Winter can be a drag, as Hamiltonians found out after last weekend's ice storm.
But the season isn't all bad. Case in point: several fun-filled, snow-sprinkled festivities are in the forecast for Hamilton over the next few days. Here's a short list of things to do in the city this weekend, the final one of 2013.
Ring in the New Year at Dundurn Castle
Starting on Friday, Dundurn Castle will be transformed by holiday decorations. For two nights, the lavish historic home of Sir Allan MacNab will be the site of extended tours, music and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional holiday foods. This evening event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m on both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 per person and are available online.
For more information, go to the Dundurn National Historic Site's webpage.
The Royal Botanical Gardens is hosting its first-ever Winterfest from Friday until Tuesday. It will feature family-friendly winter games, crafts and afternoon campfires. The activities, taking place at the RBG’s Nature Interpretive Centre (16 Old Guelph Rd.), runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Admission is included in the price of a day pass to the RBG, which costs $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for students/youth and $7.50 for children age 4 to 12. Kids under four get in free.
For more information, go to Rbg.ca/events.
Fred Eaglesmith's Travelling Steam Show
Southern Ontario roots-rock troubadour Fred Eaglesmith and his Travelling Steam Show are rolling into the Dundas Legion (280 King St. W, Dundas) this weekend for a Saturday night hootenanny.
A Charity Pie Auction, now a fixture on the singer-songwriter’s tours, will accompany the live music. Eaglesmith invites concert-goers to bake pies to be put on the auction block. The proceeds go toward Operation Smile, an organization that aids children with facial deformities.
Tickets are $25 each, available online and at Mickey McGuire’s Cheese Shop (51 King West, Dundas). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
For more information, and to buy tickets, go to Fredeaglesmith.com.
The Dirty Nil's Annual Holiday Bash
If blood, sweat and mean riffs are your thing, check out beer-drenched Dundas rockers The Dirty Nil’s “annual holiday bash” on Saturday night at The Casbah. Hamilton experimental outfit Allegories and two Toronto rock ‘n’ roll bands, Greys and Teenage Kicks, are scheduled to open.
Tickets for the all-ages/licensed show are $10 at the doors, which open at 8 p.m.
For more information, go to Casbahlounge.ca.
Science of Ice and Snow
In case you haven't had enough of the snow already, head to the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology to explore the science of ice and snow. Get your hands and feet wet on Saturday and Sunday with activities like slinging snowballs with a big trebuchet, sliding contests and ice shuffleboard. You can also make snow decorations and mini-snow-people to take home.
The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. on both days. Admission is $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for students and seniors, and $4.75 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 get in free.
For more information, go to the museum's website.