Often after the holidays come the doldrums of winter — cold, dark days and, for some, little inspiration to get out of the house and do things.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a short collection of things to do in the Kingston area in January 2024, which we hope will inspire you to enjoy the winter months, try something new, and maybe better connect with the community.
Here are a few things to do this January:
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, all residents of Kingston are invited to “mix and mingle” with Mayor Bryan Paterson, city councillors, Member of Provincial Parliament Ted Hsu, and Member of Parliament Mark Gerretsen at the 2024 New Year’s Levee. It will take place at City Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Find more details on the City’s website.
Pronoun Project Button Making
In conjunction with artist Hill Werth’s Pronoun Project, Kingston School of Art is hosting a free event, “Pronoun Project Button Making,” on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at Kingston School of Art, 647 Princess Street.
A transgender artist and activist, Hill Werth has been working to bring greater awareness to the importance of using people’s chosen pronouns to show support, foster inclusion, and create safe spaces, according to the Kingston Arts Council website. Participants will be invited to create buttons with their chosen pronouns, all while surrounded by the inspiring artwork on display in the Window Art Gallery. More details here.
Studio Soirée Wedding Showcase
Did you get engaged over the holidays, or were you already making wedding plans? If so, this is the event for you!
On Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, visit the Kaufmann Photography Studio at 4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 105, to meet with local wedding professionals and learn about their packages and services.
“We can’t wait to host you at this unforgettable evening complete with grazing table by The Cheesy Pear and complimentary beverages served by Afterhours Events. If you are heading out on the town after the showcase, Makeup by Sara Vidal will be offering lipstick applications, and Hair By Kallie will give you romantic curls! AADJ’s will keep the music spinning all evening long,” reads the Eventbrite listing.
Get all the details and buy a ticket here.
Kingston Climate Change Symposium
On Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, join the City of Kingston and Sustainable Kingston at the 2024 Kingston Climate Change Symposium and hear from an incredible lineup of speakers. According to the City, symposium speakers will discuss how we can create balance to advance climate action, delving into strategies and solutions that promise a healthier, more resilient climate future that preserves the rich tapestry of our planet’s ecosystems.
The 2024 Kingston Climate Change Symposium will take place at the Kingston Grand Theatre. Further information can be found on the Grand Theatre website.
Kids Creativity Club at the Tett
This Saturday morning activity runs throughout the school year. It’s a great opportunity for kids to get creative (and possibly messy) in a location that is not your home.
The Club is a drop in artmaking program catered to families with children aged 10 and under. Sometimes local artists make an appearance, and it’s staffed by volunteers.
Kids can get creative the first Saturday of each month (in this case January 6, 2024) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King Street West. A $5 donation is suggested at the door. It’s a popular event, especially for families who are already at the Tett for dance classes or other artsy activities. When my daughters were dancing we spent a significant amount of time checking out the art supplies there!
Find out more at the Tett website.
Visit the Library
My daughters and I go to the library every few weeks (winter or not!)
Did you know there are tons of events and programs at the library for everyone to enjoy? We rarely take in the programs (I’m not organized enough to plan ahead), but we do love popping by, grabbing some books, then heading home for a quiet afternoon of reading.
Here are a few upcoming events in January:
- Write On Writers Group – Tuesday, Jan. 9
- Introduction to Cricut – A Three Week Series – Wednesday, Jan. 10
- Let’s Talk Science presents: WonderLab with Ella & Ved – Monday, Jan. 15
- The History & Mystery Behind Foods We Eat – Thursday, Jan. 18
- Crush this Craft – Wire Wrapped Jewelry Pendant – Wednesday, Jan. 24
- And Family Storytime takes place most Saturdays
Visit the KFPL programs page for a full listing of what’s coming up at your local branch!
Last, but certainly not least: Get outside!
Winter might be cold, but when the weather is just right there are a lot of things to do around town to get some fresh air and active time.
- Skate on the rink at Springer Market Square
- Explore the Waterfront Trail – it’s beautiful, even in winter
- Slide down Fort Henry Hill (once we get some significant snow!)
- Bundle up and take a walk through the historic downtown neighbourhoods. You may still see holiday light displays
- Hike, ski, or snowshoe at a nearby Conservation area (Little Cataraqui Creek or Lemoine Point)
Know any other events or happenings going on in January? Leave them in the comments! Happy January and welcome to 2024, Kingston!
Jessica Foley is the Assistant Editor and Lead Content Writer at Kingstonist, and has spent many years finding fun things to do in the Kingston area with her family. In this monthly column she will share her knowledge, and she is always open to learning about more area events and happenings. Email her at [email protected] with suggestions.