Winter Lights Festival

Page Banner
Friday, November 15, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Downtown Brampton

Winter Lights Festival

PRESENTED BY  

Kick off the holidays in downtown Brampton with the annual Winter Lights Festival presented by Northwest Lexus. Celebrate the first lighting of the tree in Ken Whillans Square, shop the outdoor holiday market, and enjoy Canada’s largest nighttime Santa Claus Parade presented by the Rotary Club of Brampton.


Tree Lighting

Ken Whillans Square

Friday November 15
The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is the official kickoff celebration for holiday season in Brampton. Together, Bramptonians will count down to light up the City’s 60-foot spruce tree, decorated with over 10,000 Christmas lights, in Ken Whillans Square. Watch the tree light up at 8pm, and enjoy free activities, light installations, and entertainment all evening long.

​Stage Schedule

6:00 pm Event Kick-off
6:05 pm Performances by St. Roch’s Funk In Da Trunk and Jam Clubs
6:45 pm LED Bot Dancers​
6:50 pm Performances by Christina’s Dance and Arts Studio 
7:10 pm Spin Starlets LED Hoop Dancers
7:20 pm Battle of the Chainsaws 
7:55 pm Greetings by Mayor Brown and Members of Council       
8:00 pm Official Tree Lighting
8:05 pm Chinguacousy Swing Orchestra Band​​

Christmas Market

PRESENTED BY 
Garden Square

Friday, November 15 from 4pm - 10pm
Saturday, November 16 from 11am - 11pm

Start your shopping and get in the holiday spirit at this year’s outdoor Christmas Market presented by Tire World. Shop for unique gifting items, enjoy a sweet treat, or ride the carousel – this year’s market celebrates the whimsical energy of the holidays by combining the charm of a holiday market with the energy of a winter carnival – all located in Garden Square.

Santa Claus Parade

Main St. North to South
Saturday November 16 at 5pm

Catch the annual Brampton Santa Claus Parade at 5pm on Saturday November 16, presented by the Rotary Club of Brampton. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, 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 spectacle of twinkling lights, floats, marching bands, and costume characters runs south along Main Street from Sproule Drive to Elgin Drive.

For more details including the parade route, parade history and road closures, visit bramptonsantaclausparade.com​​​​​​​​​

Activities

Carousel Rides

November 15, 2019
Take a spin on the vintage holiday carousel in Garden Square alongside the Christmas Market.

Christmas Market presented by Tire World

November 15, 2019
Shop the Christmas Market in Garden Square. Hours: Friday November 15 from 4pm to 10pm. Saturday November 16 from 11am to 11pm.

Angel Wings Photo Op

November 15, 2019
Grab a photo by the angel wings on Main St. S. generously sponsored by My Smile Dentistry!

Blacklight Selfie Station

November 15, 2019
Blacklight Selfie Station is a wall that will display an assortment of winter cartoon characters. Come grab a selfie! Art installation designed by James Flux.

Dancing with Trees

November 15, 2019
Dancing with Trees is an environmentally themed interactive art installation that is intended to connect people to nature through creative movement. Come and dance with the trees! Art installation by Reanna Niceforo and Phil Sutherland.

Emails to Santa Station

November 15, 2019
Write an email to Santa inside Brampton City Hall. Generously sponsored by Tim Hortons.

Free Apple Cider

November 15, 2019
Warm up and enjoy the festivities with a free cup of hot apple cider - located in Ken Whillans Square.

Monkey Movers Gymnastics, Dance and Fitness Bus

November 15, 2019
Visit the Monkey Movers Gymnastics, Dance and Fitness Bus to test out your strength, balance, flexibility and coordination in their unique fitness facility. Located on Wellington St. W.

Mood Swing

November 15, 2019
Mood Swing is a play on words as it relates to the human experience. Enjoy this art installation by Semone Rajkumar and Jillian Fernandes.

My Brampton Light-Up Sign

November 15, 2019
Take a photo with the iconic My Brampton light up sign located in Ken Whillans Square

Northern Lights

November 15, 2019
Enter the blacked-out tent to see the glow-in-the-dark life-sized painting of a northern-lights Canadian landscape. Art installation by Jasmin Pannu.

Toys for Tots Campaign

November 15, 2019
Bring a new unwrapped toy and cram the cruiser with the Peel Regional Police's Toys for Tots Campaign. Find the Cruiser in Ken Whillans Square.

Winter Lights Food Drive

November 15, 2019
Attendees are encourages to bring a non-perishable food item for the Winter Lights Food Drive, donating to the Brampton Food Sharing Network. Located in Ken Whillans Square.

Gage Park Light Installations

November 15, 2019
Wander through a winter wonderland of beautiful light displays all season long!

Tree Lighting

November 15, 2019
The highlight of the evening! Join us as we light the 60ft spruce tree decorated on over 10,000 lights in Ken Whillans Square. The tree lights up at 8pm on Friday Noivember 15.

Additional Information

Roads in downtown Brampton will be closed for the annual Winter Lights Festival to ensure the safety of all attendees. Please note the following road closures.

Friday November 15

  • Main St South will be closed from Queen Street to Wellington Street from 5pm to 11pm
  • Wellington St West will be closed from George St South to Main St South from 4pm to 11pm

Saturday November 16

Main St will be closed for the Brampton Santa Claus Parade. Visit bramptonsantaclausparade.com for more details. 

  • Ken Whillans Drive will be closed from Vodden St to Church St East from 10:30am to 6:30pm
  • Sproule Dr will be closed from Main St North to Ken Whillans Dr from 10:30am to 6:30pm
  • Church St East will be closed from Union St to Scott St from 10:30am to 6:30pm
  • Main St will be closed from Vodden St to Charolais Blvd from 3:30pm to 8pm
  • Wellington St will be closed from George St to Chapel St from 3:30pm to 8pm
  • Queen St will be closed from George St to Centre St from 3:30pm to 8pm
  • Elgin Dr will be closed from Mill St South to Main St South from 12pm to 10pm
John St and Beatty Ave will be converted from one-way streets to two-way streets from 3:30pm to 8pm. Peel Regional Police will be on-site to assist with these road closures and changes.

Friday November 15

Brampton Transit lines Route 2 Main and 502 Züm Main will be on detour from 4pm to 11pm. Visit bramptontransit.com for the route detour map and details​.

Brampton's Winter Lights Festival is Going Green by implementing the following initiatives:
  • Single-use plastic will not be provided on-site (water bottle, straws, and utensils)
  • Vendors will use biodegradable containers and recyclable utensils for food service

​There are 5 municipal parking garages in downtown Brampton that have free parking for the Winter Lights Festival. Parking is free after 7pm on Friday and all day Saturday. Click here to view the parking garage map for downtown Brampton.

Parking garages:

  • City Hall Garage
  • West Tower Garage
  • Market Lane Garage
  • Nelson Square Garage
  • John Street Garage​

​Brampton's Winter Lights Festival will operate during rain, shine, or snow. Cancellations may occur due to extreme weather conditions. Be sure to check the City of Brampton Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts regularly for updates on inclement weather.

​View the event map here​ for information on programming locations, washrooms, and parking.

Winter Lights Festival is Proudly Sponsored by

​Contact​

Festival and Events Office
Cultural Services 
2 Wellington St W, Brampton​
905.874.2000