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Here Comes Santa Claus….to #BurlON 2018

by Kelly Harris

Here comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, right to…..#BurlON! The Big Guy in red is making his appearance in Burlington very soon. His elves have been busy all year in the workshop and he’s had a long rest and eaten too many off Mrs. Claus’ cookies and is ready to come and visit us again this year. Here’s where you can see Santa in person this holiday season.

Santa Claus


Saturday November 17 marks the annual Aldershot Village BIA Tree Lighting ceremony. It runs 3-6 pm at the Downsview Plaza at 355 Plains Rd. E and will feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse drawn carriage rides, BBQ, tree lighting and live music. Please bring a non-perishable food item to contribute and support as they try to “cram the cruiser” with the Halton Regional Police Service food drive.

A Christmas Event at Ireland House takes place this Sunday November 18 from 11-4, at the museum located at 2168 Guelph Line. Celebrate the holiday season with traditions of an earlier time- enjoy a special holiday tour of the Museum, treats made on the hearth, horse drawn wagon rides, crafts, roasted marshmallows and even reindeer!  Don’t miss their Stocking Stuffer mini-market with lots of great gift items.

Ireland House Christmas Event


On Friday November 23 there will be a Secret Santa surprise at Burlington Centre as every hour some lucky shopper will have their purchases paid for!  At 6:30 pm get in the festive spirit with a reading of A Christmas Story and then a new tradition of a tree lighting will take place. Hot chocolate and candy canes for all those in attendance.  Then get ready for the big guys arrival as he makes his grand appearance at Burlington Centre on Saturday November 24 at 10:00 am in the northwest parking lot. If the weather cooperates he will be arriving by helicopter so you won’t want to miss that! Come and enjoy a hot chocolate and entertainment starting at 9:00. He will visit with all the kids and then parade through the mall into his cabin at centre court where you can then get photos with him until Christmas Eve.

Burlington Centre Santa

The Royal Botanical Gardens is definitely the place to be this holiday season with a wide variety of  activities going on for the holiday season. They are featuring Holiday Traditions which will begin November 17 and features the famous Botanical Train Display.  They will offer Santa’s Signature Experiences which include a return trip on the RBG Express, hot chocolate and a cookie, storytelling and crafting with Santa’s helpers and a visit with Santa himself (Must book a time in advance). You can also reserve and have Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec 8, 9 and 16.  End your day at the Rock Garden in a magical winter wonderland at Winter Lights at the Rock, a ticketed outdoor event running Thursdays to Sundays Nov 17 to Dec 30. Thousands of twinkling lights lead you through the garden with charming Christmas melodies, festive sips and bites and the Escarpment Train Exhibit.  And the ‘grown-up kids’ won’t want to miss the Fest-of-Ales on December 6 and 7.  With all that going on, RBG will definitely get you in the holiday spirit!

RBG Holiday Traditions

Ride the rails with Santa himself at Halton County Radial Railway at Christmas on the Rails on December 1. There’s nothing like riding the train through the woods with snow on the trees(possibly) and Christmas carols in the air and of course, the chance to have a visit with Santa.

Santa and Streetcar

Santa arrives December 1st at 10:00 am at Mapleview Centre. Children can experience the magic of Christmas with Santa and receive a free 5”x7” photo. The centre is accepting donations in support of the McMasters Children’s Hospital Foundation.

November 30 marks the annual Burlington Downtown Candlelit Stroll. It runs 6:00-8:30 in Civic Square and is a magical night of holiday songs, hot chocolate, and a candlelit walk down to the Festival of Lights at Spencer Smith Park. Santa will be there so bring your wish list and pose for a photo with him. Get into the holiday spirit in our beautiful downtown.

Candlelit Stroll

You won’t miss seeing Santa on December 8 as you will see 3,000 Santas running through the streets of Downtown Burlington at the annual Santa 5K run. Cheer the runners on or be a participant and run/walk the race yourself. Register on the website and don’t miss out on all the fun at Canada’s largest all-Santa race – a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Santa 5k Race start


Our friends at Springridge Farm are getting ready for the holidays with Christmas Activities for the children weekends from November 24 – December 9. Decorate a gingerbread cookie or paint a glass ball ornament. Santa will be walking through the lovely gift barn so you can point out what is your wish list as we guarantee you’ll find a thing or two there!

Springridge Farm Christmas activities


The annual City of Burlington Santa Clause Parade is on December 2 and features bands, colourful floats, clowns, mascots and jolly St. Nick himself.  Check out the parade route online, pick your spot, then grab your blanket, chairs and head out to catch this holiday tradition.

Santa Claus Parade


One of my favourite things to do during the holiday season is to grab dinner out with the family, or pick up a hot chocolate and then head to Spencer Smith Park for the Burlington Festival of Lights.  You will enjoy over 60 festive displays from November 30- January 8. Wander through the park or get a full view of the themed displays while driving along Lakeshore Rd at the City’s waterfront.  Afterwards, enjoy a skate at the outdoor rink, Rotary Centennial Pond (weather dependent).

Festival of Lights display of mooseFestival of Lights 2018 Banner

We all know Santa isn’t just for the kids- your furry friends want to see the big guy in red too!  Your fur-babies have a chance to meet Santa and get a photo. On Sundays November 25, December 2 & December 9 bring your beloved pet (no reptiles, birds or exotic pets) on a leash or in a pet carrier to Burlington Centre. Santa will pose for pics from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Looking for more holiday information or planning your visit? We are always here to help, for more information on what to see and do in Burlington give us a call at 1.877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook.

Enjoy the holiday season and remember Santa sees whether you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!   


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