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CONTENTS

VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 6 HOLIDAY ISSUE 2020

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HOME & GARDEN

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Local Charities in Need

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Community Events

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SPECIAL FEATURE Burlington Downtown Holiday Guide

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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As we go to press with this issue of Look Local, all of Halton Region has moved to the “Red Zone” under the Province’s Covid-19 restrictions. Christmas and the traditional holiday season are going to be very different this year, with most holiday parties cancelled or re-imagined and family gatherings much more limited. I am sure we will still find ways to celebrate and appreciate home, family, friends and community in more limited ways. It certainly has been a tough year. But as we approach 2021, I sense some hope and enthusiasm for better times next year. We will get through this, and already the resilience and tenacity of our community over the last 9 months has been truly inspirational. The entire Look Local team wish you and your family a joyful and healthy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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nce again, we’re here – the holidays – the most wonderful time of the year. While I’ve always been giddy for the holiday season, this year is particularly special. This year, I’ll be celebrating my last baby’s first Christmas. A check-point I always hold near and dear to my heart. For me, Christmas has always been a season of magic, tradition, and family. Having the opportunity to immerse my babies in age-old traditions, truly makes my heart sing. 2020 was certainly the year of the pivot – and as I pivot into this next chapter with my family, I’m going to hold on tightly to this last first Christmas. Is there anything more cheerful than holiday décor? Whether your style is minimalist chic, or you prefer to fully deck the halls, transform your home, and embrace the spirit of the season with our holiday decorating tips. Read our Home and Garden feature for more. When it comes to holiday traditions, desserts seem to the key. Passed down for generations, our Food feature will have you drooling over traditional holiday desserts (and where you can find them). Speaking of tradition, there’s nothing I love more than grabbing a hot chocolate and venturing out to see the lights. Learn where to find a local Clark Griswold in our Just for Fun feature. What I love most about the holidays is the opportunity to give. There are so many charities in need this time of year and we just scratch the surface in our Community feature. The winter is certain to bring two things: an opportunity for adventure and cabin fever. Experience a truly Canadian winter and hit the trails in one of our local parks. Read our Special Feature for a must-try winter bucket list. Wishing you all things merry and bright,

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s there anything more cheerful than holiday décor? Whether your style is minimalist chic, or you prefer to fully deck the halls, we invite you to transform your home and embrace the spirit of the season with our holiday decorating tips.

MERRY AND BRIGHT Festive décor always fills the house with extra merriment, but we want our homes to feel cozy the entire winter season. Thankfully, Christmas décor can easily carry through the season. Adding texture is a simple way to do that. Change out your lightweight summer throws for chunky, cozy knit blankets draped on the sofa to add warmth. Embrace flannel and knit accent pillows in plaids, rich reds, greens, and golds to bring subtle pops of colour into a room. One of the most impactful ways to make your home welcoming and warm all season long is with lighting. “Everybody loves lights!” laughs Rose Luxton of Lakeside Livin’ in Bronte. “I generally love 

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to decorate where we spend the most time.” She notes that the fireplace is a natural gathering place for family and friends, and swathing the mantle with LED or twinkle lights will draw people in. Since not everyone has a fireplace, she suggests using candles to make the home smell wonderful and also give soft light on those dark, chilly days. “I burn crackling wood wick candles during the cold winter months. Scents like Frasier Fir help me get into the holiday spirit!”

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THE HOLLY AND THE IV Y Adorning your home with greenery adds an organic element to yuletide design. With temperatures dropping, we are less keen to venture outdoors, so consider bringing some greenery indoors or using faux foliage to create a holiday feel. Whether you prefer bright or simple rustic decoration, nothing feels quite as festive as the sight and woodsy smell of natural greenery in your home. Bouquets of twiggy branches, pine boughs, holly, and sprigs of mistletoe add to any vignette and are easily incorporated into your personal interior design. Faux greenery arrangements can give much the same effect and there are many realistic options available. Najia Shaikh, from The Artisanville in Burlington, advises adding greenery as soon as you enter the house. A seasonal wreath to your front door, a garland on the stair railing, or a small Christmas tree in the entryway is inviting and helps to bring the outdoors, indoors. “These tiny additions are not expensive or permanent but can add so much to your Christmas décor,” she notes.

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FOR AULD LANG SYNE Family traditions are important, especially during the holidays. There is something about honoring those memories that gives Christmas the perfect sentimental touch. “Adding vintage pieces to your décor can give your home a balance of old and new all year round,” says Lorna Parcher, owner of Graham & Brooks in Dundas. “Digging into the box for that tree topper, vintage tree

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skirt, or Christmas stocking just seems right year after year.” If you don’t have a collection to draw from, she suggests picking up vintage pieces that remind you of Christmases past, or with the intention of starting a new tradition. Switching up your wall art is an almost effortless way to blend fresh with nostalgic. Najia notes that simple winter prints, old family photos, or framed Christmas carols are neutral enough to incorporate into any design style. If you’d like to display kids’ artwork or special family recipe cards, consider upgrading them with a modern frame.  Setting the table is another area for an elegant personal touch. Grandma’s wedding china may not suit your current taste but using her serving plates or creating a hot chocolate station with her tea service are an elegant nod to Christmases past. Similarly, displaying vintage brass candlesticks on the table add height and warmth while embracing traditional roots and memories. 

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They also had to temporarily stop taking new applications for programs and placing fewer dogs with people. It greatly hampered their ability to raise funds, especially with their annual Pet Valu dog walk, which last year raised more than $1 million. This year the walk was done virtually and the number dropped to $548,754. “We were very happy with the result from the Pet Valu Virtual Walk for Dog Guides since we know how difficult these last few months have been,” said Maria Galindo, communications manager.  Dog Guides relies completely on donations and are hoping people will participate in fundraising events like Stay Home & Bid Online Auction:  www.32auctions.com/LFCDGFall2020. Donations can be made at www.dogguides.com.  Like all charities, the Kerr Street Mission in Oakville has learned to pivot and alter the way it helps the community. It modified its Children and Youth program by helping and connecting with

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people online. In the summer, they provided a scaled-down version of their programming (Day Camp and Youth Leadership in Training). When school began, they went back to normal programming with COVID protocols in place. With their Family Care program, they shifted their focus to food distribution. “When the lockdown was declared our numbers dipped as people didn’t know if we were open, and seniors and those with health risks were told not to go out,” said Gary O’Neill, Executive Director. 

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However, the agency quickly redesigned its food bank so that it complied with all of the safety protocols and within two months it had launched a delivery program for seniors. The number of people reaching out for help reflects the growing need. Since May, people benefiting from the Food Bank have grown by more than 58 percent from last year. “We just had our biggest week ever with more than 650 people served through our Market,” said O’Neill.

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Like Dog Guides, the majority of the Kerr Street Mission’s funding comes from donations. They’ve been heartened by the number of people, families, and local businesses that have supported them. “The compassion and generosity of our community are amazing,” said O’Neill.   To donate, people can go online, or call the office. Their campaign for Our Christmas Wonders and Beyond Program will be online starting November 1st. Donations to the general fund will be used to support programming, including the food program. The pandemic has also been an opportunity for agencies to change the way they do things and, in some cases, that’s meant becoming more efficient. At the Salvation Army in Oakville, food bank use went up with the pandemic and they were forced to move their operations to the parking lot and offer curbside pickup.  They put programs like the After School Club and Coffee and Conversation group on hold while they worked on ways to offer physically-distanced social opportunities. But by adding an online

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approach and a designated cell phone for clients, they were able to communicate their client’s needs so orders could be packed accordingly.   “This has avoided waste in that people only order what they can use,” said Captain Kathy Ratcliff, Community Ministries Officer, The Salvation Army Oakville Community Church. “We have encouraged people to give financially as opposed to contributing food as it poses less risk toward spreading the virus,” said Ratcliff, adding, “To those who have given thus far, we offer our grateful thanks.” For those wishing to donate: https://salvationarmy.ca/donations/ Whether it's a toy drive or food or monetary donation, our community charities require our support this Christmas. It's been a challenging year for many and it's anticipated that nearly 30 percent more people will need help this holiday season. Put a smile on a child's face, put a turkey on someone's table, there are endless ways to give this time of year - and even a small donation makes a huge difference.    

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On behalf of the businesses of Downtown Burlington, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this Holiday Guide and to invite you to visit us this season.

If ever there is a place that personifies the spirit of shopping local, it’s our downtown Burlington business community. If ever there was a time when “shop local” meant the most, it is now. The face of our business community might look a little different now that you’re back with us. We have remained strong and connected even when our doors were closed and so many of our long standing businesses have re-imagined and cautiously reopened their doors. Our eateries are open with new layouts to ensure your safety while enjoying your favourite fine dining or winter holiday fare. Your favourite retailers and personal services are back with restored vigor with goods and services for every stocking. We’re thrilled to see vibrancy returning to our streets. While our collective pledge to put your safety first has never wavered, we appreciate your patience as we navigate this new world day-by-day. With a renewed focus to look out for each other every step of the way of your journey downtown, we are eager to get reacquainted. This season we are extra excited to invite your family Downtown to enjoy the thousands of lights that will guide your path! We’re installing over 40,000 mini-lights in our public spaces with Instagrammable moments on every block. You will be warmly welcomed by familiar faces wherever you wander Downtown. And we’re excited for you to meet the faces behind the new businesses that have opened since you were last here. It’s all about shopping safe. It’s all about dining safe. It’s all about visiting safe. And it’s all HERE…….in Downtown Burlington.

BRIAN DEAN Executive Director, Burlington Downtown Business Association

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it’s baking gingerbread cookies with Grandma on Christmas Eve. We all have something special we hold close to our hearts when it comes to the holidays. For years, Burlington Downtown has played a hand in crafting those memories and traditions. From the annual Festival of Lights in Spencer Smith Park to the Festival of Trees at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, our charming downtown comes to life every winter – and every winter, magic is made. While our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa Claus Parade are taking a 2020 hiatus, we’re excited to bring you something new and bright that we call Burlington Downtown Bright Nights.   

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This interactive installment will illuminate and transform downtown walkways with glittering lights and interactive displays.

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As you enjoy an evening stroll through a picture-perfect postcard setting, you’ll be greeted by charming storefronts, each decorated for the season in their very own way. Entering the Elgin Promenade, you’ll find yourself under a 100-foot canopy of glistening lights, a perfect setting for pictures (or engagements – no pressure). Between Scriveners and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, The Singing Tree will invite you to interact in real-time. This lighting scheme responds to singing, clapping, or yelling – creating an unforgettable and magical experience for participants.  No matter where you wander, you'll be met with magic. This is an illuminating downtown experience unlike one we’ve ever done before. Bright Nights will take place from December 2020 to January 2021. The experience is free to the public and designed to be enjoyed safely outdoors with physical distancing.

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POSH COUTURE

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ANISE APOTHECARY

ANISEAPOTHECARY.COM 429 ELIZABETH ST #3-4, BURLINGTON

Protect, nourish and moisturize your skin during the cold winter months, with this all-in-one Boundless Solid Oil from 8 Faces Beauty.

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BODEGA WELLNESS BODEGAWELLNESS.COM 390 PEARL ST UNIT B, BURLINGTON

Give the gift of relaxation with this LAMM CBD Spray that pairs the calming power of 100% hemp-extracted CBD oil with the peace-inducing properties of peppermint oil.

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JOSEPHTASSONI.COM 390 PEARL ST, SUITE 1, BURLINGTON

The signature Joseph Tassoni Tulip Parka will not only keep you warm, but stylish from day to night. Rated for -35 degrees, and proudly made in Downtown Burlington.

CENTRO GARDEN

CENTROGARDEN.COM 437 BRANT ST, BURLINGTON

They might not be 6ft tall and green, but these wood-textured trees will add some rustic charm to your Christmas decor, along with a little bit of elegance from the ceramic siding.

PURE BOUTIQUE

PUREBOUTIQUE.CA 389 BRANT ST, BURLINGTON

Pick up one of the Gift Sets from Pure Boutique, full of goodies and guaranteed to please.

JEFF'S GUY SHOP

JEFFSGUYSHOP.COM 457 BRANT ST, BURLINGTON

While camo isn’t the official colour of Christmas, it is one of those designs that pairs well with everything and will never go out of style. Warm and cozy, it might even become his favourite sweater!

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JOELLE'S

JOELLES.COM 457 BRANT ST, BURLINGTON

On Christmas morning, what makes getting out of bed a little easier? Sliding into these supersoft Malvados slumber slippers before heading straight for the coffee maker.

ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON HARMONY JEWELLERS

HARMONYJEWELLERS.CA 446 BRANT ST, BURLINGTON

Nothing says "I love you" like this Diamond Engagement Ring from Harmony Jewellers. Emerald-cut with single halo and a diamond band, this ring is elegance at its finest.

AGB.LIFE 1333 LAKESHORE RD, BURLINGTON

Decorate your tree with one-of-akind Christmas ornaments handmade by the talented artists at Kingston Glass Studio.

HANDMADE HOUSE

THEHANDMADEHOUSE.CA 460 PEARL ST, BURLINGTON

This beautiful Christmas wreath will warmly welcome your guests with the perfect touch of handmade charm and festive spirit.

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THEARTISANVILLE.CA 431 PEARL ST, BURLINGTON

Handstrung with love, this natural gemstone bracelet from Amali Crystals’ Holiday Collection fuses personal taste with personal healing. Cleaned and energized with Selenite and Sage, each bracelet will help you magnify your intent and achieve your purpose.

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do – in Burlington. These shops sponsor our sports teams, they support our local makers and let’s be honest, they give us a place to purchase really cool stuff. Without them, our charming downtown wouldn’t have the sense of community that it does. When COVID-19 required a mandatory shut-down of businesses big and small, it was our small, local businesses that truly suffered. Many of them didn't offer online shopping before the pandemic, relying solely on their bricks and mortar stores to drive sales. Months later, these businesses have taken all measures to pivot, offering curbside pick-up, online shopping, and delivery.

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This holiday season, our local shops are here to serve you. They’re here to keep you safe, to offer flexibility, and most importantly, they're here to help you pick the perfect gift for the people you love most – with many items you wouldn’t be able to snag anywhere else. Surprise your friends and family with something truly unique from one of our local one-of-a-kind shops.

The Artisanville THEARTISANVILLE.CA

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At The Artisanville, you will find handmade gifts from over 70 Canadian artisans. They have everything from apparel for both kids and adults, jewellery and accessories, organic skincare and ethically sourced cosmetics, Halal Cosmetics, home furnishings, greeting cards, sensory toys, drinkware, Charcuterie boards, soy candles, and so much more. It’s really a one-stop shop.

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The Little Pop-Up Shoppe THELITTLEPOPUPSHOPPE.COM 2045 PINE STREET

The Little Pop-Up Shoppe is Burlington’s first rotating “Pop-Up” retail store. While the store itself is a permanent fixture in Village Square, products are constantly changing. Every 30 days, Little Pop-Up Shoppe flips the entire store with 35 new artists and designers. Their shop is continuously changing, featuring new talented artists and every month is a new reveal. They feature jewellery, cards, candles, women’s accessories, home decor, clothing, bath and body, pet accessories, and more!

Centro Garden CENTROGARDEN.COM

437 BRANT STREET

The best way to sum-up Centro Garden is a “relaxed general store for design, art, and indoor and outdoor garden.” This unique shop features everything from home décor, jewellery, kitchen gadgets, books, gifts, and more. They collaborate with local designers and artists to form fresh ideas and create exciting new products. Centro is widely popular for its outdoor arrangements that bring design to life.

Pure Boutique PUREBOUTIQUE.CA 389 BRANT STREET

Pure Boutique is the perfect store to shop for the DIY-er in your life. This shop has a beautiful selection of painted antique furniture for your home, gifts, furniture paint, and shabby-chic inspired home. Every piece in the shop is hand-picked and curated thoughtfully by the owner, Lori. From beginning to end, each piece you gift has been chosen with a whole lotta love.

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The Handmade House THEHANDMADEHOUSE.COM

460 PEARL STREET

Home to dozens of local makers, artists, and artisans, Handmade House makes it easy to purchase unique handmade items in one convenient location. Here you can final natural cosmetics, home décor, clothing, art, and a huge assortment of gifts for all ages.

ODDSPOT ODDSPOT.CA

480 BRANT STREET, UNIT #7

One of the most unique retailers downtown, ODDSPOT is the place to find vinyl, music apparel and memorabilia plus vintage items of all kinds hand selected by owner, Craig. A sure stop for any music-lover on your list. They also support a variety of local artisan vendors with over 12 in-store at a time! Grab a Walk of the Earth or Killin Time Band Tee, check out their “Odd Stuff” of new, used, and recycled goodies, and you’re certain to find something truly one-of-a-kind. When you support businesses like those above, not only are you supporting a real person who owns a store, but you’re supporting the dozens of makers they feature.

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Burlington’s cafés, restaurants, and bars will be mixing up their favourite holiday concoctions. A little peppermint here, a little cinnamon there - as you sip and savour boozy cocktail delights or indulge in a specialty coffee or hot chocolate mounded with whipped cream, you’ll actually be qualifying for an assortment of prizes. 

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And since nothing about 2020 has been all that easy - we made participating in the holiday crawl a sinch. Just download the free pass on your phone (details are available on our website at burlingtondowntown.ca). Check-in on the app as you drink and explore boozy bevies and delectable warm drinks at participating businesses. The more check-ins you make, the greater your chances are to win our weekly giveaways. There’s also a grand prize, where the winner will be treated to $300 in various restaurant gift certificates. Grab someone in your bubble and take in the sights, sounds, and flavours of the season – all in our charming downtown. Holiday Cocktails & Cuppas Crawl begins December 1st. Download the passport today to see who’s participating and learn how to check-in at burlingtondowntown.ca

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Cozy wool plaid throws are the perfect gift for anyone on your list. These Edinburgh throws, in traditional Scottish tartans, are a gift that will be appreciated and become even more treasured with age. Graham & Brooks grahamandbrooks.com

Distinct designs and locally-made, these pottery bowls are a perfect gift for anyone who appreciates Canadian art and things handmade. Creative Insight Pottery creativeinsightpottery.com

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"Strap on your snowshoes or winter boots and trek along the trails."

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e get it, it’s cold outside, and not everyone likes the cold. A day on the beach or an afternoon on a dock certainly has its time and place. But when you live in Canada, winter always finds its way back. While summer is the perfect season to kick back and relax, winter is the time of year that truly brings adventure. It’s time to crawl out from under the comforter, turn off that re-run of Schitt's Creek (though, we do love that all-Canadian show), and hit the slopes – or the hills – or the rink.  This year more than ever, it’s time to strap on some boots, put on some gloves, and check these local destinations off your winter bucket list.

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Winter is a great time to explore Bronte Creek Provincial Park. In addition to their trails which are perfect for a winter hike or snowshoe, there are 5km of crosscountry ski trails that loop throughout the park. Deer tracks are often visible in the freshly fallen snow and you may even catch a glimpse of some wildlife – birds in particular. Winter is one of the best times to bird watch because they're easier to spot. And for the kids and kids-at-heart, Bronte has a great toboggan hill. Weather permitting, bring your skates for a lap or two around the outdoor rink.

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Conservation Halton Parks conservationhalton.ca Under the umbrella of Conservation Halton, there are eight parks – many of which offer winter-specific activities.  Glen Eden (gleneden.on.ca), located in Milton, is a small hill with a big heart. As soon as the frost appears on the escarpment, the snow guns are blowing fresh powder onto the hills. With 15 runs and three terrain park runs, this park is ready for winter fun! The 2020/2021 ski and snowboard season is a go this year with additional safety measures in place (for example, a mask must be worn both indoors and outdoors at all times except for eating or drinking). Reservations must be made in advance and slots are limited to a 4-hour window. If you love winter, Mountsberg is the place to be. Visitors enjoy blazing their own path when they cross country ski over ungroomed trails. For those who love to strap on a pair of snowshoes and workup a sweat, the Lakeshore Lookout Trail loop is a great option. Families and couples will also enjoy the Tale’s by a Winter’s Fire program and horse-drawn sleigh rides into the sparkling, snowcovered sugar bush.

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www.moorefamilychiropractic.ca Crawford Lake is another great spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Conservation Halton staff host Moonlight Guided Snowshoe Hikes and nature brings out all the stops: stars, sparkle, moonshine, and snowy landscape glows. After the hike, get cozy by a fire and drink hot chocolate. You can also try crosscountry skiing on the Pine Ridge Trail. You’ll trek through frosted pine tree plantations while you make your own path. The trail isn’t groomed so you’ll warm up during this winter work-out! All of these locations, along with many other parks in Halton Region, host winterspecific activities and programming. With safety guidelines changing weekto-week, it’s best to check their websites to see if your favourite holiday traditions are still running. Either way, the parks are ready for you to hit the slopes, explore the trails, and become one with winter nature. LL

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Celebrating 25 years of holiday magic! Come share your holiday spirits with family and friends while strolling through 60 magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park. The event will run from November 27th, 2020 to January 8th, 2021. Keep the community tradition alive! Spencer Smith Park 1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington ]burlingtonfestivaloflights.com

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All aboard! Take a ride on the RBG Express through the winter beauty of Hendrie Park. The train is available for paid rides throughout the garden. Warm up with a hot chocolate and cookie from The Greenhouse CafĂŠ before or after your train ride. Wednesdays to Sundays, Nov 18 to Dec 23. Additional Dates: Dec 27-30, Jan 2, 3. Hendrie Park 680 Plains Road West, Burlington Rbg.ca

NOV Winter Wonders

A brand new RBG experience! Follow incredible festive lights through picture-perfect Hendrie Park and discover something new at every turn. Experience the magic of the holiday season under the stars as historic Hendrie Park transforms into a winter wonderland of nature and light. This unique outdoor experience guides visitors along pathways adorned with charming festive lights, including 7 magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders! Wednesdays to Sundays, Nov 18 to Dec 23. Additional Dates: Dec 27-30, Jan 2, 3. Hendrie Park 680 Plains Road West, Burlington Rbg.ca

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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s 4th Annual Festival of Trees will be sparking yuletide joy between Nov. 25th and Dec. 22nd. Over 35 pre-lit artificial Christmas trees will light up BPAC’s Lobby and Mezzanine for over 4 weeks – until their ‘winners’ take them home for the holidays! Burlington Performing Arts Centre 440 Locust Street, Burlington Burlingtonpac.ca 

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Peace Light

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Introducing a festive and re-imagined evening as Museums of Burlington bring the Ireland House Museum experience to you at home. Pick-up your made-from-scratch Victorian inspired meal, featuring parsnip soup, baked ham with chestnut stuffing, glazed beans and carrots, mashed potatoes, dessert trio, and beverage by Nickel Brook. Tune in via Zoom for live, musical entertainment and a hearth cooking demonstration. Place your order online at museumsofburlington.ca or call 905.332.9888 by December 4. Virtual Museumsofburlington.ca

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here’s nothing I love more than grabbing a hot chocolate and venturing out to see the lights. From the comfort of your car – seat warmer on, warm drink in hand – there are endless sights to see among our streets. Families across Oakville and Burlington are spreading holiday cheer and putting up their infamous light displays to add some festive celebrations in an otherwise strange year.  Gatherings may be limited this holiday season, but it doesn't mean we have to stop the celebration of the season - cheer is here folks.  Put on your winter gear (and your mask!) and head out for a dazzling light show.

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There’s nothing that can ruin the Jovanovic family’s Christmas spirit, not even a brazen attack that left their entire inflatable Christmas display slashed in 2017. Thanks to help from their neighbours, the family was able to relaunch their annual display that same year. Now, three years later, the family is more dedicated than ever, displaying inflatable Christmas décor. Easily spotted while driving down Pine Glen Road, the holiday display fills the home's lawn with an inflatable Santa, reindeer, elves, and much more.

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Located in Oakville, the Jackson family not only fills their neighbourhood with holiday joy, but the funds raised during their seasonal light show are donated to the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) and Kelly Shires Foundation. After the 2019 display, the Jackson family donated $1,500 to both organizations. The holiday display, which is referred to as Santa’s Castle, encompasses the entire Jackson family home and includes inflatables on the lawn, and flashing lights on the roof.

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Bigger and better this year, Rusty Griswold’s Christmas Light Display in Burlington has extra displays, bringing the grand total of bulbs in the display to 7,075. This year’s display will also feature seven new lollipops with twinkling lights, some extra candy canes, and two new songs. The lights and music are tested, programmed, and installed by Rusty himself, and the new lollipops were built by his own two hands. While enjoying the festive display, visitors can also enjoy some holiday music; new to the display this year is Frosty the Snowman and Snoopy vs. The Red Baron. R U ST YG R I SWO L D . C A

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Arguably one of the best-known Christmas light displays in Halton, the Musson family has been displaying lights for more than 30 years. This passion project was started by Doug Musson when the family lived in Calgary, and they brought it with them to their new home in Burlington in 1976. In 2017, Doug tragically passed away, however, the family continued the light display year after year in his honour. Traditionally, the display guides visitors through the front yard into the back yard, both of which are filled with lights and inflatables. This year, the family will be continuing the tradition despite the uncertainty looming amidst the pandemic with some slight changes to make room for social distancing, because after all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing (or decorating) loud for all to hear. C H R I ST M A S D I S P L AY. C A

And it’s not just these homeowners that put on a great show. Both Downtown Oakville and Burlington Downtown will be bringing back favourite decorations this year with the addition of a few new attractions. A must see this holiday season starting November 28th is Downtown Oakville’s spectacular 30 ft Instagram worthy ribbon tree of lights located in Towne Square. The tree-lighting will be virtual this year, but there is plenty of time to visit throughout the holidays. Be sure to visit and take a photo with family and friends. You can also enjoy the extraordinary lighting installations in Centennial Square and throughout the Downtown core.   

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Celebrating 25 years of magic, the Burlington Lakeside Festival of

Lights will be returning to Downtown Burlington. Sixty magical lighting

displays will be set up at Spencer Smith Park from November 27th, 2020 to January 8th, 2021. The lights will turn on at 4 p.m. every day

and run until midnight – with exceptions on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Orthodox Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, where the lights will be lit all day and night. This outdoor event is a perfect way to experience the holidays in Burlington and also grab some fresh air.

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When it comes to these moments of joy, many of us find them in special traditions that have been passed down for generations. I recently spoke with my neighbours about their plans for this holiday season - specifically, when it comes to traditional desserts - and it took me on an enlightened culinary journey. British friends of mine will be enjoying Sticky Toffee Pudding (which happens to be a favourite of Harry Potter). Some indulge in a more exotic recipe known as  Sticky Date Pudding. Both, however, pair perfectly with either cream or custard and will often be served alongside a Port or Sauternes, a dessert wine from Bordeaux.  See the recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding from MollyCake in Burlington on page 104.

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For a more traditional British dessert, a classic trifle does the trick: a layered dessert with sponge cake, fruit, custard, jelly, and cream. South Africans have a favourite dessert called Malva Pudding, which contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture, finished off with a cream and sugar sauce. There are many theories as to the origin of the name, the most popular is that it's derived from the Afrikaans word malvalekker meaning ‘marshmallow’ because of the pudding’s light texture.

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The Dutch often have butter cake or puff pastry log filled with an almond paste called Banketstaaf. Sometimes the dessert is rolled into the initials of family members. A traditional and popular Mexican dessert could include Tres Leches Cakes, or Milk Cake which has 3 layers and 4 types of milk: whole milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. In spite of all these heavy ingredients, it is actually quite light and is best served with fresh berries. Another popular Mexican dessert is Flan, made with eggs and cream and it is like a baked caramel custard. Then there are Peladillas, toasted almonds coated with hard sugar. They can also be made with pine nuts. My Mexican neighbour also includes Marzipan on her holiday menu. While it's not traditionally a Mexican food, it is a globally popular holiday dessert made from sugar, honey, and almond meal, augmented with almond oil. It can also be made into sweets like chocolate-covered Marzipan.

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A delicious Indian holiday dessert from Goa is a sweet potato Bebinca (also known as bibik or bebinka). It was traditionally an Indo-Portuguese layered dessert including flour, sugar, ghee, egg, and coconut milk. Sufganiyah is a round jelly doughnut eaten in Israel and around the world during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. The doughnut is finished with powdered sugar. The word  Safganiyot  can be traced back to the Greek word Sufan meaning ‘spongy’ or ‘fried’. It's also tied to the Arabic word for a smaller, deep-fried doughnut named Sfenj.  Panettone is a traditional Italian holiday treat, often given as a gift. It originates from Milan, where in the local dialect it is called Panneton. The long process involves curing the dough, similar to sourdough. The proofing process takes several days and gives the cake its fluffy characteristic. 

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Panettone often contains candied orange, lemon zest, and raisins. It is served in wedges with Italian sweet wine such as Moscato D’Asti or with Amaretto, almond liqueur. Stollen is a German holiday bread filled with nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit and is steeped in history and tradition. It was baked for the first time in 1545 at the Council of Trent, but without the addition of butter (it was not allowed because it was a time of fasting). After various appeals to the Pope (known as the Butter Letter) to allow this to change, the use of butter was granted but only for the Prince and his household. Over the years, the bread has changed from something very simple and fairly tasteless to the sweet Christmas bread we see in stores today.

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For my own family, being raised in South Africa with a Canadian mother and a father of British origin, we had a mix of traditions. With the weather being so hot, we had a Christmas-cake ice cream bombe, combining sweet fruitcake with vanilla ice cream to make a dessert that suited tradition as well as the climate. The Australian and New Zealand dessert, Pavlova, made with meringue, cream, and fruit is also a great holiday dessert for warm climates, as is the chilled layered Italian cream dessert Tiramisu. Fruit mince pies are, for me, the ultimate Christmas treat with spiced fruit mince baked into pastry or shortbread and dusted with baking sugar. Cobbs Bread makes delicious pies with a flaky pastry – perfect to decadently serve with fresh whipped cream. Holiday treats are what make this time of year even more festive. Whether you are trying a recipe for the first time or making a family favourite, there is always room for dessert!  

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We are fortunate in Oakville and Burlington to have many grocery stores that carry a superb range of holiday desserts. Try Whole Foods in Oakville, or your local Denninger’s, Longo’s, Fortinos, Sobeys, Metro or Cobs Bread. Or you can support one of these independent stores and bakeries for something more unique and/or international.

MANGO MIRCHI RESTAURANT, MISSISSAUGA for Bebinca mangomirchi.com NOSTALGIA LATIN MARKET, KERR STREET, OAKVILLE for Tres Leches Cakes, Churros, Turron nostalgialatinmarket.com FLORENCE MEATS, OAKVILLE for Malva Pudding florencemeats.com SAVING THYME for Choux, Kouign Amann and Macarons savingthyme.ca FAMILIA FINE FOODS for Tres Leches familiafinefoods.com THE SWEETEST THING for cakes, cookies and cupcakes thesweetestthing.com

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STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING • 2 1/2 C chopped, pitted Dates • 1 1/2 C Water • 1 1/4 C Orange Juice • 2 1/4 tsp Baking Soda 1

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TOFFEE SAUCE • 1 1/2 C Brown Sugar • 3/4 C unsalted Butter • 1 C Heavy Cream • 1 Tsp Vanilla • a drop (or two) of Molasses • tiny pinch of salt 1

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Put all ingredients into a pot, bring to a boil then reduce to simmer approx. 5-7 minutes stirring frequently.

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Please join Ana Bastas and Progress Group this holiday season to support the Oakville Halton Women's Place! 7 Families (15 adults & 15 children) at the Oakville Womens Place need our help this year. Due to COVID, we are all facing unprecedented times. With the restrictions and lockdowns, domestic violence is at an all time high. Shelter life, which is never an easy one, is made even more challenging right now when feelings of uncertainty, fear, anxiety and isolation are troubling women and children staying at these homes. Ana Bastas and Progress Group are calling on everyone in the community to join together to make this holiday season a bright one for these families in need. Donations of cash, gift cards and non-perishable items are needed. The goal is to raise $15,000. Boxes for non-perishable donations will be located at 860 Progress Court, Oakville, ON, L6L-6K1.

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