• A chance to meet Santa on a farm ✔️
  • A historic estate lit up in holiday colours ✔️
  • Fresh holiday treats in the home of Alexander Graham Bell ✔️

Take It Outside

Lace up your skates and hit the ice at one of Brantford’s awesome outdoor ice rinks.

Light It Up

Get in the spirit of the season at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant from 6 pm to 9 pm nightly. Between December 4 and January 1 everyone is invited to take in the twinkling beauty of The Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst.

Find Santa On The Farm

Head to Brantwood Farms for a visit with the man in red on December 4, 5 and 6. The Christmas on the Farm event will offer guests a chance to have an outdoor visit with Santa, make a Christmas craft, meet some friendly farm animals and warm frosty toes by the cracking bonfire.

Celebrate Christmas Like The Bells

Pre-book your exclusive, one-hour tour to experience the Bell Homestead all lit up for the season with candles and oil lamps like a true Victorian Christmas. In addition to seasonal music in the drawing room, enjoy holiday treats in Eliza Bell’s kitchen and a Christmas scavenger hunt for the kids. Admission is by donation. Tours are available for reserved groups of a maximum of 5 guests on December 5 and 12 between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Box It Up Beautifully

From The Attic interiors has adorable limited-edition Christmas gift boxes this season. The “It’s Christmas Movie Season” gift box and “Gnome For The Holidays” gift box both include a themed sweatshirt, matching mug, cozy socks and a plush blanket.

Stock Up For Holiday Cooking

Head to Brantview Apples and Cider in St. George to stock up on cider, syrup, honey, homemade mustards and sauces. Elberta Farms Country Market in Paris is also is another great option for fruits and veggies for your holiday meals.

Score One-of-a-kind Finds

The streets of Downtown Paris are all decorated in their holiday best and the shops are brimming with an amazing assortment of gifts. For interesting stocking stuffers like handcrafted cornhusk dolls and beaded jewelry and other unique gift ideas, Everything Cornhusk in the Six Nations of the Grand River territory has a fascinating collection of items in stock.

Sip Holiday Hops

The beer scene in Grand River Country is really brewing. Bell City Brewing is trying something new with a Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Stout for the season. Mash Paddle Brewing Co. is doing some really interesting things with their Wicker Archer series by combing wheat ale with elderberries and different wine varietals. Steel Wheel Brewery doesn’t just have great beer; their hipster toques would make a perfect add-on to any gifted six-pack! Flux Brewing Company has put together four beautiful holiday baskets for the season and has baskets of firewood available for purchase so guests can keep toasty beside their patio woodstoves.

Take A Night Off From Holiday Cooking

Brantford Eats Local is a fantastic new promotion that encourages diners to support local restaurants this season. For $10, you can purchase a Brantford Eats Local offer booklet filled with 21 offers from 21 different places to try delicious food and beverages. Whether dining in, taking out, or ordering online for delivery straight to your door, it’s a great way to try some new tasty dishes, brews and treats from  Brantford’s restaurants.

Explore A Little More

Round out your Grand River country holiday time with additional ideas from Brant Tourism, Discover Brantford, Downtown Brantford, Downtown Paris, Six Nations Tourism and St. George Business Improvement Association.

Holly Jolly Hometown Fun

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

Grand River Country 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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