‘Tis the season for gift giving, hosting festive events and getting into the holiday spirit. For Christmas-lovers all over London, Ontario, there are several events and family-friendly activities to take part in this holiday season. With events starting as early as the end of November and lasting until the New Year, there’s plenty to take part in this holiday season in London, Ontario.
Christmas Lights in London, Ontario
The epitome of Christmas cheer, holiday lights and decorations fill us with joy and excitement. An excellent family-friendly activity, here are some of the most popular light shows in the city of London.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The 21st annual CP Holiday Train travels across Canada and the US, starting in Montreal. The Holiday Train aims to raise awareness, funds, and food for the food banks and hunger issues. The US train travels through London during its tour. The train is over 1,000 feet, and the 14 cars are beautifully decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights. It is free to attend, but donations to local food banks will be accepted and appreciated at each stop the train makes on its tour. Visitors can see the train at Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Central on Friday, November 29, starting at 8:15 PM, the show runs from 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Located in beautiful Victoria Park in the heart of downtown London, over 75,000 lights turn the park into an enchanted Christmas experience for the whole family. Free to attend, the lights will be on nightly from November 30th to December 30th.
Visitors are welcome to view the lights from the 12th floor of City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue, on select evenings.
Argyle BIA Santa Claus Parade 2019
On December 7th, bring the whole family down to Home Depot (Dundas St & Parsons St) to McMaster Auto Body (Dundas St. & Hale St) to see the annual Argyle BIA Santa Claus Parade. It begins at 11 AM and is free to attend.
Christmas Markets in London, Ontario
Christmas markets are a fantastic way to get unique and special Christmas gifts while supporting local businesses in the London community. Here are a few that are going on over the next two months.
Whimsical Winter Market
The Whimsical Winter Market, located at Covent Garden Market, 130 King Street, is being held on November 23rd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It’s full of local vendors, perfect for those who like to get their Christmas shopping done early and wish to support local businesses. It’s free to attend and is ideal for all ages.
The Garden Club of London Annual Christmas Boutique
The London Annual Christmas Boutique is a favourite among locals in the city. Taking place at the Civic Garden Complex at 625 Springbank Dr. from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on November 23rd, this market is the place to get unique gifts, home decor items, specially made dried herbs, jams and vinegar, and so much more.
London Christmas Craft Festival
The 40th annual London Christmas Craft Festival is made up of over 200 local vendors from all over Ontario and Quebec. The festival runs from November 28th to December 1st with the following hours: Thursday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There is free parking available, and admission costs $7 per person, kids under 12 are free.
Punk Rock Flea Market London: Holiday Edition
The Punk Rock Flea Market is being held on December 1 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Held at 216 York St in London, it’s free to attend and is suitable for all ages. Avoid the malls to finish up your shopping and help support local business.
The Christmas Merry Makers Fair
The Christmas Merry Makers Fair is held at the Covent Garden Market – Mezzanine Level, 130 King Street, and runs December 15th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This fair boasts some excellent vendors and the best of market shopping. From handmade art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, bath, and beauty products, you can find everything you’re looking for here. Admission is free for all ages.
There are so many wonderful Christmas markets to celebrate the holiday season in London and surrounding areas that we can’t possibly list them all. For a more extensive list, please visit the To-Do Canada List Here.
Christmas Workshops in London, Ontario
Whether you are looking for something fun to do with a group of friends or would love to learn how to make your own Christmas decor, here are just a few Christmas themed workshops happening in London, Ontario this holiday season.
Winter Workshops at Heeman’s
Create your own winter arrangement or decorative piece with the experts at Heeman’s! They have nearly 100 different workshop times to choose from so there’s an option for everyone. Also for the Christmas season, they are running a photo contest and have set up a festive backdrop located in the garden centre! Learn more about the workshops here.
Peace on Earth: Yoga + Wreath Making Workshop
Take the opportunity to slow down during the busyest season of the year with a Yoga and Wreath making workshop at Lofthouse Living in Downtown London, Ontario. Enjoy a 60 minute yoga session followed by a wreath making workshop complete with refreshments. You can sign up online here.
Christmas Tree Decorating with Anderson Craft Ales
Can’t get enough of decorating Christmas trees? Then this event is perfect for you! Get your friends and family together and help decorate the Christmas tree at Anderson Craft Ales! They’ll be serving Hot Chocolate for kids and beer for adults! Learn more about the event here.
Christmas Parties in London, Ontario
Attending Christmas events is not for everyone, but for those who want to participate in the community, gatherings have plenty of options to choose from in the London area.
Santa’s Slay (sleigh): Murder Mystery Dinner Performance by Union Ten Distillery
On Thursday, December 12th, join Union Ten Distillery for something a little different this holiday season. The murder mystery dinner starts at 6:00 PM, and costs between $50-$70 per person depending on the option you choose. Get your tickets here.
Rockin’ Christmas 2019: A Family Event by West London Alliance Church
The West London Alliance Church is hosting the family-friendly Christmas event for $10/family. With plenty of activities to partake in, including the Live Nativity, Petting Zoo, crafts, and a family photo booth, the Rockin’ Christmas event is sure to be a great time. Admission covers the cost of all activities and treats, and you can choose either Friday, December 13, at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM OR Saturday, December 14, at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Get your tickets here.
Christmas Afternoon Tea by The Tea Lounge Inc.
On Sunday, December 15th, from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, join The Tea Lounge for a Traditional English Afternoon Tea experience you won’t forget. For $55 per person, $38 for kids, you will have delectable sweets, scones, and savory treats. There are vegan and gluten-friendly options available, and The Tea Lounge focuses on locally sourced, high-quality ingredients. Get your tickets here.
Musical Performances in London, Ontario
THE BARRA MacNEILS – An East Coast Christmas Presented By Shantero Productions
On Sunday, December 1st, join The Barra MacNeils for their take on the Christmas classics. For $57.50 +S/C, and suitable for all ages, you and your family won’t want to miss this. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Get your tickets here.
A Not So Silent Night by Forest City London Music Awards
The ultimate cocktail party featuring the Holiday classics styled by Swagger, Sarah Smith, and Denis Gauthier, this musical event costs $20 per person, with proceeds going to the London food bank. The event is held on December 13th, starting at 8:00 PM for ages 19 and older. Get your tickets here.
For a full list of Christmas performances and concerts, visit Eventbrite here.
There are so many wonderful events, markets, and holiday cheer organized by the residents in this great city every year. With a theme of supporting local businesses around the holiday season in London, Ontario, there are many ways to show your support and get into the festive spirit at the same time.