Holiday Traditions

Join us for exciting performances, Santa experiences, colourful exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season.

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 Included in General Admission or Membership, no registration required.

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North Pole Adventures

Santa's Signature Experience

November 17 - 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! This year, Santa has created a signature experience for all of his little visitors to enjoy.

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Visits With Santa

Select Wednesdays and Fridays; Hendrie Park

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. Just be sure you're on the nice list!

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 Included in General Admission


Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 8, 9, 16
10 a.m.; RBG Centre

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious brunch buffet! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s activities too!

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Second City Cast

Holiday Entertainment

The Second City

More information coming soon!

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Weekly Entertainment

Wednesdays and Weekends; RBG Centre

Come visit the gardens for a variety of performances including choirs, carollers, children's entertainment, and more! See the full schedule for more information.

 Included in General Admission


Activities and Tours

Daily, see full schedule; RBG Centre

Join us for a holiday edition of Discovery in the Gardens! Join us for tours, crafts, outdoor nature walks, and more.

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 Included in General Admission



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Displays & Exhibits

Winter Lights at the Rock

Thursdays to Sundays*, November 17 to December 30
6 to 9 p.m.; Rock Garden

Discover holiday magic at the picturesque 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.

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*Date Restrictions Apply (Nov, 24, Dec 7, Dec 14)

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

*Closes 12 p.m. Dec 24 and 3 p.m. Dec 31.

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 Included in General Admission


Botanical Train Display

November 17 - December 24
December 27 - January 6

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

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 Included in General Admission


More Seasonal Fun

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RBG`s Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - expanding to two nights!

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Courses and Programs

Let your mind grow at the Gardens! Join us for gardening tips, family fun, culinary classes, and more!

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Winter Hikes

Hike the trails all year long! Join us for a FREE Back to Nature Hike each Sunday.

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