Bright Lights Windsor Festival 2018
December 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - January 6, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
This holiday season the City of Windsor is hosting the second annual Bright Lights Windsor Festival at Jackson Park on December 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019.
A brilliant display of lights will illuminate the park each evening including a giant illuminated tree in the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, nightly until the final day.
Enjoy thousands of lights and a host of iconic holiday characters throughout the park.
The Opening Lighting Ceremony takes place on December 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the elegant ceremonial lighting of the 64-foot tree in the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens.
Join Mayor Drew Dilkens and special guests for that spectacular moment when the city illuminates the giant tree and the thousands of lights in the park around it for the second year in a row. Then visit again throughout the month, and create memories that will last a lifetime!
The turnout for the first annual Bright Lights Windsor was truly excellent, as thousands of people of all ages lined up to enjoy the show and opening ceremonies.
WE Made It: Holiday Market on Fridays and Saturdays
Enjoy shopping and browsing local artisans, designers, makers and local food/beverage vendors during the celebration of Bright Lights Windsor 2018.
As part of the 2018 festivities, the City of Windsor will be hosting the WE Made It: Holiday Market sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and in partnership with Urban Art Market & Rose City Etsy Team. The market will be a destination for visitors at Bright Lights Windsor to purchase items from local makers and artisans while enjoying local food amongst the spectacular backdrop of thousands of lights and stunning displays.
WE Made It: Holiday Market will be open Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30-9pm starting December 7 and running through to December 28.
Festive Performances on Fridays and Saturdays
Festive performances happen on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Programming and activities will take place at the Welcoming Gates in the Sunken Gardens at Jackson Park.
Special Light Shows on Thursdays Thru Saturdays
Special light shows will take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 7:00 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.
This is a free, family-friendly festival.
Where Can You Find Parking?
While the main Jackson Park entrance and parking lot (off Tecumseh Road East) will be closed to facilitate event activities, there will be several parking options nearby for Bright Lights Windsor, all within a few minutes’ walk:
Kennedy Collegiate, 245 Tecumseh Road East:
This primary parking location is offered thanks to Kennedy Collegiate and can be accessed from McDougall Street. A limited number of accessible permit parking spots are available at the north end.
Parks & Recreation Field House, 2365 McDougall Street (Approximately 6 minute walk)
Parks & Recreation Main Office, 2450 McDougall Street (Approximately 8 minute walk)
Jackson Park Overflow Lots:
Parks Yard (Intersection of McDougall Street and Memorial Drive)
Parkside Tennis and Windsor Lawn Bowling (only accessible via McDougall through Parks Yard)
Transit Windsor’s Transway 1C and 1A bus routes make stops near Jackson Park in both directions along Tecumseh Road East.
To learn more about Bright Lights Windsor, including a detailed schedule and information on how to become a volunteer, call 311 or visit www.BrightLightsWindsor.ca
Related Article: Bright Lights Windsor Dazzled Thousands During Opening Ceremony