The City of Kitchener is launching Reimagine Winter, a series of fun and safe winter experiences that aim to strengthen and renew community connection and well-being. 

“I am thrilled with our new Reimagine Winter initiative that our city team has been working on.  We are all tired of COVID-19 and I know that like me, many of you are looking for new ways to gather, socialize and celebrate in new ways so as to stay healthy and connected this winter,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.  “Reimagine Winter will offer a variety of inclusive and fun activities to stay active and engaged throughout the winter months while also helping reduce social isolation and reawakening that awesome Kitchener spirit we are known for.” 

Reimagine Winter offers activities, attractions, and virtual programs for residents through the winter months that align with public health guidelines. December events and experiences include a spin on annual favourites plus some new offerings: 

  • The Christkindl Market tradition continues virtually and expands to 24-days this year. Shop from your favourite vendors during the Christkindl Marketplace. 
  • Christmas Fantasy lights up Victoria Park during December for you to enjoy with your immediate household. 
  • Lace-up your skates and go for a spin at outdoor skating rinks opening at select locations this month. 
  • Slide down safely at designated toboggan hills throughout the city. 
  • Strap on a pair of winter hiking boots, or snowshoes if you’re up for a challenge and enjoy Kitchener’s complement of trails. 
  • Nurture your body and mind during a nature walk through Huron Natural Area, or wind down your day with virtual guided meditations. 
  • Roll up your sleeves and get creative in your kitchen with Kitchener Market virtual programs. Experience flavours from around the world with an international cooking series, bake holiday treats with Mrs. Claus , or make a tasty breakfast with Santa himself. 
  • Visit the Kitchener Market for a special winter farmers’ market event before Christmas. 
  • Adorn the Tribute Bridge at Williamsburg Cemetery in commemoration of loved ones. 
  • Join Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and members of Council as they ring in the New Year online for the annual New Year’s Levee. 

More exciting programs and activities will be announced throughout the winter season. 

“While the health and safety of our whole community remains our number one priority, the pandemic is inspiring us to think about creative ways to enjoy our great city,” said Vrbanovic. “I hope that over the next 3 months, all of the planned activities that are part of Reimagine Winter will help make Winter 2020/21 in Kitchener amazing for each of you as we all look forward to a positive future ahead.” 

Residents are reminded to follow public health guidelines including participating only with their own household, keeping a physical distance of at least two metres from others, wearing a mask, and staying home if you feel unwell. 

For more information about Reimagine Winter, visit  

For more information: 
Shawn Falcao 
Manager, Corporate Communications and Marketing