• Waterfront views lit up with holiday lights ✔️
  • Winding nature trails decked out for the season ✔️
  • Santa-approved holiday shopping options ✔️

Light It Up

This year Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights celebrates 25 years of holiday magic with 60 magical lighting displays at Spencer Smith Park. Stroll through or drive by to take in the spectacular seasonal scene daily from 4 pm-midnight from November 27 through January 8.

Take It Outside

Visit Royal Botanical Gardens through January 3 to experience Hendrie Park lit up as one spectacular winter wonderland! Seven magical pathways adorned with charming festive lights tell the stories of natural Winter Wonders.

Wednesdays to Sundays from 5 pm to 10 pm – November 18 to December 23, December 27 – 30 and January 2 – 3.

General Admissions Fees Apply.

Take Home a Winning Tree

Browse and bid on beautifully decorated Christmas trees from November 25 through December 22 at Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Festival of Trees. Silent auction winners get to take their tree to enjoy at home for the holidays.

Go Back In Time With Your Bubble

Ireland House Museum is offering private bubble bookings for small groups to enjoy a two-hour hands-on heritage experience at the museum. Workshops include heritage baking, heritage soups and stews, heritage pies, heritage bread and heritage food preservation. The cost is $30 per person, and workshops run through January.

Score One-of-a-kind Finds

Downtown Burlington is brimming with unique boutiques for all your holiday shopping. Whether you’re looking for stylish clothing, beauty products, or unique gifts, browsing the shops here won’t disappoint. Use this directory to get a better sense of what you can expect to find.

Sip Holiday Hops

Get ready for a fun, beer-filled experience with plenty of learning on the side with Nickel Brook’s Core Beer Virtual Guided Tasting. The experience includes six Nickel Brook beers, two tasting glasses, a surprise gift and a link to the online tasting video. Order between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm and your experience kit will be available for pick up within two hours. This makes a great gift too!


Take A Night Off From Holiday Cooking

Burlington restaurants are brimming with delicious takeout and delivery ideas when you’re ready for a break in the kitchen. Use this handy tool to browse the areas restaurants to find a meal option that suits your fancy.

Explore A Little More

Round out your holiday time with additional ideas from Tourism Burlington and the downtown associations of Burlington Downtown, Aldershot and Waterdown.

Holly Jolly Hometown Fun

Discover more ways to get into the holiday spirit with these day trip ideas to the Grand River, Halton Hills, Oakville, Hamilton, Dundas and Ancaster.

Burlington Looks Forward To Seeing You Safely

As the COVID-19 situation in Ontario continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring hiccup-free holiday adventures. Follow the latest travel and safety guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with the places you plan to go to in advance to see if reservations or activity bookings are required. On the day of your trip, do a quick check to verify the places on your agenda are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting. Please remember to wear a mask, practice safe distancing and regularly sanitize and wash your hands.

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