The holiday season is coming in swinging and there's lots to do around Hamilton this weekend. Here are a few ideas to get your weekend plan started: 

Santa Claus comes to town

Santa Claus will be coming into town via a different route this year. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. More information about city road detours and HSR changes here.  

Parade route

The Hamilton Santa Claus parade follows a new route for 2017. (Hamilton Santa Parade)

Further east, Santa will be stopping by Eastgate Square on Sunday afternoon. More information here.

See new public art 

Head to Ancaster for the unveiling of the city's newest public art work, a piece called "Landmark" by artist Simon Frank. The sculpture is a large section of ash tree trunk cast in a metal alloy. Lines of poetry are configured as tree rings. The city says the work "serves to connect the human and natural histories of Ancaster in the context of the forest in which it is located."

The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the south end of the woodlot Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road in Ancaster. Or, if you're on foot, you can get there by taking the Fieldcote walkway next to 219 Wilson Street East. 

Visit a new train exhibit at RBG 

It's the opening weekend for a new train exhibit at the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

RBG's new Escarpment Train Exhibit tells the story of how railroads shaped local history. The exhibit is included in the price of a general admission, but pre-registration is required to see it. More info at the RBG website.

Listen to stories about food

A group of storytellers known as the Hamilton Seven will focus their next event this Sunday evening on the topic of food. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North, and costs $12 to attend. 

More information here.

Go on a brewery tour 

Get acquainted with the new kids in Hamilton's brewing scene — Fairweather Brewing, MERIT Brewing, and Grain&Grit. The tour starts at Merit Brewing at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets include tastings and pizza and are $46 plus tax. More information here