Kingston Adventures to Pair with Your Lumina Borealis Visit

By Tianna Edwards

One of Kingston’s biggest winter attractions, Lumina Borealis, is opening its doors November 30. This magical installation located at Fort Henry is all about embracing the beauty of winter. Words can’t do it justice, it’s better for you to go and see for yourself! But Lumina Borealis isn’t the only place you should stop and see — there are endless activities happening in the Limestone City this December for couples and families of all ages. We’ve curated a list to navigate what to do in Kingston after you stop in at Lumina Borealis.

Family Activities in Kingston

Are you a family with small kids or teens? Whether you’re enjoying the outdoors or checking out a holiday market, this list is for you.

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Bundle up and get outside! Rent a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy a fun day appreciating the winter weather with the kids at this special conservation area. Learn more about Little Cataraqui Conservation Area.

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Museum Adventures

If you don’t love the chilly outdoors, warm up at one of Kingston’s many museums! Some are even free. These trips will create so many teachable moments for the kids! Find out more about the Kingston museums.

See Santa in the Square

Do you have little ones? Relive the magic of Christmas through their eyes with a visit to see Santa in Springer Market Square downtown Kingston. It’s the perfect opportunity to see the big beautiful tree decorated in the square as well. Santa will be there every Saturday in December (1, 8, 15, 22), 11 am – 2 pm! Learn more.

Skate in the Square

If you’ve got big kids, enjoy a family skate in Springer Market Square! Gliding back and forth on the ice is a perfect way to warm up on a winter day. The rink is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weather permitting) every day. More information on Skating in the Square.

Escape Room

Go on an adventure with the family and try to escape one of Kingston’s amazing escape rooms by Improbable Escapes! This one is great if you’re a puzzle-loving family. Book a room.

Cheer on the Frontenacs

Watching our local OHL team on the ice is a great way for a family to bond! Get your black and gold and cheer on the team. Check out their schedule.

Date Ideas in Kingston

Are you looking for a fun Kingston date idea to pair with your Lumina Borealis adventure? Look no further than the list below.

Lantern Hike

Located at the Little Cataraqui Conservation Area, this walk under the stars ends with a hot drink by the fireplace and is only $2 a person plus a gate fee. Super romantic evening for you and your honey! Get directions.

Hit up one of the many holiday markets

A perfect way to finish your Christmas shopping list. Visit the Fat Goose Holiday Fair on December 2, Artfest Kingston Christmas Art and Craft Show December 6-9.  Kingston Holiday Market is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until December 22nd. Outdoor Christmas Market at Hochelaga is open December 8-9. All markets feature beautiful products made by local vendors.

Visit the Agnes

Take in the beautiful artwork and installations at the Agnes located on Queen’s campus. They feature artists from all over the world and makes for the perfect way to warm up and appreciate a bit of culture this winter. Learn more about the exhibits.

Classic Kingston Food Tour

Kingston Food Tours offers the best insight into Kingston’s food scene with a dash of Kingston culture and heritage. A food tour is a perfect date for you and your sweetheart. Grab your tickets.

Jazz and dinner at Olivea

A beautiful meal paired with beautiful music? Why not? Olivea is one of Kingston’s best Italian restaurants located on a prime corner in downtown Kingston. A cozy night enjoy some gnocchi to live jazz music sounds like the perfect date night to me! The event runs December 4, 11, and 18. Learn more about Olivea.

Catch a flick at the Screening Room

The Screening Room is a locally-owned theatre with the best popcorn and old-school vibes. They show movies that you can’t find in regular theatres and offer a great cinematic experience. Find out what’s playing.