Pick #1 – 18th Annual Bethany Live Nativity Christmas Pageant
WHERE – Bethany Church – 160 Lancaster Ave Kitchener (between Krug Street and Frederick near Centre in the Square area)
December 6, 7 & 8th- 2013
3 FREE Shows Nightly at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
This pageant really has it all and if you have not seen it, you should totally go. You will be amazed by the detail and effort this church puts into this show which retells the story of Christmas right from the bible. There is a cast of 145 volunteers wearing elaborate costumes and the show also features 40 live animals and a fantastic set and props. You actually feel like you are in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve watching the birth of baby Jesus.
This show is appropriate for anyone of any age and children in particular will be captivated by this incredible show. I know many local people who attend the show every year and have made it part of their Christmas tradition. Why not start a new tradition this year and check it out?
Some important details:
* Presented outside in our Church parking lot.
* Bleacher seating so dress accordingly
*Optional inside seating also available with live video feed.
* Refreshments to follow inside the church.
* Get there about 15-20 minutes before the show to get a good seat and the entire show lasts about 20 minutes.
* The show is the church’s gift to the community but if you are so inclined to donate items for the Food Bank they will be accepted.
For more information visit: http://www.bethanypageant.com/
4 FREE shows to enjoy!
Saturday December 7th 4pm or 7pm
Sunday December 8th – 4pm and 7pm
Inside Koininia Church, Bloomingdale, Ontario
NEW THIS YEAR!!! A Woodstock show – Sunday December 15th at 7pm
Two years ago, upon the suggestion of a close friend, our family headed out to Bloomingdale to this free concert expecting a nice family evening. What we didn’t expect was to be blown away by the level of talent and professionalism of the musicians, the choirs, singers and the production as a whole. It was like something you would pay to see at the Centre in the Square – I kid you not – it is that good. The show far exceeded all of our expectations and we are now making it an annual tradition.
I can’t say enough good things about this show and most importantly, it filled my heart with joy and we all left the show feeling inspired and reminded of the real reason for the season and totally in the Christmas mood. It was fun, inspiring, and extremely entertaining. While it was held in a church and some of the songs were spiritual, this was not a religious show and I strongly encourage ANYONE to go no matter what your faith or beliefs. You will never feel uncomfortable and the congregation was so welcoming and kind — a really lovely experience. Our children, who were only 3, 5 and 10 at the time were captivated and sat quietly through the entire show. Since going, we have now taken other families along and every one of them falls in love with this concert and makes it a new tradition. This year, there will be 6 families and all our kids taking in the show for about 30 people!
On their website, the church describes the show ’an annual celebration of the best of Christmas music -a classy, nostalgic concert full of the joy of Christmas! With dance, live band & orchestra and a powerful choir, you’ll hear some of your favourite songs of the season from heart-touching ballads to swinging classics.’ Click on the video below to see a little commercial..
Choose from 5 FREE performances for the whole family on Saturday or Sunday in Bloomingdale or new this year, they have added a Woodstock show on Dec 15th. Bloomingdale is a small village just outside Kitchener Waterloo – a 10 – 20 minute depending on where you are coming from. From the Stanley Park area, we are there in about 10 minutes.
How to Get Tickets
Tickets are free and available 1 hour before each show. (not in advance)
You will receive seat assigment at the entrance.
People will be lined up if you want to be near the front but the theatre is huge so no worries about getting a seat.
Visit their website:http://www.kcf.org/event/site/christmas-in-concert/redirect/
Click here to watch a video about the show.. http://vimeo.com/51442580
Map to the show..just minutes from Kitchener Waterloo
Pick #2 – 17th Annual Christkindl Market
Christkindl Market is NOW on!
See you Thursday through Sunday
Thursday, December 5, 2013 Open 10 am – 9 pm
Friday, December 6, 2013 Open 10 am -9pm
Saturday, December 7, 2013 Open 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday, December 8, 2013 Open 10 am – 4 pm
Every Christmas, since medieval times, towns and cities across Germany have come alive with outdoor markets of cute wooden booths and stalls, full of traditional handmade Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, wooden figurines, delicious German foods to suit every taste, music and dancing. These are just some of the sights, sounds and smells of your authentic German Christmas Market experience at Christkindl, where you will be welcomed by the oldest and largest German community in Canada – and by folkoric German Christmas characters like the Christkindl, Angels, Knecht Rurprect and Klaus the Organ Grinder.
Folklore, food and fun
Stalls selling mulled wine and delicious sugar-coated Stollen fruit cakes. The smell of apples, cinnamon, baked treats and grilled sausages fill the air. Choirs sing carols and visitors join in. The sounds of blacksmiths hammers and organ grinders remind of a time long forgotten. Orchestras and brass bands play and dancing troupes dance through the streets. As night falls, a giant Christmas tree comes to life, filling the town square with twinkling lights and glittering ornaments and dancing gives way to skating under the stars. Today, Christkindl markets have been exported around the world, spreading the unique spirit and experience that is German Christmas, to millions of people seeking to create magical memories of the season for their families.
Entertainment Program 28 perfomances onstage, outside on Civic Square
Vendors 80 outdoor & indoor vendors, on the 1st floor & 2nd floor