4 fun and festive things you can do in Downtown Brampton this holiday season

Published November 24, 2022 at 12:25 pm on

For the first time in two years, there are no COVID-related restrictions in place going into this year’s holiday season–and that means Brampton residents can hit the city’s downtown core for shopping, dining and partying.

This year, the Downtown Brampton BIA is inviting everyone to explore everything the bustling neighbourhood has to offer, including independent shops, popular restaurants, pop-up markets, Christmas markets and more.

To make things even easier, all parking in Downtown Brampton municipal lots is free, with over 1,500 spaces spread across five lots.

Here’s a look at some events you won’t want to miss this holiday season:


If you want to support local retailers and potentially win a little holiday shopping money in the process, you’ll want to participate in this initiative. This special event involves $1,000 weekly draws, where $500 will go to a shopper and $500 will go to a local business. A grand prize of $1,500 is up for grabs. To enter, simply shop at local businesses and save receipts over $20 (including taxes). After that, upload your receipts weekly and fill out the form here. Draws will take place between now and Dec. 18. The more you shop, the more likely you are to win!

Shine Bright Christmas Market

On Saturday, Nov. 26, residents can check out the Shine Bright Christmas Market, a festive event that will take place in Garden Square from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. The day-long event will feature more than 18 vendors and artisans selling everything from gourmet food and cosmetics to winter fashion and accessories. Attendees will also be able to see Santa and a number of talented elves who will be entertaining everyone with juggling, magic, balloons and more.

Shine Bright Pop-Up Markets in Vivian Lane

If you can’t make it out to the Shine Bright Christmas Market on Saturday, don’t fret–you can check out the Shine Bright Pop-Up Markets in Vivian Lane on Sunday, Nov. 27, Saturday, Dec. 3, Saturday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 17. There will be artisan and food vendors selling tasty treats and fun products, as well as a free photo booth, Santa (from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm), buskers and carolers.

Dinner Music Series

From now until Dec. 23, you can enjoy live music in a different restaurant every week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Participating restaurants include Dum Dums Sports Bar and Grill, Vesuvio Ristorante, The Works Craft Burgers and Beer, Lot 25 Restaurant, Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar and more. To see the full schedule, click here.

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Holiday Cheer in #Brampton with Shine Bright Holiday Market

November 25, 2022

By Woodrow Kolomvos, Contributing Writer for Bramptonist

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As November comes to its end, residents of Brampton are in for a special treat to continue the celebration of this year’s holiday season with the Shine Bright Holiday Market.

This holiday market event will feature 18 craft, artisan, and food vendors, along with a handful of local businesses creating handmade gifts that are perfect for sharing with the ones you love. Brampton families can look forward to an appearance from Santa, as he will be visiting from the North Pole to stroll around Garden Square and chat with residents. Santa’s elves will also be attending to entertain attendees with magic, balloons, juggling and more.

Hosted by Hello Local, a platform created to support local small businesses and charities across Canada, in partnership with Downtown Brampton BIA, this event is the first of its kind for the downtown.

For Hello Local founder and event organizer, Linda, the Shine Bright Holiday Market is special for the residents of Brampton because, “The Shine Bright Holiday Market is a free event that brings the community together to kick off the holiday spirit.” She remarked that, “Residents of Brampton can indulge in festive drinks and food, enjoy holiday movies and music, take photos with Santa as well as shop for handmade, one-of-a-kind gift ideas from local small businesses, of which some are also residents of Brampton themselves.”

Hello Local is no stranger to supporting local businesses. In the platform’s first blog, “Why Shop Local”, published in 2021, they emphasized what it really means to shop local, explaining that, “Shopping local means supporting a small business owner’s dreams, supporting a local family with their day-to-day expenses so they can get by, and supporting our economy by putting money back into it.” Since its founding, Hello Local has hosted several events such as Green Markets (sustainable, eco-friendly and vegan products), Sweet Markets (food and dessert products), Mall Markets, and Streetsville Fall and Christmas Markets.

For Downtown Brampton, Linda highlighted that “The Shine Bright Holiday Market positively contributes to the businesses of Brampton, as there are a few local Downtown Brampton businesses participating in the event. Residents can partake in the festivities and then spend the day in Downtown Brampton to check out the local shops and restaurants.”

After a few difficult years following the COVID-19 quarantine lockdowns and, the current economic uncertainty, there is no time like now for residents of the downtown to head out and explore what local businesses have to offer and contribute to their communities.

The future is bright for Hello Local and their exciting steps into Brampton. This is only the beginning for their partnership with Downtown Brampton BIA, as after the Shine Bright Holiday Market, they will be back right, this time in Vivian Lane, with a smaller Holiday Pop-up Market that will continue every Saturday through December. This pop-up market will also host a Fill-A-Bus Donation Drive in support of Regeneration, a 365-day facility that offers several life-giving programs and services throughout Brampton.

When asked about what residents of Brampton can look forward to from Hello Local, Linda had this to say, “Hello Local organizes and curates other events in various locations across the GTA and Montreal and we hope to bring those fun and successful events to the residents of Brampton. You can check out our past events as well as upcoming events on our website: Thank you!”

The Shine Bright Holiday Market will be happening on Saturday, November 26th, from 10AM to 6PM in Garden Square. The Shine Bright Holiday Pop-Up Market will happen on November 27th from 10AM to 4PM in Vivian Lane, and return on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. If you would like to learn more about the markets, check out the events page.

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Charges Laid After Multiple Break and Enters in Brampton

October 13, 2022

Charges Laid After Multiple Break and Enters in Brampton

Region of Peel – Investigators from the 21 and 22 Division Break and Enter Unit have charged a 41-year-old man from Brampton with numerous break and enter offences.

Between August 11, 2021 and October 12, 2022, multiple businesses in downtown Brampton area were broken into by smashing doors and windows. During these incidents, the suspect stole an amount of Canadian currency along with other miscellaneous property. After an investigation by officers from the 21 and 22 Division Break and Enter Unit, the suspect was identified.

On October 12, 2022, Shane Elliott, a 41-year-old man from Brampton, was charged with the following offences.

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Shane Elliott appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on October 12, 2022.

Investigators are encouraging anyone that may have been the victim of a break and enter in the downtown Brampton area, to contact investigators if they have not yet reported the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the 22 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-3311, extension 2233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or by visiting

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