NOVEMBER EVENTS: A Sampling of Some of the Community Events Happening This Month

Burlington’s Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony
Come to Spencer Smith Park to join members of the community in a ceremony honouring the fallen.  At 9am on November 11, the Sunrise Remembrance Day service takes place at Spencer Smith Park.  The Burl-Oak Naval Veterans will hold a 30-minute ceremony at the Naval Ships Memorial Monument at Burlington’s Downtown Waterfront.  The Remembrance Day Parade begins at 10:30am, starting at Central Public School and proceeding down Brant Street to Elgin, Locust and Ontario Streets.  At 11am, the Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Cenotaph at City Hall at 426 Brant Street, led by the Royal Canadian Legion.


An Old-Fashioned Christmas at Ireland House
Break away from the hustle and bustle and experience Christmas the way it used to be.  Artisans will be creating the traditional tastes, sights and sounds of the holidays.  Enjoy festive refreshments, make heritage crafts and Christmas cards, string popcorn and cranberries, create a woodcut snowman and tin ornaments and listen to live music.  Kids will enjoy the games and storytelling activities.  This traditional Christmas experience also includes a visit with the man in the red suit in Santa’s Cabin.  Adults: $6, Children: $5 (free for kids three and under).  Extra activity fees may apply.  November 20, 11am – 4pm.


Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights
Celebrate the Season through the magic of lights during this annual event, which runs nightly from dusk to dawn, from November 29, 2013 through to January 7, 2014.  This is Burlington’s longest running festival, now in its 18th year.  Over 60 festive displays light up Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park.  The Festival of Lights is a must-see lighting extravaganza for the holidays.  The event kicks off on November 29 at 7pm at Spencer Smith Park.


Burlington Downtown Candlelit Stroll
Spend an evening of traditional caroling through the downtown core and help launch the Festival of Lights and the holiday season in Burlington on Friday, November 29, from 6 – 8pm.


Oakville Santa Claus Parade
This year’s theme: Celebrating 65 Years!  The Oakville Santa Claus Parade is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.  The route begins at Lakeshore and Reynolds, and travels west on Lakeshore, north on Kerr and ends at Kerr & Stewart.  Over 50 marching bands, colourful float entries, costumed characters and more will entertain young and the young-at-heart.  Come out and watch the parade!  November 16, 9am.


Downtown Oakville Christmas Tree Lighting
Ring in the season in Downtown Oakville at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Towne Square.  There will be carolers, sing-alongs, hot chocolate, and of course the main event: lighting the Christmas tree.  November 15 from 5 – 9pm.


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