City of Mississauga bringing residents virtual ways to celebrate this holiday season

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With the holidays rapidly approaching, and Mississauga, as part of Peel Region, still in the Province's Grey-Lockdown zone, the City is providing virtual options for those who still want to celebrate.

As part of the restrictions currently in place, residents are prohibited from having any guests over, and gatherings are strictly limited to those who are all part of the same household.

Outdoor gatherings are permitted provided they are physically distanced, and no more than 10 people attend.

"We all know that the holidays are going to look very different this year and that some of our annual holiday traditions have to be adjusted," Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a news release.

"But I encourage residents to make new traditions this year, perhaps by exploring a new hobby or catching up on personal interests that help keep you motivated and active. Regardless of what it is, please celebrate safely," she continued.

In order to ensure residents don't succumb to boredom, the City is hosting a series of events digitally including a livestreaming holiday concert from the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra on December 20, and residents can virtually attend a tour of the WAR Flowers exhibition--an exhibit focused on 10 flowers picked by Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie during the First World War--which includes Cantlie's letters, specially commissioned optical crystal sculptures and original flower-based scents, interwoven with the personal stories of 10 Canadians directly involved in the war.

Additionally, as of December 10, the Museums of Mississauga will be spreading holiday cheer virtually, with bake-along videos and downloadable recipes of classic Christmas desserts, including gingerbread and Christmas pudding.

Further, as of December 14, the Mississauga Library will be streaming five live story times on the Library's Facebook channel, (residents who miss them live can re-watch them later on the City's YouTube channel) which will include songs, stories and rhymes with broad and inclusive festive themes.

Moreover, Mississauga's Recreation Division has developed their Stay Home Stay Active program designed to get every member of the family up and moving or calm and relaxed--depending on their holiday state of mind.

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