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History in Lights – Two Days In Brantford

Celebrate the holidays with a touch of history and culture, and see Brantford’s best, lit in seasonal light.

Visit the Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre where you can gather ideas and information to plan your visit. Enjoy local memorabilia displays and shop from a wide variety of merchandise and souvenirs. Pick up a memento to commemorate your trip to Brantford or a unique gift for your loved ones.


Begin your visit in the afternoon at Brant County Museum and Archives. Book a tour for your group and view the permanent and short-term exhibits on display. Submit a request through the museum’s website if you want to extend your stay and do deeper research in the archives.

After an afternoon of historical exploration, relax in The Golden Teapot Tea Room, offering English High Tea, Low Tea and the Royal Kensington Tea, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Glenhyrst Gardens.

The Golden Tea Pot is the perfect seat to watch Glenhyrst Gardens come to life as the holiday light display is lit in the evening. Wander the gardens for some fresh air or enjoy the view from the warmth of the tea room.

Pick from one of Brantford’s seven hotels for your overnight stay with family friendly rooms and convenient amenities.

After a comfortable night’s rest, start your day right with a hearty breakfast at Kingswood Restaurant, established in 1934. Serving classic diner favourites like omelettes, pancakes, and several enticing combos, you’ll leave fully fueled for your final stop in Brantford.

Leave Brantford with your holiday spirit awakened after a trip through Bell Homestead National Historic Site. Enjoy the Bell Family home decorated for a traditional late 19th century Christmas, listen to music in the drawing room and eat treats in Eliza Bell’s kitchen. Don’t forget a beverage and dessert at The Exchange Café on site. Finish your holiday shopping at The Phone Booth Museum Store.