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Lights, Christmas, action: Burlington museum hosts holiday rooftop event

This holiday season the Joseph Brant Museum is holding a weekly event called “Lights from the Rooftop”.

The event, held every Thursday, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 28, is held on the roof of the museum and is designed to give attendees an overview of all the lights the city has set up across the street at Spencer Smith Park.

This is the second year the museum has held the outdoor sightseeing affair. Admission is free and guests are treated to a cup of hot chocolate and a bag of popcorn on their way up to the terrace.

Miriam Martens, the public programs coordinator for the museum, said the event has been very successful so far.

“We’ve had about a hundred people both weeks,” Martens said. “It really depends on the weather a lot of the time. If it’s a lovely kind of balmy day, people are out for a walk more often.”

Light fixtures on display on the rooftop.
Alongside the lights on display across the street, the museum also set up some decorations of their own, with large light fixtures set up on the right side of the terrace and Christmas cornhole boards on the lawn.

The event attracted groups of all ages, with lots of parents bringing their kids for a night out and some free food and drink.

Cornhole boards were set up in a grassy area for guests to play, adorned with Christmas lights along the sides, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Along with the lights on the lakefront, some light fixtures were also set up on the rooftop itself, in the shape of reindeer and snowflakes.

Attendee Jane Jamnik explained what she liked about the environment.

“It’s really nice,” Jamnik said. “It’s very subdued. It’s a nice space. It’s quiet and the weather is also agreeable.”

In Hamilton, the Waterfront Festival of Lights is also being held this month on Pier 8 – 57 Discovery Drive.

This event allows attendees to get up close with the lights as they walk around the perimeter of an ice rink to see the fixtures on display.


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