Holiday Season in Burlington

Lady by a Christmas tree

November 14, 2022

The holiday season is upon us and there is an excitement in the air as many events are back in person after a couple year hiatus. Get the most out of this holiday season with all the festive fun over the next few weeks in Burlington.

Aldershot Village Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with the Village Tree Lighting in Aldershot Village. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, enjoy an outdoor market, hot chocolate and snacks, live music, and fun activities like face painting, visits with Santa, and more! At 6 p.m., watch the tree lighting to celebrate the start of the season. The event will be held at 355 Plains Road E & East Plains United Church Parking lot, please bring non-perishable food items for the Compassion Society of Halton and the Burlington Food Bank.

Winter Wonders at RBG

RBG Winter Wonders

Wednesdays to Sundays from November 23 to January 8, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hendrie Park for Winter Wonders. Stroll the picturesque pathways complete with festive lights, interactive installations, and displays to celebrate the winter season. Warm up indoors with a visit to the Botanical Train display and explore the tropical greenhouse. Timed-tickets are required and can be purchased online. Make sure to visit the gift shop before you leave!

Jingle Bus Tour by Taste of Burlington

You will definitely want to get tickets for the first ever Jingle Bus Tour; a tour featuring festive food & fun and organized by Taste of Burlington. One tour is Thursday December 8th in the evening and the other tour is Sunday December 11th during the day. Jingle your way through Burlington for festive food, drinks and surprises along the way! Tickets are for sale at Redback Tours. Special thanks to PV&V Insurance for their support with this event.

Santa waving from his sleigh parade

Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus parade returns this year and Burlington couldn’t be more excited. Join the fun along the parade route on Sunday December 4th. The parade kicks off at 2:00 pm; for route and more info see website.

Twinkle After Dark

Visit Country Heritage Park this holiday season for Twinkle After Dark. From November 24 to December 28, walk through the 1 km outdoor event while sipping hot chocolate and listening to holiday music and take in the hundreds of thousands of lights, large displays, tunnels, and immersive holiday scenes. Enjoy holiday music, treats, and sweets while taking perfect pics for your Instagram feeds. Tickets available online. Use code Burl15 to save 15% on your tickets for any night.

Candlelit Stroll

Enjoy a magical evening of holiday fun in Downtown Burlington for the Candlelit Stroll. On November 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., explore the streets of downtown with a complimentary candle, starting in Civic Square for the lighting of the Tree of Hope. Enjoy treats like hot chocolate from La Creme de la Creme Creamery and sliders from The Works and live music from the Teen Tour Band. Also, enjoy a variety of activities like visits with Santa and family photography. There’s fun for everyone, so be sure to stop by. Make your way throughout downtown to Spencer Smith Park where the Festival of Lights will kick off for the season.

Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is returning to Spencer Smith Park on November 25. Every night from 4 p.m. until midnight, wander through the magical displays lighting up the waterfront. Festival runs until January 8, 2023.

A Night at Ireland House

Spend an evening sampling seasonal food and sipping local wine and craft beer at A Night at Ireland House. On Friday, December 2, tour the home of one of Burlington’s first families as you get in the holiday spirit. Tickets are available online.

Winterlit Conservation Halton

Experience winter at Mountsberg Conservation Area for Winterlit. Starting December 28, enjoy a moonlit stroll and bonfires in nature. Tickets go on sale December 1.

Springridge Farm

Springridge Farm is the perfect place to visit this holiday season to get in the festive spirit. Check out the Barn Market for fresh baked goods, preserves, and fine foods, as well as gifts; you’ll be sure to cross a few things off your list here. Before you leave, pick out your own real Christmas Tree to take home with you. The farm is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so make sure you visit and snap many festive pics when you do.

Burlington Holiday Market – Dec 8-11

The Burlington Holiday Market is back in Downtown Burlington this year. Support local businesses as you check out the variety of vendors set up along the Elgin Promenade and pick up some gifts for your loved ones – or yourself! The market is open Thursday, December 8 from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The Festival of Trees is back at Burlington Performing Arts Centre from November 23 – December 17. Enjoy beautifully decorated trees throughout their lobby and get the opportunity to take home your favourite in the Silent Auction.

There are also a variety of holiday-themed shows at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. On December 1 is Paquette Productions presents: A Christmas Spectacular. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine: The Nutcracker has performances on December and 3. On December 4 is The Jimmy Stahl Big Band: A Swingin’ Big Band Christmas, and on December 7 is Southern Ontario Lyric Opera: Home for the Holidays. Then, on December 9 is The Barra MacNeils – An East Coast Christmas. On December 10 is Merry Motown Christmas Special, and on December 11 is Burlington Symphony Orchestra: A Christmas Spectacular. Also, on December 14 is Sean Cullen’s Christmas Comedy Cocktail, and on December 16 is Elvis’ Wonderful World of Christmas. Finally, on December 17 is Natalie MacMaster: A Celtic Family Christmas. There are plenty of options for the whole family to enjoy, so make sure to check them out!

Enjoy this wonderful time of the year in Burlington!