Celebrate the Magic of the Season
November 23 to January 7 (Thursdays to Sundays)*
Winter Wonders, a unique outdoor evening experience, guides visitors along Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, interactive installations and magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders. Stroll through our breathtaking garden to the rhythm of festive music while indulging in the warm tastes and fragrances of the holiday season.
After your walk, cozy up indoors and explore the Botanical Train installation and the warmly lit Mediterranean Garden, and pick up unique gifts from Shop at the Gardens. Timed tickets are required and space is limited.
Timed-tickets required; tickets coming soon!
*Date exceptions apply. This is a time-ticketed experience. Upon registration you will be required to select an entry time.
This video portrays the 2022 Winter Wonders experience. Installations, lighting, music and displays are subject to change for 2023.
Winter Wonders Tickets
Timed-ticket entry required. Tickets will be available online. Food and drink available for purchase throughout the experience.
|Visitor||Ticket Price (per person)|
|Adult||$20 (+HST & $1 Service Fee)|
|Child (age 3 to 12)||$16 (+HST & $1 Service Fee)|
|Infant / Toddler (age 0-2)||FREE|
(See your membership type for the number of guests your membership accommodates)
|$10 (+HST & $1 Service Fee)|
- Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.
- Garden admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
- Everyone attending the event must have a ticket. You will not be admitted into the event without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned upon arrival.
- Pre-registration is highly encouraged for this ticketed event. Visitor Experience may be able to accommodate walk ups if there are spaces available.
- Tickets provide access to RBG Centre and Hendrie Park during this event. Separate Garden Admission would be required for those wishing to visit any RBG garden areas during regular admission hours.
Accessing your Member Tickets
To access your member tickets, simply log in to your RBG online account using the email address associated with your membership. Once logged in, visit the registration page and your member tickets will be available.
Do NOT make a new account; any new account created will not have access to your member benefits, including your member tickets.
How To Activate Your Account
- Visit secure.rbg.ca/account/login
- Enter your email address and “submit” (NOTE: RBG members must use the email associated with their current membership)
- Check your email for a link to reset your password
- Log in with your new credentials and check your account information. Ensure your updated membership is showing.
Thank You for Supporting RBG!
Royal Botanical Gardens is a registered charitable organization dedicated to connecting people, plants and place. By attending this event, you’re supporting our efforts in areas like plant science, conservation, horticulture and education.
2023 Operating Dates
- Thursday November 23 to Saturday November 25
- Thursday November 30 to Sunday December 3
- Thursday December 7 to Sunday December 10
- Thursday December 14 to Sunday December 17
- Thursday December 21 to Saturday December 23
- Wednesday December 27 to Saturday December 30
- Friday January 5 to Sunday January 7
This activity is NOT available: November 26, December 24, December 25, December 26, December 31, January 1.
Join us for the day! RBG opens daily at 10 a.m. Round out your visit with a ride on the RBG Express, lunch at the Rock Garden Bistro, a walk through historic Rock Garden, a visit to Shop at the Gardens, and more. Keep reading to learn more about daytime activities.
Tips for Visiting:
- Upon registering you will be required to select an entry timeslot. You may arrive any time within this 1/2 hour entry window and stay as long as you’d like.
- RBG Centre and Hendrie Park will be closed between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. as our teams prepare for Winter Wonders. Visitors may wait for entry outside RBG Centre during this time.
- The walk is 1.5 km, and takes approximately 1 hour.
- Please leave your pets at home for this experience, pets are not permitted (service dogs excluded).
- Outside food and beverage will not be permitted.
- Please be aware that some areas of the garden contain fast moving, bright lights.
Held in Hendrie Park
This display is placed in Hendrie Park. Enter at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road W. Burlington. Parking is available on-site, with overflow parking available a few kilometers down the road at Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd. Hamilton.
Daytime hours during Winter Wonders: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., last admission is at 3 p.m. The Gardens will reopen for Winter Wonders from 5 to 10 p.m. Winter Wonders tickets required.
Winter Wonders FAQ
Have a question about Winter Wonders? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.
Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event. Upon purchasing, you will be required to select an entry time. Tickets are final sale. When purchasing your tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate date/time, as switching your tickets after purchase will not be possible.
Your special event ticket to Winter Wonders gives you access to RBG Centre and Hendrie Park after 5 p.m. on the dates available. Access to the indoor Mediterranean Garden, the botanical train exhibit and seasonal displays are also included.
Food, drink, and purchases at Shop at the Gardens are available for additional costs.
Arrival / Entry Time
This event is time-ticketed. Please arrive at your scheduled time. You can expect to spend approximately 1 – 2 hours at this experience. When you arrive at RBG Centre (680 Plains Road W., Burlington) for your start time you will be greeted by our staff team who will check you in and direct you to the outdoor experience.
Your tickets will be emailed to you as a pdf attachment shortly after online payment. You will be required to present these tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device.
Food & Drink
Festive snacks will be available for purchase. This is a licensed event; alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those age 19+. A valid I.D. is required for beverage purchase.
Outside food and alcohol will not be permitted.
While enjoying the outdoor light display, washroom facilities are available at the start of the route (lower level of the Atrium at RBG Centre) and approximately half-way through (smaller facility at the Turner Pavilion Teahouse).
Parking & Directions
This event is held in Hendrie Park – please enter through RBG Centre at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario. Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre. Additional parking is available in the small Cherry Hill parking lot (across the street), though this will require crossing the street and a short walk to RBG Centre for entry.
This garden is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See rbg.ca/directions for more details.
The majority of Winter Wonders is held outdoors, so come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather.
Pathways will be lit however there may be some darker patches. Please take your time and be mindful of your step. Appropriate footwear for walking on gravel pathways and turf are recommended, especially in snowy, wet conditions.
Pets & Service Animals
With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted during the evening portion of Winter Wonders.
Pets are welcome in RBG’s outdoor spaces between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. so long as they remain leashed. Please be responsible and clean up after your pets.
The one-way, 1.5 km route for this display takes visitors along wide, paved or gravel pathways. If attending with a wheelchair / walker / stroller, an outdoor model is suggested. Some benches will be available for those who require them.
Accessible parking spaces are available outside RBG Centre. Visitors access the garden through RBG Centre, descending through the Atrium via stairs or an elevator.
If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158) or use the form at rbg.ca/contact-events.
Terms & Conditions
Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the event.
Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.
Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.
By purchasing tickets and participating in this event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.
General Admission tickets are available for purchase online, or when you arrive to any of our garden areas.
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