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Holiday Traditions

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This page contains details for a 2019 event. Due to COVID-19, these activities will not be taking place in 2020.

For this year’s Holiday offering, please check out Winter Wonders

Experience the magic this holiday season with unique Santa Experiences, festive entertainment, train adventures and Winter Lights at the Rock Garden!

Seasonal Events

Join us for holiday-themed special events all season long! From Santa visits to evening experiences, there’s a holiday event for everyone.

These special events require tickets (NOT included in General Admission or Membership).

Credit: Meaghan Eady Photography

Santa’s Signature Experience

Wednesdays to Sundays, November 16 to December 22, 2019
Tickets Required

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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Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus

December 8, 14, 15, 2019
Tickets Required

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

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Credit: Meaghan Eady Photography


November 28 and 29, 6 to 11 p.m.
Tickets Required

Let the holidays begin! The celebration of Ontario`s independent craft breweries continues with the 4th annual Fest-of-Ales! Guests are welcomed into the stunning surroundings of RBG Centre to peruse the best beer our region has to offer (19+ event).

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Winter Lights at the Rock Garden

Fridays to Sundays December 6 to January 5 + Dec 23, 30, Jan 2 6 to 9 p.m.; Rock Garden
Tickets Required

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.

Presented by Colliers Project Leaders

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Activities and Entertainment

Join us for a seasonal visit and experience trains, guided walks, weekend entertainment, and more!

These activities are included in your General Admission or RBG Membership.

Credit: Meaghan Eady Photography

Botanical Train Display

November 16 – December 24
December 27 – January 5

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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Escarpment Train Exhibit

Weekends, Nov 16 to Dec 22
December 23, 27-30
January 2-5
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.

*Not available December 24, 25, 26, 31, January 1

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Credit: Meaghan Eady Photography

Weekend Entertainment

Saturdays and Sundays, November 16 to December 22; RBG Centre

Come visit the gardens for a variety of performances including choirs, carollers, children’s entertainment, and more! Check back for more information.

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Credit: Meaghan Eady Photography

Activities and Tours

Daily, see schedule; RBG Centre

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

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