Holiday Happenings in Hamilton


The holiday spirit is alive and well in the Hamilton area; as proven by our many celebrations over the season in the city. From tree lightings to holiday bazaars and parades, we have it all for those who are feeling extra festive this year!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Hamilton is one that cannot be missed. The event usually features hot drinks and live music, photos with Santa, and some of the biggest Christmas trees in the area!

The Hamilton Santa Claus Parade has been a staple of holiday festivities since 1949. This year’s event will take place November 17th and will travel throughout the downtown core, down Bay Street, across York, down James Street North and towards the Bayfront. Get your Santa hat and your hot drinks ready and plan to head over with the family!

Gore Park

The Ancaster Village Christmas Event and Tree Lighting Ceremony have become a favourite among the Ancaster community. Usually taking place at the beginning of December, the event boasts a light ceremony, live caroling, entertainment, food and drinks and lots more fun! Unwrapped toys and gift cards can be donated at the event to Ancaster Community Services.

On November 24th, Flamborough will jump into the Christmas spirit with their annual Flamborough Santa Claus Parade. Starting right at 6:30 p.m., this evening parade sparkles with enough Christmas lights it could compete with Santa’s workshop!

The Dundas Tree Lighting Ceremony is said to be one of the oldest in Canada. Located in Memorial Square, they feature hot cider and treats alongside carols and Christmas music. Get some photos with Santa while you’re there!


The CP Holiday Train is one that Hamiltonians look forward to year-after-year, gathering at Gage Park to get a peek. Started in 1999, the CP Holiday Train collects both monetary and food donations on their travels throughout Canada and the U.S. Over their lifespan, they have raised more than $14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities. Not only can you feel good about what the CP Holiday Train is doing, it’s also quite an experience in Gage Park. Families gather as the glittering, lit up train rolls in, playing carols along the way. When the train makes its stop, the fun really begins with holiday performances from one of the cars! On the walk there, check out some of the amazing decorations; the local houses really go all out. Be sure to bring some canned goods as a donation!

The Waterfront Festival of Lights is ideal for those looking for a less hectic way to get into the holiday spirit at their own leisure. Head on down to Pier 8, grab a hot drink and stroll the pier, taking a look at the decorations as you walk the waterfront. Bundle up!

Christmas at Westfield Heritage Village isn’t just one day; it goes every Saturday all December long! They celebrate Christmas of Years Past; teaching history with Christmas fun wrapped up  together. In their 35 historic buildings and across the Westfield grounds, they offer sweet and savoury food options, children can send a telegraph to the North Pole, have a visit with Father Christmas, make a Christmas ornament at the one-room log schoolhouse, and much more!

This year’s Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade will be their 62nd year. Taking place on December 1st the event is full of fun holiday floats and Santa sightings.

The annual Locke Street Tree Lighting Ceremony and events are popular amongst the Hamilton community. The family-friendly, strollable Locke Street makes for ideal conditions to really feel the Christmas spirit. The addition of open houses, Santa visits, and restaurant specials make this event extra special!

Local Links:

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade

Ancaster Village Christmas Event

Flamborough Santa Claus Parade

Dundas Tree Lighting Ceremony

CP Holiday Train

Waterfront Festival of Lights

Christmas at Westfield Heritage Village

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade

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