That’s it! I can’t take it!
I cannot shop anymore!!
I’ve spent the last week in London
in every darn store.

My credit card is reeling
The fridge is  jam-packed
I have paper cuts on all my fingers
from wrapping paper attacks

I need a breather
There’s got to be something else to do
aside from trying kill myself with
more Christmas hullabaloo!

How about checking out one of these great local London, Ontario locations to relax and enjoy the beginning of winter and Christmas break.



Wouldn’t that be a fun escape with the family?

With that brief dusting of snow this morning, I was in mind of getting outside and enjoying some of that white stuff before it disappears again. What are the odds it will be back again in time for a wagon ride out at Circle R Ranch? Doesn’t that sound like a welcome change from frantic malls and jam-packed grocery stores? Oh yes! In fact they will have special wagons rides on December 23, 24, 26 and even on January 1st! If we get any actual snow, you could even try your luck at cross-country skiing or snow shoeing (new this year). Contact Circle R for times and cost of wagon rides at 519-471-3799. Once snow arrives, cross-country skiing on weekends is $13 for adults ($10 after 2:30 pm), $9 for children ($7 after 2:30 pm) and free for children 8 and under. Weekdays the rates are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Snow shoeing costs $6 on weekends and $3 on weekdays for adults, with children always free.

Why not give skating a try at Storybook Gardens?

What else is there to do in London, where you can just relax and enjoy the beauty of winter? How about at Storybook Gardens, where you can strap on a pair of skates and glide serenely through the Gardens to your heart’s content. That’s right; the ice is in! Plus, you can even rent skates, if you don’t have your own. Here are their holiday hours;

Saturday December 22nd 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday December 23rd 10 am – 5 pm (Tim Horton’s Skate 10-12)
Monday December 24th 10 am – 4 pm (Tim Horton’s Skate 10-12)
Tuesday December 25th CLOSED
Wednesday December 26th 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday December 27th – Sunday December 30th 10 am – 8 pm
Monday December 31st – 10 am – 4 pm
Tuesday January 1st – 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday January 2nd – Saturday January 5th- 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday January 6th -10 am – 5 pm

Entry cost is $4.25 for adults, $3.25 for children, free for infants or a family rate of $13 (2 adults, 2 kids). Skate rentals are $5.50 for adult sizes and $4.50 for kids sizes, with a deposit. In fact, if you enjoy yourself, you might want to even consider an annual pass, for only $35 per person. Now that is a deal!


Ice Crafts

Ice Crafts

Or why not just head out into your back yard and play with the kids? If the snow accumulates, you can build a snow family, a fort or maybe have a snowball fight. If you want to get creative, put some coloured water in a spray bottle and spray paint a picture in the snow.

Or for something a little different, why not fill a cake pan with water, then add interesting bits to the pan. Put a string in the pan, then toss your creation into the freezer. When it is good and frozen, take it outside and hang it in a tree for some winter interest. Use items like coloured tissue paper, berries, dried grasses or flowers, or anything else that you think might look nice. Try different shaped containers to freeze your ice mobiles in. The kids will love the experiment and the best part is, that its free! After spending all that money leading up to Christmas, wouldn’t that be nice?