Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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Two Little Girls in Colourfull Winter Hats

One day before the Santa Claus Parade, watch as Celebration Square comes alight when we kick off the season with the Annual Christmas Tree lighting.


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Event Details

  • Date and time:
    Friday, December 1, 2017
    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location
    Celebration Square
  • Cost
    This event is free to attend.

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Event Highlights

  • Families can enjoy caroling and seasonal entertainment
  • Local community groups have tons of seasonal crafts and activities for the kids
  • Santa will be arriving around 6:30 p.m. and will be taking special requests and posing for photos
  • Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies provided by Presse Cafe
  • Launching of the OWASCO Stuff-a-Bug Toy Drive

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Accessing the Event

Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a pedestrian focused event. Safety is of concern as event attendees are primarily families with young children, please drive with extra caution in the area during the event.

Active Transportation and parking: Residents are encouraged to walk, bike or use other forms of active transportation to access Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Limited parking is available in the municipal parking lot on the east side of the Whitby Public Library. On-street parking is available in Downtown Whitby and at other municipal lots throughout downtown - please obey all parking signs and by-laws.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this event accessible?
    Yes. Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is an outdoor event, taking place in Downtown Whitby, and in and around Celebration Square.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    Yes, dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash, under control of their owner and owner's pick-up after them.
  • Are there shuttle buses/transportation for the event?
    No. Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is pedestrian focused and event goers are encouraged to use active transportation to access the event.

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Get Involved

  • Volunteer Opportunities
    Information about the many volunteer opportunities at all Town of Whitby events can be found on our Volunteers page.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
    Aspects of most Town of Whitby events are sponsored by local businesses and community organizations. To find out how your organization can contribute to Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting please contact the Sustainability, Heritage, Downtowns and Community Development office by email or phone 905.430.4306.

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Future Dates

Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is an annual celebration held on the first Friday in December. Check back for the 2018 date.