Christmas in the City: A Family Holiday Guide to events around Hamilton

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The Christmas Season is finally here, and for many, its that special time to make lasting memories with loved ones, give one another the gift of giving, and eat delicious, sweet-smelling Christmas treats!

During each holiday season, there seems to be a million things to do, and a million places to be. Though most of this usually revolves around shopping for presents and ensuring the household Elf is constantly on the move, we thought it would be helpful to give you a list of amazing, festive events happening all over Hamilton.

The Annual Kindertown Christmas

Each year, Kindertown’s families and friends, gather together to celebrate the end of the year, their Christmas Holidays and the always highly anticipated visit from two special folks whom truly believe that red is the new black.

Christmas in Gore Park

There are a whole bunch of fun events happening in Hamilton’s Gore Park this year, including a Ferris wheel, local vendors, crafty kids corner plus hot chocolate, mulled wine, and hot cider!  Most importantly, on Friday December 7, between 5-7pm, the Christmas Tree of Hope will be lit up with a free live music!

o   http://downtownhamilton.org/christmas-in-gore-park/

 Oh What Fun! – Harlequin Holiday Favourites

On Sunday, December 9th, the Harlequin Singers will be singing Christmas Carols between 3 and 5pm. Located just around the corner from Kindertown at the Family Church of Heritage Green on 360 Isaac Brock Drive, this could be a fun way to get the family in the Christmas Spirit

o   https://www.facebook.com/events/1155162494631237/

Spirit of Christmas

Hosted by Carmen’s Banquet & Convention Centre, this is a variety family show filled with favourite and familiar Christmas Classics that the whole family will enjoy. There will be two showings on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, on in the afternoon and one for dinner.

o   https://carmens.com/upcoming-shows/

 The Big Sing

On Friday, December 14, between 7 and 9 pm, the Ancaster Old Town Hall will be the host for live music, hot cider, and a Christmas concert with the Kaleidoscope Singers. If you’re in the area, don’t forget to also visit our friend Najah at her local children’s shop, Curated Cradle.

o   https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/events-calendar/big-sing-0

 Home of the Holidays: The Hockey Sweater

It’s a winter classic as Canadian as Tim Hortons and snow. On Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 pm, the storybook comes to life at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place).

o   http://www.coreentertainment.ca/events/detail/hpo151218

 The Sound of Music Sing-Along!

The beautiful Zoetic Theatre, on 526 Concession Street is hosting a Christmas Classic sing along for the entire family on Sunday, December 16 between 2-5pm.

o   https://www.thezoetic.ca/events/2018/12/16/the-sound-of-music-sing-along

 Elf – The Musical

Running from November 28th – December 24th at Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, is the modern day Christmas Classic Elf.

o   https://theatreaquarius.org/onstage/elf-the-musical/

 Holiday Traditions at the RBG

For the entire month of December, Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens is hosting a series of workshops, events and activities for the entire family. You can find their entire list of events here:

o   https://www.rbg.ca/holiday-activities

 Pioneer Christmas

Battlefield House Museum and Park National Historic Site will be hosting a month long 19th Century Christmas. Families can explore the old home, taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of a pioneer Christmas.

o   https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/hamilton-civic-museums/battlefield-house-museum-park-national-historic-site

 Puddicombe Estate’s Polar Express

Led by “Little Pud” and his ‘Toy Land’ friends, families can explore the Christmas grounds and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and live music. Adults will also be treated to a food and wine pairing at the end of their day!  There are only two days left – December 9th and 16th to get your spot!

o   http://www.puddicombefarms.com

 Dundurn Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle is ready for the holiday season, and each weekend in December, will be opening their doors to families to enjoy carollers, an assortment of traditional Christmas foods and peek at Sir Allan MacNab’ s beautiful home

o   https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/hamilton-civic-museums/dundurn-national-historic-site

 Winter Whimsy

Hamilton Children’s Museum is opening up their doors to families during the winter school break. Located at 1072 Main Street East, there will be  a variety of crafts and activities for children and adults to enjoy.

o   https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/events-calendar/winter-whimsy-2

Paul Russumanno