Uptown Waterloo Winter Wonderland

Our “Hop ‘N Shop” from previous years has now become the Uptown Waterloo Winter Wonderland! Enter a season of wonder with a variety of activities and events including the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Mistletoe Lane, a new Winter Art Walk, and more December 3-5.

Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 3, 7:00 pm

Join Santa, Ward 7 Councillor Tenilla Bonoguore, Emcee Angie Hill and the Uptown BIA as the Uptown Christmas tree is lit up in the Waterloo Public Square!

We’ll also have live music by the band Just Fine: “a group of up to eight energetic, eccentric, and eclectic young talents brought together by the Waterloo music community. With well over a decade of live performance experience between them they are capable of adapting and adjusting to the occasion to provide audiences with groove, taste, and class. Lately their focus has been on reviving dance classics from artists like Kool and the Gang as well as showcasing contemporary artists like Vulfpeck. The future looks to see them add an experimental edge to their music as they explore their sound further and experiment with songwriting. This collection of musicians is uniquely qualified to make you move, so whether you like to bob your head or shake your body – they’re sure to treat you Just Fine!”

Masks and physical distancing are encouraged. You can also go to our Facebook page and tune in live.

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa are back at Waterloo Public Library, and just in time for the holidays! From Monday, November 8 until Friday, December 10, you can drop off your letter to Santa at any WPL location and he’ll write back. Visit wpl.ca/santa for more details.

Winter Art Walk

Take a self-guided tour throughout Uptown Waterloo to discover beautifully painted themed windows by local artists at various businesses!

 

Participating Businesses and Local Artists:

Mistletoe Lane

Mistletoe Lane returns! Bring your sweetheart to the decorated laneway between McCabe’s Waterloo and the Uptown Parkade to take a kissing selfie to post on social media! Don’t forget to tag #mistletoelane when you post! 

Come on up and Shop Local in a Winter Wonderland!

Our Uptown businesses will be offering special events, promotions and fun! Explore the map below to learn more and guide yourself through Winter Wonderland.

AFYA Skin & Body Complimentary facial (worth $185) with the purchase of 3 or more skincare products

Best Behaviour Inc. Christmas Open House: new location tour and free cookies from Q’s Cakes

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery Claytime! All ages beginner’s pottery workshop. Dec. 4-5. Register here ($20): https://shop.theclayandglass.com/collections/classes-events/products/fall-2021-claytime-formerly-play-with-clay

Champa Kitchen “Taste of Laos” special holiday menu and free tea with purchase

Charmed Flowers TBA

Copper Branch Free cookie with purchase of main food item

Crumby Cookie Dough Co. Passport completion event with Seven Shores, Rising Moon Gallery and Torch Light Tattoo to enter draw for gift basket

Duke of Wellington TBA

Harmony 10% off store-wide

King Street Cycles Holiday treats and ballots to win a gift pack with every purchase made on Dec. 3 and 4

Jane Bond Offering holiday gift kits, 12 Beers of Christmas, and curated hand-wrapped gifts that include: take home drink kits, a special edition Jane Bond puzzle and a DJ curated playlist

Just For You Fine Lingerie $25 gift certificate with purchases over $150

Kindred Spirit Holiday Shopping Event: Free treats and special draws for jewelry prizes!

King Street Cycles Holiday treats and ballots to win a gift pack with every purchase made on Dec. 3 and 4

Loft 106 Special Winter giveaway packages

Luxe Nail Bar The Grinch pop-up and Toy Drive event

Masala Bay Free appetizer with purchase of main course (dine-in only)

Midnight Run Free local hot apple cider for kids

Mr. Sub Free chocolate mix with purchases over $10

Princess Cafe A different specially crafted, holiday themed drink each day

Rising Moon Gallery Fundraiser pottery sale for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region + passport completion event with Crumby, Seven Shores and Torch Light Tattoo to enter draw for gift basket. Extra ballots when bringing non-perishable food items.

Score PizzaShare the Dough! Free 12″ pizza +drink with the purchase of a gift card $25 or more (in-store only)

Seasons Fine Clothing Holiday event: special discounts+draws, refreshments and treats

Seven Shores Passport completion event with Crumby, Rising Moon Gallery and Torch Light Tattoo to enter draw for gift basket. Free apple cider when getting passport stamp.

The Sock Factory Free Christmas Stocking cookies for kids from Nougat Bakery

The Truth Beauty Company Thursday Dec. 2nd: holiday open house featuring local makers and live music. 10% off purchases.

Torchlight Tattoo Passport completion event with Crumby, Rising Moon Gallery and Torch Light Tattoo to enter draw for gift basket. 

Unique Boutique 10% off + free gift with purchase, snacks and refreshments

Uptown Herb 10% discount off all regular priced items

Zero Waste Bulk 15% off all in-store purchases (excl. gift cards and bulk sizes of product)

Need More Holiday Shopping Inspiration?

Watch our video below to follow along on a tour with BIA Board Members to various Uptown businesses where you can shop for the holidays!

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