One of the things that I try to promote on this blog is the beauty, opportunity and excitement that London has to offer. London, Ontario is one of the largest cities in Southwestern Ontario and we have plenty to offer that showcases our big city hopes and small town dreams. There are plenty of great attractions to take in, plus a steady stream of local events to tempt you with. I might not get them all, but sometimes its nice to support the little guys out there that are trying to make a difference on our local stage. These are some of the local events that I found this week that are playing in your neighbourhood;

The Best of Local London Events This Week

Shop Local

The best way to support our local London economy is by shopping locally. You are in luck, as this Saturday, December 15th, from 11 am to 4 pm the Rag Bag Bazaar is taking over the basement of the Landon Library. This is the first year that this hopefully semi-annual event will occur, so if you haven’t heard of it, let me fill you in. A bunch of local artists have created many a fantastic gift. There are arts, crafts, records, curios, housewares and so much more. You want vintage? They’ve got it. Care to make a craft yourself? Consider it done, as they’ll be offering craft stations too. Thinking about jewellery? Of course there will be some! It’s all hand-made, recycled, vintage or eco-friendly. There will even be music to soothe the soul with, compliments of Fairlane and Grey Kingdom. This sounds like an event not to be missed, so check it out!

Entertain Local

Entertainment is something that London has got lots of too. Aside from all the summer festivals, there are regualr activities to participate in all year. London hosts world-class concerts, fast-action sporting events and plenty of other live theatre events. This weekend is no different. Just in time for Christmas,  The Nutcracker will be performed at the Palace Theatre. This classic ballet by Tchaikovsky will be presented by Dance Steps Company on Saturday  December 15th and Sunday December 16th at both 1 pm and 4:30 pm. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children. This is entertainment at its finest and great for the whole family! Fall in love with the story of Clara and her nutcracker prince for the first time, or all over again.

Eat Local

London has plenty of restaurants available to eat at, from fine dining to family style, to the humble take-out joint. We are also lucky enough to have many wonderful culinary events like this weekend’s London Muslim Mosque Annual Bazaar (Celebration of food and culture). If you want to eat local, but travel the world via your taste buds, this is the experience for you. The Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 15th, from 12-5 pm at the London Muslim Mosque School (151 Oxford St W). Come hungry and expect to be transported, as you savour the taste of the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Have a great weekend!