This year, the school break will stretch on long after the gifts are opened. If you’re looking to keep that holiday feeling going, or need some ideas to get out of the house, head to Hamilton Halton Brant for great day trips and excursions to keep all ages happy.
Take in a Show
Our performing arts centres are the place for family-friendly shows to keep them entertained over the winter break.
Aladdin – A Holiday Pantomime, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Various dates through December 29, 2018
$28 regular seating
A rock n’ roll genie, a sneezy monkey and Mary Poppins all join in to help Aladdin and Jasmine find their place in the world. Get ready to boo the baddies, cheer for the heroes and wave your wand to the beat!
Spidey, Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford
January 4, 2019, 6:30 pm
$40.00 per ticket
Spidey presents a mind-blowing and hilarious Make Believe performance that has captivated the minds of people around the world. He was named US Mentalist of the Year 2017 and will perform his much-anticipated mind-reading show that has been a success on NBC, NETFLIX, FOX, Discovery Channel, Entertainment Tonight and CW.
Strap on Those Skates
Upgrade from public skating at the local arena and head to a picturesque fresh air rink in Hamilton Halton Brant.
At the Pier 8 Hamilton Waterfront Outdoor Rink, the skating is free and rentals are available. Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond at Discovery Landing on Lake Ontario’s shoreline in Burlington offers stunning views and free recreational ice-skating. The public is also welcome at Harmony Square in Brantford for outdoor skating.
Light it Up
Festive light shows are another tradition that let you stretch the holiday spirit through to the New Year. Drive, walk or stroll at these three bright and brilliant venues.
Winter Lights at the Rock, Royal Botanical Gardens Rock Garden, Burlington
Thursdays to Sundays through December 30, 2018, 6 pm – 9 pm (last admittance 8:30 pm)
Discover holiday magic at the picturesque Rock Garden! Thousands of festive lights lead you through a winter wonderland of charming Christmas melodies, festive sips and bites and the Escarpment Train Exhibit.
Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford
Through January 1, 2019
Thousands and thousands of Christmas lights transform the beautiful gardens at Glenhyrst Art Gallery into a majestic winter wonderland. Join the thousands of visitors who walk and drive through the gardens and take in the spectacular display.
Burlington’s Lakeside Festival of Lights, Spencer Smith Park, Burlington
Daily, November 30, 2018 to January 8, 2019, 4:30 pm to midnight, extended hours (all day & night) on New Years Eve
Bring family and friends to stroll through the 60 magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park to light up the waterfront over the holiday season.
Welcome the New Year
Celebrating the new year is often an adults-only activity, but Hamilton Halton Brant has plenty of kid-approved options if you’re looking for a new tradition that the whole family can be part of.
Bruce Trail New Year’s Day Hike, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Dundas
January 1, 2019, 12:30 pm – 3 pm
Parking fee in effect
Enjoy a free, enjoyable winter afternoon walk with the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club. One and two-hour walks start at 12:30 p.m. After, the Trail Centre offers warm drinks, snacks and door prizes.
Times Square in Harmony Square, Brantford
December 31, 2018
Ring in the New Year in Harmony Square with free entertainment and fun for the whole family.
Blue Year’s Eve, Hamilton Children’s Museum
December 31, 2018, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Visit all three galleries and join in on six “count-downs” throughout the day.
Bag a Bargain
Instead of shopping for the kids, shop with the kids. Funny how kids who think shopping is torture change their tune when they have gift cards or cash they received as presents to spend!
Find some bargains during the Boxing Week sales at Toronto Premium Outlets. This prime shopping destination just completed an expansion that boasts over 8 new eateries and 40 new retailers, including teen magnets like West 49, Aritzia and Ugg.
Do a Day Trip
Hop in the car and head out for some for winter break fun in Hamilton Halton Brant.
Trains Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington
Through January 6, 2019, date restrictions apply
General admission required, additional fees for RBG Express
RBG loves trains and is home to three separate locomotive attractions running seasonally during Holiday Traditions. The Escarpment Train Exhibit at the Rock Garden is a “G scale” model train experience that takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes. It illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day. The Botanical Train Display is constructed from over seven tons of cedar slabs, 3,000 pounds of rock and 250 feet of track and features model trains amongst famous Canadian landmarks from coast to coast. Kids will want to complete the display’s scavenger hunt, on offer daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Don’t miss a ride on the RBG Express through the winter beauty of Hendrie Park. The train accommodates up to 20 riders for paid rides throughout the garden.
Winter Whimsy, Hamilton Children’s Museum
December 27- 30, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm
Admission rates apply
Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun. Visit the museum galleries and enjoy a variety of crafts and activities each day of the winter school break.
Holiday Craft Drop-In Centre, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology
December 27-31, 2018 and January 2-6, 2019, 12 pm – 4 pm
During the holidays, drop in and unplug. Families are invited to play board games and make a craft. Suitable for ages 5+.
Ace Academy Flight Experience, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton
December 12, 2018 – March 17, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm daily
Regular admission rates apply
The Ace Academy Flight Experience is an exciting interactive exhibit from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Visitors will have the chance to pilot a First World War biplane using motion sensing technology. Players enter an immersive environment to activate the experience of flying a realistic rendering of the Sopwith Camel biplane while dodging enemy aircraft and fire.