For Immediate Release: Hamilton Halton Brant Region, Canada — Nov 05, 2013 — The fallen leaves, crisp air and of course the arrival of the jolly old elf in red mark the start of the holiday season. The abundance of holiday celebrations, performing arts, quaint downtowns, and historic homes and exhibits in Hamilton Halton Brant create an ideal Christmas wonderland escape this holiday season. Festive Family Histories There is no better place in Ontario to immerse in the charm of this beautiful holiday season. With historic homes and sites dating back through the 1800’s, experience the beauty and wonder of Christmas long ago at the Ireland House Historic Farm in Burlington or touring Hamilton’s Whitehern Historic House as it illustrates the beloved Christmas classic: A Visit from St. Nicholas. Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Hamilton’s Dundurn Castle and enliven your holiday spirit under the moonlight at the Bell Homestead in Brantford amidst the glow of candles and aroma of Yuletide baking. All Aboard for Holiday Magic Enjoy the crisp air while riding the rails through the woods amidst snow-covered trees, singing along to your favourite classic Christmas carols at the Halton Railway/ Streetcar Museum Christmas event. The entire family will enjoy the electric railway history in Milton. Warm up with seasonal activities and Santa as you enjoy the spectacle of light and model trail displays at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Santa Claus Parades Throughout Hamilton Halton Brant, the official opening of the Christmas season and the arrival of Santa Claus are celebrated with moving pageants of festive floats, dancing and marching bands: Oakville- Nov 16, 9 am Flamborough- Nov 30, 6:30 pm Acton- Nov 16, 1pm Burlington- Dec 1, 2 pm Hamilton- Nov 16, 2 pm Stoney Creek- Dec 7, 2 pm Georgetown- Nov 16, 5 pm Milton- Nov 17, 1:30 pm Brantford- Nov 30, 6 pm Seasonal Shows The magic of the holiday season is brought to life on stages throughout Hamilton Halton Brant. For the past 100 years, The Nutcracker (Burlington Performing Arts Centre) has added an element of fantasy to the holiday season. The entire family will enjoy the beloved Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius), an unforgettable and inspiring classic love story. If you prefer, kick it up a notch with the Celtic Tenors (Sanderson Centre), The Leahy Family (Burlington Performing Arts Centre) or Christmas in Nashville (Sanderson Centre). Whether a timeless holiday classic or contemporary music performance, the abundance of live performances will ensure a memorable holiday experience in Hamilton Halton Brant. Scrooge Approved Deals Take advantage of great savings on accommodations and extend this holiday getaway for a night or two with any one of these special offers and packages. Just a short drive from much of southern Ontario and upstate New York, Hamilton Halton Brant’s collection of communities makes an ideal getaway for those looking for an outdoor adventure or a cultural escape that’s close to home. The Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail and Grand River wind their way through the Heart of Ontario, creating a stunning backdrop for outdoor adventure. Hamilton Halton Brant has also served as the stage for some of our country’s most important moments in history. Please refer to the map for more location details.