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Merry & Bright

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TOA Merry & Bright: Inspire your Festive Season 

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Inspire your festive spirit and help make your holiday season memorable! With 4 ways to participate, TOA Merry & Bright will feature Santa’s Drive-Thru Spectacle of Lights; a live theatre performance at the St. Francis Centre; an opportunity for residents, businesses and community groups to give back and support the annual Mayor and Council Holiday Food & Toy Drive; and a self-guided illuminating evening tour around Town throughout December.  

Make sure to join us and kick-start your holiday season with the Town of Ajax and the Ajax Public Library! 


Title Sponsor:

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Supporting Sponsors:

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Celebrate – Santa’s Drive-Thru Spectacle of Lights – November 27

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Thank you! Santa’s Drive-Thru Spectacle of Lights was an overwhelming success. Participants enjoyed music, festive floats and Santa’s annual visit, all from the comfort and warmth of their vehicles. The event was perfect for all ages.

Were you unable to make the Drive-Thru parade? No problem, RogersTV Durham will be airing it on the dates and times listed below. You can either tune into RogerTV Durham through your local cable provider or online at RogersTV.com.

Monday, December 6 at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7 at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 9 at 9 and 10 p.m.

Saturday, December 11 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 12 at 9:30 p.m.    

Wednesday, December 15 at 4 and 10 p.m.

Thursday, December 16 at 9 a.m.

Saturday, December 18 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.      

Connect – Live theatre is back! ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by DuffleBag Theatre – December 11 – 1 & 3:30 p.m. 

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Live theatre is back! Connect with the community on December 11 at the St. Francis Centre! We invite you to laugh out loud at DuffleBag Theatre's version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas – a timeless and interactive holiday story providing family fun for all ages!

Show times are 1 and 3:30 p.m. and tickets are only $20 each (HST included).

Purchase Tickets Now

Tickets also available for purchase in-person at our Community Recreation Centres:

  • Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Rd.) – Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • McLean Community Centre (95 Magill Dr.) – Monday to Friday from 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.) – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday from 6 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Limited tickets available at the door. Don’t miss out. Purchase your tickets today!

Illuminate - Light up the Town: Holiday Light Tour – November 22 to December 24

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Ajax is going to be aglow again this holiday season with spectacular illuminations and magical displays. Our self-guided ‘twinkle tour’ offers an opportunity to experience holiday highlights throughout the Town. Grab a hot chocolate, bring the kids (or grandkids!), turn on that Christmas playlist, and follow the lights. 

Support - Annual Mayor & Council Toy & Food Drive – November 22 to December 10

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In the spirit of the holiday season, residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to participate in the annual Mayor and Council Holiday Food & Toy Drive from November 22 to December 10. All donations will support local Ajax charities and families in need.

Find out more information below on how you can support this year’s drive! 

Items to Donate

Show your support by donating any of the following items:

  • Portable phone chargers & cell phone charge cords
  • Gift cards
  • New clothing
  • New towels
  • New linens
  • New toiletries
  • Socks
  • Winter clothing (mittens, hats, scarves)
  • New pajamas (sizes small to XXL male and female)
  • Crafts supplies
  • Non-perishable food items
  • New Toys

Please note: items for ages 8 – 12 and teenagers are most in need this year.

Unfortunately, the following items cannot be accepted:

  • Used toys
  • Used clothing
  • Large furniture
  • Baby furniture/equipment
Benefitting Charities
Drop-off Locations

Drop-offs will be accepted at the following locations. All drop-offs will be accepted during regular operating hours for that specified location. 

  • Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Ave. S.) - Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Ajax Public Libraries - Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m.
    • Main Branch (55 Harwood Ave. S.)
    • Audley Recreation Centre Branch (1955 Audley Rd. N.)
    • McLean Community Centre Branch (95 Magill Dr.)
  • Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Rd.) – Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • McLean Community Centre (95 Magill Dr.) – Monday to Friday from 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.) – Monday – Friday from 6 a.m.-10p.m., and Saturday & Sunday from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Light Up the Town: Holiday Light Tour Map

Welcome to our Light Up the Town: Holiday Light Tour Map. On this map, you will be able to add your business or residence as a tour location or you can see who has been added to create a self-guided light tour around Town!

How to use the Interactive Light Up the Town: Holiday Light Tour Map

Welcome to our Light Up the Town: Holiday Light Tour Map. On this map, you will be able to add your business or residence as a tour location or you can see who has been added to create a self-guided light tour around Town!

To learn more about how to pin your location or how to start your light tour, please refer to the steps below!

I want to pin my location as part of the Holiday Light Tour.

  1. Enter your location on the top bar “Find your location or address”
  2. Click the ‘+’ symbol to add your home or business to the list.
  3. Click on the light bulb that indicates what type you are.
  4. Click on your location identified on the map to add the light bulb.
  5. Fill out the survey that appears which includes details about your location, including the date when it will be ready for residents to enjoy!
  6. Add a photo of your decorated space! Please note that once a location has been submitted, it cannot be edited.
  7. Click Save! Your location has now been pinned as part of the tour.

I want to plan my Holiday Light Tour Route.

There are many ways to begin your tour.

  1. If you are looking for a specific house or business, type in the address on the top address bar. If that address has been included in the light tour, a light bulb will appear. If you click on that specific light bulb, information about location will appear.
  2. To select a list of locations within a specific radius/area of the town start by clicking the “select points icon” (
Select points icon) to begin.
    1. Type in an address that you are looking for and change the “Find Closest Lights” category to whatever distance radius you would like. Click Location List to see the locations within that radius. Click Holiday Lights to expand the list.
  1. b. Click on the tab “Select Points” and select draw mode. Once an area on the app has been selected, a list will appear. Click Holiday Lights to expand the list. To export list, click on download arrow on the top bar of the “select points” box. Download icon
  2. To download a full list of locations, click on the view or export table icon (Export table icon) and follow the steps below.
    1. Click the ‘Options’ tab on the left side and click on Export all to CSV.
    2. Click OK and the list will download automatically.
    3. Open file, click save as in desired location as an Excel Document.
    4. Open as desired.


The Virtual Events will be listed below and placed live at the top of this page. There are events often and if you subscribe to this page you can be notified directly to your email when updates occur!

Virtual Events

Ajax on Stage Virtual Talent Showcase - November 27, 7 p.m.

Ajax on Stage – Virtual Youth Talent Showcase provides Ajax youth artists with a creative outlet to highlight and showcase their talents and skills.

This showcase provides an opportunity for youth, who are looking to express themselves and hone in on the type of artist they wish to become. Join us in celebrating and supporting the talented youth of Ajax by watching this virtual performance. The show will be live streamed through the Town of Ajax Facebook and YouTube websites.

This year let's celebrate with Virtual Events and modified In-Person Events! Stay tuned to this page for information on what's happening and how you can get involved.

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2021 Festivals and Events Entertainers - Apply Now!
Now accepting entertainer applications for all 2021 Festivals and Events. Whether you are a band, solo artist or children’s entertainer, we want to hear from you!

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Become a vendor or exhibitor at our festivals and events!

Due to COVID-19 we are not currently accepting any vendors or exhibitors. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for 2021 Festivals and Events, please send an email to events@ajax.ca as an expression of interest. 

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!

Due to COVID-19 we are not currently accepting new volunteers at this time. To learn more about our volunteer program visit our Volunteer page.