Mississauga welcomes the holidays by lighting up Celebration Square

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By Declan Finucane

Published on November 2, 2022 at 11:50 am

The annual lighting of the massive Christmas tree and the official opening of Mississauga’s largest outdoor skating rink are part of the festivities planned for Celebration Square on November 26 as the city of Mississauga welcomes the holiday season.

Light Up the Square, which each year serves as the official kickoff in Mississauga for the holiday and winter season, takes place on the last Saturday of November downtown.

The festivities take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“It’s the official start of the winter season, with Christmas tree lighting, live entertainment, ice skating, food trucks and more,” Mississauga officials say in an online description of the event.

Here is the schedule of events for November 26 at Celebration Square:

  • 5 p.m.: Ice skating, food trucks, photos with Santa Claus, DJ Spinning and Light-Up Games (skate rentals available on site)
  • 6:15 p.m.: Live music from the JukeBells, Celebration Square’s “live jukebox” that responds to requests from those in attendance
  • 7:00 p.m.: ceremony and tree lighting with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Council
  • 7:20 p.m.: live music by Big Smoke Brass

Four illuminated public art installations will also be located throughout the square for visitors to enjoy.

Celebration Square will also be the site of the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve party.

Barring a resurgence of COVID-19 or some other major development, it looks like the square is once again hosting a huge New Year’s Eve party this year with all the associated events and attractions.

If that happens, it would be the first time since Dec. 31, 2019, that Mississauga’s popular outdoor venue has hosted a full New Year’s Eve celebration.

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual Celebration Square party in 2020 and last year’s party, which was to include fireworks and everything else except live musical performances, was drastically changed at the last minute.

In the days leading up to Dec. 31, 2021, Mississauga city officials canceled fireworks and other organized events that were meant to be part of New Year’s Eve celebrations amid emerging COVID-19 concerns. related to the Omicron variant.

City officials said at the time they made the decision in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases and the more transmissible version of Omicron.

The Celebration Square ice rink remained open and several food trucks were on site, but all other festivities were canceled.

While details of this year’s New Year’s Eve party in the square remain under wraps, city officials say on their website that big plans comparable to the pre-pandemic period are in the works.

“Ring in the New Year with energetic performances by international artists, grab a bite from one of the many delicious food trucks and enjoy an explosive fireworks display at midnight,” the city says on its website about the December 31st. , party in 2022, before adding “more details to come.”

The upcoming event is expected to start at 9 p.m. and end with the long-awaited midnight fireworks display.

It is open to all ages and admission is free.

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