RBG brings back the magic of the seasonal with: Winter Wonders

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RBG bring back the magic of the seasonal with: Winter Wonders

Hendrie Park lights up to celebrate the season


BURLINGTON/HAMILTON, ONTARIO, November 4, 2023–  Experience the magic this holiday season at “Winter Wonders”, an outdoor magical one-and-a-half-kilometre winter wonderland for all ages, at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) Centre and Hendrie Park. From November 23 to January 7, visitors can experience a unique outdoor evening experience that will take them on a journey through Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, interactive installations, and magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders.


The event promises to be a feast for the senses, with visitors strolling through the breathtaking garden to the rhythm of festive music while indulging in the warm tastes and fragrances of the holiday season. After the walk, visitors can cozy up indoors and explore the Botanical Train installation and the warmly lit Mediterranean Garden, and pick up unique gifts from Shop at the Gardens.


“The Royal Botanical Gardens offers unforgettable, year-round experiences to locals and visitors alike,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport. “Take a trip to RBG for the Winter Wonders event – and enjoy festive music, magical displays and twinkling lights that are sure to get you into the spirit of the holiday season.” 


The majority of Winter Wonders is held outdoors, so visitors are advised to come prepared for the weather. Pathways will be lit, but appropriate footwear for walking on gravel pathways and turf are recommended, especially in snowy, wet conditions.



The one-way one-and-a-half-kilometer route is both paved AND gravel pathway. Wheelchairs or strollers equipped for all terrain are encouraged. And also consider appropriate footwear for walking on gravel and turf.



With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted during the evening portion of Winter Wonders. 


Ticket and Dates: HERE

November 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-23, 27-30, and January 5-7

***Blackout dates include December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1


Adult (Ages 13 and up): $20 (+ HST & Service Fee)
Child (Ages 3 to 12): $16 (+ HST & Service Fee)
Infant / Toddler (Ages 0 to 2) FREE (registration and ticket still required) 

Member:  $10.00 (+ HST & Service Fee)

Ticket Price 

Timed tickets are required for the event, and space is limited. Guests should arrive no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the start of their timeslot. The event runs from 5  to 10 p.m., with the last admission at 9 p.m. The event does NOT include general admission.

The event is open to all ages, with ticket prices varying for adults, children, and infants/toddlers. Your special event ticket to Winter Wonders gives you access to RBG Centre and Hendrie Park after 5 p.m. on the dates available. Access to the indoor Mediterranean Garden, the botanical train exhibit, and seasonal displays are also included


Festive snacks will be available for purchase, and this is a licensed event, with alcoholic beverages available for purchase for those age 19+. A valid I.D. is required for beverage purchase. Outside food and alcohol will not be permitted.


Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre. Additional parking is available in the small Cherry Hill parking lot (across the street), though this will require crossing the street and a short walk to RBG Centre for entry.


Don’t miss out on this magical evening experience at RBG Centre and Hendrie Park. Get your timed tickets now and be prepared to be enchanted by the Winter Wonders.


Images can be found HERE


About Royal Botanical Gardens


Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants, and nature. A leading conservation organization, RBG is dedicated to preserving the natural world and promoting environmental protection and sustainability with nature sanctuaries covering 2,400 acres across both Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario.  RBG operates four distinct gardens and extensive outdoor natural areas, including the popular Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary and the Hendrie Park gardens. 


For more information about Royal Botanical Gardens, please visit their website.




For more information contact: Tory Crowder Jumpstart Communications, [email protected] 416-998-9702


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