Twelve days of Christmas in Waterloo region

One castle, two trains, three plays and several festivals of lights brighten the night

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator in November 2016

This weekend 1,800 residents will be outnumbered by the thousands of lights that will twinkle in their little town during St. Jacobs Sparkles (until Nov. 20) when Victorian carollers, free horse-drawn shuttles, food sampling and festively displayed shop windows will add to the already abundant allure of this charming village.

The event kicks off a stocking-stuffed Yuletide season in Waterloo region (encompassing St. Jacobs, Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge). No need to blow the end-of-year travel budget on far-flung destinations when there are a host of holiday happenings practically right next door.

Here are 12 ways to enjoy the 12 days of Christmas in Waterloo’s winter wonderland.

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