Hamilton Halton Brant Region, November 19, 2012 - If crowded mall parking lots, long lineups and uninspired gift choices leave you feeling like you’ve somehow ended up on the naughty list, consider dashing off to Hamilton Halton Brant for a holiday getaway this year.
Stroll charming streets for one-of-a-kind finds
Hamilton Halton Brant’s unique shopping districts are a great destination for those looking for truly unique gifts. Fashionistas will love something under the tree from one of Downtown Oakville’s many stylish clothing boutiques.
Travel Burlington’s Chocolate Trail and stock up on decadent treats for the chocoholics on your shopping list. There are all sorts of vintage treasures waiting to be discovered in Downtown Paris, including restored antique bicycles, furniture and many other funky retro finds. Foodies will love gourmet gifts from any of the specialty food stores in Downtown Dundas.
Take a break for some festive family fun
Families wanting to step away from the hustle and bustle will find great options for spending quality holiday time together in Hamilton Halton Brant this season as well. Train lovers young and old can ride into the festive season on a vintage streetcar at Halton County Radial Railway’s Christmas on the Rails event on the first two Saturdays of December. Round out your day with a stop to catch Canada’s largest botanical train installation and have a visit with Santa and his reindeer at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Bird lovers won’t want to miss African Lion Safari’s Breakfast with Santa on November 25th and December 2nd. In addition to enjoying a scrumptious brunch with the man in red, there’s an exciting parrot show that’s sure to entertain.
Families looking to experience what the holidays were like during days gone by also have lots of great options in Hamilton Halton Brant, including Westfield Heritage Village’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s Season of the First Frost, the McQuesten’s Childhood Christmas at Whitehern Historic House and Dundurn Castle’s Victorian Christmas.
Save with special offers
Satisfy your inner Scrooge and take advantage of the many special offers currently available through a number of Hamilton Halton Brant tourism operators, including discounts on accommodations and special pricing on admissions to select museums, galleries and shows. Visit www.theheartofontario.com for the complete list of offers. While you’re there, check out the events calendar, which is jammed with other great holiday options including festive performances from some of Canada’s favourite performers like Stuart McLean, the Leahy Family, John McDermott, Rita MacNeil and more at Hamilton Place, Brantford’s Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
About the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association
The Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Organization is an innovative industry partnership committed to collaborative development initiatives that establish the region as a compelling tourism destination. The organization represents tourism stakeholders in the County of Brant, City of Brantford, Halton Region (City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, Town of Oakville), City of Hamilton, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.