Winterloo

Winterloo is the city's annual cold weather festival. It takes place in uptown Waterloo on January 25 and 26.

All activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days unless otherwise listed, in and around the Waterloo Park Central Promenade and the Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre.

Details are noted below, and in our Winterloo Google map.

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  1. Locations, times and map
  2. Activity zones

Locations, times and map

Winterloo takes place in uptown Waterloo on January 25 and 26.

All activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days unless otherwise listed, in and around the Waterloo Park Central Promenade and the Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre.

Details are noted in our Winterloo Google map.


Activity zones

'Winter Uptown'

Thanks to our sponsor of the Winter Uptown section, UpTown Waterloo BIA

  • Skating at the outdoor rink in Waterloo Public Square (75 King Street South)
  • Uptown Comfort Food Crawl ($10/ticket) in various locations, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., January 25 only
  • Screening of 'Abominable' at the Princess Twin (46 King Street North) 4:30 p.m. start time 
  • Waterloo Public Library (35 Albert Street) drop in:
    • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Winter themed crafts in the children’s department
    • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - stop by the main library for hot chocolate and cookies
    • 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Winterloo Explore Play Learn Storytime
    • 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - snowman building challenge (dress to be outside)
  • Play with Clay activity ($10/person) plus live demonstrations by instructor Elsa Brittin at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (25 Caroline Street North)

Winter Warmth

Thanks to our sponsor of the Winter Warmth section, Tim Hortons 

  • JACK the Nimblebus - indoor playground on a bus
  • NFB film shorts - warm up with hot chocolate and a series of short films featuring outdoor and winter themes
  • Winter Disco (underneath the Manulife Clock Tower) - warm up by dancing your hardest at our disco inspired dance party
  • Fireside stories with Michele Branif
  • Snap Happy - come warm up in the photo booth! Have some fun and make some lasting memories dressing up!
  • Hitched coffee - specialty mobile coffee trailer

Winter Cultures

Winter Survival

  • Sam Doughtery - scavenger hunt
  • Ice fishing game - large county fair style game with magnets and foam fish

Winter Sports

  • Winter obstacle course - compete in this interactive winter themed obstacle course: snow scooter, snowball toss, hockey shootout, and more!
  • Winter golf - chipping
  • Nerf biathlon - traverse our snowshoe course and shoot our targets with your nerf gun!
  • Rogers Winterfest Air Hockey game
  • Winter obstacle course - compete in this interactive winter themed obstacle course: snow scooter, snowball toss, hockey shootout, and winter baseball