The Best Things To Do With Kids This Weekend

The weekend is here and we have combed through our events calendar to bring you a list of fun things to do this weekend in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and beyond!

Christmas Events are on the calendar! Find them all right here.

Santa has announced his schedule and this list tells you where to find him.

Don’t miss the deadline to get a letter from Santa! New dates for 2022 are here.

Shop till you drop while supporting local businesses at these Christmas Markets.

Lights from the Rooftop

Enjoy the Burlington Festival of Lights from the rooftop at Joseph Brant Museum during the Candlelit Stroll on November 25 and every Thursday evening in December from 6-9 pm. We’ll be serving FREE hot chocolate and popcorn! Museum admission is not required to access the rooftop.

Alpha’s Christmas Marketplace

Alpha’s Christmas marketplace offers local shopping just in time for the holidays. Free Admission! Enjoy free kids activities too! Get your holiday shopping done while supporting local small businesses. Find unique toys, books, gifts and treasures! Bring your kids and enjoy making Free Kids Crafts, Music/Play Workshop, sipping on Hot Apple Cider and cookie decorating!

City of Burlington’s Santa Claus Parade

We are excited to announce that Burlington’s annual Santa Claus Parade will return to an in-person event this year. Click here to find all of the route details and tips for attending the parade this year.

More Things To Do This Weekend With Kids

Friday

Take Part in Winter Past Times – Gather your family together, take a break from holiday shopping and step back in time to walk the beautiful landscape of Battlefield Park, followed by a guided museum tour to experience an early 19th-century home in wintertime with warmth, welcome and enticing aromas in the air.  

Don’t miss a ride on the RBG Express during your day visit to the Gardens. Purchase tickets at the door to take a round-trip train ride through beautiful Hendrie Park to round out your RBG experience. $5 per train car (for a maximum of 4 people per car). General Admission or Membership also applies.

The McQuesten Family Christmas – Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. Once a year, the family’s toys are gathered under a whimsically decorated tree. Come to Whitehern and experience the holidays as they were celebrated through the eras, from the 1850s to the 1930s.

Watch Hansel & Gretel at Theatre Burlington – kids of all ages and their grown-ups will love this family-friendly theatre production. Showtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

All aboard the Merry & Bright Express Train! The train runs from November 20 to January 8, 2023. Enjoy a festive ride on the indoor Holiday Train.  $4 per person, with $1 donated to the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

DIY Christmas Teether workshop at Parent Path.

Barton Street Christmas Market is on from 4-8pm today.

Gingerbread Magic starts today at Mapleview Mall.

Treat yourself to a Parents Night Out at Kinetic Elements Dance.

Join us Friday, December 2nd from 5-7 pm as we light up the annual Christmas Tree of Hope! Enjoy a festive musical performance from local crooner Vili V., visit Santa, and snack on delicious maple taffy, before taking a spin on the exhilarating paratrooper ride in Gore Park.

Each Festive Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 Parent Path will offer a family crafting activity. Some may even be suitable for gift-giving. Along with the activity other areas for PLAY and CREATE will be available so there’s something for everyone.

Student Theatre’s performance of “Stages” Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Student Theatre Studio. 

Saturday

Watch Hansel & Gretel at Theatre Burlington – kids of all ages and their grown-ups will love this family-friendly theatre production. Showtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Don’t miss a ride on the RBG Express during your day visit to the Gardens. Purchase tickets at the door to take a round-trip train ride through beautiful Hendrie Park to round out your RBG experience. $5 per train car (for a maximum of 4 people per car). General Admission or Membership also applies.

All aboard the Merry & Bright Express Train! The train runs from November 20 to January 8, 2023. Enjoy a festive ride on the indoor Holiday Train.  $4 per person, with $1 donated to the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Santa At The Fairgrounds is a new holiday event taking place over three weekends in December, inside Hall #1 at the Milton Fairgrounds. Families can visit the grounds, shop local vendors, and take a photo with Santa Morgan.

Breakfast with Santa at the Ancaster Fair – Kick off the Christmas season with a pancake breakfast, crafts, photo stations, vendors, and of course the jolliest man we know! Book your table for a the best day ever.

Chickadee Kids Co Tree lighting Party – Join Chickade Kids Company, Burlington’s toy store for the early years, as we light up our festive Christmas Tree. Kids can make a Christmas ornament and decorate their own sugar cookie. You are welcome to drop off or purchase a new unwrapped toy for our annual Toy Drive for McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Watch Elf for only $2.99 as part of the Family Favourites screenings at Cineplex Movie Theatres.

Gingerbread Magic today at Mapleview Mall.

Downtown Milton Holiday Fest is today!

Take Part in Winter Past Times – Gather your family together, take a break from holiday shopping and step back in time to walk the beautiful landscape of Battlefield Park, followed by a guided museum tour to experience an early 19th-century home in wintertime with warmth, welcome and enticing aromas in the air.  

The McQuesten Family Christmas – Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. Once a year, the family’s toys are gathered under a whimsically decorated tree. Come to Whitehern and experience the holidays as they were celebrated through the eras, from the 1850s to the 1930s.

Live edge wood slice painting workshop today in Dundas at Buncrana Golf Course

Stoney Creek Parade is today at 4 pm!

“Share the Warmth” – Live at the Appollo – Christmas music, a guest visitor from the North Pole, and if you can, bring gently used winter clothing to donate. 

Board the Albion Hills Christmas wagon or take a short nature-inspired hike along our Christmas Trail to the Festive Forest, and join Letha the Forgetful Elf on a tour of the North Pole!

Grimsby Santa Claus Parade is today at 5 pm!

Student Theatre’s performance of “Stages” Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Student Theatre Studio. 

Sunday

Watch Hansel & Gretel at Theatre Burlington – kids of all ages and their grown-ups will love this family-friendly theatre production. Showtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Don’t miss a ride on the RBG Express during your day visit to the Gardens. Purchase tickets at the door to take a round-trip train ride through beautiful Hendrie Park to round out your RBG experience. $5 per train car (for a maximum of 4 people per car). General Admission or Membership also applies.

The McQuesten Family Christmas – Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. Once a year, the family’s toys are gathered under a whimsically decorated tree. Come to Whitehern and experience the holidays as they were celebrated through the eras, from the 1850s to the 1930s.

All aboard the Merry & Bright Express Train! The train runs from November 20 to January 8, 2023. Enjoy a festive ride on the indoor Holiday Train.  $4 per person, with $1 donated to the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Board the Albion Hills Christmas wagon or take a short nature-inspired hike along our Christmas Trail to the Festive Forest, and join Letha the Forgetful Elf on a tour of the North Pole!

Student Theatre’s performance of “Stages” Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Student Theatre Studio. 

Breakfast with Santa @ Club Belvedere in Thorold. Two seatings: 10am-11am & 11am-12pm Please purchase your tickets for the time that works best for you. Pictures with Santa will be available- please bring your own camera.

Santa’s Polar Progressive Express – While you are on your trip enjoy 4 Food & Wine/Cider/juice pairing at each destination. The children visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus for a family photo and gift.

Holiday Gift Making Workshop at Tinkerlab in Milton

Holiday Storytime at the Animated Elf Tree – Feel the magic with a reading of “I Love Christmas” with Susan Clark. 

Alpha’s Christmas Marketplace offers local shopping just in time for the holidays. Free Admission! Enjoy free kids activities too! Get your holiday shopping done while supporting local small businesses. Find unique toys, books, gifts and treasures! Bring your kids and enjoy making Free Kids Crafts, Music/Play Workshop, sipping on Hot Apple Cider and cookie decorating!

We are excited to announce that Burlington’s annual Santa Claus Parade will return to an in-person event this year. Click here to find all of the route details and tips for attending the parade this year.

Hamilton Bulldogs Home Game

Sunday Makebreak: Gabby’s Dollhouse Cookies at Michaels – Come in for a free Makebreak event, featuring Gabby’s Dollhouse! Please call your local Michaels store to check whether they are participating in this event.

Look ahead to next week! Check out all the family-friendly events happening in your neighbourhood and beyond on our events calendar!

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