This Weekend at RBG: November 17 and 18

There's always something new at RBG! Check back each week for an updated list of tours, events, classes, entertainment, and more! For information on future weekends and the weekday schedule, check out the RBG visitor events calendar.

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model train on tracks lined with seasonal plants

Holiday Traditions

November 17 to January 6

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

Some events require separate tickets, while others are included in your General Admission or Membership. See for details.

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Dining and Entertainment

cartoon bob

Entertainment: Cartoon Bob

Saturday and Sunday

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; RBG Centre

Need a unique Holiday gift? Why not have Cartoon Bob capture the “cartoon” likeness of you and your family, friends or pets in a holiday scene? Cartoon Bob will be sketching at the RBGs main centre during opening weekend of Holiday Traditions.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

child riding the RBG Express train

Santa's Signature Experience

Saturday and Sunday

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. Learn More >>

 Event Tickets Required - selling out quickly!

Displays and Exhibits

trees lit with floodlights

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! 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! Learn More >>

 Event Tickets Required

beads made from seeds

Mini Exhibit: Seeds in Disguise, The Biology and Lore of Ornamental Seeds

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 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. Developed by the Royal Ontario Museum. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

visitors looking at the Botanical Train exhibit

Botanical Train Display

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! Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

red model train emerging from stone tunnel

Escarpment Train Exhibit

Weekends, November 17 to December 24

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. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

red model train emerging from stone tunnel

The Artisan Bazaar

Sunday November 18

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

Shop from local handmade wares! This event is operated by a third-party. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Explore and Learn

interpretor reading book to children


Saturday and Sunday

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Join one of Santa’s Helpers to hear a fun holiday story.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

interpretor reading book to children

Winter Walks

Saturday and Sunday

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Take a guided walk to discover how the forest has changed to survive the coming winter. Meet in the Hendrie Park Tunnel.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Get Active

walking along boardwalk in forest

Back to Nature Hike

Each Sunday

2 p.m.; Location Rotates

Each Sunday of the month our volunteer Back to Nature hike leaders offer free hikes through the vast ecosystems of RBG’s lands, allowing people to familiarize themselves with the area so they can continue to explore with their friends and family. Learn More >>

>November 18: Cootes North Shore; meet at the Nature Interpretive Centre.

 Free Hike. Parking charges may apply.

children smelling bird of paradise flowers

Hours and Admission

Learn everything you need to enjoy your time in the gardens! Online tickets available for purchase.

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visitor looking at overhead map of RBG

Parking and Directions

RBG cosists of four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve. Parking is available at the various garden areas and trailheads.

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roots musicians playing on stage in the Rose Garden tent for a crowd

Upcoming Events

RBG hosts events year-round, from blooms celebrations, to performing arts, to holiday celebrations

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