Hamilton Holiday Events 2019
Looking for something to do this holiday season? Hamilton is so jam-packed with fun events for the whole family it’ll be difficult to choose!
Christmas Ferris Wheel in Gore Park
Ends December 23rd
12 – 8 pm
From now until December 23rd you can see downtown Hamilton lit up from the top of a ferris wheel for free!
Winter Lights at the Rock
1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R, Canada
Thursdays to Sundays*, until December 30 – 6 to 9 p.m. (last admittance is 8:30 p.m.)
*Please note Winter Lights at the Rock will not be operating December 14
Thousands of festive lights lead you through a winter wonderland of charming Christmas melodies, festive sips and bites and the Escarpment Train Exhibit.
Event Admission – pre-purchased tickets $10 (+HST & service fee)
Member Admission – pre-purchased tickets $9 (+HST & service fee)
Infant (age 0-2) – FREE
Available online at rbg.ca/winterlights
TICKETS AT THE DOOR:
Event Admission – at the door $15 (incl. HST)
Infant (age 0-2) – FREE
Art Battle Hamilton: Holiday Classic
7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
The Spice Factory
121 Hughson Street North, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1G7
Grab your best pals and come enjoy an amazing evening of live competitive painting as artists have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, battling not only the clock but each other as well. Watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the Champion! It’s always new, it’s always fun! All artwork created will also be available via silent auction.
Beats by DJ Osito (Dan Rivero)
Hosted by Smith & Patel
General Admission $20
Early Bird $15
All ages welcome!
WHAT IS ART BATTLE?
Art Battle is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home. Art Battle happens in 50+ cities worldwide, check artbattle.com for local listings!
WANT TO PAINT IN ART BATTLE? Apply via http://artbattle.com/register
Winter Solstice Bee Ball 2018
7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
The Mule Spinner
11 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario
Humble Bee presents the first annual Winter Solstice Bee Ball: A Celebration to Honour the Bees.
Join us at the Cotton Factory (Mule Spinner Building) to celebrate pollinators and raise funds for David Suzuki Foundation and their efforts to ban the harmful systemic pesticides in Canada, featuring music, food, drinks, honey, raffle prizes, and more!
Music brought to you by local DJ Osito (Dan Rivero). We will have food lovingly prepared by Hamilton’s own chef Johnny Blonde. Humble Bee honey tasting.
The winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of our year. This time is celebrated for many reasons, but we are celebrating the solstice because of the bees.
The significance of the solstice for honeybees is that this is the first day of the year that the bees become active again in their colony. The bees use the sun as a calendar and when the days start getting longer again after the solstice, the bees start getting back to work!
All funds raised at this event will go to the David Suzuki Foundation in support of their efforts to ban systemic pesticides that are harming not just honeybees, but all pollinators.
For more information on pesticides and their impacts on pollinators and other wildlife, check out this link: https://davidsuzuki.org/project/pesticides/
Each ticket includes a raffle ticket. GET TICKETS HERE: https://humble-bee-inc.myshopify.com/products/2018-winter-solstice-bee-ball\
Santa & Mrs Claus in the Market! Free Photos with Santa!
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hamilton Farmers Market
35 York Blvd, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1R6
Santa & Mrs Claus will be visiting the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Handing out goodies for kids, doing activities, FREE photos & more!
Sonic Unyon 25th Anniversary Holiday Bash
6 PM – 11 PM
95 King St. E., Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1A9
19+ • $15 advance, $20 doors
TRISTAN PSIONIC w/ Night Court & Special Guests – Come get festive with the label’s original signings, alt-rockers TRISTAN PSIONIC, in a rare and exclusive live outing. Joining them will be all-star outfit NIGHT COURT (Hamilton’s favourite post-hardcore post-punk 80s/90s tribute band, comprised of ex Chore members, Chris and Mike Bell and David Dunham) plus some top-secret TBA guests to add some sparkle to the stage. It’s a great way to celebrate the season and mark the label’s silver anniversary as well! All proceeds from the evening will go to support Wesley Urban Ministries
HappY HourZ PuB Christmas Party Karaoke 2018
9 PM – 2:15 AM
HappY HourZ PuB
94 MacNab St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L8
HappY HourZ Annual Karaoke Christmas Party will be on December 22nd Saturday starts at 9pm til 2:15am hosted by MC Bradley Good Knight, Brittni, Alexis, Lisa, Robert, Randy, & of course all our HappyZ famjams will be there. Come join us sing your festive glorious jolly hearts out, play some pool, dance etc . And as per always, there will be Christmas Cake, dessert buffet & you can win a lot of gifts by just attending 🎅🏻🎄🎉
19 + Event NO COVER 😎
New Years Eve Party @ The Augusta House
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
The Augusta House
17 Augusta Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1P6
Open at 3pm for Dinner
Chef Chalk Board Available
DJ JOOCE Spinning at 9pm
Complimentary Toast to start off the New Year
NYE at The George Hamilton Restaurant
8:00 PM – 3:00 AM
The George Hamilton
152 King Street W, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1A5
Come ring in the new year at The George Hamilton restaurant and bar. Enjoy a late night buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. Music will be supplied by the band Beg to Differ and special guests. Get ready to dance the night away! Admission is only $15 all night. Call 905-381-9820 to reserve tickets and bottle service.
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
6:00 PM – 1:00 AM
The Grand Olympia
660 Barton Street, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8E 5L6
Call (905) 643-4291 to reserve your tickets.
AGH Winter Holiday Camp
9 am – 4 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4S8
Winter holidays are a great time to experience AGH Camp. We follow the Hamilton Wentworth Public and Catholic school board calendars. Each session offers new activities and a chance to spark your child’s creativity and ingenuity.
9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Morning drop-off begins at 8:30 am.
Supervised Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
Bring your own nut-free lunch, morning and afternoon snack, and drink.
Camp programs sell out fast! Please register early to avoid disappointment. The registration deadline does not guarantee space if we sell out the season. Children must have already completed a year of full-day kindergarten to register.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 19
PRICING PER DAY
AGH Members: $40
Extended Care is available from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm: $8 per day
GET TICKETS HERE: https://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/program/winter-holiday-camp/
CARE for the COLD – Winter Clothing Drive
January 4, 2019
9:30 PM – 12:30 AM
175 Young Street East, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1V7
Founded in 2003, Helping Hands Street Mission is volunteer driven and relies on the generosity of the community and neighbouring communities to help meet the needs of those living in the Barton Street Community.
Through the mission store and program center, we are able to reach out to, and invite in, anyone who needs a place to belong, to learn, to help and to grow, while also providing tangible necessities if needed (clothing, hygiene products, etc) for free!
On January 4th, 2019 – 3 local bands, Ruby’s Revenge, Innersha and Back to the 80’s will be performing at the Corktown Pub supporting community and our friends at HHSM.
*** COVER IS $5 AT THE DOOR —- IF YOU BRING IN A DONATION OF WINTER CLOTHING, ADMISSION IS FREE ***
*** we are looking for donations of winter hats, gloves, mitts, snow pants, boots, scarves ***
Staircase Swing Out (an evening of swing dance)
January 8, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Staircase Cafe Theatre
27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R3C9
~ 2nd Tuesday of each month.
~ The Bright room (enter through rear car park into back door, go up to top of the stairs).
~ 7pm – beginner lesson
~ 7:30-10pm – social dancing
~ Entrance: 5$ at the door.
January 12, 2019
9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Stonewalls Restaurant Hamilton
339 York Blvd, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3K5
It may be cold outside but it’s going to be HOT in Stonewalls as Hamilton’s rockabilly rebels Hell Bent Rockers and King Jives will get you hoppin’ and a boppin’. Joined by Hamilton’s newest surf sensation The Jet Screams, this is one show you can’t miss!!