This year let's celebrate with Virtual Events and modified In-Person Events! Check out what's happening and how you can get involved below for more details.

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Cookies & Cocoa with Santa Light up the Town Annual Mayor & Council Toy & Food Drive

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TOA Merry & Bright: Home for the Holidays

TOA Merry & Bright: Home for the Holidays will inspire your festive spirit and help make your holiday season memorable. With three ways to participate, TOA Merry & Bright: Home for the Holidays will feature a virtual holiday special and story time with Santa; a self-guided illuminating evening tour around Town throughout December; and an opportunity for residents, businesses and community groups to give back and support the annual Mayor and Council Holiday Food & Toy Drive. Kick-start your holiday season with the Town of Ajax and the Ajax Public Library!

TOA Merry & Bright: Events

Celebrate - Cookies & Cocoa with Santa: An Ajax Virtual Holiday Special – Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. 

Experience the magic of the holidays! Spend a fun-filled hour with Santa and his helpers. Gather the family around and enjoy entertainment by Brant the Fire Guy, Mad Science and even a how-to session on making your own craft at home, during the show! Perfect for all ages!

Make sure to get cozy in your favourite pajama’s, grab a nice cup of hot cocoa and tune into the show either at ajax.ca/townevents, facebook.com/myajax, or watch it live on RogersTV Durham.

If you are a local business, sports team or community group and want to get involved in this year’s event, please email events@ajax.ca for more details. 

Illuminate - Light up the Town: Holiday Light Tour – November 23 to December 24

Ajax is aglow this holiday season with spectacular illuminations and magical displays. From Town Hall and Harwood Avenue South to Pat Bayly Square and local neighbourhoods, 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.

Participate by adding your business or residence as a tour location to the map below!

Support - Annual Mayor & Council Toy & Food Drive – November 23 to December 14

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 23 to December 14. 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 (local eateries, grocery stores, department stores, etc.)
  • New clothing
  • New towels
  • New linens
  • New toiletries
  • New pajamas (sizes small to XXL male and female)
  • Crafts supplies
  • Non-perishable food items
  • New Toys

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 locations below. All drop-offs will be accepted during regular operating hours for that specified location, noted below (please wear a mask).

Ajax Community Centre 

75 Centennial Rd.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
9 a.m. 5 p.m. (Saturday)
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday)

Note: Upon arrival, ring buzzer located on the front door to reach representative who will collect your donation.

Ajax Town Hall 

65 Harwood Ave. S.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

Note: Upon arrival, please provide your donation to the security guard located at the front doors.

Audley Recreation Centre

1955 Audley Rd. N.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday) 
9 a.m. 5 p.m. (Saturday) 
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday) 
Note: Upon arrival, please come to the front door. You will be greeted by a staff member who will be able to collect your donation.

McLean Community Centre

95 Magill Dr. 
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday) 
9 a.m. 5 p.m. (Saturday) 
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday) 

Note: Box available at entrance of facility for drop off.

Ajax Public Libraries:

Main Branch

55 Harwood Ave. S. 
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday) 

Note: Staff available at the library concierge desk to collect your donation.

Audley Recreation Centre Branch

1955 Audley Rd. N.
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday) 

Note: Staff available at the library concierge desk to collect your donation.

McLean Community Centre Branch

95 Magill Dr.
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday) 

Note: Staff available at the library concierge desk to collect your donation.

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!

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. Drag the light bulb and double click the bulb to add it to your location.
  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.
Plan my Holiday Light Tour Route
  1. If you are looking for a specific house or business, type I 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 locations icon (Select points icon) to begin.
    • Type in an address that you looking for and change the “Show results within” 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.
    • Click on the tab “Select Points” and select a draw mode. Once an area on the amp has been selected, a list will appear. Click Holiday Lights to expand the list.
  3. To download a full list of locations, click on the view or export table icon (full list icon) and follow the steps below.
    • Click the ‘Options’ tab on the right side and click on Export all to CSV.
    • Click OK and the list will download automatically.
    • Open file, click save as and as in desired location as an Excel Document.
    • Open as desired.

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Virtual Events

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

Ajax on Stage – Virtual Talent Showcase – November 28

Celebrate youth talent and join the virtual Ajax on Stage viewing party! Join Billboard chart singer and songwriter host Avery Raquel, as she performs and introduces an amazing line-up of local youth talent. This showcase features a variety of singers, songwriters, and spoken word artists.

Join us November 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. and comment on the Facebook live event for your chance to win 1 of 5 prize packs!

Watch online at facebook.com/myajax or youtube.com/user/thetownofajax 

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In-Person Events

No in-person events at this time.

Past Shows

St. Francis Centre 10th Anniversary Season Launch

Spirit Walk – Defence Industries Limited (D.I.L.)

Summer at Home Series

Wednesday, July 15 -
Friendly Fables

Wednesday, July 22 – 
Source Music

Wednesday, July 29 -
Comic Juggler, Craig Douglas

Wednesday, August 5 –
Country Music Duo, Jess & Tay

Wednesday, August 12 –
Chakde Bollywood

Wednesday, August 19 –
Durham Street

Wednesday, August 26 –
Enviro Drum

Wednesday, September 2 -
Jack Walker

Get Involved!

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 an entertainer at our festivals and events!

Due to COVID-19 we are not currently accepting any new entertainers. If you are interested in becoming an entertainer 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.