1. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
This is a great event that supports the Hamilton Food Share. It takes place on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Gage Park at Lawrence Road, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Holiday Train is expected to arrive at 7:45 p.m. The CP Holiday Train stops in Hamilton with a free concert and seasonal festivities from a boxcar turned into a travelling stage. We haven’t yet been told which performers will be on this year’s Holiday Train, but previous trains have included singers like Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Melanie Doane, and Doc Walker. The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a cash or non-perishable food donation to Hamilton Food Share, a worthy organization which will be on site at the event.
2. Santa Claus Parade
I love to kick off the holiday season watching the floats and listening to the holiday bands at the annual Hamilton Santa Claus Parade, which takes place this year on Saturday, November 22, 2014 beginning at 2 p.m. This event has been a part of my holiday tradition since I was a child. The route is from Queen and Main Streets, east on Main to John Street, north on John to King Street, west on King to Bay Street. Ho ho ho.
3. First Day of Christmas – Dundurn National Historic Site
Dundurn Castle is one of my favourite places to visit at Christmas. You can visit the historic castle for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for FREE! This event takes place on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dundurn Castle was the lavish home of Sir Allan MacNab and his family. The Castle will be decorated by The Garden Club of Hamilton with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the Good Shepherd’s pantry.
4. Outdoor Skating at Pier 8
Last year I discovered that there are ice rinks around the various neighbourhoods of the City. It was a great year for skating rinks due to the dreaded “Polar Vortex”. My favourite rink is the free one at Pier 8 behind Williams Coffee Pub, located at 47 Discovery Drive. If you don’t have skates or helmet, you can rent them there.
5. Dickens of a Christmas
Dickens of a Christmas takes place in the beautiful downtown Dundas. You can take a free horse and trolley ride with the pick-up location at the Collins Brewhouse. There will be hot apple cider and gingerbread cookies compliments of the Dundas BIA merchants. Father Christmas will be wandering around the Town. This event takes place every Saturday and Sunday between November 22nd and December 21st, Saturdays 11 a.m to 3 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
Hope to see you at an Event
The holidays are almost upon us, and there are lots of exciting free things to do in our fabulous City… something for everyone. So get out there and enjoy the season, get some exercise, connect with your neighbours, and we will hopefully see you soon at a holiday event.