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#BurlON til Jan 8

by Pam Belgrade

A new year means a new decade too with new fun things to see and do in #BurlON. There’s plenty of exciting activities coming up this week. With kids at home for the holidays, it’s the perfect time to explore the Royal Botanical Gardens, Conservation Areas, Art Gallery, Museums and Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Here are some things we think you should check out this week in Burlington.

pinball machines at JBMPart of the Machine – 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.

Kids skating at Rotary Centennial pond along the waterfront with Spencer Smith Park and Pier in backgroundSkating

Until January 3  in various Burlington arenas Tim Horton’s is hosting a Free Skate. Be sure to check online for dates, times, and locations as they do change. Also, if the weather permits, come downtown to the Rotary Centennial Pond for free Pond Skating. This is a great way to spend some time with the family while also being active, despite the cold weather!

Winter Fun

Until February 17, Mountsberg Conservation Area is inviting you and your friends or family to enjoy horse-drawn Winter Sleigh Rides through a winter wonderland. Pre-registration is recommended as spaces do sell out fast. Take a step back to the year 1900 and experience the Christmas season like never before at the Victorian Christmas Festival. At Bronte Creek from Jan 3-5, enjoy fresh baked holiday treats and cider, tours of the Spruce Lane Farmhouse, learn about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era, and more. No reservations are required.

With the buzz of the holidays settling down it is the perfect time to head down to Spencer Smith Park for Burlington Festival of Lights. Enjoy over 60 festive displays until January 8, by either walking through the park or driving along Lakeshore Road.

Winter Lights at the RockHoliday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens

Get outside at the RBG with guided Winter Walks and learn how the forest has changed to survive the winter. Take a stroll through the thousands of twinkling lights in the Rock Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens for Winter Lights at the Rock. Tickets are required for this event, so check it out online to learn more. Also on weekends at the RBG is the  Train Exhibits. Go on a journey through four seasons of Canadian landscapes while hearing the story of how railroads shaped our history.

Art Gallery of Burlington

The Art Gallery of Burlington has plenty to see and do this week. Ongoing until January the 27th are two fantastic exhibits, to Sunday Jan 12: Living Off the Land: Helen Sovereign, and to Sunday Jan 26: Holding Space: Samantha Dickie, Art Gallery.  Every Sunday from 1-4 pm engage in art and craft making at the free Open Studio. All are welcome to participate.



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