A Christmas smorgasbord in St. Catharines

A bunch of information from City Hall today:

Join us for holiday fun and festivities at these family-favourite activities from the City of St. Catharines.

St. Catharines Farmers’ Market

Enjoy free cookies, hot apple cider, children’s activities at the Market Discovery Table and browse the vendors at the St. Catharines Farmers’ Market at Market Square (91 King St., near the corner of King and James streets) on Saturday, Dec. 22. Christmas at the Market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Regular market hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking available on site.

Skating

Have an ‘ice time with free Tim Hortons public skating at select City rinks. The first free skates of the holidays are set for Saturday, Dec. 22 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/skate for a full schedule. Regular admission requirements apply.

Public skating is also offered at various times over the holidays, including from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 30 at the Meridian Centre. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/skate for schedules and rates.

Swimming

Jump in the pool for a splashing good time over the holidays. Additional leisure swims, drop-in swim lessons and drop-in aquatics programs run until Sunday, Jan. 6 at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre.

Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis. Regular admission and supervision rules apply. Participants must sign in at Guest Services 10 minutes before classes begin. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/holiday for more information.

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre has a full line-up of holiday programs, including crafts, flashlight tours, scavenger hunts, Lego boat building, knot tying and more, between Wednesday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 4.

Program details and registration information is available at www.stcatharines.ca/MuseumEvents.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Get into the holiday spirit with festive performances and films at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Holiday performances include: John McDermott with Dala and Mark Lalama, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy’s Celtic Family Christmas, Sing-Along Grease, New Year’s Eve with The Piano Men and The Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Holiday film screenings at the Film House include A Christmas Story, Black Christmas and Die Hard.

Visit the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre online at www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca for advance tickets, show times, trailers and more info.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

Ring in the New Year with free skating and swimming at our New Year’s Eve Family Celebration Monday, Dec. 31.

Enjoy fun family activities from noon to 2 p.m. at the Meridian Centre (1 IceDogs Way), including free public skating, crafts, inflatable bouncers, face painting and more.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a splash at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre (425 Carlton St.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a free leisure swim and music by DJ Tanner. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/nye for more information.

New Year’s Day Levee

Toast the New Year Tuesday, Jan. 1 with Mayor Walter Sendzik, City councillors and members of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment and the 10th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery. All are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Street Armoury (81 Lake St.). A toast to the New Year takes place at 11:45 a.m. A firing of a cannon follows at noon.

Pop Up PLAY Tent

Enjoy free family fun, including games, activities, crafts, tattoos and the BIG BLUE BLOCKS from noon to 5 p.m. at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre every day from Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 5.