10 must-attend December events in Hamilton 2018

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Here are some of the top events happening in Hamilton in December 2018. For a list of all events happening in Hamilton in December visit our event calendar.


1. Santa’s Signature Experience

Royal Botanical Gardens
On Until December 23

Santa returns to his favourite garden and he’s brought along his merry elves to deliver the most joyous holiday celebration yet! From Santa visits and train rides, to story-time and brunches, there are plenty of holiday memories to be made.


2. The McQuesten Family Christmas

Whitehern Historic House & Garden
On until January 6, 2019

The halls are decked, the original toys are under the tree, and three different time periods show how traditions have changed through the generations of the McQuesten family at this stunning historic home.


3. Victorian Christmas

Dundurn National Historic Site
On until December 30

Immerse yourself in one of Hamilton’s favourite holiday traditions at Dundurn Castle, decorated for the season with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century Victorian family Christmas with these one-of-a-kind tours.


4. ELF – The Musical

Theatre Aquarius
On until December 23

A must-see holiday musical the whole family will love, based on the beloved holiday film about Buddy, who is raised in Santa’s workshop, until venturing on a journey to New York City to discover his true identity and the real meaning of Christmas.


5. Fest-Of-Ales

Royal Botanical Gardens
December 6-7

Fest of Ales RBG Hamilton

Kick off the holiday season in the best way possible – with craft beer! Back for another year with a festive night of craft breweries, delicious food, great music, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for DD’s!


6. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Westfield Heritage Village
December 8, 15, 22

Enjoy this outdoor livng museum by candelight and feel the warmth of a Victorian Christmas season with carols, sing-alongs, food samples, fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas.


7. Melissa Etheridge – The Holiday Show

FirstOntario Concert Hall
December 13

Grammy-winning rock legend Melissa Etheridge brings her special holiday show to Hamilton performing favourites such as “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Oh Night Divine”


8. Home for the Holidays: The Hockey Sweater

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra at FirstOntario Concert Hall
December 15

Beloved Canadian author, Roch Carrier, joins the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to narrate his classic Canadian taleĀ The Hockey Sweater set to music by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favourite hockey jersey.


9. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

FirstOntario Concert Hall
December 30

Usher in the New Year with a glittery celebration recreating the beauty of Vienna’s elegant golden era. A 20-year Hamilton tradition, this year’s concert features Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet, and live symphony orchestra.


10. 10th Annual JR Digs Acoustic Christmas Concert

FirstOntario Concert Hall
December 23, 2018

This annual celebration of music and merriment welcomes home some of the region’s most beloved musicians home for the holidays. Top acts announced so far include Tim Hicks, Tom Wilson, the Trews, and Dirty Nil with some special big acts still to come. Proceeds this year will support IndWell and YWCA and their efforts to tackle homelessness in Hamilton.



For a full list of all events happening in Hamilton in December visit our event calendar.

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