in ,

Events & Meetings – Nov 2015

Free Downtown Community Lunch (Wednesdays)

Date: 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesdays of month
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location: St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 1382 Ontario Street

Free Downtown Community Lunches have returned for the season.  All are welcome – bring your friends and neighbours. Come for conversation and good food.  Lunches will continue on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays until June 1 (exceptions: Nov. 18, Dec. 30). All ages are welcome. Offered in partnership among St. Luke’s Anglican, Burlington Baptist, Knox Presbyterian, and St. John Catholic churches, Partnership West Food Bank, and Food for Life.  Location: St. Luke’s Hall at 1382 Ontario St. (fully accessible building).

Knox Holly Wreath Bazaar (Nov. 7)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 7
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Knox Presbyterian Church, 461 Elizabeth St. (@ James)

Everyone is invited to start their holiday shopping early at Knox Presbyterian Church’s Holly Wreath Bazaar on Nov. 7. Visit for more information.

Lest We ForgetRemembrance Day (Nov. 11)

9 a.m. – Sunrise Remembrance Day Service
This 30 minute ceremony takes place at the Naval Ships Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park. For more information, contact the Burl-Oak Veterans at 905-632-3118.

10:30 a.m. – Remembrance Day Parade
The parade starts at Central Public School, travels south on Brant to Elgin Street, Elgin to Locust Street, Locust to Ontario Street.

11 a.m. – Remembrance Day Service
This 45 to 60 minute ceremony is held at the Cenotaph, on the north side of City Hall. For more information, contact the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 at 905-639-6400.

Friends of Freeman Station Annual General Meeting (Nov. 25)

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 426 Brant St., 2nd Floor, Room 247

Friends of Freeman Station members are invited to attend the annual general meeting to hear an update on the business of the board of directors and to elect directors to the board.

For more information, visit

Candlelit Stroll

Candlelit Stroll (Nov. 27)

Date: Friday, Nov. 27
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 426 Brant St., Civic Square

Bundle up the kids and bring your voices downtown to join in the fun as Burlington Downtown lights up for the holidays at the annual caroling event.

Festival of Lights (Nov. 27-Jan.8)

Date: Friday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Jan. 8
Time: Dusk till dawn over 40 days
Location: Spencer Smith Park, downtown Burlington

The Festival of Lights is Burlington’s longest running festival, lighting up the waterfront with a stunning display of holiday themed lights. Opening ceremony is Nov. 27 in Civic Square, in conjunction with the Candlelit Stroll. For more information visit: Burlington Festival of Lights

Shop the Neighbourhood (Nov. 28)

Just in time for the holidays, Downtown Burlington is celebrating with a day of exclusive promotions and savings – all in time for the holidays!

From retailers, restaurants, spas and salons, health & wellness professionals and more; it will be a great day to get your holiday shopping started (or finished) and maybe pick up a few things for yourself too!

A Gift of Song Nov 28A Gift of Song (Nov. 28)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28
Time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Kick off the festive season with a performance of A Gift of Song, performed by Harbourtown Sound, the Region’s premier men’s a cappella chorus and A Cappella Showcase, the award winning women’s chorus.

Tickets are available at or through the Burlington Performing Arts Centre at


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington.

The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful.

Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

What's your take?

Need help clearing the snow pileup in your driveway after the plow goes by? Apply by Nov. 13

Did council vote on the Martha & Lakeshore proposal, the 180 day timeline, and other questions answered