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Make your list, check it twice – and visit Bronte to shop, dine and explore during the most magical time of the year! Bronte is a place where everyone is welcome and everything you need can be found.

Join us At Home in Bronte for the Holidays on Saturdays from November 19 to December 24 as we welcome visitors to celebrate with an assortment of festive activities that will delight the whole family. Enjoy our enchanting community Christmas tree, gift card giveaways, live music, children’s story times, arts & crafts programs, photo opportunities, a holiday hunt, guided walking tours – and of course, unique opportunities to meet some of your favourite Christmas characters!

Experience Moments of Wonder

Saturday, November 19

9:30am – Historical walking tour led by the Bronte Historical Society (meet at 67 Bronte Rd)

9am to 1pmHollyberry Fair at Church of the Epiphany

10am to 6pm – Grand opening of Own Your Elegance pop-up store at 2448 Lakeshore Rd W; DJ, prizes, gift with purchase and 20% off sale.

1pmAt Home in Bronte: Winter Edition Muskoka Chair walking tour led by Bronte BIA Executive Director, Maureen Healey (meet at 67 Bronte Rd)

2pm to 4pm – Dog photos with Mrs. Claus at The Dog House Spa ($10)

  • $10 nail trims with proceeds going to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
  • A chance to ask a professional dog trainer questions about your pet
  • Sidewalk sale – a great chance to make sure you have something under the tree for your furry friends!

Saturday, November 26

9am to 5pmBronte’s 5th Annual Handmade Market at The Legion

9:30am – Historical walking tour led by the Bronte Historical Society (meet at 67 Bronte Rd)

10am to 4pmHoliday Artist Show at The Bronte Historical Society

1pm to 3pm – Learn the art of waste-free gift-wrapping at Bronte’s own, EcoFillosophy. Drop-in for a free demonstration, hands-in practice and a chance to win a prize! Details in store.

2pm to 4pm – Holiday ornament making with ArtHouse Halton!

  • Hosted by RBC at 2329 Lakeshore Rd W
  • Meet & greet with Mrs. Claus
  • Free, family-friendly workshop
  • Make an ornament to take home AND an ornament for the residents of The Oakville Senior Citizens Residence
  • Drop-in any time!

Friday, December 2

5pm to 7pmOh, Christmas Tree! Mark your calendars: join Ward 1 Councillors Sean O’Meara and Jonathan McNeice in the new Bronte Market Square at 2445 Lakeshore Rd W on Friday, December 2 from 5pm to 7pm. Let’s gather around the tree and kickoff the holiday season together. There will be photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday caroling, hot chocolate – and a tree-lighting at 6pm!

Saturday, December 3

10am – Historical walking tour led by the Bronte Historical Society (meet at 67 Bronte Rd)

1pm to 3pm – Learn the art of waste-free gift-wrapping at Bronte’s own, EcoFillosophy. Drop-in for a free demonstration, hands-in practice and a chance to win a prize! Details in store.

2pm to 4pm – Merry Tales & Festive Fantasies story time with Mrs. Claus at Simply Green Baby

  • First story time begins at 2pm
  • Second story time begins at 3pm
  • Sweet treats for kids
  • In-store shopping for unique Christmas presents

3pm Roll a Dice to Win a Ham or Turkey at The Bronte Legion

Friday, December 9

5pm to 9pmDrive-Thru Toy Drive at Coronation Park hosted by the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association

Saturday, December 10

10am – Historical walking tour led by the Bronte Historical Society (meet at 67 Bronte Rd)

10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pmBrunch with Santa at the Firehall (reservations needed)

1pm to 3pm – Learn the art of waste-free gift-wrapping at Bronte’s own, EcoFillosophy. Drop-in for a free demonstration, hands-in practice and a chance to win a prize! Details in store.

3pm to 6pm – Live holiday music at 93 Bronte Rd featuring wandering troubadour, John Muirhead!

3pm to 6pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus visit Taste of Colombia

  • Drop-in any time
  • Meet & greet with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Free hot chocolate
  • Family-friendly Christmas art workshop led by ArtHouse Halton (free!)

Saturday, December 17

11am to 1pmArtHouse Halton Holiday Art Workshop at Own Your Elegance

12pm to 2pm – Live holiday music at 93 Bronte Rd featuring wandering troubadour, John Muirhead!

1pmAt Home in Bronte: Winter Edition Muskoka Chair guided walking tour led by Bronte BIA Executive Director, Maureen Healey (meet at 67 Bronte Rd)

1pm to 3pm – Learn the art of waste-free gift-wrapping at Bronte’s own, EcoFillosophy. Drop-in for a free demonstration, hands-in practice and a chance to win a prize! Details in store.

2pm to 4pm – The holiday music continues with the McGregor Carollers on Bronte Rd!

Saturday, December 24

Calling all last-minute shoppers! Finding the perfect gift in Bronte will feel like a lakeside breeze. Bundle-up, avoid the hustle and bustle of the malls and enjoy a happy shopping experience before your Christmas-eve festivities begin.

So Many Ways to Delight in the Magic of the Season

Community Christmas Tree – November 22, 2022 to January 7, 2023

Be filled with festive cheer as you visit Bronte Market Square to check-out our must-see, 30-foot Christmas tree. Take pictures, make a holiday wish – and enjoy the twinkle of a tree that connects our community.

A Very, Merry Bronte Holiday Hunt – Daily!

Twenty mini-Muskoka chairs have gone missing in Bronte and we need your help finding them! These tiny chairs are hidden in store windows throughout the district. Come to Bronte with the family to shop, dine, explore – and search. If you discover a mini-Muskoka chair in a store window, write down the name of the business. Find five chairs and you’ll be entered in a draw to win one of three $100 gift cards to a fabulous Bronte business. All you have to do is email communications@brontevillage.net with your list of participating businesses and you’ll be automatically entered into the draw. Do all your searching in one day or come back again each weekend.

Gift Card Giveaways – Weekly

We’ll be giving away a $100 gift card once-weekly to a lucky winner! Six chances to win. Watch our socials – Instagram and Facebook – for more info.

At Home in Bronte: Winter Edition Art Walk – Daily

Take a self-guided tour throughout the district to discover 100+ hand painted Muskoka chairs. This beloved community art installation has been running for six years in Bronte. Enjoy the fresh air and lakeside views, rest your feet – and for an added challenge, try to find the hidden lighthouse icon on each chair.

At Home in Bronte: Winter Edition Guided Walking Tour – November 19 & December 17 at 1pm (45 minutes)

Love the Muskoka chairs? Join our guided walking tour led by Bronte BIA Executive Director, Maureen Healey and discover why a chair is so much more than a chair. Tour departs from Taste of Colombia Café located at 67 Bronte Rd at 1pm.

Oakville Public Library Story Walk – Daily

Check-out the brand-new family-friendly story walk as you explore the beauty of Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. Read the story as you wind your way down our walkable pathways and delight in the interactive activities that connect each story walk sign…we call it “lakeside literacy”! Enhance your experience by grabbing a hot chocolate from one of our local cafés.

Library ON THE GO Book Bike – Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 4pm

Take time during the busy holiday season and connect with a great book. Our Library ON THE GO Book Bike is conveniently located inside RBC at 2329 Lakeshore Rd W. Featuring reading material for all ages that you can take or borrow, grab a book (or two, or three!) for yourself – or pick something up for a friend. It is the season of giving, after all!

Guided Historical Walking Tours – November 19 & 26 and December 3 and 10 at 9:30am (1 hour) 

Bundle-up, grab your favourite hot drink and join the Bronte Historical Society for a FREE walking tour of our district. You’ll enjoy a fascinating and informative tour while you learn about Bronte from a historical lens. Develop and enhanced understanding of where Bronte has been and where it’s going. Each walk will last for approximately 1 hour. Tour departs from Taste of Colombia Café located at 67 Bronte Rd at 9:30am.

Shop for Holiday Treasures – Daily

Maybe it’s a Christmas gift, or a Hanukkah present, or maybe it’s a “just because” treat for yourself! Whatever the occasion this holiday season, shop local. Our small businesses are the heart of the community. The 175 businesses that comprise our BIA are vibrant and unique. From cafés, bakeries and restaurants to boutique clothing and retail shops – and of course, services (hair and nail salons, wellness clinics, recording studios, health care…we’ve got it all) – our hard-working business owners make it possible to visit, shop and support local. Spend your time (and money!) in our thriving commercial district and be part of Bronte’s local prosperity.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry – Daily

Celebrate the season with exceptional food and drinks! Bronte has full-service restaurants, casual cafes and fast-food outlets that cater to every taste and budget. Many of our restaurants are just steps from the water’s edge. Book your reservation today. Visit our online directory to discover all the ways you can shop, dine and enjoy local!

Live Christmas Music – December 10 & 17 (afternoon)

Enjoy live outdoor music as you shop, dine and discover all that Bronte has to offer. Bring your official checklist to Bronte and prance, dance and dash your way through it as you feel festive holiday cheer. Performances will take place in the former La Parisienne Creperie parking lot located at 93 Bronte Rd.