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Santa Claus Comes to #BurlON 2017

by Kelly Harris

The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means the Big Guy himself will be arriving soon. His elves are busy in the workshop and he’s had a long rest since last Christmas and he is ready to come and see us in Burlington! If you’re wondering where you can see him in person, we’ve got you covered!

Saturday November 18th 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, hot chocolate and cider, horse drawn sleigh rides, BBQ, tree lighting and live music. Please bring a non-perishable food item to contribute and support.


A Christmas Event at Ireland House takes place this Sunday November 19 from 11-4pm, 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, sample Victorian treats made on the 1830’s Rumford hearth and get the chance to make a traditional tin punched ornament. There will be horse and wagon rides, live reindeer and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.


Santa is making his grand appearance at Burlington Mall on Saturday November 25th 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 and say hi to Santa. He will visit with all the kids and then parade through the mall into his cabin at centre court.

The Royal Botanical Gardens has a lot of activities going on for the holiday season. They are featuring Holiday Traditions which will be offer more than ever before. They will offer Santa’s Signature Experiences (Must book a time in advance), holiday entertainment in the form of live music and comedy shows, Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec 9, 10 and 17 and storytelling with Mrs. Claus on Dec 2 and 16. They wll have their Botanical Train display from November 18-January 7 and new this year will be the Escarpment Train Exhibit on weekends from November 18-December 24 and daily December 27-31 and January 2-7. And the ‘grown-up kids’ won’t want to miss the Fest-of-Ales on Thursday November 30th . With all that going on, RBG will definitely get you in the holiday spirit!

RBG Train Show

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.


December 1st also marks the annual Burlington Downtown Candlelit Stroll. It runs 6:00-8:30 in Civic Square and is a lovely night of holiday songs, hot chocolate, and a candlelit walk down to the Festival of Lights at Spencer Smith Park. Get into the holiday spirit in our beautiful downtown.

You won’t miss seeing Santa on December 9th 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 25 – December 10. Keep an eye out for Old Saint Nick as he has been spotted in the barn. I know I hope to find him and show him a thing or two that I want from the amazing gift shop at Springridge.





The annual City of Burlington Santa Clause Parade is on December 3rd 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.

Christmas Parade Santa

One of my favourite things to do during the holiday season is to grab dinner out with the family and then head to Spencer Smith Park for the Burlington Festival of Lights. There you will enjoy over 60 festive displays from December 1- 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 dependant).

Winter Parks

December 1st enjoy Christmas 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(possibly) and Christmas carols in the air and of course a visit from Santa himself.

Santa and Streetcar

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 26, December 3 & December 10th bring your beloved pet (no reptiles, birds or exotic pets) on a leash or in a pet carrier to Burlington Mall. Santa will pose for pics from 6:30-8:30 pm (please enter at Entrance 1, near Guelph Line and Fairview St).  You can also join the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA for Picture your Pet with Santa at select locations.  Visit the website for dates and locations (Hamilton only locations this year).

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.

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

Photo courtesy of Aldershot BIA


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