The holidays are officially in full swing, and there are dozens of events happening around the city to prove it. Here are our picks for the upcoming week.
Friday, December 7
Victorian Night in the Village
6:00 — International Village
For the past few years, Victorian Night in the Village has become a favourite for families downtown, featuring free horse and carriage rides, apple cider, and late access to the International Village’s many shops.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope
5:00 p.m. — Gore Park
Where can you find a festive ferris wheel, live music, and a visit from Santa, all while supporting a good cause? The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope happens tonight in Gore Park!
Sianspheric with Bad Dates & UK Cinema
9:00 p.m. — This Ain’t Hollywood
After your night outside enjoying the holiday festivities, warm up at This Ain’t Hollywood where local legends Sianspheric take the stage.
Downtown Christmas Market
Various Times — Gore Park
Finish your holiday shopping early at the Gore Park Christmas Market, featuring local artisans, craft activities for kids, and plenty of food options. This event is free and dog friendly!
Saturday, December 8
Supercrawl Presents: Stars
7:00 p,m. — New Vision Church
Supercrawl presents Stars, with special guests My Brightest Diamond, at New Vision Church, which has hosted the likes of Jeff Tweedy and the National in recent years. Tickets are still available for this intimate show.
I Heart Beer + Mac and Cheese Festival
12:00 p.m. — Hamilton Convention Centre
Do you love beer and mac and cheese? Who doesn’t! They’re coming together at the Hamilton Convention Centre for the I Heart Beer + Mac and Cheese Festival. You can’t go wrong, right?
Monday, December 10
The Hamilton Literary Awards
7:00 p.m — Theatre Aquarius
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Hamilton Literary Awards celebrate and honour Hamilton’s best and brightest writers in four categories. Nominees this year include Tom Wilson, Gary Barwin, and Trevor Cole.
Thursday, December 13
Basement Revolver + Lost Cousins
7:00 p.m. — Mills Hardware
It’s not too early to start planning your week. One event you won’t want to miss is this double bill with Basement Revolver and Lost Cousins, taking place at Mills Hardware.