Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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Kick off the Christmas season at our annual Tree Lighting in Downtown Whitby.  On December 1, bundle up the family and watch as we light up Celebration Square. Enjoy an evening of local entertainment, family fun, hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from Santa! Make the Whitby tree lighting a cherished tradition.


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Event Details

  • Date and time:
    Friday, December 1, 2017
    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost
    This event is free to attend.
  • Location
    Celebration Square - 405 Dundas Street West


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Event Highlights

  • A countdown to the lighting of the tree and all of Celebration Square
  • Carolling and seasonal entertainment
  • Seasonal crafts and activities for kids presented by local community groups
  • Photos with Santa starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Hot chocolate and cookies provided by Pressé Cafe
  • The OWASCO Stuff-a-Bug Toy Drive 2017 launch

Sponsored By: 

  • Whitby Hydro
  • Presse Cafe
  • Owasco

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Accessing the Event

Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a pedestrian focused event. Please drive with extra caution in the area during the event to ensure pedestrian safety.

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 Special Events Team by email or phone 905.430.4310..

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Future Dates

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