Tis the season that many of us put up our Christmas trees, deck the halls with boughs of holly, and start roasting chestnuts on an open fire. It’s how we welcome the holiday season, and get ready for that one magical night of the year. There is also one tradition that Beach residents, and many Torontonians, look forward to every November, and that is DeClute Real Estate’s annual Light Up The Beach event.

A multi-generational family-run business, the DeClute Real Estate team is one of the most successful real estate brokerages serving the Beach community, and the Light Up The Beach event is one of their biggest ’Thank you for your support!’ celebrations.  

So…on Saturday, November 27, 2015, Rick DeClute and a team of dedicated volunteers once again delighted the crowded boardwalk at the foot of Leuty Avenue with a special introduction by event ambassador Arthur Potts, MPP for Beaches-East York; singing by the Malvern Secondary School Choir; and complimentary soup and hot chocolate.

And of course, Santa Claus himself took time out of his incredibly busy schedule, came all the way from the North Pole, and led the countdown to the first tree lighting by the Leuty Lifeguard Station - and the rest of the tree lightings all the way to Beech Avenue.

Santa had his work cut out for him. Every fall, approx. 80,000 individual LED bulbs on 20,000 linear feet of wire are hung on 20 trees along the boardwalk, with some lights as high as 65 ft. off the ground. Once spring comes, all the lights are then removed. This amazing task is done by “The Dynamite Duo”, who bill themselves as ’super fantastic light putter uppers’. We agree. They are fantastic.

The Light Up The Beach event was originally conceived as a way to get area residents, and all Torontonians for that matter, to see the boardwalk and the lake not only for summer time enjoyment, but as a beautiful and enjoyable winter destination as well.

This year’s event was held in partnership with the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, with proceeds going towards the hospital and its continued dedication to bringing the best to its patients and the community.