Enjoy Holiday Lights by the Lake and spread joy at the annual toy drive

Monday, November 27, 2023

It’s time to get into festive spirit and usher in the holiday season! The ever-popular Holiday Lights by the Lake and drive-thru toy drive are coming back to Coronation Park. 

Holiday Lights by the Lake – starts December 1

Now in its third year, this family friendly event will feature even more lights and attractions. With more than 90 trees decked in 130,000 lights, paths illuminated by 100 light displays and 13 spotlight and laser displays, the park will be transformed into an unmissable winter destination!  

Oakville Firefighters’ Drive-Thru Toy Drive on December 8

Bring the kids, family and friends along for a special drive-thru Toy Drive hosted by the Town of Oakville in partnership with the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA). 

On Friday, December 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. families are invited to drive through Coronation Park, enjoy the festive lights, drop off an unwrapped toy donation or gift card and wave or deliver a letter to Santa. This event will also feature other special guests, including eight visual performers, the Oakville Fire Safety team and Sparky the Fire Dog.

While all donations are welcome, the greatest need this year is for toys and winter supplies for infants and youth ages 13 to 15. All donations will be distributed directly to local families, institutions and community agencies supporting children and youth in need. 

Unable to attend the toy drive? The OPFFA will be accepting gift cards, toys, and non-perishable food donations until December 18 at several locations across town, including Town Hall, fire stations, and select recreation and culture facilities and retail locations. 

For more details, including gift ideas for priority age groups, visit the OPFFA Toy Drive page.

Visitor safety

On December 8 the park will be accessible as a drive-thru event only, while on remaining days of the season, the park is open to pedestrians and vehicles who wish to explore the holiday lights. Some road closures will be in effect on December 8 near Coronation Park, please visit the Holiday Lights by the Lake event page for details. 


“Winter attractions such as the Holiday Lights by the Lake and the annual toy drive are great ways to enjoy the festive season while spreading joy and cheer to support our community. Shopping local and supporting local needs brings everyone together to make Oakville a more vibrant and thriving place.”  

- Mayor Rob Burton  

“A strong and inclusive community is one that shows it cares. I am very proud of the efforts of the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association for hosting its annual Toy Drive for more than three decades. Their tremendous support and the generosity of our community has helped brighten the lives of thousands of families.”

- Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault

“For many years, the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association has hosted the Toy Drive to bring food and home essentials to families, along with toys and gifts to deserving children and youth. We are grateful for the community’s support and know we can count on them again to bring much needed joy and care to underprivileged citizens.”

- Kurt Merriman, Toy Drive Committee Chair, Oakville Professional Firefighters Association