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Festive Activities in #BurlON 2020

by Kelly Harris

It may be different this year with less in-person activities and some of the annual events that we are used to not happening, but there are still LOTS of ways to get festive in Burlington this year.  Some activities will be virtual but there are some that are available in-person that you can attend.

Get in the holiday spirit starting Sat Nov 14 in Aldershot with their annual Tree Lighting. From 5-7 pm drive by and see the tree which will be lit at dusk, and please bring food donations for the Compassion Society of Halton.  Stay in your vehicle as Santa will get your donations out of your trunk himself.

Santa Claus

What is the Holiday season without Jolly Santa Claus himself? We are pleased to say that Santa will be arriving at Burlington Centre on Saturday November 21 at 11:00 am. He will not be arriving by helicopter this year but regardless, his appearance will be grand and you will hear his Ho Ho Ho and get to see him.  Virtual and in-person visits are available and must be reserved in advance here.  They are no drop-in visits this year.

Santa Claus

The annual Santa Claus Parade won’t be happening this year but Santa himself will be out and about in Burlington. Santa will be travelling by antique firetruck in communities around Burlington on weekends leading up to Christmas. For more info and to find out when Santa may be in your area, check here.

Winter Wonders heading

The Royal Botanical Gardens are offering a new experience this year with Winter Wonders. Experience the magic of the holiday season under the stars as historic Hendrie Park transforms into a winter wonderland of nature and light. This unique outdoor experience guides visitors along Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, including 7 magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders!  Running Wednesdays to Sundays November 18 to December 23 and then again December 27-30 and Jan 2-3; from 5-10 pm. This is included with your admission but a $5 donation is suggested, but not required. For tickets and more info on Winter Wonders check here.

Holiday train running in snow at RBG Holiday Tradtions

The RBG is also offering the RBG Express through Hendrie Park. Available Wednesdays to Sundays November 18-December 23, December 27-30 and January 2-3 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm daily. Train is first come-first served and an additional fee does apply.

Holiday market ad

Our friends at Nickel Brook Brewing are hosting an outdoor Holiday Market on December 5 from 10am-3 pm. There will be retail vendors, food and of course beer! Also the opportunity to purchase a fresh Christmas tree.

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Enjoy a virtual night from the comfort of your home and get in the old-fashioned Holiday Spirit with A Night at Ireland House (From Home) on December 11. Join us for a festive and re-imagined evening as we bring the Ireland House Museum experience to you at home. Order ahead, pick up your Victorian inspired meal, and follow our simple reheating instructions. Tune in via Zoom for live, musical entertainment and a hearth cooking demonstration.  Reservations must be made in advance and booked by December 4 for a special night. (meal to be picked up prior on Dec 11).

Santa 5k Race start

We love the annual Santa 5K race with all the Santas. Although it won’t be taking place on a set day and time, we are pleased to say that this popular run is being offered virtually and you still get a Santa suit! And it will still be the biggest virtual All-Santa event! Sign up online and check the website for more information.

Festival of Lights waving Santa at night

Our beautiful waterfront will once again be lit up with the Festival of Lights displays at Spencer Smith Park. Daily from 4 pm-midnight from November 27 to January 8. The displays will be visible from the road if you prefer to drive by, but protocols will be in place to ensure they are well spaced out and allow for distancing.

Festival of Trees trees decorated in lobby of performing arts centre

The Festival of Trees is returning at Burlington Performing Arts Centre and will be on from November 25 to December 22. Stop by the Centre during operating hours to view the beautifully decorated trees and bid on them in the silent auction.

Bright Nights logo

New this year, Downtown Burlington will be lit up with a fantastic array of lights and interactive display for Bright Nights. Starting early December and right through the holiday season take a walk through beautiful downtown Burlington, pick up a hot chocolate and marvel at the wonders of the season.

Santa with a book

Enjoy a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with Santa Claus himself.  Beginning Sat Dec 19 at 6:00 and available for viewing until December 31. Follow here for the updates.

Walk off the Earth in red and white pajamas

The holiday fun continues after Christmas Day.  Sound of Music Festival presents our hometown band, Walk off the Earth on December 28, for a special performance at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are sold out for the show but Livestream tickets are on sale so you can watch from the comfort of your home and view this 90 minute performance live.

Save this Holiday Season with the Holiday Savings Pass.  Sign up for this free passport for great deals & discounts. Gift ideas and experiences for yourself and those on your shopping list. A great way to support local.  Keeping your safety top of mind.

Holiday Savings pass with pier

Enjoy the season but please remember to be safe, wear a mask and keep your distance!

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