The Winterfest Hub

Illustration of Auchmar House
Winterfest Hub at Auchmar House

Auchmar House is the centrepiece of Clairmont Park, the estate of the Honourable Isaac Buchanan (1810–1883), one of Hamilton’s most influential citizens. It was built between 1852 and 1854 and is located at the northeast corner of Fennell Avenue and West 5th Street.

The manor house, its several remaining outbuildings, and stone orchard wall occupy about 8 acres of land which include most of the original built features of the estate.

Auchmar House and the Buchanan estate is a unique heritage asset owned by the citizens of Hamilton. It is recognized by the Ontario Heritage Trust as having significant historical value. Auchmar House is recognized as an outstanding example of the domestic Gothic Revival and, with its surrounding acreage, is a very rare example of a mid-Victorian estate in Ontario surviving in relatively intact condition.

Embracing this site as the home of the Hamilton Winterfest Hub is an absolute gift. The combination of heritage buildings, unique intimate spaces, a collection of trees and shrubs that stretch the view up and out make it an ideal location for a community festival.

Working with local historians and City of Hamilton Museums staff, we’ll help you explore this site through tours and signage that highlight the features of Auchmar.


The Winterfest Hub is free for everyone to enjoy thanks to our Funders and Sponsors.

On Saturday evenings, the Hub plays hosts to our Signature Concert Series which has a $15 admission charge. Tickets must be purchased in advance on Eventbrite.

Covid Precautions

To ensure the safety of our artists, volunteers, staff, and guests – all guests age 12 and older will be required to provide proof of vaccination and proof of ID at the point of entry.

We also encourage our guests to wear masks when not eating or drinking on site.

When not wearing masks guests are asked to remain 6 feet apart.

For more information on the City of Hamilton COVID Regulations visit the City of Hamilton’s website.

No Smoking

Smoking & Vaping

Smoking or vaping of any substance is not permitted on site at any time.

No Alcohol


Alcohol is not permitted on site at any time.

No Food or Drinks

Outside Food and Drink

Outside food and drinks are not permitted onsite except for water in a transparent bottle.

Parking Map

Parking and Transit

Free parking for festival guests is located at St. Joseph’s Health Care West 5th Campus off Brantdale Avenue. From here guests only need to walk one block to reach the festival site, crossing West 5th at Fennell Ave.

From Downtown

Take the #21 Heritage Greene from the MacNab Street Terminal. Hop off at Fennell Ave West.

From the Mountain

Take your preferred East/West line to connect to the #35 Mac Nab Terminal line. Hop off at Fennell Ave West.