Winter Lights Festival returns

Don your favourite holiday sweater and get into the holiday spirit online and in downtown Brampton with the annual Winter Lights Festival from Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22.

This year’s festival will look different due to COVID-19, with in-person and virtual events, as community health and safety are the City’s priority.

“It has been a difficult year for many, and we are excited to spread joy with this year’s Winter Lights Festival,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said. “Book a ticket to the new Drive-Thru Light Experience, shop local at the Christmas Market, catch the Santa Claus Parade online – don’t worry, Santa will still visit Brampton this year – and join me online as we count down to the Tree Lighting online.”

Start your holiday shopping at this year’s outdoor Christmas Market in Ken Whillans Square presented by TD, complete with unique gifts and sweet treats from November 20 to 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The first 50 attendees each day will receive a $10 Downtown BIA gift certificate as a door crasher prize. The market will follow Peel Public Health guidelines – visitors will be required to wear a mask, practice physical distancing where possible, and maintain good hygiene.

You won’t want to miss the Drive-Thru Light Experience which takes place evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. from November 20 to 22. Drive through Gage Park and see it shine with more light installations than ever before. Registration is required to participate. Click here to book your spot.

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, powered by Alectra Utilities, is Brampton’s official kick-off celebration for the holiday season. This year’s event takes place online on November 20, visit brampton.ca/winterlights at 5:30 pm for a video countdown with Mayor Patrick Brown to light over 10,000 Christmas lights on the City’s 60-foot spruce tree in Ken Whillans Square. There will be no in-person event this year.

Kids can stay toasty warm at home this year as they enjoy the virtual Santa Claus Parade which is presented by the Rotary Club of Brampton and takes place November 21. For the first time ever, residents can enjoy a special online presentation starting at 5 pm on the Brampton Santa Claus Parade Facebook page. The presentation features highlights from past years and new footage of Santa as he travels through Brampton. Visit bramptonsantaclausparade.com for more information.

There will be no in-person events this year for the Tree Lighting Ceremony or the Santa Claus Parade.

For more information, visit brampton.ca/winterlights.

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