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The holiday season approaches fast and is over before you know it! Make sure you fit in all of your favourite festive activities before the holiday season is over. Spend a fun filled morning at Brantwood Farms, grab a delicious lunch downtown, try your hand at skating in Harmony Square and end your day with a beautiful light display at Glenhyrst Art Gallery.

Note: This itinerary is suggested during the month of December 2023 based on operating hours of some businesses and attractions. Please check business hours of operation before planning your trip or contact Discover Brantford at 1-800-265-6299 for assistance.

  • Start your morning off at Brantwood Farms and enjoy their “Christmas on the Farm” event where you can meet Santa, visit with friendly farm animals, get cozy by the bonfire and much more. This is a ticketed event running from December 2-3, 2023 and December 9-10, 2023. Timed entry tickets can be purchased at
  • For your next stop, head downtown Brantford for a cozy lunch at From Scratch Café Bistro.  Their menu changes every week, so there is always something new to try and so many reasons to come back. Each week features a Chef’s Menu with four rotating dishes, and a bagel menu – including a Bagel (sandwich) of the week – with 3 different rotating bagels and specialty cream cheeses.
  • Next, grab your skates and head over to Harmony Square for outdoor skating in the square! Harmony Square is located in the heart of the city’s downtown. It provides a beautiful backdrop for many local businesses, including unique shops and restaurants, and sits across from the historic Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. Skating runs daily from 10:00am-10:00pm in winter months, typically December – March (weather permitting) so it’s always a good idea to check skating is open before you go.
  • Before your next stop, head to Altitude Coffee Roasters Cafe and pick up a festive warm beverage to sip on while you go take in the beautiful light display at Glenhyrst Art Gallery. Born from a passion for better coffee and the desire to share it with others, Altitude Coffee Roasters produce ethically sourced specialty coffee of exceptional quality.
  • Now that you have your warm festive drink it’s time to head over to the Glenhyrst Art Gallery for their 11th annual event, Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst. This fun event runs from December 1st, 2023 to January 1st, 2024. The lights are on nightly from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (with the exception of Opening Night, December 1st, when lights turn on at 7:00 pm). Check out for a full list of their winter events including the Merry Little Market which features one-of-a-kind artisan vendors in the gallery on Friday December 1, 8, and 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.