Welcome to another amazing weekend filled with fantastic events to enjoy with your family! This weekend is busier than the elves at the North Pole right now – we’ve broken it into a few categories, like where to find Santa, Christmas tree u-picks and lots, markets, and more. Read on for dozens and dozens of fun ideas to enjoy!
A quick reminder – our first annual #pickleplanetprizeapalooza is underway over on our Instagram account; click here to be sure you’re following us! We’re giving away a prize every day for 12 days to celebrate the holidays and all the fabulous local businesses taking part.
And speaking of the holidays and local businesses, don’t forget to check out our Curated Christmas List; featuring more than 40 local gift ideas chosen by other New Brunswick parents. It’s one of our favourite holiday traditions!
*As always, please be sure to click through to the source links for up-to-date information before heading out to an event or activity, as we are not always able to update when weather or circumstance changes plans.
Places to Visit Santa
We love booking our spot to see Santa at CF Champlain; you can use the online tool and not have to wait in line when you arrive.
There’s also a lovely set up at MacArthur’s Nurseries; Santa visits Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and he’s oh so jolly!
The giant gingerbread house is back at the Delta Beausejour, and Santa comes to check on it each night from 5pm to 8pm until December 21st; you can arrange school class and group visits by calling 506-877-7101 – tell them Pickle Planet sent you!
Santa is back at Bass Pro Shops; his schedule is Friday 3-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, and Monday through next Saturday 10am-8pm. Don’t forget to get a Bass Pass on your way into the store to get your time to visit with the big guy. Bass Pro is partnering with Salvation Army for a toy drive this week; donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive a free photo package.
You can also go Skating with Santa this Saturday evening in Shediac!
This weekend wraps up the Santa parades in our region, with a few fantastic options.
On Friday night, the village of Petitcodiac hosts its Petitcodiac Santa Claus Festival of Lights Parade. This is a great parade with lots of fun for the whole family, including a meet & greet with Santa at the Fire Hall afterwards!
Saturday Santa is in Sussex for the town’s annual Santa Claus Parade, starting at 6:30pm.
Places to Pick out a Christmas Tree
You can find our list of u-pick tree farms throughout New Brunswick here. A few local highlights:
Perry’s Tree Farm is about an hour from Moncton and offers wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Memramcook Christmas Tree U-Pick Arbres de Noël is open Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4:30pm.
Yuletide Christmas Tree Farm is likely the best-known Christmas Tree U-Pick in the Moncton area. In addition to choosing your family tree, you can also visit with the farm’s alpacas, enjoy wagon rides, treats, and more, 9am-5pm.
Hillside Christmas Tree Farm is just 10 minutes from Magnetic Hill Zoo, with children’s activities and a petting zoo, open 11am-6pm.
If you’re looking for a full Santa experience, filled with magic, displays, and even a visit from the jolly old man himself, take a visit to Jardin du Père Noël in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent! There is a trail filled with lights, decorations, and more, open nightly.
And if you’d like an old fashioned tree lot, here are a few we know about (if you’re involved with another local one, please drop the details in the comments!)
Salisbury Lions Club has trees for $30.
Boys & Girls Club Riverview has a lot at the Riverview Home Hardware; prices range from $39 to $50.
Magnetic Hill Zoo’s parking lot on Friday & Saturday this weekend and next; open 5-9pm.
And you can plan a visit to the Magnetic Hill Zoo’s Wild Lights any night of the week! There is special family pricing on Tuesdays this month, and a discount for seniors on Wednesdays.
Salisbury’s Green Pig Market isn’t just a spot for sunflowers and corn mazes; stop by Thursday and Friday for a holiday market, Christmas tree lot, and more!
Euston Park Social’s Winter Night Market is happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with yummy treats and all kinds of awesome vendors!
The Hillsborough Farmers Market will have a special Christmas Market on Saturday and Sunday as part of Christmas in the Country. More than 30 vendors with amazing items, door prizes, and photos with Santa between 2 & 4pm. Market is open
The Carefree Cakery is holding an open house on Saturday from 10am-2pm; a great chance to indulge in some sweet treats in the holiday spirit!
Shediac’s Legion will host a Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, with admission supporting a Veteran’s Housing Project.
The Holiday Hoopla Bazaar is happening Sunday at Riverview’s Community Hall, with more than 40 vendors and lots of fun! Open noon until 4pm, so don’t miss out.
And a special treat planned for at the Hoopla: Party, the miniature horse, will be on hand for special photo packages! Check out the event for details on the photo packages available; costs range from $85 to $110 and includes several digital images available within two days, various poses, and more.
Our friends at The Clayspace are holding a Yule Artist Market on Sunday, starting at 10am. Shop the works of several potters, textile artists, makers and more!
And of course the LUSH Pop-up is open in front of Moncton’s City Hall!
More Holiday & Weekend Fun!
Students from Studio CREA have organized a fundraiser Thursday night – you can create a laser-cut Christmas house with your admission donation going to support Moncton Headstart’s Toyland!
Friday is the final day for the annual Sue Stultz Turkey Drive. The goal this year is 4,175 turkeys to help families in need over the holidays; as of Thursday afternoon, there had been more than 2,300 donated.
Dieppe’s Fun on Ice starts again for another season this Friday night. Enjoy live music, bonfires, hot chocolate and skating on the oval at Place 1604, starting at 6:30pm. Watch for this fun family outing most Fridays through the winter; find the schedule here!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the annual Academy of Classical Ballet & Modern Dances production of the Nutcracker will be on stage at the Capitol Theatre. Music will be performed by Tutta Musica; student tickets are $37 plus tax, others are $43 plus tax.
DanceEast’s 25th annual Nutcracker performance will be Sunday (two shows, 2:30 & 7pm) at Casino New Brunswick.
It’s Holiday Hoopla weekend in Riverview! On Friday, enjoy a free family movie night (doors open at 6pm) featuring classic Christmas movies such as Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more! Saturday there’s a free swim at 1:30pm at the Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre and a cookie workshop happening, as well as cookie storytime at the library, and on Sunday there’s the bazaar, a rug hooking workshop, and the annual free Christmas skate at 2:30pm! Details on all the events here.
It’s also a big holiday weekend in Sackville, with Moonlight Madness shopping on Friday night, along with the town’s tree lighting (starting at 5:30pm – Santa arrives at 6pm) – and Live Bait’s holiday dinner theatre, Grandma’s Family Christmas. The annual Santa Claus parade takes place Saturday night, beginning at 6:30pm, as well as another dinner theatre performance.
It’s also Christmas in the Country this weekend, which sees shops and stops throughout Albert County holding special deals and celebrations. Find a full list here & head out Saturday or Sunday – or both!
Both Cineplex locations in Moncton & Dieppe are participating in Community Days, with FREE admission and deals on treats for a selection of holiday favourites, including A Christmas Story, ELF, Gremlins, Polar Express, and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. The films will be shown between 9am & 11am; first come, first served for seats. Get all the details here.
Saturday you can enjoy the 10th annual Open House Tour at Normand Gallant’s home at 200 Archibald St. in Moncton. This Victorian home will be decorated with 25 Christmas trees, a village, and more. Enjoy live music and refreshments; donations accepted for the Employment Support Peer-Helper Program.
The annual Holiday Tea events are back at Thomas Williams House. Enjoy local treats in a Victorian setting – sure to create some special memories! You can book by the seat or table of four; reservations should be made. Click through for all the details. (Seatings on Saturday and Sunday, as well as next weekend.)
You can keep the Victorian vibe going with the annual Christmas dinner at the Keillor House Museum – if there are any spots left! Call to confirm before heading out: 506 379-6620.
The School of Atlantic Ballet is presenting A Christmas Carol at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre on Friday and Saturday. Always a fantastic outing!
The annual Santa Shuffle & Elf Walk is happening Saturday at Centennial Park on Saturday morning. This is a fun fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s Christmas giving.
Saturday morning is for creative fun with Snapology Moncton at Bennic! This week’s theme is LEGO Movie 2. Drop the kiddos off for a morning of fun and a special treat – and enjoy some time to yourself!
It’s a CR-istmas Open House at CR Yardworks on Saturday. There’ll be treats, crafts, a visit from Santa, and lots of specials – as well as a petting zoo with goats! Be sure to let them know Pickle Planet sent you; it’s a great spot to shop for so many folks on your list!
The annual Green Diamond Kids Day is happening this Saturday. Pop in for face painting, crafts, treats, and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus!
Saturday is also a great day to head to Salisbury – the Junior Choir is presenting a Christmas musical, The Little Drummer Dude, at Salisbury Baptist Church at 6pm, followed by a cookie social. (There will be a repeat performance on Sunday morning at 10:50am.) The annual SBC Christmas Craft & Bake Sale is also happening Saturday from 9am-2pm, and the kitchen will be open for both breakfast & lunch!
Laura Harris and friends will present the annual Christmas Cozy concert at Highfield Baptist Chruch on Saturday night at 7pm. This is a family-friendly event; children under 12 are free, admission is $8.
A great non-holiday option is taking the family to cheer on the Moncton Magic as they host Sudbury in a pre-season game.
The fabulous Art Richard will be bringing his Spectacle de Noël children’s entertainment show to the Centre des Arts et de la culture de Dieppe on Sunday at 11am.
Snider Mountain Ranch’s Christmas event is back! Sunday afternoon will include pony rides, cookie decorating, face painting, sledding, and more for free! You can also enjoy a short sleigh or wagon ride for $2/person, and purchase goodies from the kitchen.
Alma will have its first annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday night – the ‘tree’ is roughly 35 feet tall! The fun begins at 6:30pm with music by Fundy Ceilidh and Santa Claus at the new multi-purpose building, a live nativity (7:30pm), and the tree lighting expected around 8pm. Sounds like a great time!
And looking ahead to Monday East Coast Carolling has a lovely concert planned in Riverview at St. Paul’s United Church. Enjoy seasonal songs and stories with the BMHS Vocal Ensemble and more.
Still need some more ideas?
Check out our skating Round up, our MEGA LIST with links to bowling, arcades, swimming, indoor play spaces, and more, and if you’re looking for some quality time at home, here’s our list of Netflix Christmas movies & specials to check out – and which we would suggest you avoid!
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We’ll have at least one more weekend round up for 2019, and then our annual Christmas Cheat Sheet, and one super-duper post that deals with the school break – because the Pickle family need some time to enjoy together, too!