Christmas Tree lights up Kerr Street

Kerr Street lit up with Christmas spirit at the 23rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Hosted on  Dec.1 at Heritage Square, from 5 to 8 p.m., many people from Oakville came out to celebrate the holiday season and watch the lighting of the iconic Kerr Christmas tree presented by Mayor Rob Burton. Oakville MP John Oliver was also in attendance for the ceremony.


The ceremony brings together not only the community, but the event organizers as well. “It’s a very cooperative project,” says Kerr Street volunteer Greg Habal. “We’ve been doing this for 23 years now using the same tree, which is really helpful because then we sort of have a template already in place and and it’s just a matter of choosing the lights. At the end of the day though, I do this because I really enjoy the event myself, it kind of kicks off the holiday season for me.”

The fir tree, which stands 20 feet overlooking the square, lit up at 6:45 p.m. with twinkling blue, red, yellow, orange, and green lights. Below the tree sits extra large Christmas presents, created by local event organizers. One of the boxes was left open at the front, a place where residents could donate toys for the Toys for Tots campaign, which supports less fortunate families during the holidays.  It was a sight to see for new residents of the area.

“We just moved here and we’ve never been to a Christmas tree lighting before,” says Kadri Patel. “It’s actually quite beautiful, and seeing everyone so happy and cheering at the lights warmed my heart.”

Kerr street is holding many holiday events this season similar to this one which can be found on

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