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Child wearing Santa Claus hat on ride-able train

Holiday Traditions

November 17 to January 6

Join us for performances, Santa experiences, exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season. More info coming soon!

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Mini-Exhibit: Seeds in Disguise

November 17 to January 13

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

Seeds are all around us: we eat them; we plant them; they parachute from dandelions; they catch in the dog’s coat or on your socks; they drop from the trees; and sometimes they even hang around your neck. This exhibition features ornamental seeds “disguised” as beads in jewellery, trinkets and ornaments.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


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Santa's Signature Experience

November 17 to December 23

Time-Ticketed; Hendrie Park

Santa returns to his favourite garden and he’s brought along his merry elves to deliver the most joyous holiday celebration yet! Santa has returned with a signature experience for all of his little visitors to enjoy.

 Tickets Required

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Winter Lights at the Rock

Thursdays to Sundays*, November 17 to December 30

6 to 9 p.m.; Rock Garden

Thousands of festive lights lead you through a winter wonderland of charming Christmas melodies, festive sips and bites and the Escarpment Train Exhibit. This unique holiday experience provides a special evening for you and your loved ones to capture those perfect holiday memories!

*Some date restrictions apply

 Tickets Required

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Escarpment Train Exhibit

Weekends, Nov 17 – Dec 24
Daily, December 27 – 31, January 2 – 6

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.*; Rock Garden

RBG’s newest model train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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botanical train display

Botanical Train Display

Daily*, November 17 to January 6

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.*; RBG Centre

Constructed from over seven tons of cedar slabs, 3,000 pounds of rock and 250 feet of track, the Botanical Train Show features model trains amongst famous Canadian landmarks from coast to coast!

*Date restrictions apply

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Visits with Santa

Select Wednesdays and Fridays

Wednesdays, November 21 to December 19; 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday November 23; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday December 7; 1 to 4 p.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town! While the elves are hard at work up at the North Pole, Santa Claus is visiting RBG and is ready to hear what's on your wish list this holiday season.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Fest-Of-Ales

December 6 and 7

6 to 10 p.m.; RBG Centre

RBG's Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - with craft beer! Back for another year with a festive night of craft breweries, delicious food, great music, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for our important DDs!

 Tickets Required

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Winter Exhibit: Spiders Alive!

January 19 to April 14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

We've invited spiders and their arthropod friends to crawl on over for a visit this winter. Explore amazing adaptations and behaviours in our interactive exhibit, and join us for daily programs for all ages. Stay tuned for program updates!

 Included in your General Admission or Membership