Christmas and Boxing Day in Hamilton

It may not be a white christmas this year, but there are still plenty to do outdoors and indoors this Christmas and Boxing Day (December 25 and 26) in Hamilton.

What’s Open/Closed – Hamilton City Services

1. Go winter walking

Enjoy a refreshing walk! Try one of the many trails in the City. You can also head to Hamilton Conservation Areas. The areas will be open on Boxing day (but will be closed on Dec 25th). Gage Park is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.

The adventurous can try trekking to one of the many waterfalls in the City! Waterfalls are beautiful in the summer, but the frozen versions are even more so! Do exercise caution!!!

2. Admire Christmas lights

Go on a Christmas Lights Tour of Hamilton!

See individual houses that is decorated to the hilt or visit downtown to see the Christmas displays.

Want more? Check out these spectacularly lit places in Ontario.

3. Do a Christmas Bird Count

The 99th Hamilton Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 26, 2019. Count compiler Rob Porter wrote a detailed account of the history of this venerable Count in “The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club – 1919-2019 – A Centennial Celebration in Stories and Pictures”.

Don’t want to join? You can always visit any of the birding areas and see how many birds you can find!

4. Run a few miles

Join Olympians, elite, recreational runners and walkers at the 99th Boxing Day 10 & 4 mile runs event. Staged out of the YMCA which provides indoor registration, refreshments and awards. Change rooms with shower are available for entrants. A scenic course which includes downtown streets and a paved waterfront trail.

5. See a Movie

Cineplex and Landmark cinemas

Movies releasing include:

  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker — Release Date: December 19, 2019
  • Cats — Release Date: December 20, 2019
  • Spies In Disguise — Release Date: December 25, 2019
  • Little Women — Release Date: December 25, 2019

6. Christmas Brunch/Dinner

7. Other Events

8. Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park

Enjoy ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing and more at the provincial parks.

9. Take a Twirl on the Ice

Enjoy skating at the City’s skating rinks. Hamilton Waterfront Outdoor Rink – Pier 8 will be open throughout the season. Skate rentals are available on-site at the Pier.

More activities:

Check our family fun activities during Christmas Break for Holiday hours of Hamilton attractions and Things to do this weekend for concerts, sports and more!

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