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Santa Claus is coming to ….Burlington!

by Linda Cvetanovic

He’s making a list and checking it twice but he still has time to make his way to Burlington for some great holiday events before the big day.  Santa Claus is coming to ….Burlington!  If you’re wondering where to find the merry old soul in the snappy red suit we’ve got you covered.

Santa arrives at Burlington Mall for his holiday stay at 10am on November 19 by helicopter.  Join in the fun and enjoy entertainment, hot chocolate and candy canes in the North parking lot.  During the month of December save some time and support the United Way at the gift wrapping station or drop of a new, unused toy at the Salvation Army Toy Mountain.Santa Arrives at Burlington MallCelebrate the season at the Royal Botanical Gardens with Holiday Traditions, the annual holiday celebration featuring the famous RBG Train Show runs from November 19 – January 8. The RBG Centre will have family entertainment, crafts and more every weekend for your family to enjoy.  This year, the RBG will be offering a one hour Visit with Santa signature experience that includes a return trip on The RBG Express, hot chocolate and a cookie, storytelling and crafting with Santa`s helpers and a visit with Santa. Book your ticket online.Holiday Traditions at RBG (51)This Saturday November 19, head to Aldershot for the annual Village Tree Lighting.  Enjoy an afternoon of family fun that includes entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, the tree lighting and of course there will be a visit from Santa himself.

Photo courtesy of Aldershot BIA

Photo courtesy of Aldershot BIA

On November 20, step back in time and learn about the origins of holiday traditions that are still used today as the Museums of Burlington present a Christmas Event at Ireland House. Enjoy a tour of the the historical house, sample Victorian treats made on the hearth and vegetable soup will be served off of the wood stove. Take a ride in a horse drawn wagon, visit the petting zoo, and make a craft.  Children can visit Santa Claus,and they will also get to meet Father Christmas, a mid 17th century holiday figure. Ireland House - hearth

Mr. Claus takes up residence in the Mapleview Centre from November 21 to December 23.  Be sure to visit the gift wrapping station during December. Donations benefit McMaster Children’s Hospital and if you are able a donation to the Salvation Army Toy Mountain can be made at Guest Services.

Can you imagine watching over 3,000 Santas run through the streets of Downtown Burlington?  On November 26, you can be a spectator at the annual Santa 5k run, cheering on the runners in their holiday suits or be a participant and run/walk the race yourself. You can register on the website.  This is Canada’s largest all Santa race and is a sight not to be missed!win-santa5k

Our friends at Springridge Farm are getting ready  for the holidays with Christmas Activities for the children weekends from November 26 – December 11. Keep an eye out for Old Saint Nick as he has been spotted in the barn (maybe he’s getting some gift ideas).Christmas activities at Springridge

The annual City of Burlington Santa Clause Parade on December 4 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. win-santaparade

Weekends December 3-18, head to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a Victorian Christmas. Experience the traditions of a Victorian Christmas on a farm in 1900. Decorations, stories, caroling, sweets and toy shop. Visit the reindeer barn and then enjoy a personal visit with the big guy. Heritage costumes available for family photos with Santa* (*additional charge).Homestead Christmas (52)

Other festive events include the Candlelit Stroll in downtown Burlington on December 2. This family friendly evening includes activities and visits with Santa in Civic Square, the lighting of the Tree of Hope followed by traditional caroling through the downtown ending with the launch of the Festival of Lights. Bundle up and join the fun!  Candlelit Stroll Downtown Burlington

Speaking of the Burlington Festival of Lights, you can enjoy over 60 festive displays in Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park until January 9. Wander through the park or get a full view of the themed displays while driving along Lakeshore Rd at the City’s waterfront.  Festival of Lights

December 3 & 10 ride into the holiday season at the Halton County Radial Railway with Christmas on the Rails.  There’s nothing like riding the train through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air and of course a visit from Santa.Santa and Streetcar

Of course we’d be remiss if we left out our four-legged friends.  Your fur-babies have a chance to meet Santa and get a photo too!  On Sunday November 20, 27 & December 4th bring the family and your pet(s) for a Paws and Claus pet photo at the Burlington Mall.  You can also join the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA for Picture your Pet with Santa at select Ren’s Pets stores.  Visit the website for dates and locations.

Photo from Hamilton/Burlington SPCA

Photo from Hamilton/Burlington SPCA

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 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook.

I don’t know about you but I’m off to work on my wish list : )

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