While it might not feel like the holidays yet, with mother nature cooperating with unseasonably good weather, they are just around the corner. The first local event on the schedule is the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Oakville. The ceremony is an annua event that marks the start of the Christmas season and the extended holiday hours for shopping.
The tree lighting ceremony will take place this Friday, November 18, 2011, with the fun starting at 7:00 pm and the actual countdown beginning at 7:30 pm. There will be a Christmas carol sing-a-long with Enrico Galante and some hot apple cider to keep you warm. Mayor Rob Burton will be on hand for the lighting ceremony. Santa and his elves are also expected to be on hand to help hand out the cider and start the holiday cheer.
Extra parking spots – 2,800 to be exact – will be made available to holiday shoppers. Local businesses are running a contest from November 18 to December 24, 2011, titled the ‘Downtown Oakville 12 Days of Cristmas Contest’.
Enjoy the charm of our quaint downtown area and join the magic in celebrating this season. The tree ceremony will take place in the town square, on Lakeshore Boulevard by George Street. Next up is the Santa Claus Parade, taking place this Saturday, November 19th. Bring the whole family to watch bands, floats and participants from the community schools, clubs and businesses. This year’s theme is ‘All I Want For Christmas.” The parade runs along the downtown route from 9 am to 12 pm.