3 Ways Get Your Winter On in Hamilton
Planning a move to Hamilton? Besides better housing prices, you’ll also be moving into a welcoming, active community that boasts events for all ages, from outdoor adventure and sports to culture, heritage and the arts. Hamilton’s community events are distinguishing showcases of pride and, of course, great fun.
Not too late to take in a Hamilton Christmas
You can still catch a few awe-inspiring festivities until the end of December, taking place in the heart of the city. The Dundurn National Historic Site is presenting Victorian Christmas at 610 York Blvd, where you’ll be transported back to Christmas 1855. The tour of this 40-room, Regency house is lavishly bedecked in authentic 19th century Victoriana, complete with cedar garlands and a dining area set for a glittering 12-course feast. Come and experience the wealth, lifestyle and luxuries of Dundurn’s original inhabitants—the MacNab family.
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, located on 41 Jackson Street, presents their annual McQuesten’s Childhood Christmas until December 31. Revel in the holidays as they were celebrated through the eras from the 1850s to the 1930s. The family’s period toys are gathered under a whimsically decorated tree and the table sparkles with the china used for Christmas and New Year’s beneath a canopy of cedar roping and satin ribbons.
37th annual Winterfest
Now in its 40th year, Hamilton Winterfest is the anticipated annual multi-event of the season, which runs from February 3 to February 19. The 17-day celebration hails the winter season and encourages residents and potential newcomers to get outside and explore the city and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Winterfest participants include neighbourhood associations, local galleries, libraries, museums, recreational and heritage centres, plus small businesses. In 2017, over 60 events took place across the city and the neighbouring Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Dundas, and Flamborough-Waterdown. The Winterfest website is a must-visit to learn the dates and times of winter hikes, free family skates, contemporary art exhibitions, music performances, literary arts happenings, kids’ days, and much more!
Do you have children 14 years and younger? Head out to Winterfest in Gourley Park’s neighbourhood with its horse-and-wagon rides, face painting, lumberjack games, tandem skiing, obstacle courses and crafts.
Or come join the “fund-celebrating” at the Dundas Driving Park for their annual Winter Carnival, hosted by the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club. Ever played curling? Now’s your chance at Dundas Granite Curling Club’s Winterfest! What a great way to get some exercise, have a blast, and meet lots of great new people! Helpful instructors will teach you the ropes on the beginner course. Bring a clean pair of running shoes for the ice area and be sure to dress in layers.
One of the quirkiest annual winter festivals is the annual deLight 2018 – GArbaGE Forest Winter Fest, located in Gage Park on Main Street East, with a whimsical light installation in Gage Park—including its forest of garbage! The installation of lit-up sky dancers made of recycled plastic bags is a playful reminder about making better eco-choices for the community.
Nature’s Bounty Defines Hamilton
No matter where you choose to live in Hamilton, you’re never far from Hamilton’s famous Bruce Trail, waterfront trails and over 100 waterfalls, all located within minutes of the downtown core.
This winter, adventure-seekers might trek to the awe-inspiring Tiffany Falls Conservation Area in neighbouring Ancaster to do a little ice-climbing, hosted by One Axe Pursuits. This program is suitable for beginners and indoor gym climbers. All equipment is included.
For those who prefer to plant feet on the ground, Hamilton has well over 30 outdoor rinks situated throughout the city’s vast parks, all run by volunteer committees. A few examples: Pier 8 on the Hamilton Harbour, managed by the Hamilton Waterfront Trust, is a favourite venue for families, where skates can still be rented for a reasonable fee. At Bayfront, the lights come on at dusk, open daily until 11 p.m.
For more information, visit http://tourismhamilton.com for a listing of all events throughout the year. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org to check out the entire Winterfest program of activities, dates, times and locations.
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