Town of Ajax Festivals & Events
The Town of Ajax hosts inclusive and innovative events throughout the year to celebrate the richness and diversity of our community. Visit often for information about upcoming Town events and to learn more about our wide range of community events.
St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture

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Our exciting 2022-2023 line-up features amazing concerts, live theatre, variety shows, and fun family-friendly performances. TIFF movies are back as well!

The St. Francis Centre has quickly become a destination for arts, culture, and heritage in Ajax, and the 2022/2023 season has it all!

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Santa’s Spectacle of Lights – Town of Ajax Santa Claus Parade - November 26

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Santa is coming to Town on Saturday, November 26! From 6 – 7:30 p.m. Ajax residents and visitors are invited to participate in a family-friendly evening of fun and entertainment!

Immediately following the parade you are invited to join us for a special tree lighting ceremony and after party at Town Hall (65 Harwood Ave. S.) and the Ajax Public Library – Main Branch.

Parking at Town Hall is limited and patrons are encouraged to park at the Ajax Plaza Harwood Shopping Centre or Baywood Centre. Please note all parking rules will be in effect and all bylaws and rules should be adhered too. 

Supporting Sponsors

Elexicon Energy Logo

Fairstone Logo

OPG Logo

 Ajax Mazda Logo  Battlefield Equipment Logo  Hilton Garden Inn Logo

Friend Sponsors

Julia Seaton, Royal LePage Connect Realty

Christian Faith Outreach Centre

Route Information
Santa’s Spectacle of Lights parade will begin at the intersection of Bayly St. and Mackenzie Ave., proceeding east along Bayly St. and will continue north on Harwood Ave. S concluding at Ajax Town Hall (Bayly St. and Achillies Rd.).
Road Closures

Please be advised that the following roads will be closed for a portion of the day on Saturday, November 26 to accommodate Santa’s Spectacle of Lights parade.

  • Bayly St. W. (Finley Ave. to Salem Rd.) from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Harwood Ave. S. (Falby Crt. to Birch Cres.) from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Mackenzie Ave. (Bayly Ave. to Clements Rd. W.) from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Achilles Rd. (Harwood Ave. S. to Salem Rd.) from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Family New Year’s Eve Party – Presented by Ontario Power Generation – December 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

It’s a time of celebration and new beginnings! 

The Ajax Family New Year’s Eve Party delivers a fantastic event for the whole family. This free event taking place at the Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Road) features children’s activities, games, live entertainment, interactive experiences, ice skating with a DJ and more. Party favours are included as participants gather on the ice rink for a special countdown and balloon drop at 9 p.m. It’s a great way to ring in the New Year! 

Free event. No pre-registration required. Capacity is limited and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Nominal fees apply for food and beverages. Activities are subject to change without notice. ATM’s on site.

Presenting Sponsor

OPG Logo

Supporting Sponsor

Julia Seaton Logo

Friend Sponsor
Elexicon Energy 

Sensory Zone

The Sensory Friendly Zone is a designated space, where everyone is respectful of others and their individual needs.        

Location: Captains Room

In this area we ask all patrons attending the sensory zone to abide by the following:

  • Be mindful of loud and sudden noises
  • Know that all activities require parent/guardian supervision and
  • Know patrons of all ages are allowed to play and enjoy the activities offered

This space will be equipped with sensory focused activities including a colouring station, games, sensory equipment and more!

Noise cancelling headphones will be available for rent on-site. 

Get Involved

Get involved in the TOA community! We rely on a network of entertainers, vendors, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers to make our festivals and events great! 

Become an Entertainer at our 2022 Festivals and Events - Apply Now! 

Now accepting entertainer applications for all 2022 Festivals and Events. Whether you are a band, solo artist or children's entertainer, we want to hear from you!

Apply Now!

Become a Vendor or Exhibitor at our 2022 Festival and Events - Apply Now! 

Vendor Applications for 2023 events will open in December. Stay tuned to this page for updated information. 

Now accepting vendor and exhibitor applications for all 2022 Festival and Events. Whether you are a food vendor, exhibitor, community group or not-for-profit we want to hear from you!

Apply Now! 

Become a Sponsor at our Festivals and Events! 
Become a sponsor of our upcoming Virtual and In-Person events. Please call 905-619-2529, ext. 7248 or email events@ajax.ca  for more information.
Volunteer at our Festivals and Events! 

Become a volunteer for one of our upcoming festivals or events. To learn more about our volunteer program visit our volunteer page.

Apply Now! 

Truth & Reconciliation

The Town recognizes that true reconciliation requires sustained space for truth and action based on recognition of rights, respect and partnership. An important step in rebuilding relationships with Indigenous communities is to reflect and learn more about Indigenous history as we move forward with acknowledgement and kindness as an inclusive community.  

Mayor & Council Annual Holiday Toy & Food Drive - November 21 - December 5

Toy and Food drive

Spread joy this holiday season with the Town! Residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to participate in the annual Mayor & Council Toy & Food Drive. All donations will help support local Ajax charities and families in need.

We are accepting donations from November 21 – December 5 at five facilities (see accordions below).

Benefitting Charities:

The Salvation Army Ajax

Herizon House

Durham Youth Services (Joanne’s House)

Suggested Donations
  • Unopened, non-perishable food items (Most needed: pancake mix, jams and sandwich spreads, hot chocolate mix, instant coffee, canned goods, crackers, cookies, pasta, pasta sauces, Mr. Noodles, etc.)
  • New clothing (unisex coats, sweaters, sweatpants, pajamas) (sizes XS-XXL) (Children and adults)
  • New household items (blankets, linens, towels, kettles, cutlery sets, dining sets, pots & pans, robust can openers, insulated travel mugs)
  • New toys/items for teens (14-17 years) & pre-teens (10-13 years)
  • Stocking stuffers (toiletries, folding umbrellas, handwarmers, backpacks, duffle bags, hair ties, nail polish, nail care kits, combs/hairbrushes, cookie/chocolate tins)
  • Gift cards (Amazon, Walmart, grocery stores, Great Clips, Tim Hortons, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Old Navy, Oshawa Centre, Pickering Town Centre)
  • Portable phone chargers & charging cords (usually for Android)
  • Craft supplies

Items not accepted

  • Baby furniture/equipment
  • Large furniture
  • Used clothing
  • Used toys
  • Expired or opened food items
 Drop-off Locations & Hours

Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Avenue South)

  • Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Road)

  • Monday to Friday 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday to Sunday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

McLean Community Centre (95 Magill Drive)

  • Monday to Sunday 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Road North)

  • Monday to Friday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday to Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Main Branch Library (55 Harwood Avenue South)

  • Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday to Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Toys for Tickets Campaign

Toy donations will only be accepted at Ajax Town Hall until Monday, December 5. Tickets must be eligible for payment.  

Only new toys and toys must be unwrapped and in its original packaging. Gift Cards will not be accepted. 

Drop-off Location & Times:

Ajax Town Hall | 65 Harwood Ave. S.
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Guidelines

  • The toy’s receipt and the parking violation must be presented at the time of payment.
  • The value of the toy(s) must be equal to or more than the amount owing on the ticket (early payment if applicable). For example, if the ticket amount is $25.00, then the total value of the toy must be equal to or exceed $25.00 (including taxes).
  • Donations of more than one toy are accepted as long as the total cost is equal to or more then the ticket amount.

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