Winter Lights Weekend in Brampton returns

One of the most exciting times in Brampton is upon us, the holiday season.

The City of Brampton officially kicks off the 2018 season with Winter Lights Weekend, featuring a flurry of events from Nov. 16 to 18.

The first-ever indoor Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe, featuring one-of-a-kind vendors at the city hall atrium and conservatory will create a one-stop destination for gifts, food and a winter wonderland atmosphere for the whole family. This year’s market boasts festive features, such as a make-your-own ornament station, warm apple cider and talented carolers.

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is the official kickoff celebration for holiday season in Brampton and is set for Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Together, Bramptonians will count down to light up the city’s 60-foot spruce tree, decorated with more than 10,000 Christmas lights, at Ken Whillans Square. The free event features musical entertainment curated by B. Jazzed and a range of festive indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family.

One of Brampton’s longest-running traditions, the annual Brampton Santa Claus Parade is the largest single-day event in the Region of Peel and is considered to be the largest nighttime parade in Canada. The parade runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 and it’s your chance to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Brampton. Enjoy an evening of twinkling lights, floats, marching bands and costumed characters.

Free parking is available all weekend long, beginning Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., at all downtown municipal garages: city hall, West Tower, Nelson Square, John Street and the Rose Theatre.

Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy as a gift, in support of the Peel Regional Police Toys for Tots campaign, or non-perishable food items that will be donated to Brampton-based food banks. Donations can be dropped off at the main entrance at city hall throughout the weekend.

Visit brampton.ca for more details including the entertainment lineup and vendor listing.

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