The Mississauga Festival of Trees returns in December

Published November 29, 2022 at 12:51 pm

The Mississauga Festival of Trees returns in December
Diversi (tree), Sheridan VMA Students, 2021 (Photo: Sanborg Productions)

There’s no shortage of holiday events happening in the city right now, especially with the Mississauga Festival of Trees returning for its second year as one of Mississauga’s newest holiday traditions.

From December 2-11, the Lakeview area’s Small Arms Inspection Building will be adorned with twinkling lights and gorgeous art displays! All residents are invited to enjoy the sights, live music, and fun interactive workshops that will be held throughout the event.

During its first weekend (Dec. 2-4), the festival will feature an artisan market where local artisans sell their artwork and handcrafted items such as jewelry, clothing and candles – a great opportunity to find some handmade holiday gifts.

Artisan Market, 2021 (Photo: Michael Scholz)

Then on the second weekend (Dec. 9-11), foodies can look forward to a culinary market where vendors sell everything from savoury foods to sweet treats.

You’ll find mouth-watering cookies, donuts, patties, pierogies and more!

A wide variety of festive workshops will happen during the festival, including landscape painting, holiday card making, nature walks, ballroom and Latin dancing, and much more. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn from professional artists, get in touch with the community, and take home your own artistic creations.

Click here for more info and to register for each workshop.

The Mississauga Festival of Trees is organized by CreativeHub 1352, a non-profit group regularly hosting arts and culture events at the Small Arms Inspection Building, after the festival’s resounding success last year.

“Last December, over the ten days of the Mississauga Festival of Trees, we welcomed more than 3,000 visitors to the Small Arms Inspection Building, despite limitations due to COVID,” says Meredith Wood, Executive Director at CreativeHub 1352.

Installation View, 2021 (Photo: Michael Scholz)

“This year, we’re adding more artisans, more culinary vendors, more art installations — more everything. We’re delighted to invite everyone who loves local art and food, twinkling lights and unique holiday traditions to come and experience the historic Small Arms Inspection Building decked out in its finest.”

This year, the event is pay-what-you-can, meaning residents can come out and enjoy a local holiday festival at whatever price they choose.

“We are excited to offer this pay-what-you-can event, where friends and families can come out to enjoy some delicious food, shop for that perfect gift for a loved one, or try out something new during one of our workshops, all while surrounded by beautiful art and twinkling lights,” says Jessica Haggeman, MFT Event Manager.

Last year’s festival featured 39 emerging and established artists and 63 culinary and artisan vendors, which the festival organizers aim to top this year.

Mark your calendars! The Mississauga Festival of Trees returns on Dec. 2-11 at the Small Arms Inspection Building, located at 1352 Lakeshore Rd. East in Lakeview.

For more information on the festival, visit CreativeHub 1352’s website and follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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