WINTER BREAK 2020 – 2021
Here’s a list of fun activities to enjoy as a family during the winter break from December 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021.
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.
See Christmas Lights
1. Start your journey in a world of wonder as twinkling lights glimmer throughout the night at the Simcoe Panorama.
2. Stroll through 60 magical lighting displays at Spencer Smith Park. The Lakeside Festival of Lightsdisplay will be on until January 8, 2021.
1. If you haven’t tried winter golfing yet, now is a good time. Book your tee time at Chedoke – Martin Course.
2. Grab your skates and enjoy the season at the City’s skating rinks. Outdoor skating rinks will be open for public skating beginning Saturday, December 19. Hamilton Waterfront Outdoor Rink – Pier 8 will also open on December 19. Check the ice status of HCA rinks here.
3. Tobogganing is a popular activity enjoyed by many youngsters. Check out The City of Hamilton’s designated permitted toboggan hills.
4. As winter approaches, head to Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas for fabulous have winter fun activities! From ice fishing to ice climbing, skating to winter camping, cross country skiing to hiking, there are many activities here that can only be enjoyed during the cold months. You can also check out some of the fabulous frozen waterfalls in the area.
5. 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 are a few popular activities here.
6. Enjoy a family walk at the green spaces in Hamilton. Pack a picnic and plan to spend an afternoon outside playing games with your loved ones. Use the ParkFinderto find a park near you.
7. Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout Hamilton. This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. There are many geocaches in HCA areas. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.
8. Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. What are the popular winter birds that you can spot? Can you notice any winter adaptation changes in them? Grab a pair of binoculars, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot. The Bayfront trail and the Dofasco Trails are two bird hotspots in Hamilton. Use this guide to check out the birds in Birding in the Hamilton Area.
If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.
9. For easy fun winter sports try snowshoeing. This is an excellent way to exercise in winter and a great way to enjoy the trails!
10. Snowshoeing or skiing can also be enjoyed at King’s Forest Golf Course and Chedoke Golf Course.
The following attractions are currently open (at the time of publishing). Do keep in mind that these centres may close subject to evolving Covid-19 restrictions. Currently, these attractions are keeping reduced hours and walk-ins are not allowed. Please pre-book your visit.
- Westfield Heritage Village Conservation Area– Check out the natural Christmas decorations while hiking the picturesque Village setting. Our trails and area will remain open during the lock-down, but they will be closed on December 25, 2020.
- Bronte Creek Provincial Park– Day use side is open for hiking and bicycling (8:00am-6:00pm)
Winter Break Camps
This winter break will be different. And so will be the winter break camps.
New Year’s Eve Activities
A list of things to do on New Years Eve in Hamilton Region to ring in 2021.
Ride the RBG Express
Take a ride on the RBG Express through the winter beauty of Hendrie Park. Details
Update: Royal Botanical Gardens will be temporarily closed to the public as of Saturday, December 26.
Select dates, November 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington
$5 plus general admission
December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Wherever you are in Canada
$10 – $35
Alpacas are highly sociable, gentle and curious creatures. So come and experience something truly unique, and book your Alpaca walk with us now. Details
December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021
Triple C Farm, 500 Carluke Rd W, Ancaster
Watch The Great Conjunction
Get ready to watch an extraordinary event this holiday season. From December 12 to 28, giant planets Jupiter and Saturn will be in close proximity after centuries. On December 21 Jupiter and Saturn will only be 0.1 degrees apart. This year’s event will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! Don’t miss the Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn. Details
Join us for the launch of a month-long celebration of art and creativity to celebrate AGH Annual Family Day and the National Day of the Child! Details
November 29 – December 31, 2020
Keep your child engaged at home with these fun activities.
Winter Family Nature Series
Explore the outdoors as a family with guided nature programming! These Family Fun Days dates will help you get outside over the holidays. Details
December 20, 22-23, 27, 29-31, 2020, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
RBG Arboretum, 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton
$0 – $20.45
Enjoy online concerts and theatres during winter break.