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Get into the Holiday Spirit in Burlington

Holiday lights with snow at Spencer Smith Park

November 16, 2023

Celebrate the holidays with us. With festive events, visits with Santa, and yummy treats, there’s so much for you to get into the holiday spirit in Burlington.

Gather around the Christmas Tree

The holiday season kicks off November 18th, 2023 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the Aldershot Village Tree Lighting. Kick off your holiday shopping at the outdoor market, celebrate the season with Santa and friends, drop by for face painting and balloon twisting or warm up with some hot chocolate. Enjoy musical performances by the Enchorus Children’s Choir, St Mathew Bell Choir & Brad Boland. Capture all the holiday magic at the onsite photo booth.

Don’t let the festive spirit stop there. The Burlington Downtown Business Association hosts the annual Candlelit Stroll on Friday, November 24th. Start off your evening at Civic Square for the tree lighting ceremony from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. including a performance from the Burlington Teen Tour Band (6:00 to 6:30 p.m.). Then, time to stroll around a self-led winter wonderland in Burlington Downtown. Enjoy the lights along the Promenade West, visit Santa, and venture through the downtown to enjoy the seasonal drinks and treats provided by local cafés and restaurants.

Merry and Bright

Holiday lights with snow at Spencer Smith Park

November 24th also marks the start of the Festival of Lights. Visit Spencer Smith Park until January 5th to walk across the park and take in the shiny spectacle or get a bird’s eye view at Lights from the Rooftop at the Joseph Brant Museum. Lights from the Rooftop start on November 24th and every Thursday evening after that from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Free popcorn and hot chocolate will also be available.

Can’t get enough of the sparkle? You can continue exploring the festive lights and interactive installations at Winter Wonders. Happening the Hendrie Park (Royal Botanical Garden) from November 23rd to January 7th, this event celebrates the magic of the season with pathways adorned with lights and magical displays as well as music and warm tastes.

All aboard the holiday train

ALL ABOARD! The holiday train displays are making a stop in Burlington. Enjoy the Botanical Train Display rolling into the RBG Centre on November 23rd.  The display hosts seven model train tracks and features models of iconic Canadian landmarks constructed entirely from plant materials. Be sure to make a pit stop and check it out before it leaves the station on January 7th.

Scale up the rail experience with Christmas on the Rails at the Halton County Radial Railway! Every Saturday and Sunday from December 2nd to 10th hop on the railway in a vintage street car and travel through the woods to a seasonal adventure. You can even find Santa roaming around for a visit or in the driver’s seat.

Psst… Santa is coming

Burlington’s annual Santa Claus Parade is on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 PM. Click here for more information on the route.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are getting social this holiday season! Join them for brunch at the Royal Botanical Gardens on December 9th, 10th, and 16th (tickets are limited), or take pictures at Santa’s Set at Burlington Centre.

Interested in seeing more of his village? Visit him for Christmastown at Mountsberg Conservation Area and explore Mrs.Claus’ kitchen, the Elf Academy, or Flight Academy. Visitors can also have a private visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and catch up with the raptors and farm animals.

Don’t miss an opportunity to explore the holiday spirit in Burlington this season! Tag us in your adventure on social media and have a safe and happy holiday.