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Five Enchanting Christmas Tree Lightings Around the Greater Toronto Area 2023

11.10.2023 | Community Guide

The Distillery District During Christmas

Five Christmas Tree Lightings to Spark Your Holiday Spirit in the GTA in 2023

As winter approaches and the air turns crisp, Downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Oakville come alive with the twinkle of festive lights and the warmth of holiday cheer. Join us on a journey through five magical Christmas tree lightings that promise to illuminate the season with joy and wonder.

1. Distillery Winter Village

Location: The Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St.
Date and Time: Thursday, November 16th, 6:00pm
Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Distillery Winter Village. The historic district transforms into a winter wonderland, adorned with lights and filled with the melodies of live music by singer and guitarist Mo Guzman. Delight in the moment as your little ones meet Santa Claus, explore cozy winter village cabins offering crafts and unique gifts, and bask in the magic of the season. Tickets are limited, so secure your spot here.

2. Light Up the Night
Location: Downtown Oakville – Towne Square
Date and Time: Friday, November 17th, 5:00pm
Oakville’s Towne Square comes alive as a 30-foot natural tree lights up at 5:30pm. Enjoy live performances from The Sugarplums, embark on horse and carriage rides through the historic district, and wander over to Centennial Square for a Winter Wonderland of lights. Don’t forget to visit Santa at his Cozy Cottage, adding a touch of magic to your evening.

3. Light Up the Square 2023
Location: Celebration Square
Date and Time: Saturday, November 25th, 5:00pm
Join the festivities at Celebration Square as the tree lights up at 7:00pm. Experience the holiday spirit with a Holiday Street Market featuring artisan food vendors. Capture precious moments with Santa and the Elves, skate under the stars with live music and performances, and revel in the beauty of public glowing art installations throughout the square.

4. Cavalcade of Lights
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Date and Time: Saturday, November 25th, 3:00pm
Embark on an international lantern, fire, and light festival at Nathan Phillips Square. Witness City Hall and its surrounds transform into a dazzling wonderland as the tree lights up at 6:30pm. Bring your skates or rent them on-site to join in the festive spirit on the ice.

5. Christmas in the Village
Location: Clarkson Community Church
Date and Time: Thursday, November 30th, 5:00pm
Experience the heartwarming Christmas in the Village at Clarkson Community Church. Enjoy artisan markets, live music, and indulge in hot chocolate. Santa makes a special appearance from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. In the spirit of giving, consider bringing a donation for The Compass Food Bank or Armagh, a transitional housing program for women. Let the lights of the season inspire generosity and community spirit.

Get ready to embrace the magic of the holidays as these Christmas tree lightings illuminate the nights with festive joy.

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