One of our annual holiday traditions is taking the kids somewhere to
sulk, act scared and cry get their picture taken with Santa Claus. This year, while looking into when and where Saint Nick is at, in and around the Hammer, I figured I’d pass on my findings, so here ya go. Cheers!
From November 18 – December 10th:
Monday to Friday – 11 to 8pm
Saturday – 10am to 8pm
Sunday – 11am to 6pm
From December 11-23:
Monday – Saturday – 9:30am to 9:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am to 7pm
Christmas Eve (December 24th): 9am – 3pm
Santa’s workshop will be located on the Upper Level, Centre Court. All visits with Santa are free of charge. Photo package pricing varies.
Santa arrives November 19 at 2:00pm with his friends Nutcracker, Teddy Bear, Bella the Snowflake Doll and the Christmas Elves!
A fun interactive musical Elf show will accompany the character toys. They will be performing “A Toy Box” Christmas. The show starts at 2:00PM-2:30PM in Sears Court!
Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Extended Holiday hours begin December 1st:
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Black Friday (November 24)- 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve (December 24) – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Photo package pricing varies. See pricing here.
Note these special events:
Friday December 1st – 9am to 3pm is a Babies’ First Christmas Event. Donate a new unwrapped toy or a gift card for the CHCH Christmas Toy Drive and receive a preselected FREE photo with Santa (Newborn babies until age 12 months).
Sunday, December 3rd – 8am to 10am – Before mall opening is Quiet Time With Santa. Children and teens to age 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other
special needs will enjoy a craft area/entertaining Elves and St John
Ambulance Therapy Dogs for a preselected FREE Santa photo package.
Dog & Cat Photos with Santa:
Saturday, November 25th – 3pm to 6pm
Sunday, December 3rd – 3pm to 6pm
Saturday, December 16th – 6pm to 9:30pm
Regular Santa photo charges apply. Children are welcome without a pet,
too, provided they do not have a pet allergy. $5 will be donated to the CHCH Christmas Toy Drive from each pet photo package purchased.
Free 5″x7″ photos here! Just bring a donation in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.
DECEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 10:
Thursday – Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
DECEMBER 14 – 23:
Monday to Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
Santa will be arriving on Saturday November 25 at 10am. There will be entertainment and free hot chocolate while we wait for him to arrive by helicopter (?!?!), in the north parking lot on the corner of Fairview St and Guelph Line. The first 1200 kids will receive a free gift!
November hours are Monday to Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm. Note that Sundays November 26, December 3 and December 10 are also pet photo days (after hours) and Saturday November 25 is a Baby’s First Christmas event (the first 300 babies will receive a free ornament).
Visits with Santa are included in your general admission on these days:
Wednesdays (November 22, 29, December 6, 13, 20) 5 p.m. to 8 p.m (Hendrie Park)
Fridays (November 24, December 1) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (Hendrie Park)
The RBG has a bunch of other cool holiday-themed events going on, too. Check them out!
The Hamilton parade will have come and gone by the time I post this, but you can still get a glimpse of Kris Kringle at the Stoney Creek Parade on December 2nd, 2pm, King Street East, Downtown Stoney Creek!
FINALLY, NO SANTA, BUT IT’S PRETTY AWESOME:
November 28, 2017
The train features 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands lights and a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage. The Hamilton stop will feature music artists Kelly Prescott, Jim Cuddy and Devin Cuddy. Concert starts at 8 pm. It’s a free event, just make a cash or non-persishable donation to the Hamilton Food Share.