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!
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.
O Christmas Tea
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dishing Dundurn Holiday Cooking Workshops
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque
Watch as award-winning acrobats, and cirque performers create a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular complete with holograms, projection mapping, lasers and more.
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!