Get into the holiday season with free, family-friendly events happening in downtown London this Friday, November 29. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season with us.
Winter Wonderland - Lighting of the Lights
Join us in celebrating the holiday season with the official Lighting of the Lights in Victoria Park this Friday, November 29. Caroling begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by the countdown to the illumination of the park at 6:50 p.m. Special guests include the Rockin’ Reindeers and of course, Santa Claus himself.
Winter Wonderland, Victoria Park's festive decorations and lights, are an annual tradition in London's celebration of the holiday season. Over 75,000 lights will illuminate the park from November 29 thru December 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily and on December 31 the lights will be on from 5:30 p.m. and remain on through the night.
Specially decorated trees in Victoria Park include:
Angel Tree: The Angel Tree honours the lives of children that have passed on with each white light in honor of a child’s cherished memory.
Tree to commemorate the troops overseas: The tree with yellow lights will be aglow in support of Canadian troops serving around the world.
Tree of Hope: The pink lights on the Tree of Hope represent a beacon of hope to those who have been diagnosed or who have survived breast cancer.
Tree of Wishes: The blue lights on the Tree of Wishes support the Make-A-Wish Foundation to honour children with life-threatening medical conditions who have received a wish.
Tree to Shine the Light on Woman Abuse: The tree with purple lights represents the burning individuality, strength and ever-lasting hope of abused women and the acknowledgement that society will no longer remain in the dark about woman abuse.
Remember, Honour, Celebrate Tree: The tree with red lights is illuminated in remembrance of the thousands of lives lost to HIV/AIDS.
Donor Tree: The blue and green lights on the Donor Tree represent The Trillium Gift of Life Network which coordinates organ donation and transplants across the province and the Kidney Foundation which is committed to kidney health and improving lives for all people.
The City Hall Promenade Deck will be open to the public to view the lights nightly from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. starting Friday, November 29. The deck will be open nightly except for the following dates: December 10, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2020.
Downtown London Holiday Detour
When you're done at the park be sure to visit the streets of downtown London for Holiday Detour and experience a free hot chocolate crawl, live music, light up swings, photo booths, a holiday market and in-store specials. Explore London’s first flex street, Dundas Place, Market Square, Richmond Row and everywhere in between as programming brightens up our streets for a detour you'll enjoy taking. Activities run from 4 - 8 p.m.
CP Holiday Train
The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train will be making a stop in London and bringing holiday cheer and live music this Friday. The Holiday Train will be arriving at the Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford Street and Central Street at 8:15 p.m. with musical performances by Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food donations in support of the London and Area Food Bank during the event.
- Richmond Street between Pall Mall Street and Piccadilly Street will be closed from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the CP Holiday Train.
- Dundas Street, from Wellington to Richmond, York Street, from Talbot to Richmond, and Talbot between York and King, remain closed for core construction work.
Drivers are reminded to download the Waze navigation app for the most accurate local road closure information. Pedestrians are reminded to stay alert in construction zones, keep an eye out for moving equipment and obey all construction signs. London Transit users can go to realtime.londontransit.ca or use Google Maps for specific route information. Bus routes 4, 6 & 15 continue to be impacted by core construction remain on detour.