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Kick Off the Holidays: Special Tree Lighting Event and Free Skating at City Hall

HAMILTON, ON – November 22, 2016 – Hamilton’s official holiday tree lighting will celebrate an important anniversary and take place in a special location this year.

“DECK THE HALL with the 40th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree of Hope
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 5 to 9 pm, tree lighting at 6 pm
Location: City Hall Forecourt
Event details: Live music by The Coverboards and roaming carollers, hot chocolate and tasty treats, Santa Selfies, and festive decorations to celebrate the holiday season.

The Christmas Tree of Hope event is celebrating its 40th year and supports the CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund. To drive donations to the charity, Y108 will host a “12 hours of Christmas” special broadcast live from the City Hall Forecourt. The broadcast will begin at 6 am and end with the flipping of the switch to light up the Christmas Tree of Hope and a festive City Hall Forecourt at 6 pm.

A temporary ice rink will be open to the public on December 2 from 2 to 9 pm, and will continue to run December 3 to 9, from 12 noon to 7 pm each day. The public are welcome to bring their own skates and are encouraged to bring hockey helmets. Skates are available to rent free of charge (with a credit card, driver’s licence, or other government issued ID).

Support the spirit of the season by dropping off unwrapped toys or cash donations for Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive Fund in the City Hall Forecourt on December 2, 2016, 6 am to 7 pm at the Y108 broadcast truck or CHML booth.

The annual Tree Lighting event is presented by the City of Hamilton, in partnership with CHML/Y108/95.3 Fresh Radio and the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area.