News release

The City Glows with the First Lighting of Celebration Square for the Season

Entertainment and activities | November 7, 2016

Reindeer are often too busy to make public appearances during the holiday season but for one evening only, Santa’s helpers will be on Mississauga Celebration Square during the City’s annual Light Up the Square event on November 19.

In addition to Santa’s furry friends, visitors to Light Up the Square will also enjoy many fun, festive and family-friendly activities. Carousel rides, skating and a headline performance by Stella Rio will kick the holiday spirit into high gear.

An official ceremony with Mayor Crombie, Members of Council and other special guests including the bearded man in red himself will light up the Christmas tree and Square for the holiday season.

New to the event this year is a Holiday Street Market presented in partnership with Mississauga Celebration Square. The market will feature a host of artisan vendors selling one-of-a-kind goods. There will be food trucks, a game board competition and much more.

Light Up the Square – Event Details


Saturday, November 19, 2016


Event: 5 to 9 p.m.
Official Ceremony: 6:45 p.m.
Holiday Street Market: Noon to 11 p.m.


Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON


Official Ceremony with Mayor, Members of Council and special guests
MC – Liem Vu, Weather Reporter, Global News Toronto
Santa Claus and his elves


There are various activities taking place throughout the evening and include the below.

  • Noon – Holiday Street Market Begins
  • 5 p.m. – DJ Skate Party
  • 6 p.m. – Culture Dance Pak Performance
  • 6:15 p.m. – Stella Rio Performance
  • 6:45 p.m. –  Official Ceremony and Lighting of the Square
  • 7 p.m. – The Fritz of Art
  • 7:15 p.m – Family programming including carousel rides, photos with Santa and skating on the Square continues.

Free events like Light Up the Square 2016 at Mississauga Celebration Square are possible through the generous support from our sponsors. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Rabba and our media sponsor Global News.

For updates on the opening of the rink during Light Up the Square 2016, follow us on Twitter.

Take MiWay to Mississauga Celebration Square for the tree lighting ceremony. Use MiWay’s online trip planner Plan a Trip or call 905-615-INFO (4636).

For a full listing of events at Mississauga Celebration Square, visit ‘Like’ Mississauga Celebration Square on Facebook and follow @mcsevents on Twitter and @celebrationsquare on Instagram.

Media Contact: 
Lindsay Noronha
Communications Advisor, Community Services
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 3940
TTY: 905-896-5151