Christmas isn’t cancelled, it just looks a little different this year! We can prove it with this HUGE list of great things to do that are both Christmas-y and winter-y, so keep it handy till spring!
Indoor events have been replaced with over-the-top outdoor activities like drive through Christmas light displays. We even have free walk through Christmas light displays that light of the city, but definitely ensure you can socially distance with your family. There are virtual story times with Santa and even a drive by Santa experience!
Some events happen on certain dates at certain times, and some are open all month (or longer!) long. Use the Table of Contents to help you navigate.
Find more festive, cold-weather fun that you would have thought existed in a time like this. Humanity is still celebrating the season, and you’re invited!
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Many Christmas and holiday events are still happening and they have been completely revamped to make things safer (but equally fun!) for your family. Grab the kids and the car and visit some of these drive-thru light Christmas light shows, low-capacity or virtual holiday festivities.
Drive-Thru Christmas Light Displays
Glow Gardens Presents Santa's Lost Presents Drive Through Light Festival
Glow Gardens is transforming the outdoor park space of Safari Niagara into a 3-kilometre, twinkling Christmas landscape with over a million lights. It’s a Christmas lights drive-thru, touchless light journey, creating a wonderful, warm and safe experience for the young… and the young-at-heart. Your health is our priority, and COVID precautions are in place from the start to the end of your experience. Take a leisurely cruise and enjoy larger-than-life reindeer, teddy bears, ornaments and a deLIGHTful 30+ foot tree! You can really set the holiday mood with GLOW FM radio. Turn it up and sing along to holiday favourites. Most importantly, help Santa find his lost presents scattered throughout Glow Gardens. City: Niagara Pricing: $30 + hst per car. Reservations required? Yes.
Gift of Lights is a family-friendly drive thru Christmas lights display with two tunnels and over 300 animated and static light displays! Enjoy this holiday spectacle from inside the comfort of your own vehicle and tune into Gift of Lights Radio at 103.3FM. Walk-thru nights are also available November 29, December 17 and January 3. City: Kitchener Pricing: $20-25 per car depending on the date you're visiting, $5 per walk though (select dates), pricing for passenger vans, limos and buses available. Reservations required? Yes.
Experience the magic of more than a million lights at Journey Into Enchantment Christmas lights drive thru. You’ll encounter dazzling animated displays, static displays, music shows, simulated starburst fireworks lights, and a spectacular tunnel as you drive through in the comfort of your own vehicle. The 1.6 km route will impress and amaze you! City: Markham Pricing: Starts at $29.95 weekdays per car, $34.95 on weekends. Reservations required? Yes.
An immersive Christmas lights drive thru display, featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to everyone’s favourite holiday tunes. Are you ready to light up the holidays with a COVID-safe drive thru Christmas lights experience like none other! Nights of Lights is the must-see drive-through event of the Holiday season for all ages. Turn up the volume and roll down the windows because this dazzling light display is the FIRST OF ITS KIND IN CANADA and only happens once a year! City: Vaughan Pricing: $25 up to 2 people per car, $40 up to 5 people per car, $65 up to 8 people per car. Reservations required? Yes.
Beautiful Walk Thru Light Displays
Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights
Come share your holiday spirits with family and friends while strolling through the 60 magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park from November 27, 2020 to January 8, 2021. Keep the community tradition alive and visit the Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights this year! Lights are glowing from 4 pm till 11 pm every night. City: Burlington Pricing: Free! Reservation required? No.
A dazzling and delightful stroll through over 10,000 spectacular, synchronized dancing lights and merriment between our Gibbons Square and our Village Field. We invite you and your family to come and enjoy the lights dancing to all your favorite Holiday songs. Along with the lights, we have added fun Holiday building projections that will delight the kids and the kids at heart. Runs nightly from 5:30 till 9:30 till January 8, 2021. City: Hamilton Pricing: Free with a food bank donation Reservation required? No.
Experience the magic of the holiday season under the stars as historic Hendrie Park transforms into a winter wonderland of nature and light. This unique outdoor experience guides visitors along Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, including 7 magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders! Discover the origins of popular holiday traditions while strolling through our breathtaking garden to the rhythm of festive music and indulging in the warm tastes and fragrances of the holiday season. City: Burlington Pricing: Included in your general admission or with your membership Reservations required? Yes. After seeing huge lineups, RBG moved this event to a pre-booked timed event.
The most enchanting of Niagara Falls attractions, the 38th annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s largest FREE outdoor light festival. Experience the spectacular displays with 3 million lights along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and across Niagara Falls. City: Niagara Falls Pricing: Free! Reservations required? No.
Christmas and Holiday Celebrations
Christmas is going to look a bit different this year, but the Christmas magic is coming back to Mountsberg with Storytime Magic with Santa! We’ve all had to make some adjustments in 2020, and Santa has too. Bring Santa’s favourite little helpers out to Mountsberg for a scavenger hunt through the woods and Santa’s magic village, hot chocolate and cookies, and a Christmas craft. Finish out the day with virtual Christmas storytime (Santa learned how to use Zoom!) inside Mrs Claus’ cabin kitchen. City: Campbellville Pricing: $28.25 for adults, $22.60 for children ages 1-14 Reservations required? Yes.
Calendar of Christmas Events
Let's Get In To The Festive Spirit! Join Ellie the Elf with her keyboard as she gets you singing and dancing to holiday favourites including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and more! Send in your favourite song request and let's get the festivities started! Join us on Saturday, December 12th over Zoom at 1:30 PM! Pre-Order your tickets here.
These events occur on specific dates and times, so watch for that. Some also may need you to pre-book/pay to secure your spot.
Let’s have some fun with the Kiddos Aldershot! Head to our website at www.aldershotbia.com to download our Kids Christmas Colouring Pages and enter to win a Kids Prize Pack sponsored by many of our Aldershot Businesses. It’s easy to enter and we have 2 age categories for the kids. Let’s have the kiddos join in the fun and get CREATIVE! Find your colouring sheets and details when you click the logo above. Friday, November 27 thru Thursday, December 17
Tours the Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Festival of Trees – The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s 4th Annual Festival of Trees will be sparking yuletide joy in patrons who visit BPAC between Nov. 25th and Dec. 22nd. Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, generously donated by Canadian Tire – Burlington Stores and sponsored by local businesses, will light up BPAC’s Lobby for over 4 weeks – until their silent auction ‘winners’ take them home for the holidays. Please note the BPAC Lobby will not be open to indoor viewing Dec 7-14.
Santa’s Holiday Magic Trail is visiting Burlington this December! This year, Santa has left his reindeer at the North Pole and is hopping in an antique firetruck to visit our neighbourhoods. Taking place on weekends leading up to Christmas in December, Santa will spread some “Ho, Ho, Ho merriness” along the trail. To keep residents safe, the truck will not make stops and residents are asked to view Santa from within their own household or if outdoors, follow public health direction and maintain two metres physical distancing. Click the image above to find your neighbourhood and date.
You’re invited to Storytime with Santa: Santa will bring the magic of the holidays to your home and reads ’Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas), and shares stories of the north pole, his reindeer and the nice list. Don’t miss his virtual storytime beginning Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. available for viewing until Dec 31. Come listen as often as you’d like. Full details can be found by clicking the image above.
The show is hosted by Michelle Wagman, children’s story reading by Brian Hatchell, featuring solos by Amber Ruthart, Robyn Pauhl, Tiki Mercury-Clarke, and The Baker Street Victorian Carollers. So hop into your holiday jammies, grab a cup of hot cocoa, cuddle up with your loved ones, as we bring to you, “It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Burlington”. Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7 PM EST – 8 PM EST