What’s Happening in Hamilton this Holiday Season?

What’s Happening in Hamilton this Holiday Season?


For those who love this season as much as I do, here’s how you can take part in the holiday cheer around the city.

Hamilton Holiday Events

Ottawa Street Christmas Shopping Day

What: Stroll along Ottawa Street popping in and out of shops and enjoy carolers, hot chocolate, colouring contests, and Santa meet & greets
When: November 26, 10am-5pm
Where: Ottawa Street from Main to Barton

The Ancaster Craft Show

What: Over 130 vendors in two buildings with food, decor, jewellery, and more
When: November 26 at 10am – November 27 at 4pm
Where: Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road, Ancaster
Admission: $6 for adults

Handmade Hamilton 2016

What: Artisans from Hamilton and beyond under the same roof for gift shopping
When: November 26 at 11am – November 27 at 5:30
Where: The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St South

Sugar and Spice Holiday Market

What: Local shopping, live music, and drinks
When: November 26 at 7pm – November 27 at 3 pm
Where: The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street North

Stuffed! Holiday Shopping Event

What: Shop for locally made stocking stuffers, gift certificates, experience packages with music by DJ Donna Lovejoy
When: November 26, 11am-6pm
Where: Collective Arts Brewery, 207 Burlington Street E
Admission: $5 for adults

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

What: 14 rail cars with LED lights plus entertainment by country music artists Kelly Prescott and Doc Walker
When: November 28, 7:45 pm-8:40 pm
Where: Lawrence Road south of Gage
Admission: Donations to support Hamilton Food Share are appreciated


13th Annual Community Skate Night

What: Skate and socialize with friends and family. If you’re not into skating, I bet you’re into coffee, donuts, and hot chocolate!
When: December 1, 6:30-9pm
Where: First Ontario Centre, 101 York Blvd
Admission: Donations to Streetlight Ministries are appreciated


Hamilton Toy Sale

What: Affordable toys for purchase
When: December 1, 8am – December 4, 4pm
Where: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope

Deck the Hall 40th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree of Hope

What: Festive tree lighting at City Hall, live music, treats, Santa, and a temporary ice rink
When: December 2, 5-9pm
Where: City Hall Forecourt
Admission: Donations for CHML/Y108/95.3 Fresh Radio Children’s Fund as well as unwrapped toys or cash donations


Soul Sessions Christmas Open House

What: Celebrate with music, mulled wine/cider, snacks, and vendors
When: December 2, 6-9pm
Where: SoulSessions 468 James St North


Stoney Creek Sparkles

What: A tree lighting ceremony with carolers, free horse-wagon rides, special offers from the shops, and a whole lotta cheer!
When: Friday, December 2, 6-10pm
Where: Downtown Stoney Creek

Maker’s Market 2016 Holiday Edition

What: Shop artisan goods in the historic Christ’s Church Cathedral
When: December 2, 5-9pm and December 3, 10am-5pm
Where: 252 James Street North

International Marketplace

What: Shopping with a social concience to support newcomers in Hamilton
When: December 2, 10am-7pm and December 3, 10am-5pm
Where: First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn Street South

Breakfast with Santa

What: Catered breakfast, photos with Santa, live music, goodie bags
When: December 3
Where: St Stephens on the Mount Anglican Church, Concession Street

Make Artisan Collective

What: 15 makers showcasing their talents: painting, food, textile, ceramics, sculpture, and more
When: December 3, 11am-7pm
Where: Shawn & Ed Brewing Company, 65 Hatt Street, Dundas

Free Skating at City Hall

What: Take to the ice with the family. Skate rentals available
When: December 3-9, 12-7pm
Where: City Hall

Craftadian Christmas Market

What: Shop handmade and locally made gifts like beauty products, wood working, clothing and accessories, pottery and more
When: December 3, 10am-5pm
Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South
Admission: $5 for adults


The Lights of Locke Street

What: Local shopping and family fun with crafts at the Library, ornament making, letter writing, buskers, and more!
When: December 3, 11am-6pm
Where: Locke Street

Ball’s Falls Christmas Village

What: The historic Ball’s Falls will be tranformed into a winter wonderland with Santa photo ops, marshmallows, horse-wagon rides, tours, live nativity scene, and more
When: December 3 at 10am – December 4 at 4pm
Where: Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, 3292 Sixth Avenue


 Cotton Factory Winter Market

What: Gifts, live music, food, and art
When: December 4, 11am-4pm
Where: 270 Sherman Avenue North

Candlelight Christmas Tea

What: A high tea experience with Sprinkles on Top and Parkermanns Fine Tea in Stoney Creek with two tea seatings: 1pm and 6pm, tasty treats, and live music
When: December 7
Where: Sprinkles on Top, 39 King St East, Stoney Creek
Admission: $39.95 + tax

Pop Up: Holiday Xlll with Patrick Wiese!

What: Multi-course dining experience with Chef Patrick Wiese paired with Chateau Des Charmes wines and The Hamilton Brewery craft beers
When: December 9
Where: Top Secret Location (to be revealed to ticket holders days before)
Tickets: $115

Home for the Holidays

What: Enjoy festive classics like The Nutcracker Suite and White Christmas performed by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
When: December 17
Where: Hamilton Place
Tickets: $10-$67


From November 24-December 24, the Downtown BIA is offering free two-hour on-street parking. Other BIAs are participating as well! Check here for dates and details.

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