Live & Play in Burlington
With winter weather arriving early this year, it would be easy for many of us to hide in our warm homes with a mug of hot chocolate and a plate full of sugar cookies until the spring. The Parks & Rec team prefer that we get up and get outside as we Live & Play in Burlington because four months of sitting and stuffing oneself silly with sugar cookies is too long. We challenge you to get from your cozy couch and embrace the winter weather…… don’t worry we wouldn’t suggest such a drastic thought without giving you some ideas first. We are lucky to live in Burlington, a City that keeps the fun going through the winter months. So here are those great ideas we told you about…. three no cost family fun events:
Your first option is the longest running event hosted by the City of Burlington. The Christmas Parade is celebrating its 49th anniversary this year on Sunday, December 7th starting at 2pm. This year the parade will feature over 65 entries so be sure to take note of your favourite and vote for the 2014 Peoples Choice Award. The parade will also of be visited by the one and only Santa Claus! If anyone can cheer up your winter blues it is certainly the Big Man in Red! Check out the parade route here.
After you have survived the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may be looking for a way to relax. If so, you are in luck because on January 1st at Tansley Woods Community Centre, the City of Burlington will be hosting its annual New Years Day event from 11am-4pm. This year you can choose to take a lounge in the pool during our free swim, build Lego crafts, play in the gym with Burlington Youth Soccer Club and Monkeynastix, and be sure to leave time to watch the “Lego Movie” presented by Safari Children’s Dentistry. This awesome event is a great way to spend the last of the holiday season with your family as you join our hardworking team on New Year’s Day.
The last winter event the City of Burlington hosts is a tribute to not only our winter weather but to one of the beautiful parks we have here in Burlington. The Lowville Winter Games is a one day event on Sunday, January 25 from 11am-4pm where families can enjoy free skating, sleigh rides and delicious food from some of your favourite food trucks.
So this winter, bundle up and fight back against those winter blues. Fill up your tumbler with a warm drink and join us at these amazing events! We promise it will be a lot more fun than hiding on your couch and who knows, you may even start to like winter again.
Guest Writer, Kenzie Van Wagner, Assistant Coordinator- Festivals & Events, City of Burlington