Multi-day holiday festival with pay-what-you-can food set to kick off in Mississauga


Published November 13, 2023 at 3:41 pm

Festival of Trees Mississauga Christmas market

It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas events–especially if those events offer an opportunity to get a little shopping done. 

The Mississauga Festival of Trees, a relatively new annual event held at the newly-refurbished Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) in the city’s east end, will kick off on Dec. 8–right after the Lakeview Farmers’ Market wraps up for the year. 

According to CreativeHub 1352, the organization that programs events at the SAIB, the event will start with an artisan market that will run from Dec. 8-10. After that, a culinary market will follow on the weekend of Dec. 15-17. The culinary event, which operates on a pay-what-you-can system, will feature sweets, savoury dishes, alcoholic beverages and more. 

“Don’t miss out as canopies of twinkling lights, art installations, and 80+ artisan and culinary vendors land at the Small Arms Inspection Building,” CreativeHub said on its official website. 

According to CreativeHub, opening night (Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.) will feature opportunities to peruse goods sold by artisans, live music, food and the unveiling of this year’s new art installations created by local artists from across Ontario. 

On Dec. 9, attendees can check out workshops run in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, including a Life of a Tree educational outing and a Birdwatching 101 adventure. 

Over the course of both weekends, attendees can check out performances by local musicians. 

Installations for the event will be on display from Dec. 8-17. 

“This year’s collection of artistic wonders celebrates our shared heritage, diverse traditions, and the beauty of unity. What makes this experience even more special is that it’s open to the public throughout the week, allowing everyone to explore at their own pace,” organizers said in a newsletter. 

“As you wander through the enchanting forest of creativity, you’ll discover how these installations weave a tapestry of togetherness, making this festival a true reflection of our vibrant and connected community.” 

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