We’re still facing COVID-19 restrictions as we head into the festive season, which means Christmas in Hamilton is bound to feel a little different this year. Fortunately, with a bit of determination and plenty of holiday spirit, Hamiltonians can find plenty of fun activities to enjoy. Whether you’re social distancing at a local event or hopping online for a shared experience, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re ready to make the most of the holiday season, here are five ways to do it in Hamilton…
Check Out the Light Displays
Christmas in Hamilton just wouldn’t be the same without twinkling lights. Luckily, there are a few displays not far from Hamilton that are well worth checking out. First up, head to Winter Wonders at RBG. From Wednesdays to Sundays starting at 5 p.m., beautiful Hendrie Park will be transformed with lights.
Walking the 1.5-kilometre course takes about an hour. It’s time well spent, since you’ll enjoy festive music and seven dazzling lighting displays. Don’t forget to buy tickets ahead of time to reserve your spot!
The Lakeside Festival of Lights provides the perfect excuse to explore Spencer Smith Park this winter. Until January 8th, you can enjoy 60 vivid, Christmas-themed displays. Stroll through free of charge—and, if you want, bring your four-legged friend. You can also drive along Lakeshore Road to enjoy this attraction from your car.
Holiday Train at Home
This December 12th, get into the Christmas spirit with the Holiday Train at Home virtual concert. Hosted by Canadian Pacific on Facebook Live, this event features performances from Serena Ryder, The Trews, and many other popular musical acts.
Holiday Train At Home is an initiative to raise money for nonprofits devoted to feeding vulnerable populations across North America. Needless to say, it’s a worthy cause. If you’d like to donate to Food Banks Canada, click here.
Victorian Christmas in Hamilton
Until January 3rd, the Dundurn National Historic Site will be hosting a 19th-century Christmas-themed celebration. It will be a true feast for the eyes—one that features an abundance of intricate decorations! See what The Garden Club of Hamilton has in store for this Victorian-era mansion, which will be decked out in cedar boughs, ribbons, and more.
You can rest assured that the historic site is being sanitized frequently, and it has COVID-19 safety protocols in place. You can enjoy this wondrous attraction Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit
Take a step back in time to experience an early 19th-century Pioneer Christmas. Hosted at Battlefield House Museum and Park (which is known for its live reenactments), this festive event will provide a little slice of history—and familiar holiday sights, such as vibrant green boughs!
Running from November 21st to January 3rd, Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit will take place Tuesday through Sunday (though it’s closed on December 25th, 26th, and January 1st).
A Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol
Few stories capture the holiday spirit better than Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Of course, readings of the book are an annual tradition across Canada. But this year, one event is giving this old story a modern twist.
Coming to you from the Collingwood area, this production will be professionally-filmed at The Simcoe Street Theatre. The performance will be streamed digitally, so your family can enjoy it from the comfort of home. This one-of-a-kind event will be available to view between December 18th and 20th. You can purchase tickets here, or call 705-445-2200.