By Annabel Krupp

While the cold weather might tempt you to stay inside there is lots to do in and around our neighbourhood to heat up your passion for winter.

As always, there is the James Street North Art Crawl on the second Friday of every month.  Usually starting around 4 pm galleries and shops will be open late with performers and shops lining the sidewalks.

Free is always a good thing and the Art Gallery of Hamilton has Free Friday’s the first Friday of each month from 4-8 pm.  They also host a Family Fun Day on the last Sunday of the month.  Beginning January 20th, the AGH will have photographs from Edward Burtynsky.  Famous for his stunning large format photos this exhibit is celebrating 76 photos donated by the photographer to the Gallery; the largest donation he has made to a museum.

If you are looking for something a little different how about a Haunted Tour?  Just a stone’s throw from the North End Haunted Hamilton is investigating the old Cannon Knitting Mills at 134 Mary Street.  People will be told stories and have the chance to explore on their own.  The night ends with an official Spirit Communication session using real life ghost hunting equipment.

After shopping for the Christmas season some people might be shopped out.  But for those that are interested in something a little different check out the “Shop the Cotton Factory” event.  The event occurs the third Saturday of each month from 11 am – 4 pm and showcases the work of the artists, designers, photographers and makers that are part of the Cotton Factory.  This is your chance to meeting with and tour the artist’s studios.

Close to home the Waterfront Trust is celebrating the Festival of Lights at Pier 8.  Stop in for some ice skating while you are there.


Join Haunted Hamilton for a NEW STYLE of Paranormal Investigation at the formerly abandoned Cannon Knitting Mills at 134 Mary Street in Downtown Hamilton. You will be witnessing history be made as you EXPERIENCE a HAUNTED TOUR & PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION through this historic old mill that has a strong connection to Hamilton’s past! Get Tickets