Local activities and events come to life this Christmas season to bring Burlington families holiday cheer. As we roll into winter, the children look forward to spending special time with their loved ones during festive events. The holidays bring warm celebrations with Santa, holiday shows, religious services and lots of fun and games! Winter snow invites us to bear the cold and hit the slopes or outdoor rink, make a snow man, and delight in the white fluffy coating that brightens the chilly night.
We look forward to sharing special time with the people dearest to us, bonding over the good cheer. Some of our neighbours may not celebrate Christmas, or any holiday tradition, but it is important to be respectful of everyone’s beliefs and welcome them to share in your cheer. This is also a good time to teach your children about values like compassion, giving and sharing.
As always, we’ve found plenty going on as early as November. Look through family shows, outdoor activities, concerts, parades, and much more.
Christmas Activities in Burlington
Holiday House Tour – November 11 – 13
Hamilton and Burlington Homeowners have loaned their houses to the Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington so that a talented team of design professionals can transform them with stunning holiday décor. Attend for hands-on classes, decorating demos, an ornament sale and more. This year, local firefighters will be helping to greet guests at the Tour homes. Another perk is that select restaurants are offering a 15% discount to house tour attendees. Please bring a non-perishable food item when you visit any of the homes. Buy tickets online here.
Burlington & Hamilton – 289.337.9526 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Traditions - Saturday November 19 to Sunday January 8
Featuring visits with Santa and a breakfast with Santa (by registration only) Also check out the Auxiliary Christmas Sale and the RBG Train Show! Royal Botanical Gardens will be transformed into a Holiday winter wonderland!
680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON – 905.527.7962 – email@example.com
Old-Fashioned Christmas - Sunday November 20
Join Ireland House Museum from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm to celebrate the season with the smells, sounds and tastes of Christmas on a historic farm. See baking demonstrations, hear yuletide carols and tour the decorated historic house. Take part in historic holiday activities such as the making of a Victorian pomander, a tin punched ornament, creating a holiday door swag, crafting a wood-cut snowman, Christmas card making, pony rides and other heritage crafts and activities. Children will have a magical visit with Santa in his cabin. Santa’s elves will prepare their letters and after their visit they’re off to Santa’s Workshop to make a toy! Admission for adults is $6.00, children are $5.00 and kids under 3 are free. Extra charges apply to some activities.
2168 Guelph Line – Burlington, ON – 905-332-9888 – Sylvia.Hentz@burlington.ca
Picture Your Pet with Santa – Saturdays & Sundays November 12 – December 11
Visit the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA from 11am – 4 pm to snap a picture of your pet with Santa Claus. Every picture supports homeless animals in need at the shelter. Contact for prices.
245 Dartnall Road – Hamilton, ON – 905-574-7722 ext. 427 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Open House – Weekends November 26 to December 11
Ho Ho Ho Santa Claus is coming to Springridge Farm! Just a short drive from Burlington. The days are loaded with Christmas activities for children and families. Paint a glass ball ornament for $5 or decorate a freshly baked Gingerbread Cookie to take home. Visit with Santa throughout the barn while enjoying hot cider. Let the kids select a Fraser Fir Christmas tree. See the bakers busy making cookies, fruit pies and tarts for the holiday season. Plus, Gift Baskets and Gourmet Foods, with dips, sauces, spreads, jams.
7256 Bell School Line – Milton, ON – (905) 878-4908 – email@example.com
Candlelit Stroll - Friday December 2
Bring your voices downtown for the annual carolling event that launches the Lakeside Festival of Lights. Beginning at 6:00 pm in Civic Square, enjoy Hot Chocolate from Tim Hortons, Festive Burgers from the Works, visits with Santa, Christmas Music and more. At 7:00 pm see the official lighting of the CHML Tree of Hope, then follow the group on the Candlelit procession of carolling.
426 Brant Street – Burlington, ON – 905-333-9868
Lakeside Festival of Lights – Friday December 2 to Tuesday January 10
Celebrate Burlington’s longest running festival! The displays light up the waterfront from dusk to dawn for 40 days over the holiday season. Walk through Spencer Smith Park to see over 60 light displays of Christmas, animals, trains and more! Be sure to bundle up, its extra chilly by the water!
1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON – 905-332-1851 ext. 35
Burlington Christmas Parade – Sunday December 4
Delight in colourful floats, clowns, live music, mascots and jolly St. Nick himself! Starting at 2 pm by Burlington Mall at the corner of Prospect Street and Guelph Line, the parade then marches along Guelph Line to New Street, travels west along New Street to James Street, then north on Brant Street. The parade route finishes at Brant Street and Caroline.
Burlington, ON – (905) 335-7600 ext. 7979 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa 5K – Saturday November 20
As many as 4,000 Santas will participate in this event benefiting Community Living Burlington and St. John Ambulance. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 am and the 5K race begins at 9 am outside City Hall on Brant Street in downtown Burlington. Runers will be treated with Panago Pizza and free massages from 8 to 11 am in Room 247 in City Hall courtesy of Trillium College.
City Hall – 426 Brant Street – Burlington, ON
The Nutcracker – December 7 – 8
Visit the Burlington Performing Arts Centre to see a festive favourite!
To purchase tickets, call the box office or click here.
440 Locust Street – Burlington, ON – 905.681.6000