Between below-zero temperatures and treacherous freezing rainstorms, it's no wonder winter in Ontario gets a bad rap. But don't be fooled by the weather, because it's actually one of the most magical seasons and it opens up so many spectacular date night opportunities for you and yours. Just like the glittering Gore Park Ferris wheel!

Nothing screams romance quite like a late-night ride illuminated by tons of twinkling lights. So, it's time to check this off of your date bucket list ASAP.

Hamilton's Christmas Market Ferris wheel offers simply breathtaking views of the city and the giant magical Christmas tree.

It's sure to put butterflies in your stomach — in a good way, we might add.

Oh, and did we mention that this totally magical wintry wheel is completely free to ride? Between that and the free maple taffy, this might be the most affordable date of the season.

The Ferris wheel will remain downtown until December 23, too, so you can enjoy it all the way up to Christmas.

As captivating as that sounds, though, it's only one dazzling aspect of this wintry celebration. 

To keep your date night rolling, you can enjoy live music, free maple taffy, watch the tree lighting ceremony, or wander the open-air Christmas market.

However, those activities will only be available on select days, so check the downtown Hamilton website to make sure you don't miss out.

Who's ready for some magical Christmas romance?

Located in downtown in Gore Park, this annual event is a tradition for Hamiltonians.

At just over an hour's drive from Toronto, it can easily become one of your holiday traditions. 

This year's market will feature festive drinks and snacks from Redchurch Café and Toast Wine Bar that will certainly raise your Christmas spirits.

With so many local vendors, it might be the perfect place to grab those last-minute Christmas gifts.

But even if you can't make it for market weekend, this Ferris wheel alone makes for a cute holiday date.

So, what are you waiting for?

Christmas In Gore Park

Price: Free

When: Ferris wheel from December 6-23

Address: Gore Park, 1 Hughson St. S., Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: You and bae can admire the views as you take a romantic holiday Ferris wheel ride. 

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