Downtown Hamilton to see return of some popular holiday traditions this year


Published November 23, 2021 at 2:15 pm

It definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Hamilton and this year will mark the return of some fun holiday traditions.

Hamilton’s holiday Ferris wheel will return to Gore Park for the 2021 holiday season, after taking a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic.

According to the Downtown Hamilton BIA, free rides on the Ferris Wheel will be available from noon to 8 p.m. every day from Dec. 4 to Dec 23.

Attendees at the Christmas Tree of Hope lighting on Dec. 3 will also be able to take a free ride on the popular Gore Park attraction.

The tree lighting, which itself was completely virtual last year, returns to its festive, in-person format as well and will feature live music.

A live stream of the event will be available from 6 ro 6:30 p.m. on Cable 14’s website as well as through 900 CHML’s social media channels.

Preparations are already well underway for the event as just last week crews were spotting erecting the massive tree that will be at the heart of the event.

The lighting, scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 3, kicks off not just the spirit of the season in the City, but it is also an opportunity to support the 900 CHML/Y108/Energy 95.3 Radio Children’s Fund.

The annual Children’s Fund Christmas Tree of Hope, founded in 1976, serves as the primary fundraising mechanism for the Children’s Fund, a local organization that provides support for families and children struggling through the holiday season.

To donate text DONATE to 30333 to make a $5 contribution (the donation will appear on your cell phone bill), donate by phone at 905-521-2320, in person at any Hamilton area Tandia location or online via PayPal or

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