Even though the weather is getting colder, there are still plenty of reasons to venture outside to experience the various festive events and activities happening in Hamilton. Grab your friends and family (and perhaps a warm hat) and hit up some of these great holiday events happening soon before the year ends.
Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train
When: November 28- 30
Returning for its 18th year, the CP Holiday Train is once again raising funds for food banks across North America. While admission is free, they do require a small donation for a local food bank. The train is visiting over 150 communities this year, including stops all over Canada and the U.S. The train is over 1,000 feet long and features 14 brightly lit rail cars as well as a revamped boxcar that will feature live performers.
Waterfront Festival of Lights on Pier 8
When: November 28-February 16
Whether you make it before or after Christmas, this gorgeous Christmas light display is a must-see this winter season. Stare in awe at the thousands of carefully positioned Christmas lights and other decorations. This attraction will definitely get you in the holiday spirit and will ensure you have some festive photos worthy of Instagram fame.
Exhibit: A Forest of Christmas Trees
When: November 15-December 23
The Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museums are hosting a very special exhibit this Holiday season! They are inviting locals to come decorate their very own Christmas tree, so this event is perfect whether you go with your friends or family. There will be prizes awarded for the best trees during The Big Sing on December 16.
The Big Sing
When: December 16, 2016
You’ll feel transported back in time at this adorable community event, hosted by the Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museums. Taking place at the historic Ancaster Old Town Hall (310 Wilson Street), the event will feature live festive music, hot drinks and treats, and awards for the best Christmas trees. There will also be a concert and sing-along carolling, so be prepared to belt some classic holiday tunes. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family.
Home for the Holidays
When: December 17
This family-friendly event is a classic Hamilton tradition. Hosted by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, you’ll be able to enjoy traditional holiday songs that you grew up with in the quaint setting, including A White Christmas and The Nutcracker Suite. This year, the orchestra will also be playing Vince Guaraldi’s loveable music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is sure to be a treat. Tickets range from $10-67, but you can also come early at 6:30 to enjoy a free Inside the Music: Pre-Concert talk.
With an assortment of events and celebrations happening all over Hamilton, you’ll be sure to find something that appeals to you. But, whenever you end up, all that matters is you’re in good company and you’ll be sure to have a merry time.