Holiday Open House and Night Market December 23

Festive lights and music in Market Square tonight

Guelph, Ont. December 4, 2015 – Market Square will feature holiday lights and music tonight, without a formal Winter Lights and Music event, and the City will now host a holiday open house on December 23 when there’s a greater chance of skating on the outdoor rink.

Starting tonight in Market Square tonight

The square and Christmas tree will be lit from 5 to 11 p.m. Festive holiday music will also be playing and everyone is encouraged to visit downtown Guelph to get in to the festive spirit.

Celebrate the season on Wednesday, December 23

The Guelph Farmers’ Market will host its first-ever holiday night market from 4 to 8 p.m. More information about the market will be announced in the coming days.

A holiday open house will take place at City Hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will include cider, crafts, carols, live music and weather permitting, public skating. Mayor Cam Guthrie will be on hand to ceremonially re-light the Christmas tree at 6:45 p.m.

As part of the event, the Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership is encouraging people to bring donations of coats or winter clothing for Syrian refugees, and place them under the tree in Market Square.

“In recent days and weeks, many people have contacted me to ask how they can help welcome Syrian refugees to Guelph,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “We want to fill the space under our Christmas tree in Market Square with coats and warm clothing for those who will be calling Guelph home. What better way to celebrate the giving spirit of the season, and the giving spirit of the people of our city.”

Earlier this week, the Winter Lights and Music event was cancelled because the warm weather prevented skating on the rink. Tonight, there will be no ceremony or live music, but the lights will be on and recorded music will play over the speaker system for everyone to enjoy.

“Though our intentions were good in cancelling the tree-lighting event, we’ve heard from many people who are passionate about maintaining the tradition and celebrating together. That’s why we decided to host an open house later this month,” said Mayor Guthrie.

For more information

Colleen Clack, General Manager
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
519-822-1260 extension 2588
colleen.clack@guelph.ca