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Things to do in Hamilton this Thanksgiving

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Maybe you are not from Hamilton and you are visiting for Thanksgiving. You may be wondering what living in Hamilton, Ontario is like? Or if you happen to be hiring movers Hamilton Ontario, worrying if it is easy to start a new life here, Number 1 Movers have all the info. Read on to find out if Hamilton an expensive city, and what options will welcome you expect activities wise. These are all crucial questions if you are considering relocating to Hamilton this Thanksgiving. This guide should help you get some perspective on life in this town and so that you can enjoy this family holiday after moving. 

Learn some basic info about Hamilton

Hamilton is a mid-size city counting approximately 540,000 people in the very center. In 2001, several smaller towns were merged with the new City of Hamilton, and the wider metropolitan area now has a population of over 747,000. That makes it the third-largest metropolitan area in Ontario and the ninth-largest in Canada.

White pumpkin on a fancy plate setting in Hamilton this Thanksgiving
Every Saturday from June to October, Ottawa Street is host to a farmer’s market. 
  • Hamilton cannot yet rival the diversity and multiculturalism of Toronto. A good quarter of Hamilton’s residents are permanent residents or naturalized citizens. But moving to Oakville can also be very attractive since the number of immigrants settling in Canada each year has been steadily growing over the past several decades.
  • Thanks to both its adjacency to Toronto and the low rents, this charming town has recently begun to attract a growing population of young professionals who have been settling in the downtown core. As the community of millennials grows, so does the variety of restaurants, stores, and creative pursuits available. Hamilton is quickly emerging as an impressive creative hub in southern Ontario.

Do more than focus on the turkey this holiday weekend. Here’s a list of things for you to do in Hamilton this Thanksgiving:

The biggest festival in Hamilton this Thanksgiving

There is a big family-friendly festival at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Hamilton this Thanksgiving. The 44th annual Thanksgiving Festival has more than 170 artisans selling their beautiful crafts, live entertainment, workshops for children, different activities, delicious foods, and amazing heritage demos. Opening days are Friday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also featuring a farmers’ market.

Fire prevention week in Hamilton this Thanksgiving

Visit your local fire station in Hamilton this Thanksgiving on Saturday during the annual Thanksgiving Day open house event. It starts at 10 a.m. and closes at noon, but you have all 26 area stations to choose from. It’s a great opportunity to tour the fire station, view the fire trucks and talk to the firefighting brigade about fire safety. We encourage you to bring a non-perishable food donation for our community food banks.

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The city of Hamilton tweeted out that all the city’s fire stations will be hosting an open house on Monday in honor of Fire Prevention Week. Go and have an exciting start to the Thanksgiving day!

The Hamilton Thanksgiving Day 5k for YoungLives

This charitable event has become a Hamilton tradition now. We are in our 5th year, and currently, over 800 runners and volunteers apply to kick off their Thanksgiving morning! We give out awards worth $50+ each for the top male and female runners in eight age categories, all donated from local businesses. And, if you are feeling really festive in Hamilton this Thanksgiving, join us for the turkey bowling event or get a photo with a life-sized turkey at our photo booth. YoungLives is an amazing organization providing a sense of community to young moms who typically get isolated from their peers, giving them hope for a brighter future. The investment of time and passion we put into events has started positive, sustainable changes in the lives of these young families.

The Rockton World’s Fair

Thriving since 1852, the Rockton World’s Fair in Rockton Village promotes a motto of “something for everyone.” Some fun events include creative happenings like cake-decorating and pie-eating contests. There is also a very popular demolition derby, a spelling bee, exciting talent shows and more. The event starts on Friday (2-10:30 p.m.), lasts through Saturday (9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.), and Sunday (9 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.) closing on Monday (9 a.m. until 5 p.m.)single-day tickets are at $13 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under.

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Or enjoy classical theatre in Hamilton this weekend at the Pearl Company Theatre and watch Doctor Faustus. Shows stars on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton’s final two fall fairs of this year have all the attractions that make great memories:

1. The 166th Rockton World’s Fair

This festivity will be in full swing in Hamilton this Thanksgiving weekend. You can enjoy demolition derbies, fun midway, 4-H, exhilarating horse shows, a sure-to-impress pie-eating contest, even helicopter rides! Oh and so much more. Fairground hours start Friday midway at 5 and close at 11 p.m., on Saturday the fun begins at 9 a.m. lasting until 10:30 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fee for adults is $15, for children 6-15 it is $7; while children 0-5 will get in for free. Get an adult weekend pass for $50, youth pass for $20 or the full family rate on Sunday at just $35 for two adults and up to four children.

2. The 178th Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show

And, finally, we kept the most exciting event for last. The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show has already started on Oct. 6 but will last until Monday the 12th. The fair traditionally hosts concerts, a demolition derby, farm animal contests, art performers and more. Contact us to organize your relocation while you focus on having fun in Hamilton this Thanksgiving! It will be really hard not to find the perfect event for yourself, though. This event offers everything, from live performances to agriculture competitions. The fair will be open daily until Monday, and gates open as early as 8:30 a.m. Adult admission fee is $14, $7 for kids six to 13, free for children five and younger. Sunday is the day to get that Family rate at only $33 a package.