The Magic of Christmas

December 1–January 6

Colourful lights, carollers, ice skating and festive fare—Christmas is a cheerful time of year at The Gardens. Bundle up and stroll through the Twelve Days of Christmas display, sing along to the sounds of the season with Traditional Carollers or listen to the Festive Brass, then stop in at the Coffee Shop to warm up with a hot chocolate and gingerbread by the fire.

Attention pet owners: Pets are not permitted inside The Gardens December 1 – January 6 between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Click here for more information on our pet policy.


Lights Display

While the flowers sleep, we dress The Gardens with boughs of greenery—and lights galore! The Gardens come to life with a colourful display of lights, including scenes depicting The Twelve Days of Christmas. Wander the pathways to discover each scene while you sing along to the classic Christmas carol.

The Japanese Garden is not included in the Lights Display and closes at 4:00 PM

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and step onto the rink: nestled under strings of twinkling lights, our 5,000-square-foot outdoor rink adds a little romance to a classic Canadian pastime. Breathe in the fresh air, and when you’re done on the ice, warm up by the fire in the Coffee Shop with family or friends and a cup of hot chocolate.

Dates & Details
  • Skating is available every day of the Christmas season, based on availability.
  • Skate times run every hour on the hour and last 40 minutes.
  • Skating must be booked prior to skate time. When you arrive at The Gardens, reserve your skating spot at the Information Centre. Choose from the next available time or a time later during your visit.
  • Skate rentals are available for $3.00 +tax on a first come, first served basis.
  • Helmets and wrist guards are available at no charge.
  • The rink capacity is 75.
  • For the safety and enjoyment of all, rink users must comply with the rink rules.

Adult: $5.00 + tax
Youth: $4.00 + tax
Child: $3.00 + tax

Skate rental: $3.00 + tax

Christmas Carols

With traditional carollers and a festive brass band, there’s no shortage of seasonal sounds at The Gardens! Step into the Piazza and sing along to classic carols sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. The sound of the festive brass instruments and traditional carollers will follow you down the garden path, greeting you at the beginning and end of your tour.

Dates & Times

• Every night from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
• Traditional Carollers and Festive Brass alternate every half hour

Festive Dining

Combining Christmas merriment with The Gardens’ renowned fare, festive dining is an experience to remember. In the Dining Room Restaurant, choose from seasonal afternoon tea or delicious dinner, or opt for the more casual fare in the Blue Poppy Restaurant. This is the time of year to indulge in the rich and sweet flavours, take in the lights display, then sit in the Piazza to listen to the music of the season.

Snowflake Exchange

For children 12 and under, we invite you to make your own snowflake at home from an 8×11 sheet of white paper. Bring it to The Gardens when you visit, and we will trade you a cup of hot chocolate for your snowflake at our Coffee Shop. Your unique snowflake could adorn the windows of the Coffee Shop throughout the Christmas season.