm.

The Holiday Train Program began in 1999 with a handful of communities and a few lights on a freight train. Today, with its hundreds of thousands of festive lights and a live show featuring well-known performers, it’s one of Canadian Pacific’s main ambassadors in working with communities in Canada and the United States and is the only fundraiser of its kind for food banks in North America. Since the program’s inception, more than $5.6 million and over 2.45 million pounds of food have been collected in Canada and the United States.

Be sure to bring non-perishable food items with you for donation.

Visit cpr.ca for other Canadian stops.

 However you choose to celebrate the holidays this year, I hope you enjoy every moment of it!

All Aboard!

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What’s that you ask? Well that is the sound of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train and it’s coming to London!

The Holiday Train will be making its London stop at the Richmond St. railway crossing between Oxford St. and Central Ave at 8:30 p.m. tonight – December 1st.

This is the 12th year that the Holiday Train will be making its trek across Canada and the United States, all in the name of fighting hunger.

Since 1999, the train has traveled 85,764 miles, has raised 4.8 million dollars and generated almost 2.3 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves. If you do attend, be sure to bring along some non-perishable food items and/or a cash donation to contribute to this worthy cause . Every dollar donated gives Food Banks 4 dollars in purchasing power.

Look for this year’s train to arrive with 14 decorated rail cars and a modified box car that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers like Juno-award winner Melanie Doane.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and to contribute to a good cause. And if you’re not from London be sure to check out the Holiday Train schedule to find out if it will be making a stop in your city!

Happy Holidays! :)

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