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When And Where to See Santa Claus in Hamilton Ontario 2019

Where to see santa in Hamilton

 

 

Tis the season to repeatedly take pictures of your little ones with the jolly dude in red!  To save you the Googling (or Bing-ing, or Yahoo-ing, or Ask Jeeves-ing etc), I looked into where to see Santa Claus in Hamilton, Ontario this year, and summarized my findings. Check it out!

 

HAMILTON SANTA CLAUS PARADE

November 16, 2019 – 4:30 PM

Parade details:

Starts on Barton St W & Bay St N

South on Bay St N to York Blvd

East on York Blvd to James St N

North on James St N to finish at James St N and Barton St W

Don’t forget to bring some non-perishable goods for the food drive.

Note: If you’re reading this and it’s too late (word to Drake!), the Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade takes place December 7 at 2pm, in downtown Stoney Creek at King Street East.

 

LIMERIDGE MALL

Start Date: Sat Nov 16, 2019
End Date: Tue Dec 24, 2019

Unlike years past, you need to pre-register to experience Santa. Walks-ups will only be accepted if there are open spots.

The free Meet and Greet  is where you can take your own photos. Each child will receive a ME to WE colouring sheet and a surprise email from Santa on Christmas Eve.

For $17, kids can take part in Storytime with Santa.

Santa will read a special holiday book, “A Magical Canadian Christmas”. After storytime,  Elves will invite each child individually for a visit and photo with Santa. Each child will receive three professional digital photos, a copy of “A Magical Canadian Christmas” and a surprise email from Santa on Christmas Eve.  Families will also receive a Leon’s tote bag that includes a voucher for a free memory foam pillow redeemable in-store ($29 retail value).

EASTGATE SQUARE

Santa arrives to Centre Court November 17 at 2:00pm with some special guests and a performance!

November Hours:

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 November 30:

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

Special events:

Friday November 29 – 8am 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).

Dog & Cat Photos with Santa:

Saturday, November 23rd – 3pm to 6pm
Saturday, December 7th – 7pm to 9:30pm
Tuesday, December 10th – 7pm 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.

 

Where to see Santa claus in Hamilton ontario

MAPLEVIEW MALL

(Yes, I know that I am cheating by including Burlington in a post about seeing Santa Claus in Hamilton Ontario. Oh well. Add me to the naughty list).

Free 5″x7″ photos here!  Just bring a donation in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.

NOVEMBER 30- DECEMBER 1

Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

DECEMBER 5 – 8 

Thursday to Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

DECEMBER 12 – 23 

Monday to Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

BURLINGTON CENTRE

Santa will be arriving  on Saturday, November 23 at 9:30am via a freakin’ helicopter! Children will receive a gift from Santa upon arrival while enjoying a warm refreshment from Starbucks and Christmas cookies from Denningers.  Once Santa arrives, he will be paraded into the Centre.

November hours are:

Monday to Friday 10am – 9pm

Saturday 9:30am-6:00pm

Sunday from 11am – 6pm

Holiday Hours:

Monday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 15:

Monday 9am – 9pm
Tuesday – Friday 9am–9pm
Saturday 9am–8pm
Sunday 10am–6pm

Monday, Dec 16 – Sunday, Dec 22:

Monday 9am – 9pm
Tuesday – Friday 9am–9pm
Saturday 9am–8pm
Sunday 10am–6pm

Monday, Dec 23 – Thursday, Dec 26:

Monday 9am – 9pm
Tuesday – Wednesday 9am–9pm
Monday 9am – 9pm
Tuesday Christmas Eve 9am–5pm
Wednesday Closed for Christmas Day
Thursday 9am–6pm

 

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

The RBG, as usual, has lots of holiday themed events going on, among the usual cool stuff to see and do there. Visits with Santa are included with your admission on these days, though:

Tuesdays, November 19 to December 17
Friday November 22 and 29

Tuesdays; 5 to 8 p.m.; Hendrie Park
Nov 22 and 29; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Train rides out to Santa’s Cabin are available for $2 per child (12 and under) and $4 per adult.

 

 

Finally, Santa probably won’t be at these two events, but they’re worth busting out your festive sweaters for, anyway, to get you in the holiday spirit (if that’s what you do to get you in the holiday spirit. I don’t know, man!):

CP HOLIDAY TRAIN

Cp holiday train

Gage Park

November 28, 2019

7:45 PM to 8:40 PM

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 artist Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band. Concert starts at 8 pm. It’s a free event, just make a cash or non-persishable donation to the Hamilton Food Share.

 

CHRISTMAS IN GORE PARK

Gore Park  will be hosting a Christmas Market Friday, December 7th from 5-11pm, Saturday, December 8th from 11am-11pm, and from noon to 6pm on Sunday, December 9th.  Admission is free, and the festivities include lots of local vendors, a kids’ craft area, carolers, holidays movies being shown, tasty beverages at a fully licensed bar, and  a mistletoe kissing station.

Most importantly (well, to me, anyway), is that there will be a ferris wheel running daily in Gore Park December 7 through December 23 from noon to 8pm (Dec 7th it will run 3pm to 9pm). Neat!

 

Good luck seeing Santa Claus in Hamilton Ontario this holiday season!

 

 

 

When And Where To See Santa Claus In The Hamilton Area

 

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!

Limeridge Mall

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.

Eastgate Square

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!

November Hours:

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.

Mapleview Mall

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

Burlington Mall

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).

 

Royal Botanical Garden

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!

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade

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:

CP Holiday Train

Gage Park

November 28, 2017

7:45 PM to 8:45 PM

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.

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