Five fun things to do in the Quinte area this weekend: Dec. 9 – 10

Belleville’s downtown market is ready to receive visitors looking for festive cheer. Emma Persaud/Quinteist

Looking for something fun to do in the Quinte area this weekend? Here are five fun ideas.

  • “Enchanted!” in Downtown Belleville

Belleville’s Front Street has turned into a winter wonderland with local shops, wagon rides and art displays. Santa will be visiting Market Square from 11-4 and buskers will be playing the street to add musical touches to the atmosphere. As the sun sets on Saturday, attendees can hop on a horse-drawn carriage to see the sights and watch the Christmas lights brighten up the night.

  • Cocoa at the Covered Bridge

Santa will also be visiting the historic covered bridge in Stirling on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stirling-Rawdon’s council will be there handing out free hot chocolate and hotdogs to anyone who comes to enjoy the Christmas cheer.

  • Wagon Rides through Trenton

The City of Trenton is hosting their annual horse and carriage ride throughout December starting Sunday. Visitors can join a wagon ride free of charge while out for Christmas shopping at the local stores. Gather with friends and family at 15 Cresswell Drive, bundle into a wagon and take in the sights and winter lights.

  • Take in a show

The Lion of Oz, an original pantomime, is in Tweed this weekend with both matinee and evening shows. “Tweed & Company is back with a new panto take on a classic tale with The Lion of Oz,” said Tweed and Company on their website. “Follow the Lion and their friends as they discover what it means to be the hero of your own story, and forge your own road.”

The show is also playing at Tweed and Company’s sister theatre in Bancroft.

Stirling has also launched their annual panto, this year’s Alice in Newfoundland. They’ve taken the classic take and added a Canadian twist:

“Follow Alice down the Rabbit Hole to a strange and wonderful place. Newfoundland. There she discovers the wonders of the great island. The beauty, the music and many mythical creatures. She must be wary of the Evil Queen O’Hearts. Tell every Tweedledee and Tweedledumb you know, this is going to be a panto not to be missed. Come laugh out loud, sing along and kiss the cod.”

If you’re looking for something more seasonal, Celtic Kitchen Party is launching their latest CD in Stirling, Sunday at 2 p.m. in Eugene Burrell Upper Hall above the theatre. “Gather your friends and family and join us for a night of toe-tapping rhythms and soul-stirring harmonies. Sing along to your favorite holiday classics, tap your feet to lively jigs and reels, and experience the warmth of celtic music in a cozy and intimate atmosphere.”

  • Crafting for Christmas

The Belleville Library is hosting DIY Christmas decorations and gifts on Saturday morning in the Children’s Program Room. Drop in to make a picture frame, a paper plate elf, or a button wreath with library staff.

The Downtown District of Belleville is also offering free family workshops as part of the Enchanted downtown festivities on Saturday. Crafters of all ages are invited to make centrepeices and enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate and “magical reindeer food.”

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