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ONGOING EVENTS

Saturdays
Family Storytime Drop-in
10:15 a.m.: Drop-in storytime for families with children up to 6 years of age at Milton Public Library’s Main and Beaty branches. Details at mpl.on.ca.

Sundays
Open Studio
1 to 4 p.m.: Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington for a free drop-in open studio art workshop for children and parents. For more information visit artgalleryofburlington.com.

Second Monday of every month
Parental Leave First Timer? New Parents, Babies and New Releases
10 to 10:45 a.m.: Parental Leave First Timer? Visit Oakville Public Library’s Woodside Branch for New Parents, Babies and New Releases. If you are a parent caring for a child younger than 12 months old and want to explore books and culture with a staff librarian and other parents, bring your baby, some snacks and join in the free fun. More information at opl.on.ca.

Tuesdays
Wee Reads Drop-In
2 p.m.: Drop-in storytime for children 6 – 23 months of age and their caregiver at Milton Public Library’s Beaty Branch. Year-round. Details at mpl.on.ca.

Shake, Rattle & Read Drop-in
2 p.m.: Drop-in storytime for children 2 – 4 years of age and their caregiver at Milton Public Library’s Beaty Branch. Year-round. Details at mpl.on.ca.

Wednesdays
Wednesday Wigglers
9:30 to 11 a.m.: Children age 2 to 4 years engage in activities at Hamilton Children’s Museum. Details at Hamilton.ca/childrensmuseum.

First Friday of the month
AGH Friday Free night
4 to 8 p.m.: On the first Friday of every month, admission to Art Gallery Hamilton is free. Add to your evening by joining a guided tour. Details at Hamilton.ca.

Wednesdays and Thursdays until December 20
Mother Goose Drop-in Program
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Milton’s Main Library; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Beaty Branch: This drop-in program is led by a Registered Early Child Educator from Milton Community Resource Centre. mpl.on.ca.

Until December 2
Walk to Bethlehem
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: “On the Way to Bethlehem” is an outdoor Christmas Nativity pageant. Visitors will enter the large reception area in Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park, where they will enjoy the music of the choir, then travel the road to Bethlehem with a “guide”. Visit www.countryheritagepark.com.

Cinderella: A British Pantomime
Various show times: Brightside Players presents this comedy featuring Cinderella and friends for the whole family at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Show times and tickets available at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

The Nutcracker
Various show times: Presented by the Oakville School of Classical Ballet at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, this full length production of the holiday classic bring the Tchaikovsky score to life for the whole family. Tickets and show times at oakvillecentre.ca.

Until December 9
Christmas at Springridge
Springridge Farm offers annual Christmas activities on weekends including painting a glass ornament, decorating freshly baked gingerbread cookies, a visit with Santa throughout the barn, and much more. Visit springridgefarm.com for more information.

Until December 22
Exhibit: Fresh from the Studio New Art from Hamilton
Visit Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum for this exhibit of juried art that will showcase recent works from local talent. Details by calling 905-648-8144.

Until December 23
Elf – The Musical
Various show times: This must-see holiday musical for the whole family tells the story of Buddy the Elf and is presented at Theatre Aquarius, Dofasco Centre for the Arts. Tickets and show times at theatreaquarius.org.

Until December 31
Victorian Christmas
Noon to 4 p.m.: Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendor with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Details at Hamilton.ca.

Until January 5
Gift of Lights
Experience a stunning two-kilometre drive through through a beautifully lit and decorated campground at Bingemans in Kitchener. New this year is the addition of a second tunnel of lights and enjoy a walking-only night on Sunday, Dec. 2. Details at bingemans.com.

Until January 6
The McQuesten Family Christmas
Noon to 4 p.m.: Visit Whitehern Historic House to see the home in all its Christmas finery. The halls will be decked, the dining table is set with the best china, the original toys are under the tree in the sitting room, and three different time periods show how traditions have changed through the generations of the McQuesten family at Whitehern. Test your observation skills with a little ‘eye-spy’ game when you visit. Details at Hamilton.ca.

Holiday Traditions:
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens for Christmas performances, Santa experiences, exhibits and more to welcome in the holiday season. Details at rbg.ca.

Until January 8
Festival of Lights
Burlington’s longest-running festival lights up the waterfront over the holiday season. Featuring more than 60 festive displays at Spencer Smith Park. For details visit burlingtonfestivaloflights.com

Until January 31
Winter Festival of Lights
Explore the amazing glowing light displays that make up the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls every evening along an 8 km route. Details at niagarafallstourism.com.


Events

Thursday November 29 to Sunday December 2
Oakville Public Library Friends of the Library Book Sale
Head to the Central Branch Auditorium for this book sale that helps raise money in support of library programs. Most books just $1.50 a pound. Details at opl.on.ca.

Friday November 30
The 24th Annual Kerr Village Christmas Tree Lighting
6 to 9 p.m.: Visit Heritage Square and kick the holiday season off with live music performances, an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and singing and playing Christmas songs. Visit kerr-village.ca.

Candlelit Stroll
Enjoy a festive evening of carolling and merry-making in downtown Burlington. Visit Burlington.ca for details.

Lightwire Theatre’s A Very Electric Christmas
7 p.m.: Dazzling electric light costumes, a vibrant musical score of holiday classics and captivating dance and puppetry combine in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship and hope. Presented at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Tickets at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

December

Weekends until December 16
Christmas Cheer
Enjoy the Christmas season with festivities throughout the downtown such as; Santa in the Square, Christmas Carolers and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides along Lakeshore. Visit www.oakvilledowntown.com for more details.

December 1
Rumplestiltskin
Various show times: Theatre Burlington presents the classic fairy tale in a children’s pantomime production designed for little ones to experience theatre in an up-close and friendly setting. Tickets and seating details at theatreburlington.on.ca.

Candy Cane Kitchen & Deli
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Head to St. Stephen United Church in Burlington at 2258 Parkside Dr. for the final Christmas sale. Baked goods, deli items, artisans, granny’s cupboard and vintage Christmas Decoration, and of course the lunch counter. Details at ststephenunited.ca.

Saturday and Sunday December 1, 2
Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: X barks the spot in this new Paw Patrol Live! production presented at FirstOntario Concert Hall. Tickets at coreentertainment.ca.

Oakville Public Library Friends of the Library Book Sale
Head to the Central Branch Auditorium for this book sale that helps raise money in support of library programs. Most books just $1.50 a pound. Details at opl.on.ca.

Saturdays December 1 & 8
2018 Holiday Street market in Downtown Milton
Noon to 7 p.m.: The largest outdoor street market in Ontario during the holiday season runs in downtown Milton where artisans, food, workshops, music, attractions and more attract more than 150,000 shoppers. Free admission. Details at holidaystreetmarket.com.

Christmas on the Rails
8 p.m.: Ride into the holiday season with Halton County Radial Railway. The railway museum is letting guests ride the rails one last time through snowy trails and offering a special visit with Santa. For more information, visit hcry.org.

Sunday December 2
Santa Claus Parade
2 p.m.: See the big guy in red, marching bands and holiday floats as they make their way from Burlington Mall to downtown via New Street. Visit Burlington.ca.

John McDermott Christmas with Special Guests Dala
7 p.m.: Famed tenor John McDermott will enchant the audience at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre with his beautiful voice, festive holiday renditions and tasteful remembrance tributes. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Train, Train and more Trains
Noon to 4 p.m.: Join the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers in the 1913 Electric Pump House at Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology for a steam train run day. Free event for ages 5 and up. Details at Hamilton.ca./museums.

Wednesday December 5
A Very Electric Christmas
7 p.m.: Brighten your holidays with this production from Lightwire Theatre, presented at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Recommended for ages 5+. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Friday December 7
A Very Electric Christmas
6:30 p.m.: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre presents Lightwire Theatre’s bright holiday show set to timeless holiday hits. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Tartan Terrors Christmas
8 p.m.: The Celtic invasion comes to the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in a Christmas performance of their mix of rock’s energy with traditional folklore, dance and humour. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Friday to Sunday December 7-9
The Nutcracker: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia
Various show times: Enjoy this cherished holiday adventure at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

The Hamilton Downtown Christmas Market
Head to Hamilton’s Gore Park for a host of festive fun including a ferris wheel, vendors, licensed bar and admission is free. Lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope is Friday at 5 p.m. Child and dog friendly. Details at http://downtownhamilton.org/christmas-tree-of-hope/.

Saturday December 8
Santa Claus 5K
9:30 a.m.: This all-Santa race attracts hundreds of Santas to downtown Burlington for a fun 5K. Visit santa5k.ca.

Sounds of the Season
The Milton Concert Band and Music Director Dylan Maddix are back after last year’s impressive show with a new musical twist that that entailed a year-and-a-half of work. For more information, visit firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol
2 to 4 p.m.: Act of Faith Productions presents this play at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Details and tickets at aofproductions.ca.

Saturdays December 8, 15, 22
‘Twas the Night before Christmas
5 to 9 p.m.: Enjoy Westfield Heritage Village by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples, fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. More information at westfieldheritage.ca.

Saturday and Sunday December 8, 9
Brunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus
10 a.m.: Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious brunch buffet! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s activities at the RBG. Details at rbg.ca.

Escarpment Train Exhibit
RBG’s newest “G scale” model train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. Details at rbg.ca.

Sunday December 9
A Family Christmas
1:30 and 4:30 p.m.: A popular one-hour concert that offers holiday fun for the whole family. The full Oakville orchestra plays seasonal favourites and sing-alongs. Presented at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Symphony on the Bay: Christmas Delights
3 p.m.: Hamilton flute player Sara Traficante will join Symphony on the Bay on the stage at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Wonderful World of Christmas: Graceland Edition
7:30 p.m. This yuletide spectacular is inspired by the music of Elvis Presley. Steve Michaels sings the Christmas classics and serenades you with the King’s own holiday season favourites. Details at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 11, 12
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Family Christmas
7:30 p.m.: Head to FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Chatharines for this presentation by Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada¹s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Thursday December 13
A Next Generation Leahy Christmas

7:30 p.m.: The Leahys are back at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. All under the age of 16, the Leahy children perform an inspiring and unforgettable concert that will certainly bring the holiday spirit to the stage. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Saturday December 15
Winterlude V: Home for the Holidays
7:30 p.m.: Milton’s own holiday tradition continues with Winterlude V: “Home for the Holidays” including favourites and cultural holiday music that will kick off your special merry-making season. Details at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Sunday December 16
A Swingin’ Christmas with the Toronto All-Star Big Band
2 p.m.: Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year Big Band Style with swinging renditions of seasonal tunes as well as all-time favourites from the golden age of swing.  For more information, visit firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Classical Family 2: The Snowman
Share the pure wonder of the poignant tale of The Snowman as we celebrate its 40th anniversary; marvel at Peter’s fearlessness in Tchaikovsky’s Peter and the Wolf.  A festive delight for all presented by the Niagara Symphony Orchstra.Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

44th Annual Campbellville Santa Claus Parade
1:30 to 3 p.m.: Celebrate the holiday season with Santa in Campbellville this December. The jolly parade is back for its 44th year bringing festive fun to the town. For more information, contact libbylamb@bell.net.

Wednesday December 19
Ballet Jörgen Canada – The Nutcracker
7 p.m.:Created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen to Tchaikovsky¹s well-loved score, this delightful classic is a favourite that brings magic to the holidays. Presented at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre St. Catharines. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas
7 p.m.: The Music of a “Charlie Brown Christmas” takes audiences on a nostalgic journey of one of the most beloved holiday albums. Perfect for families, this show takes the best of jazz and serves it up with traditional holiday music at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Thursday December 20
Andy Kim Christmas
8 p.m.: The Andy Kim Christmas comes to The Burlington Performing Arts Centre for the first time, sharing the charitable music event with special guests. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

December 20 – 22 & 28, 29
Aladdin – A Holiday Pantomime
Various show times: A rock ‘n roll genie, a sneezy monkey and Mary Poppins all join in to help Aladdin find his place in the world in this family-friendly production presented at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets and show times at oakvillecentre.ca.

Saturday December 22
Old Time Christmas Concert
2 to 4 p.m.: Join Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods and his band for a masterful two hour presentation at Knox Presbyterian Church in Milton. The afternoon will be filled with seasonal songs, inspirational stories and lots of family fun to get you in to the Christmas spirit. For more information, contact knox@knoxmilton.com.

December 26 to February 15
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Visit Mountsberg for horse-drawn sleigh rides into the sugar bush. Visit conservationhalton.com for details.

Thursday December 27
Sing-a-long GREASE
7 p.m.: Sing-a-long with everyone¹s favourite movie musical. Props, heckling, subtitles, costumes and full audience participation are encouraged at St. Catharines FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Holiday Craft and Tour at the Museum
1:30 and 3 p.m.: Make a craft with your child and take a guided tour of the Oakville Museum. Pre-registration required at Oakville.ca/museum.

December 27 to 30
Elf the Musical Jr.
7:30 p.m.: This comedic musical tells the story of Buddy the Elf, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised as an elf, unaware that he is actually a human, until his size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Details at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Winter Whimsy
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Head to the Hamilton Children’s Museum while school’s out for some winter fun. Details at Hamilton.ca.

December 27 to 31
Holiday Craft Drop-In Centre
Noon to 4 p.m.: Head to the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology for board games and to make a craft. Suitable for ages 5 years up and older. Details at Hamilton.ca.

December 27 until January 6
Victorian Christmas Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Experience a Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Enjoy crafts, games, tours, stories and songs, freshly baked treats, farm animals and playbarn. More information at brontecreek.org.

Saturday December 29
Outerbridge – Clockwork Mysteries
1 and 4 p.m.: A professionally orchestrated theatrical production with over 20 custom-designed illusions and world-class lighting and set design, OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries is a high-energy magical adventure for both adult and family audiences. Presented at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Monday December 31
Blue Year’s Eve
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children›s Museum. Visit all three galleries and join in on six count-downs throughout the day. Details at Hamilton.ca.

New Year’s Eve Hoopla
Mountsberg welcomes you to say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019. Plenty of fun activities. Visit conservationhalton.com.

The Great Dubois: Masters of Variety
2 and 7 p.m.: Recommended for ages 8 and up, this fast-paced variety show showcases incredible feats of juggling, hula hoops, unicycle, aerial, circus stunts, contortion, magic and audience interaction presented at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Howl’n New Years Eve
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Take an evening hike on the last day of the year where park naturalists will be leading visitors and teaching them how to howl like coyotes. For more information, visit brontecreek.org.

By the way…
Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo comes to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre May 22 to 26, 2019 for seven performances. Tickets on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.