Light Up the Square

November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022

This winter we’re filling Celebration Square with dazzling lights, artful experiences, delicious food, skating, and tons of fun!



by Raw Design

This jaw-dropping installation will transform the Square into a radiant ice palace. With 25 x two-meter tall rotating prisms of light, this interactive piece invites visitors to wander amongst the shards of light – twist and spin the prisms to be transported to a wintry wonderland.

  • Conception and execution: RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3
  • Lighting design: ATOMIC3 and Jean-François Piché
  • Sound: Dix au carré
  • Production and technical direction: ATOMIC3 and Louis Héon
  • Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership (Montréal, Canada)

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by Meghan Cheng

Carriers is an interactive light sculpture based on a flock of birds taking flight into the sky. The installation allows visitors to see their joys and hardships of the past two years translated into pulses of light and sent out into the world by the birds. The installation is intended to instill a sense of hope for the viewers – It acknowledges the highs and lows we’ve gone through throughout the pandemic and creates something beautiful out of our experiences.

Fill out your initials and a message that you would like to be sent to the birds. To participate, visit

Beacon Silo

Beacon Silo

by Chris Foster

Beacon Silo mimics the iconic silo forms of southern Ontario, gesturing to them in a playful, imaginative way. During the day, this striking structure invites visitors to reframe how they think of these iconic structures; at night, it comes alive with projected light that cascades throughout the space, transforming it with light and colour.



by Monkey C Interactive

Monkey C Interactive’s practice centers on engaging experiences that combine technology and art to inspire play, impart a sense of wonder, and reward curiosity. Their work is animated by human activity to ignite conversation, spark imaginations, and create a sense of shared community in public spaces. Candycombs is an interactive dancefloor, where users trigger lights and sounds by stepping onto the dancefloor, providing a space for participants to come together through dance.

Light Up the Square Festival of Light is presented in collaboration with the City’s Public Art Program.

Construction notice

Celebration Square Security infrastructure improvements. Please pardon our appearance during the transformation. This construction means some entrances to Celebration Square will be unavailable. Please download or see the map (on a new window) for alternate and accessible entrances.

New Year’s Eve

Ring in 2022 at Celebration Square with a DJ skate party, food trucks, and fireworks at midnight!

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. DJ Skate Party with DJ Andre 905 and DJ Myst Milano spinning everything from your favourite throwbacks, to reggaeton and Afrobeats, to the top viral hits of 2021.
11 p.m. The countdown officially begins with Mississauga’s own Scott Willats (and some surprise pop-up performances!) getting the downtown ready for the magic moment at midnight.
Midnight Fireworks finale.

Road closures will be in effect in the downtown.


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The Celebration Square ice rink will open on December 3, it is free for public use and open daily, weather permitting.

Skate rink hours

Sundays to Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Holiday hours December 17 to January 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will be open until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Participants must follow the Skaters code of conduct while using the ice rink. The rink is patrolled on weeknights, weekends, and holidays.

Celebration Square is an outdoor rink that may need to close temporarily during periods of heavy snow or warmer temperatures. To confirm the rink is open, call 905-615-3200 ext. R-I-N-K (7465). To see how busy the ice rink is, view the live webcams.

Rink Sponsored by:

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Skate rental hours

Monday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Skates Helmet Skate sharpening
$10 $5 $8


*Pricing is based on 2-hour rentals.

For more information, please visit the City Skate website:

The Skate Lounge

Located in the Amphitheatre across from the rink, this new lounge is the picture-perfect spot to lace up your skates or warm up after hitting the ice. Stop by and stay cozy with outdoor heaters, plenty of seats, and winter vibes all wrapped up under countless glowing lights.

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Skaters code of conduct

  • Listen to and obey skate patrollers at all times
  • Do not bring food or drink on the ice surface
  • Skate in the approved direction only. Do not skate backwards.
  • All participants must be in full control and be able to avoid contact with other skaters. No horseplay/games.
  • Do not skate excessively fast or erratically
  • No hockey equipment or other toys/equipment are permitted on the ice surface
  • Only approved skate aid devices will be permitted
  • Do not stand/rest on the ice surface
  • Do not carry children while skating
  • Leave the ice surface immediately when asked to do so by the skate patrollers
  • The use of CSA approved hockey helmets by all participants is strongly recommended
  • All participants must wear ice skates (excluding those in wheelchairs/sledges)

Approved skating aids

  • Wheelchairs (persons accompanying a participant in a wheelchair must wear ice skates)
  • E-Z Gliders
  • Sledges

Restricted aids

  • Strollers
  • Chairs
  • Other equipment not specifically designed as a skating aid
Skating at Light Up the Square

The Winter Porch

Grab a bite to eat or sip on your favourite holiday drink at the Square’s very own winter patio! Comfy seating and a lineup of food trucks serving delicious treats are sure to keep you toasty. Participating food trucks include:

  • BeaverTails
  • Le Chateau Chicken
  • The Cuban Thing
  • Dimkin’s Crepes
  • GOGI
Monday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday Noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 9 p.m.


The Skate Lounge at Light Up the Square

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Prismatica sponsored by:

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Rink sponsored by:

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