Christmas in downtown Brampton

 Annual festive season kicks off November 18 to 20

BRAMPTON, ON: Residents are invited to kick off Christmas in Brampton from November 18 to 20. With three great events taking place in the downtown – the City of Brampton Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade and the Downtown Brampton BIA Christmas Market – there will be something for everyone. Christmas Tree Lighting The City of Brampton Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Friday, November 18 from 6 to 8 pm in City Hall, Ken Whillans Square and Gage Park.

The event will officially kick off the Christmas season in Brampton by illuminating a 60-foot spruce tree with more than 15,000 sparkling lights at 6:30 pm. It provides a great opportunity to mingle with the community and enjoy winter lights and fun activities, all the while preparing for the festive season ahead. Enjoy free activities in the TD Kids Zone, where you can visit Santa’s reindeer, enjoy cookie decorating, Christmas crafts, a maple taffy station and a bon fire with free marshmallow roasting.

The entertainment stage in Ken Whillans Square will feature a Snow Globe Skating Show, Battle of the Chainsaws Ice Sculpting Demo, Princess Show and grand finale entertainment. More than ever before!

New this year:  Extended Road Closures from 3-9 pm  Queen Street – George Street to Chapel Street  Wellington Street West – George Street South to Main Street South  Main Street South – southbound lanes – Queen Street to Wellington Street*  Main Street North – northbound lanes – Queen Street to Nelson Street** Note:  *Main Street South – northbound lanes from Queen Street to Wellington Street will be converted to two-way traffic  **Main Street North – southbound lanes from Nelson to Queen Street will be converted to two-way traffic

For more information on the Christmas Tree Lighting, visit: http://www.brampton.ca Santa Claus Parade The Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade will take place Saturday, November 19, on Main Street beginning at 5 pm. Be part of the anticipated crowd of more than 150,000 that will welcome Santa at what is believed to be the largest nighttime parade in Canada. This year promises to be a beautiful, twinkling evening of floats, inflatables, marching bands, costume characters and so much more.

Those watching the parade, whether in person or during the live broadcast on Rogers TV, have the opportunity to vote for the fan favourite via the many social media channels the parade uses. For more information visit: http://www.bramptonsantaclausparade.com

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