Christmas and Boxing Day in Hamilton

imageLooking for fun ideas on Christmas & Boxing Day in Hamilton? Here is a list of things to do on December 25 & 26 in Hamilton.

Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.

Note: All activities are subject to emerging Covid-19 restrictions. Do check before starting.

Admire Christmas lights

 

Go on a Christmas Lights Tour of Hamilton!

  • Start your journey in a world of wonder as twinkling lights glimmer throughout the night at the Simcoe Panorama.
  • Stroll through 60 magical lighting displays at Spencer Smith Park. The Lakeside Festival of Lightsdisplay will be on until January 8, 2021.

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

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

Do a Christmas Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird counton Christmas Day and enjoy a crisp morning walk! The 100th Hamilton Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 26, 2020. Count compiler Rob Porter has written a detailed account of the history of this venerable Count in “The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club – 1919-2019 – A Centennial Celebration in Stories and Pictures”.

If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. Can spot the popular winter birds? What changes do you notice? Visit any of the birding areas near Hamilton, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot. Use this guide to check out the birds in Birding in the Hamilton Area.

Geocaching

Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the city. This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.

Enjoy a Walk/Picnic

 

Enjoy a refreshing walk! Enjoy a family walk in the green spaces in Hamilton. Try one of the many trails in the City. Explore the trails and pathways in your neighbourhood using the ParkFinder.

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 waterfallsin the City! Waterfalls are beautiful in the summer, but the frozen versions are even more so! Do exercise caution!!!

Westfield Heritage Village Conservation Areais decked out with natural Christmas decorations. Check them out while hiking the picturesque Village setting. The Conservation Area is open every day (except Christmas Day) from dawn to dusk (about 5:00 p.m.) for hiking and walking.

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Hit the Trails

Hamilton maintains many trails for residents to enjoy the winter season. Lace-up your winter shoes, grab your skis or snowshoes, get ready to get some exercise.

The Waterfront Trail at Hamilton Harbour, the Escarpment Rail trail from Wentworth Street South to Corktown Park, Waterdown Wetland Trail starting in Joe Sams Park, and Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail are few of the trails you can explore.

Christmas Brunch/Dinner

Support local restaurants this holiday season and order a holiday takeout meal.

Public Art

There are many beautiful street arts to enjoy in Hamilton.

Go Tobogganing

Let it snow! Go out to one of the City of Hamilton’s designated toboggan hills during the winter season. Stay safe and have fun!

Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park/Conservation Area

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

Conservation Halton parksare open to the public for pre-reserved visits. Skiing in Kelso, winter hiking the Hilton Falls, winter camping at Rattlesnake Point, cross-country skiing is a few popular activities here.

Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas are a hub of winter activities from ice fishing, ice climbing, skating, cross country skiing, and more.

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Take a Twirl on the Ice

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

Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunctionof planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together on Christmas day.

Online Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatreperformances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

More activities:

Check our family fun activities during Christmas Break for activities to do during the winter break and Things to do this weekend for concerts, sports and more!

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