It is the most wonderful time of year to PLAY every day!

The City becomes a buzz this time of year friends and families get together to enjoy hot chocolate, turkey dinners and yummy sugar cookies. Just thinking of all the festivities makes us feel merry and bright. With the holiday season in full swing, it can be all too easy to neglect our habits to stay active and play. Making time to play will reduce your stress, boost your depleted energy levels and ward off the anxiety that accompanies the craziness of this time of year. Plus, when you hit the New Year, you’ll already have a head start on that 2017 New Year’s resolution to stay active and play every day.

10 ways to play throughout the holiday season.



1. Shoot some hoops or organize your own private skate with friends and family, plan a party or swim. Beginning Dec. 1, you can rent gyms, pools, ice, community rooms and auditoriums for 40 per cent off the regular prime time rate.  Learn more at

2. Take a stroll along the promenade at the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington and check out the Festival of Lights. Then head over to Rotary Centennial Pond where you can skate all winter, weather permitting, for free.

3. Holiday Free Skating takes place throughout the holiday season compliments of our friends at Tim Hortons.  The fun begins Dec. 27, 2016 until Jan. 8, 2017.

4. The city has partnered with local volunteers in your neighbourhood to create neighbourhood rinks in City of Burlington parks. Reminder, these rinks are weather dependant.

5. Shinny Hockey is a great way to get active in the game without having the commitment of belonging to an organized league. Burlington has lots of opportunities to drop in, with dedicated times for youth, adult, women and adult 55+.

6. Tobogganning is a winter tradition in Canada and just one of the hallmarks of the Canadian lifestyle and is so much fun for the entire family.

7. Go for a swim. It may be cold outside which makes the pool seem surprisingly warm this time of year. Both recreational and lap swims are available all year long.

8. Kickoff Canada’s 150th birthday with a commitment to live healthy and get fit in 2017. You can drop in to aquafit, landfit and lap swimming at any time for just $1.50 (taxes included) for the entire month of January. No commitments, no initiation fees and no registration fees.

9. Get the New Year started at Tansley Woods Recreation Centre. Burlington’s 18th annual New Year’s Day event will be bringing in the New Year.  It’s a milestone birthday party with entertainment, free swimming, gym activities and crafts to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday.

10. Sign up the kids to participate in one of our Winter Break Camps or, drop into Family Play Fit at Brant Hills Community Centre and Tansley Woods gymnasiums and try our physical literacy obstacle course as a family with children ages 5 months to 8 years of age.

Gift of Play:  As you go about your holiday shopping, remember you can always give the gift of play to that special someone in your life. Holiday gift cards are available at designated recreation centres and can be redeemed for any of the City of Burlington recreation programs, drop-in programs and memberships.

Tyandaga Golf Course also has gift cards for sale that can be redeemed at the pro shop, for membership or lessons.  And remember, while golf season is over, you are always welcome to hike, snowshoe or toboggan on the course throughout the winter season.

To view swimming, skating, fitness, shinny hockey schedules, rent ice or gym times, visit

For more information on ways to play in burlington, view the online Live & Play Guide at The Spring/Summer Live and Play guide will be available Jan. 12, 2017.

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Live & Play – Every Day!
Enjoy a happy, active, healthy, merry and bright holiday season.

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