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#BurlON til Jan 1

by Guest Writer

The holiday season is almost here, so get out and enjoy the many different seasonal activities going. With Holiday Traditions ongoing at the RBG and the Festival of Lights at Spencer Smith Park, there is plenty to do in #BurlON over the holidays.

Sleigh trees display festival of lightsFestival of Lights

Head downtown to see Spencer Smith Park lit up for the season for the Festival of Lights. Daily until Jan 8 from 4 pm to midnight, stroll through the 60 different light displays that fill the park, absolutely free. Enjoy dinner before or after or pick up a hot chocolate and enjoy the lights.

Santa at the RBG holiday traditions

Holiday Traditions

Get into the Christmas Spirit with Holiday Traditions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, ongoing until Jan 5. The Escarpment Train Show is  on weekends, the Botanical Train Display daily, and the RBG Express daily.

Take a stroll through the Rock Garden for Winter Lights at the Rock and see the way the garden is lit up for the season.  Book your tickets and enjoy a night out with firepits in a winter wonderland.

Snow White Drury Lane Theatre logoArts and Culture

Ongoing at the Art Gallery of Burlington is The Gender Conspiracy Exhibit until Tues Dec 31. Also, every Sunday from 1-4 is Family Sunday Open Studio. Admission is absolutely free and this is a great way to get creative as a family.

At the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is The Andy Kim Christmas on Sat the 21.

The Drury Lane Theatre also has performances of “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” from Fri 20 – Sun 22. Book your tickets in advance as some shows are already sold out.

Festival of TreesFestival of Trees

Make sure you check out the  Festival of Trees at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The trees are on display until December 21 but bidding in the Silent Auction closes on December 20. Check out the over 35 trees decorated by local Burlington businesses. The lobby is open noon to 4 pm daily.

skating at discovery landing

Skating at Discovery Landing

Skating in #BurlON

Lots of skating options for the holidays with Tim Horton’s offering free holiday skates. Check the website for locations and times.

If you prefer to do your skating outdoors, head downtown for Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond Skating. Lace up your skates and glide across the pond while overlooking the lake, every day from 10 am to 10 pm. It’s open pending weather conditions so just check the site in advance to make sure they are open.

Spruce Lane Farmhouse - Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Once the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and you are looking to keep the kids busy, then plan a visit to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for their Victorian Christmas. Running December 27-30 and Jan 3-5 from 10-4 daily. You can enjoy traditional Christmas games and activities for all ages, crafts, tours of the Spruce Lane farmhouse decorated for Christmas and songs in the parlour. You do not need to reserve in advance.

Pinball games

Joseph Brant Museum

If you haven’t visited the newly renovated Joseph Brant Museum yet, this is a perfect outing for the holidays. Visit before January 12 so you don’t miss the Rock and Pinball exhibit. This interactive exhibit is fun for kids of all ages (big kids especially) as you test your skills on various pinball machines.

New Years

If you are looking for an idea for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day make sure you check out our Ring in 2020 Blog or NYE Coyote Blog.

Wishing you a Happy Holiday season and Best wishes for the New Year! Our Visitor Centre will be closed from December 23-January 1 and will re-open on Thursday January 2, 2020. You can reach us at or follow our social media channels.

Holiday Hours 2019




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