Annual tree lighting in Brampton happening Friday, Nov. 18

  • Annual tree lighting in Brampton happening Friday, Nov. 18

Annual tree lighting in Brampton happening Friday, Nov. 18

Volunteers with the Prayer Angels for the Military are hosting the 11th annual Military Honor Christmas Tree Lighting and Menorah Lighting event.

Meet Mrs Claus and her reindeer at 3:30p and enjoy the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will include caroling with the Metropolitan Singers as Santa, Mrs. Claus and the victor of the citys 32nd annual Ride with Santa Contest arrive on a horse-drawn sleigh from the North Pole.

Duncan is working on the project with LaShall Snider of Parsons after Bill Johnson presented the idea on another Facebook page.

It's 37 days until Christmas.

• Holiday ice festival, Schiffer Park, West Nine Mile Road and Planavon Road, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. December 10.

This year's parade will have family-friendly activities, including caroling and food and holiday vendors on Central Square beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, petting zoo, vintage trolley rides, parade, tree lighting ceremony and a visit with Santa. They still need plenty of donations even though the city can give them money from a special fund created by local banks for city Christmas decorations.

Even though the Queen of Christmas™ is missing from this year's event, the group of performers slated to officially kickoff the holiday season is a pretty impressive bunch. Using a sturdy stand that can hold at least one gallon of water ensures stability and provides an ample water supply during the first few hours the tree is standing.

Children 12 and under who donate will be entered to win a chance to light the tree with Santa. It was unusually warm on Friday, temperatures in the upper 60s with rain, but many were still able to find the holiday spirit. There may also be some drawings for gifts.

"We had a healthy amount of rain which is giving us lush, green trees", said Mark Hansen, co-owner of Hansen Tree Farm in Anoka.