Can you feel it? Hamilton Halton Brant is turning up the holiday spirit to high this year! Our events calendar is overflowing with holiday concerts and shows, festive markets for shopping, spectacular light displays and more. To make it even more fun, our StayTripping hotel deals make it easy and affordable to turn that holiday day trip into an overnight adventure and come with a very merry $50 or $100 gift card! Here are just a few of the special events that are on our list of must-visit holiday happenings.


Walters Family Christmas

November 17 & 18

With traditional harmonies, humour, fiddling and your favourite Christmas music, the Walters Family has a magical way of ensuring everyone in the audience departs filled with the holiday spirit!

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Christmas Town at Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

November 17 – December 23

Visit Santa Claus in his woodland hideaway at this amazing experience that includes a guided wagon ride to Christmas Town, fun activities to enjoy upon arrival, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and a cookie, a keepsake ornament, and the opportunity to visit with resident raptors and farm animals.

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O Christmas Tea

Various Dates

Catch this hilarious show in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton, or Brantford this season to enjoy rich wordplay, physical comedy and a heaping helping of holiday heart.

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Winter Wonders at Royal Botanical Gardens

November 23 – January 8

The North Pole’s got nothing on the holiday happenings at RBG’s Hendrie Park! Stroll picturesque pathways all lit up for the season and take in magical holiday displays celebrating nature and light. After your walk, cozy up indoors with the Botanical Train display, explore Mediterranean plants in the warmly lit greenhouse, and pick up unique gifts from Shop at the Gardens. If a nighttime visit to RBG is too late for your littles, plan a daytime trip and enjoy a festive ride through Hendrie Park on the RBG Express.

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Twinkle After Dark

November 25 – December 24

Step into a historic village all decked out for the holidays with gorgeous light displays, costumed actors, music, and the man in red at Milton’s Country Heritage Park. After you make your way along the one-km route, treat your crew to hot drinks and warm beavertails that are available for sale.

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Burlington Lakeside Festival Of Lights

November 25 – January 8

Experience Burlington’s waterfront all spruced up in its holiday best at this free event. Wander through Spencer Smith Park with a hot chocolate in hand from a nearby café or stay cozy and take in the sights from the comfort of your car while driving along Lakeshore Road.

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Dishing Dundurn Holiday Cooking Workshops

Various Dates

These hands-on Victorian Christmas cooking experiences focus on seasonal dishes and include a guided tour of the Castle’s rooms all decorated for the season, and the opportunity to savour the fruits of your labour!

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Chiefswood Park Holiday Festival

November 26 & 27

Find unique gifts from over 30 Indigenous vendors, snack on delicious food truck fare, and take a glide on the ice rink at this wonderful event. In lieu of admission, please bring a food or cash donation. 

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The Mcquesten Family Christmas

November 26 – January 8

Experience what the holidays were like from the 1850s through the 1930s at Whitehern Historic House and Garden. From historic toys under the tree to the beautiful table all set for holiday meals, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to another era!

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Victorian Christmas at Dundurn Castle

November 29 – January 8

Take in the sights, sounds and smells of a mid-19th-century castle at Christmas on a one-hour guided tour. 

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The State Ballet Theatre of the Ukraine presents The Nutcracker

December 2 & 3

Enjoy this holiday classic holiday adventure set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice.

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The Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst

December 2 – January 1

Walk or drive through this historic Brantford estate all lit up in its brightest holiday best.

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Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque

December 15

Watch as award-winning acrobats, and cirque performers create a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular complete with holograms, projection mapping, lasers and more.

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Schedule in some January outings to beat those post-holiday blues! Check our complete events calendar! There’s plenty of fun planned to kick off 2023, including fantastic concerts, plays, and so much more!


Find new ways to stay and play in Hamilton Halton Brant this holiday season. Explore available experiences, take advantage of special offers and discover the amazing events that will be taking place while you’re in town. Stretch your festive fun out a little longer with our freshly baked StayTripping hotel offers and receive a $50 or $100 VISA gift card to spend during your stay!

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Now thru January 8

Victorian Christmas

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00...

Now thru November 1

Bee Beard Experience

Backed By Bees

6214 Appleby Line, Burlington, Ontario L7M 0P7

$199.99

Now thru January 8

RBG: Discovery Station – Plants of the Holidays

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru December 31

Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

9am - 7pm.

Now thru November 30, 2022

Home of #99: A Brantford & Paris Tasting Adventure

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website to check availability.

December 10 - 16

Winter Twinkle Express

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

December 9 - 30

Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required.

Now thru January 5

AGH Virtual Tours: Fridays at Four

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

December 2

A Night at Ireland House

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

December 27 - January 6

RBG Winter Camps

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Single day: $60 4-day camp (December 27-30): $240 5-day camp (January 2 to 6): $300...

Now thru January 8

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00...

Now thru December 29

Lights from the Rooftop

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

December 17

Family Art Workshop: Holiday Wrapping Paper

Oakville Galleries

1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, L6J 1L6

Family, children ages 6 to 12 year. 1:30 pm - 3pm.

Now thru December 30

Winter Past Times

Battlefield House Museum & Park – National Historic Site

77 King Street West Stoney Creek, L8G 1H9

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Adults: $8.75, Seniors/Youth: $7.50, Children: $5.25,...

Now thru June 1

Hamilton Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

December 6 - 13

Holiday Wreath Workshop and Dinner Experience

Pearle Hotel & Spa

3 Elizabeth St, Burlington, ON L7R 0A4

Bookings must be made directly with the Isabelle Reservations Team. Please e-mail to confirm your...

Now thru December 14

GOODBODYFEEL Moves

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru January 8

Gatherings: Roger Ferreira and Kareem-Anthony Ferreira

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru January 8

RBG Tour: Family Winter Walk

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru December 15

Artful Moments: Creative Expressions, Brantford

Art Gallery of Hamilton

25 Bell Ln, Brantford, ON N3T 1E1

Thursdays, 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

Now thru December 31

AGH Youth Community Art Gallery Presents: Phobia

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Online only. FREE.

Now thru January 8

Ride the RBG Express

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru December 7

Virtual Adult Studio Class: Mindful Drawing with Tyler VanHolst

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm From September: First Wednesday of Every Month Registration Required

December 27 - March 9

Glen Eden Snow School Academy Programs

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

January 3 - 6

Winter Break Camp | Four Seasons at Joseph Brant Museum

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

December 27 - January 8

Winter Break Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ages: 3+ years Cost: FREE event. Regular museum admission...

Now thru June 1

FREE Hamilton Waterfront Tour

Tour Guys

47 Discovery Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Price: $70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20...

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

Wednesday to Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm. Exhibit is FREE with admission. Regular...

Now thru December 14

Artful Moments: Seniors Art by Phone

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm September 28, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 2,...

Now thru June 1

Brant County Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru January 18

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

Now thru December 22

Nith River Forest Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered daily. Registration required.

Now thru April 6

Edward Burtynsky: Chai

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

December 27 - March 17

Glen Eden Snow School Core Programs

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru January 8

Botanical Train Display

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Available November 23 to January 8*. *Date exceptions: December 25, 26, January 1.

Now thru January 28

Special Exhibition | A Taste of Science

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Joseph Brant Museum is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. The special exhibition is included...

Now thru December 31

The Bigger Picture: Art in Hamilton 1950-2000

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru December 31

Explore Paris Like a Local Tour

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website for dates and availability

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru December 14

Artful Moments: Memory Care

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm September 28, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 2,...

December 3 - 17

Candlelight Christmas Celebration 2022

Bell Homestead National Historic Site

94 Tutela Heights Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 1A1

Now thru January 5

The Augmented Reality Holiday Hunt

Oakville Downtown

146 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, L6J 1H4

Now thru December 11

FUNHOUSE

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

February 11 - May 28

Radical Stitch

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru December 15

Gairloch Gardens Art & Heritage Tour

Oakville Galleries

1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, Canada

This program is free of charge. Registration is not required and all are welcome.

Now thru November 30, 2022

Flight, Bite & Nature Walk

Visit our website for current availability.

Now thru December 2

We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru December 17

Art of Bonsai

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Every week on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm from November 12, 2022 until...

Now thru June 1

FREE Downtown Hamilton Walking Tour

Tour Guys

36 Hunter St. E., Hamilton, ON L8N 3W8

Now thru November 19

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 16, 2022 and Nov 19, 2023

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru December 10

Art FUNdamentals! Single Session Saturday Classes

Oakville Galleries

1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, Canada

Ages 9 to 12, Per Session: Members - $18.50 | Non Members - $21.75, 10...

Now thru November 30, 2022

Fly Casting Lessons

Fly Water Guiding

17 Alexander Avenue, Paris, ON N3L 2V6

Now thru January 8

RBG: Storytime

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru December 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Fall Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru June 1

Downtown Hamilton Walking Tour

Tour Guys

36 Hunter St. E., Hamilton, ON L8N 3W8

Now thru January 8

The Living Vault: The Collection and Performance

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

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