Celebrate the season!

Searching for a new festive season tradition? This December, discover Halton! From outdoor adventures to special events at our museums, theatres and other community organizations, fine dining, shopping and much more, Halton is the perfect community for your winter “staycation”.

Taking the time to explore your own community has plenty of benefits. You have the chance to discover hidden treasures in your own backyard, at your own pace, without the stress of booking hotels, plane tickets, packing and everything else that goes along with travel vacations.  Vacationing at home is more cost effective and since it doesn’t involve air travel, is environmentally friendly.

Here is just a small sample of what awaits you in Halton this holiday season.

In Burlington

  • Celebrate winter at RBG with Holiday Traditions, RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring Canada’s best all-botanical model train installation. Every weekend, enjoy musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, and light and model train displays. While you are there, take the kids to visit with a traditional Santa. This event runs until January 5, 2014.blog


  • Take in a live performance. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre has many shows to choose from, including the Nutcracker, John McDermott, and even the Ed Sullivan Show, to name just a few.  Or if you are looking for a free activity the whole family can enjoy, head over to Spencer Smith Park for a skate.

In Halton Hills

  • Avoid border crossing delays — plan a shopping trip to Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills. You’ll find an exciting collection of 85 outlet stores with new offers daily.blog2
  • Enjoy winter at the Acton Winter Carnival, the last weekend in January, 2014.  This annual event features horse & carriage rides, ice skating, outdoor curling, ice sculpting, bingo and much more.

In Milton

  • Try a new winter adventure! Participate in the Season of First Frost at Crawfordblog3 Lake. Rent some snowshoes and explore the trails. Join experienced guides hikes and tours of the Iroquoian village. Runs until February 9, 2014, weekends and holidays.

 In Oakville

  • Looking for a refreshing start to the New Year? Take the plunge into the icy cold waters of Lake Ontario at the Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville. This fund raising event helps provide clean water in developing countries. January 1, 2014.blog4
  • Experience an Authentic Homestead Christmas at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  This event runs until Monday, December 23, 2013.

Enjoy this special time of year with your family and friends.  Rediscover your community. Halton offers countless opportunities – truly something for everyone. For more to see and do in Halton, visit the Region’s tourism portal, Discovering Halton. Find Halton Tourism on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @HaltonTourism or Pinterest at pinterest.com/haltontourism.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”