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Things to do this Winter
Posted: Jan 19, 2020

-Written By Anneliese Lawton 
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Step onto the streets of Burlington on a cold winter day, and you’re certain to find warmth. It could be in a hot cup of coffee at your favourite cafe, a gentle smile from a local business owner, or a rich, creamy bowl of soup from a local bistro. Burlington is a community with heart, and its heart resides here in the downtown core.

For those who love the great-wintery outdoors to those seeking indoor entertainment on a blustery night, Downtown Burlington has a little something for everyone during this frigid season. 

Tie up your skates, throw on your best dress, grab the paintbrushes or your dancing shoes, and experience the warmth of Downtown Burlington in the winter.

For the Foodies

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds. From February 17th to March 8th, The Taste of Burlington invites you to experience the best restaurants the city has to offer. Now is your chance to savour every bite. With prix-fixe dining, foodies can enjoy new culinary experiences at an exceptional value. Water St. Cooker, Downtown Bistro & Grill, The Dickens, Pepperwood Bistro – these are just some of your Downtown favourites taking part. Visit www.tasteofburlington.ca for a full list of participating restaurants and menus. 

A culinary experience where you’re the chef! In this cooking class, you can relax, have fun, and be a guest at your own party! Transport to Italy. Learn the secrets to your favourite Paradiso recipes. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a hands-on couple’s cooking class – all alongside the talented chefs of Paradiso. When cooking is complete, it’s your turn to relax. Classes are taking place from January to June. Click here for more information


For the Kids & Family

There’s nothing better than laughing until your belly aches – and the comics at the Burlington Comedy Festival will make you do exactly that. Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the Burlington Comedy Festival has packed a punch for the 2020 year. With 11 comedians and a variety of acts performing eight shows at Emma’s Back Porch (2084 Old Lakeshore Road), The Art Gallery of Burlington (1333 Lakeshore Road), and the Water Street Cooker (2084 Old Lakeshore Road), there is plenty to see for all ages. Bring out the entire family for a special Festival Family Variety show – the perfect way to spend a cold Saturday afternoon.

It’s impossible to miss the newly reconstructed Joseph Brant Museum that’s perched high on a mound at a major intersection in Downtown Burlington. With more space for gallery displays, interactive programming, and exhibitions, the Museum has planned hot-hot-hot activities throughout the winter months. One Saturday a month, parents are invited to drop their children off at the History Explorers Club (start the car!) – a pre-registered supervised drop-off program for children ages 5-12. The theme varies each month. Secure your spot while you can!

Tie up your skates and hit the ice – Burlington has free skating all winter long at Spencer Smith Park. With a beautiful view of Burlington’s waterfront, Rotary Centennial Pond is ready for winter gliding. Whether you’re bringing your someone-sweet for a romantic winter date or hitting the ice with your family on a sunny Saturday, all are welcome to enjoy this public rink. Don’t have skates? Don’t fret – skate lending is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children under 6 must wear a CSA approved helmet, although all children and adults are encouraged to wear a helmet for safety. Click here for full hours and details regarding ice conditions

You don’t have to be crafty to try your hand at this family-fun event! Every Sunday, The Art Gallery of Burlington welcomes families to ABG’s free drop-in studio in their GWD Foundation for Kids’ Creative Hub. Grab a paintbrush, become inspired, get artsy-and-craftsy all between the hours of 1-4 p.m. – but most importantly, have some fun! 

Workshops & DIYers

Learn in style. Famous for their unique space in the heart of Village Square, Styled Lounge is thrilled to offer classes through their Styled Academy. Classes range from Intro to Blowouts and Hot-Styling to Mini & Me Styling classes for both mom and dad. Expect a relaxed and comfortable environment with hands-on time with a Styled Instructor at every class. Not to mention, the bar is always open, so you can enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail while you learn!

You truly haven’t DIY’d until you’ve made your own candle or tried your hand at a “paint nite.” That’s okay though, Pierside B&B has you covered. This winter, Pierside is leading the fun with their DIY workshops. From succulent terrariums to scented candle trios, and even paint nites, you’ll be #Pinterestgoals in no time. 

Live Music 

You don’t have to head into the Big City to catch great live music. On Friday nights at Emma’s Back Porch listen to live Rock, Blues, Indie, and Acoustic while overlooking beautiful of Lake Ontario – or you can head over to The Dickens, where the band and beer are lively every Friday and Saturday night. You could also give their open-mic night at try on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., or grab some friends in low places and bring them out for karaoke on Thursdays. For live entertainment on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, Honey West Restaurant and Bar provides from 7:30 to close. Live music begins as you bite into your first appetizer, and will bring you right into late-night lounge hours. All winter long you’ll be able to find a multitude of incredible performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, including Let It Go with Cassie Levy, the current star of Broadway’s Frozen, Country artist Megan Patrick, and The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will be in Burlington for a special performance on March 3, Re:Sound. Find all upcoming performances on their events listing here.


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