This November and December, head to Hamilton Halton Brant to shop handmade, celebrate the season, and be entertained. When you’re ready to ditch the mall there are plenty of options on the agenda, making it the perfect place to escape the stress of the holidays.

Celebrate the Season

As Christmas approaches, spark your seasonal spirit with unique holiday activities and events for the whole family.

Drive, walk or stroll at festive light shows at various bright and brilliant venues: Winter Lights at the Rock at Royal Botanical Gardens Rock Garden in Burlington (Fridays to Sundays, starting December 6); Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst in Brantford (Glenhyrst Art Gallery, starting November 29); and the Lakeside Festival of Lights in Burlington (Spencer Smith Park, starting November 29).

Bring the kids to Holiday Traditions at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington for Santa experiences, to ride the RBG Holiday Express through beautiful Hendrie Park, and to marvel at the Escarpment Train and Botanical Train displays. The latter is constructed from over seven tons of cedar slabs, 3,000 pounds of rock and 250 feet of track, and features working model trains and famous Canadian landmarks from coast to coast.

Grown-up celebrations are also “on tap”, with the Fest-of-Ales (November 29 & 30, Royal Botanical Gardens’ RBG Centre, Burlington), the 5th annual celebration of Ontario’s independent craft breweries. Over two nights, guests are welcomed into the stunning surroundings of the RBG Centre to enjoy the best beer the region has to offer. Entrance to the event includes a mug, six 5oz samples, and access to vendors and experts. After enjoying the vibes of the house DJ, make sure to take the opportunity to experience train and greenhouse tours while on site.

Be Entertained

If you’re looking for a break from the holiday stress, ditch the mall and be entertained by live music and fun diversions in Hamilton Halton Brant. The Oakville Performing Arts Centre, First Ontario Arts Centre in Milton, Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Sanderson Centre in Brantford all have jam-packed schedules including crooner Matt Dusk, homegrown favourites Cowboy Junkies, kid approved Sesame Street Live and holiday favourites like The Nutcracker, Andy Kim and the Barra MacNeils. Classical music aficionados won’t want to miss the Brott Music Festival, the largest orchestral music festival in Canada featuring an eclectic mix of orchestral, chamber, jazz, pops, opera and education concerts at various venues. Its 2019 Music Education concerts will take place in November at the First Ontario Concert Hall and the performance of Messiah (December 2, Hamilton) is sure to be a holiday highlight.

Music fans will be intrigued by the Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball exhibit, a Canadian premiere from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, at the Joseph Brant Museum. The interactive exhibition features rock-themed, playable pinball machines alongside merchandise and artefacts related to artists and bands. The exhibition runs through January 12.

Brott Music Festival

Shop Beyond the Mall

Hamilton Halton Brant is the perfect place to check off your holiday shopping list with unique and one-of-a-kind items available at handmade and art events. In Burlington, Burlington Made (McMaster Ron Joyce Centre, November 29 & 30) offers a holiday market with a highly curated selection of 60 makers and artists. The Artisan Bazaar offers unique handmade wares directly from makers at Royal Botanical Gardens with an early bird (November 17) and night owl show (December 13).

Head to Hamilton for Craftadian Made in Hamilton (McMaster Innovation Park, December 7) and browse 60+ local makers from the Hamilton Wentworth Region. The Makers’ Market  (Christ’s Church Cathedral, December 6 & 7) features original merchandise that supports the local arts community at its indoor holiday market, and Handmade Hamilton  (Staircase Theatre, December 7 & 8) brings together the best creative makers in beautiful vintage buildings.

We’ve got plenty of reasons to visit Hamilton Halton Brant in November and December, from seasonal festivals and events and outdoor pursuits to great day trip ideas and shortcuts to family fun

You’ll also want to plan your getaway to Hamilton Halton Brant with special offers and discounts on pre-holiday travel.

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November 23

First Day of Christmas

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time:        12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost:        FREE

December 1

Victorian Christmas Delights: Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time:        9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages:       14 years and up Cost:        $50 per person....

December 6

A Night at Ireland House

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line Burlington, L7P 5A8

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm Price: $45 (includes tax and ticket fees)

Now thru January 6

David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden Experience

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

1.5 hour experience. Minimum 15 persons.

November 23 - December 22

Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown Dundas

Downtown Dundas BIA

King Street, Dundas Ontario

Every weekend | Nov 23 to Dec 22 2019 Saturdays 11am to 3pm Sundays Noon...

Now thru December 1

Upper Nith River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Now thru December 29

A Winter’s Night in Paris Culinary Experience

Arlington Hotel

106 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M5

Based on standard rooms only. Rooms are subject to availability. Reservations required to the Arlington...

December 15 - March 31

Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre Rentals and Lessons

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Rd. Milton, L9T 2X7

Pre-Season - Open daily 7 days a week 8:30 am to 4:30 pm In-Season -...

Now thru December 1

Nith River Experience – Whitewater Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

November 23

An Evening with Jane Austen

Battlefield House Museum & Park – National Historic Site

77 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8G 5E5

Call or email to book Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ages: Adults Cost: $25.00 (including HST)

November 29 - January 1

Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst

Tourism Brantford

20 Ava Rd., Brantford, N3T 5G9

6 to 9 pm nightly

Now thru November 24

The Grand Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

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