A host of winter activities are taking Brampton by storm

A flurry of winter fun is coming to Brampton in the coming weeks. From outdoor skating and skiing, to breakfast with Santa and festive charitable events, there really is something for everyone.

What’s happening in Brampton this winter?

Outdoor Skating
Outdoor ice skating rink openings are weather dependent and some rinks may already be open. Gage Park Outdoor Skating Trail is already open to the public. Stay tuned for updates regarding additional ice rinks. The city currently operates three free outdoor ice skating rinks: Chinguacousy Park Skate Trail, Mount Pleasant Outdoor Skating Rink and Gage Park Outdoor Skating Trail. The Gore Meadows Community Centre covered outdoor ice rink is scheduled to open in winter 2018, weather permitting. Fees apply.

Christmas in the Park
On Dec. 15, families can enjoy a day filled with holiday cheer at Chinguacousy Park. Activities include breakfast with Santa, writing letters to Santa and building gingerbread houses. Registration is required for each activity.

Mount Chinguacousy – Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing
Mount Chinguacousy comes alive when the snow falls. Bundle up and hit the slopes beginning Dec. 27, weather permitting, on Brampton’s own ski, snowboard and tubing hill. Improve your skills with a ski or snowboard lesson and warm up in the cozy chalet. Entrance to the ski chalet is at the corner of Central Park Drive and Bramalea Road.

Holiday Programs
Have fun and stay active over the holidays with a wide variety of camps and other festive programs. Before and after care is available.

Brampton New Year’s Eve 2018
This New Year’s Eve, fun, family-friendly activities, live entertainment and fireworks are at downtown Brampton.

A live concert, curated with support from Brampton’s own SounDrive Records, will take place at Garden Square from 8 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31. The concert will feature headliner Shawn Hook as well as the Julian Taylor Band and Brampton-based artists, Raz, Melle Rose and DJ Tam. Two fireworks displays, presented by Tim Hortons, will take place at both 9 p.m. and midnight.

The fun goes beyond Garden Square too. This year, family-friendly entertainment will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at city hall with a live dance party in the conservatory and a roaming magician and warming area in the atrium. Families are encouraged to catch the early fireworks show at 9 p.m. at Garden Square when the city hall party wraps up.

Everyone is encouraged to visit Gage Park to view the thousands of sparkling winter lights and skate on the trail throughout the festivities.

Giving Back Events
Brampton Animal Shelter 12 Days of Christmas
The Brampton Animal Shelter is spreading cheer this season with their 12 Days of Christmas event until Dec. 18. You and your four-legged friend are invited to join in for giving back events and the opportunity to win prizes and visit us for festive activities.

Food and Toy Drive
Residents are invited to drop off non-perishable food items or new, unwrapped toys at city hall or any community centre or library in Brampton until Dec. 16. Donations will be given to local food bank and community kitchen, The Knights Table, to be distributed to families in need in the community.

“The holidays are a magical time in Brampton,” said Mayor Patrick Brown. “Our city sparkles with thousands of lights. Friends and families glide across our skating rinks and down Mount Chinguacousy. We count down to the New Year with incredible entertainment and we spread joy by giving back to our community. The 2018 holiday season is filled with fun for everyone and I encourage all Bramptonians to take part in the festivities.”

Visit brampton.ca for more information.

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