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Santa Claus is coming to town…

by Linda Cvetanovic

Santa sleepingSanta Claus is coming to town...and that town is Burlington!  With the holiday season upon us, it is time for all the festive events to begin.  With lots of great family friendly events featuring the man in red – Santa, you are sure to have a great time regardless of if you are young or just young at heart.

Burlington Mall:  Santa will arrive at Burlington Mall by special helicopter shuttle, direct from the North Pole on November 15, and take up residence in his cabin in the mall right through December 23.  Join the festivities with free hot chocolate, live entertainment and gifts handed out to the first 1,000 children.  After touchdown, Santa and his fans will be led by the Tartan Terrors in a lively parade through the mall to Santa’s cabin.

Country Heritage Park:  What could be more fun than a parade of decorated tractors/vehicles?  Find out at the Heritage Parade of Lights, November 15- 16 at Country Heritage Park.  After the parade you can meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus and their elves and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies.

Christmas Ireland HouseIreland House: Step back in  time on Sunday, November 16th as Museums of Burlington present, An Old-Fashioned Christmas Event at Ireland House 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.  See baking demonstrations, tour the Ireland House decked out for the holidays, make crafts, visit with the Clauses in SANTA’S CABIN and so much more.

Springridge Farm: Bring the family for some farmyard fun at Springridge’s Christmas Open House. Visit with Santa in the barn, paint an ornament or decorate your own gingerbread man then head outdoors to the fun farm yard to play.  Inside you can warm up with treats from the cafe and bakery and do some holiday shopping in the gift loft.

Royal Botanical Gardens:  Santa has found a new home at the RBG during their annual Holiday Traditions event. Turner Pavilion in Hendrie Park has been transformed into Santa’s cabin! Make your way along the trail of festive lights, past the Candy Cane Garden and into Santa’s Cabin for a visit.  Warm up in RBG Centre with weekends filled with children’s entertainment, choirs and crafts for Santa’s little helpers.  Visit the website for days and times to visit with Santa.  Check out our video of our visit to Holiday Traditions last year  *note dates in video are for 2013

Homestead ChristmasBronte Creek Provincial Park:  Families will love the opportunity to step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek’s Homestead Christmas, Saturdays and Sundays in December leading up to Christmas, plus Dec. 22-23.  Enjoy a private family visit with Santa and dress up (if you choose) in period attire and receive a USB of your photos.  Participate in heritage crafts, activities and games.  Take a wagon ride, then visit the gift shop and cafe.  Don’t forget to leave time for the playbarn, farm animals and so much more.

Streetcar Museum: There’s nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air and a visit from Santa! Join the Streetcar Museum for Christmas on the Rails – Saturday, December 6 & 13 from 1 pm- 8 pm.

PP Burlington Christmas Parade SoldersChristmas Parade: Hosted by the City of Burlington, the 49th annual Christmas Parade on Sunday December 7, features bands, colourful floats, clowns, mascots and jolly St. Nick himself.  The parade route starts at 2 p.m. at the Burlington Mall and ends in the heart of downtown.


Santa 5K:  If you have never seen thousands of Santas running through the streets of Burlington then you are in for a treat as VR Pro presents the annual Santa 5K on Saturday December 13th.   If you are a runner be sure to register in advance and don your Santa suit to run the race.  Not a runner – no problem…spectators are encouraged to join in the fun and cheer on the runners as they make their way through this 5K street race.  Check out our video of the team from Tourism Burlington gearing up for last years race *note dates in video are for 2013

If you are looking for other holiday events and activities please be sure to visit the City of Burlington events calendar.

For more information on planning your visit to Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook we’re always happy to help.

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