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Holiday Fun in Burlington, Ontario 2012

by TourismBurlington

And so comes the Christmas season (hard to believe it’s less than 20 days away) and with it lots of holiday fun.

Crafting at RBG

Until January 6, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens for Holiday Traditionsincluding an all new and extensive botanical model train installation. You can read all about our sneak peak at this event here.

Be sure to head to the waterfront during the holiday to take in the Lakeside Festival of Lights running to January 9th.

Weekends and evenings (Wed-Fri) you can visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park for Homestead Christmas and experience the traditions of a Victorian Christmas on the farm in 1900.  Visit the reindeer barn and then enjoy a personal visit with the big guy – no reservations required.

This Friday December 7thjoin the Museums of Burlington at Ireland House for A Taste of Christmas Past: Festive Food & Drink of Yesteryear.  Enjoy festive holiday food samplings and beverage tastings from the Ireland Family home. Special activities, live entertainment and costumed historic performers complete the evening. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out.

For those that appreciate the indie music scene, be sure to check out Burly Calling – a DIY Music Festival December 7th-9th.  Hometown Youtube sensation Walk off the Earth return home for this awesome event.

Streetcar Museum

Head to the Streetcar Museum December 8th for Christmas on the Rails and enjoy a ride among the trees with carols in the air.  Also on December 8th you will want to be in Downtown Burlington for the Santa 5k run, when over 3,800 Santas will hit the streets – check out the video from last year here.

Sunday December 9th, The Crossroads Centre presents a Kid’s Christmas with crafts, snacks and a God rocks concert. On Monday December 10th join them for Christmas in the Square.  Country sensation Michelle Wright, along with six other talented Canadian musicians, will perform your favourite Christmas classics . Radio and television personality Casey Clarke will host this inspiring Christmas evening. A limited number of tickets are available for this intimate taping performance.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Conservation Halton has launched a new holiday event at Hilton Falls – December 16th enjoy the simple pleasures of nature with Christmas on the Trails.

Experience the Magic of the Holidays at Paletta Mansion Open House on Monday December 17th from 11am-3pm.  Refreshments available to purchase. Donations of unwrapped toys or canned food will be collected for the Salvation Army.

If you are a fan of the arts, there are lots of great holiday performances coming to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre including The Nutcracker Suite, Leahy Family Christmas and many more.  Be sure to check the calendar for a complete event listing and get your tickets before these popular shows sell out.

As the holiday winds-up, take advantage of your last opportunity to celebrate 2012 and welcome 2013 with the City of Burlington New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Central Park.  Lots of family fun activities capped off with fireworks to ring in the New Year.  Conservation Halton rings in 2013 with their New Year’s Eve Hoopla and Bronte Creek is guaranteed to be a howling good time with their New Year’s Eve Howls & Hikes.

Don’t worry the new year will be lots of great events too…no matter what you choose remember if you need ideas and help planning your trip visit our website or give us a call at 1-877-499-9989.

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