5 things to do in Hamilton on Christmas Day 2021

Published December 23, 2021 at 9:47 am

Looking for something to do on Christmas Day 2021 in Hamilton? — Stock photo

In the before times, Christmas was a pretty straightforward day, but with the pandemic once again rearing its ugly head, many of us are rethinking this year’s traditions.

So what can one do when everything is closed and a global pandemic continues to require us to celebrate safely?

Turns out, quite a bit.

So here are 5 things you can do on Christmas Day in Hamilton in 2021.

Winter hike/walk

We’re known for all of our hiking and walking trails. If the weather holds out, Christmas Day is the perfect day to stretch your legs and get some fresh air and take in some of the sights and sounds of Hamilton’s green spaces. Just be sure to dress warm and follow public health guidelines to protect against the spread of COVID-19!

Outdoor Skating

Hamilton’s arenas might be closed on Christmas but our outdoor community skating facilities may still available for use (if they’re up and running, so check ahead!). There’s nothing more festive or wintry or Canadian, for that matter, than slapping a pair of blades onto your feet and twirling around on the ice. Just be sure to wear a helmet and dress warm. For more information on outdoor ice rinks in Hamilton, check here.

Games Games Games!

Hamilton’s Splitsville Entertainment is open on Christmas Day from 2 to 10 p.m. for those looking to roll. For families who are keeping the fun closer to home, board games, card games, video games and online gaming are some ways we can engage with our loved ones and have some fun.

Christmas light hunt

One thing Hamiltonians are pretty awesome at is creating spectacular outdoor holiday displays. If you want to know where to go, this website provides a map of where particularly extravagant light displays can be found in the Hamilton-Burlington area.

Catch a movie

This has become a Christmas Day tradition for a lot of people over the years but this year, cinemas are unable to accommodate the typical Christmas Day crowds with capacity limits in place to slow the spread of Omicron. If you can’t get into a movie theatre, why not create your own holiday movie playlist, cosy up on the couch with some snacks and spend the day watching some classics? Netflix has a wonderful selection of holiday films geared towards families with children, same with Prime Video and Disney+.

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