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.
There are so many ways to enjoy snow here in London, from walking along the frozen banks of the Thames River to building a snowman in the back yard with your homestay family!
Learn to ski
You don’t need to travel out of London to enjoy winter sports including skiing! Boler Mountain in the Byron district has three ski lifts and lots of ski trails (runs) to choose from, so there’s a slope for every level of skier.
If you want to learn to ski or snowboard, you can book a Discover introductory lesson, which includes everything you need including lift pass and equipment hire. If you just want to have fun, head for the Tube Park where you can slide down the hill on giant tire tubes!
We love our Christmas lights displays here in London, and we think we’ve got one of the very best in our own Victoria Park!
Every year, the park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland with festive lights decorating the trees from 5pm top 11pm, until 1 January 2022. From 10am to 10pm, there is also free ice-skating, weather permitting.
Some districts put on their own displays such as the St. Marys WinterLights, and you can drive through 1.8kms of lights in the Longwoods Road Conservation Area at Mount Brydges.
Many home-owners put up their own lights and decorations outside for everyone to enjoy. If you’re living with a Canadian family as part of our home stay program, there’s probably lots of lights and displays to enjoy on your own street!
Christmas Music and Theatre
The Grand Theatre in Richmond Street London is presenting a new show full of Christmas music. As the ToDo Canada website explains:
“Home for the Holidays is much more than your traditional concert experience. This ninety-minute, theatrical celebration features 27 diverse holiday songs, eight extraordinary voices, six world-class musicians… and a partridge in a pear tree!”
Another traditional show for Londoners is John D. Huston’s A Christmas Carol at The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre. This one-man presentation of Charles Dickens’ famous tale of Scrooge and the three ghosts who visit him on Christmas Eve is a wonderful way to hear the English language spoken by a true master of the stage!
To experience more of a Victorian era Christmas, you can visit Eldon House, London’s oldest family residence. The house will be decorated in traditional style, sharing the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas.
Christmas Church Services
Many churches in London hold Christmas carol concerts and Christmas services that are open to all.
- The Christmas Eve service at the Anglican St Paul’s Cathedral starts at 4pm.
- Christmas will be celebrated at the Catholic St Peter’s Cathedral Basilica , with the exact dates and times of Christmas services announced soon. Please note that due to COVID restrictions, you will need to reserve a place to attend Mass here.
Christmas markets will spring up all over London on each weekend leading up to Christmas. Look at the London Tourism website for opening times and locations.
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