For many of our international students, their first Christmas in Canada is very special!
Let it snow!
Some of our students have never seen snow before. Their first winter in Canada is made extra special when our cities, mountains and fields turn white for the first time each year.
Many cultures celebrate the start of a new year, often at the end of the Western calendar year (31 December 2021). Other new years starts on a different date, such as the Chinese New Year which starts on 1 February 2022.
There are lots of ways to celebrate New Year here in London ON, whether you gather with a few friends outside or take in a show. Remember, all activities may be affected by the latest COVID-19 restrictions, so do check with your venue before travelling.
Winter Light Shows
Many of the light shows in and around London are continuing into early January. So if you haven’t gone to see them yet, there is still time! Go with a few friends, wear a mask, and enjoy the lights at:
- Victoria Park London 5pm – 11pm (ends 1 Jan 2022)
- Longwoods Road Conservation Area 5pm – 11pm (ends 2 Jan 2022)
- St. Marys WinterLights, Milt Dunnell Field 5pm – 11pm (ends 2 Jan 2022)
- LaSalle Civic Centre, 5950 Malden Rd., LaSalle (ends 9 Jan 2022)
New Year’s Day Levee at Eldon House
A last chance to enjoy the Victorian decorations in this historic house, and enjoy a hot apple cider outside in the fresh air afterwards.
Sat 1 January 2022 – 1pm-4pm
Eldon House, 481 Ridout Street North, London
New Year’s Eve ballet
The enchanting seasonal ballet “The Nutcracker” as performed by The Royal Ballet, in a special morning screening at the Hyland Cinema.
Friday, December 31, 2021 at 10:40am
Hyland Cinema, 240 Wharncliffe Rd S, London
Laugh in the New Year
A special New Year’s Eve dinner and show at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club with host comedian Mike Wilmot. Strictly adults only!
Fri 31 December 2021 at 7.30pm
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 900 King Street, London
New Year celebrations for children
If you are studying at our English language school and living here with your children, they can join in the New Year fun too! The London Children’s Museum hosts events on 31st December including creating firework art, making a party hat, confetti cannon and countdowns – and all before bedtime!
- Morning | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Countdown 11:30 AM
- Afternoon | 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM; Countdown 4:00 PM
- London Children’s Museum, 21 Wharncliffe Road S, London
Skating for all the family
The Storybook Gardens outdoor winter skating trail winds through the grounds of Storybook Gardens. A great skate with a difference, and hot tasty treats available too!
Limited opening on New Year’s Eve, closed New Year’s Day. The open Tuesday through Sunday until March 2022. See here for times and ticket information
Storybook Gardens, 1958 Storybook Lane, London, ON Canada N6K 4Y6
Your own celebrations!
Celebrate with a few friends or your host family in your home or back yard with some chilled champagne, perhaps! Just make sure your celebrations follow the new measures in place to reduce the spread of the Omicron virus variant. Details here: