Top 5 Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit in Burlington

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around Burlington these days! Neighbourhoods are looking festive, Christmas tunes are playing in stores, coffee is served in special cups at our favourite coffee shops, and all we’re missing is a nice, white blanket of snow. Ahh, but I digress. Not everyone is a fan of the white stuff! (As of writing, there was no snow – that’s changed this morning!)

There is no shortage of excitement happening around Burlington in the next few weeks. If you need a little help to get into the Christmas spirit, Burlington Lifestyle is here to help! We’ve got 5 great ways to start off your festive season. We know there are definitely more than 5, so let us know in the comments what your plans are!

Candlelit Stroll – Friday, November 29

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What better way to kick off the Christmas season than by strolling through downtown Burlington, singing Christmas carols and enjoying hot chocolate and treats! The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. at Civic Square. Grab a burger, a carolling book and a candle, and don’t forget to get your face painted.

The evening officially begins at 6:30 with the lighting of the CHML Tree of Hope. The candlelit procession of carolling will take you through downtown, where you’ll stop at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Village Square for treats and carolling, then end up back at Civic Square. This event kicks off the Lakeside Festival of Lights, which takes place until January 7 at Spencer Smith Park.

Shop the Hood – Saturday, November 30

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This is a day of exclusive promotions and savings taking place in downtown Burlington. Enjoy a day of shopping, all while supporting businesses in your neighbourhood. There’s even a great contest happening, to help show your love for downtown Burlington. Check out the details here.

Burlington’s Christmas Parade – Sunday, December 1

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This wonderful Burlington tradition is celebrating its 48th year. With over 65 entries, including marching bands, colourful floats, mascots, clowns and of course, Santa Claus himself, kids of all ages will experience the magic and delight of the season.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Prospect Street and Guelph Line (Burlington Mall), and makes its way towards downtown via New Street.

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Christmas at Springridge – weekends starting November 23 until December 15

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Come paint a glass ornament, decorate a freshly baked gingerbread cookie, pick out your Christmas tree, explore all of the delightful items available in the barn and say hello to Santa Claus. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend some quality family time.

Homestead Christmas at Bronte – Saturdays & Sundays in December

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Experience an authentic Victorian Homestead Christmas at Bronte Creek Provincial Park! On Saturdays and Sundays in December, beginning on December 1st (check their website for special evening hours), step back in time to 1900 and see how Christmas was celebrated a long time ago. Say hello to the farm animals and visit with Santa (you can even dress up in Victorian clothes!). Games, activities, songs, crafts, stories and a tour will complete your magical experience.

Get out and explore the magic of the Christmas season in Burlington and create a new tradition with your loved ones!

About the Author Teresa Baerg

Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com

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