Note that Ontario is currently in the process of re-opening and there are rules and restrictions on capacity and some places require advance reservations. It’s best to call ahead or check websites before visiting to confirm. For more information on health recommendations for the Burlington area visit Halton Region Public Health and/or view and subscribe to the Health and Safety Notices page on the City website.

Holiday Activities

Mr & Mrs Claus with Reindeer at Ireland House

The holiday season is a special time to take a day trip or plan a weekend getaway in picturesque Burlington, Ontario with great boutique shopping, a variety of dining options and wonderful seasonal events and entertainment.

NOTE: This information reflects activities and events offered in Burlington prior to COVID-19 and are meant to inspire you to visit when it is safe to do so. With changes happening rapidly we recommend that you contact businesses directly to make sure services are open to the public and what restrictions are in place.

This festive season starts early with the annual Soup Bowl event at the Art Gallery of Burlington, the magical candlelit stroll in downtown and Winter Wonders events at Royal Botanical Gardens all kicking off in November.  If you are feeling nostalgic you can celebrate times gone by at our local Museums, and Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Victorian Christmas. Looking for the jolly old elf?  The annual Santa Parade and the all Santa 5K run are family favourites.  Celebrate the holiday season and sip hot chocolate as you walk through the Festival of Lights in Spencer Smith Park on the downtown waterfront.

Burlington Holiday Bucket List

  • Join thousands in the all Santa 5K run along the beautiful waterfront
  • Stroll along Lake Ontario enjoying the holiday atmosphere at Festival of Lights
  • Enjoy the Bright Nights light display with singing tree in Downtown Burlington
  • Go for an outdoor skate at the lakeside Rotary Centennial Pond
  • Marvel at the Winter Wonders lights and model train exhibit at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Watch a festive performance at the spectacular Burlington Performing Arts Centre
  • Visit one of the many holiday sales or bazaars for unique gifts

What to Wear in Winter

Our winters can be cold and fairly wet with snowfall from November to March and temperatures average from -1º to -10º Celsius(30 to – 14ºF). To stay cozy and dry, you’ll need winter apparel. Waterproof footwear is always a good idea.

Burlington Temperatures (in Celsius)

Weather Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Maximum -2 -1 4 12 18 24 27 26 21 14 7 0
Minimum -10 -10 -4 1 6 11 14 13 9 4 0 -6
Mean -6 -5 0 6 12 17 21 20 15 9 3 -3
Walking tour of downtown Burlington in winter
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