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Bright Lights Windsor Festival 2019
December 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - January 7, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
This holiday season the City of Windsor is hosting the third annual Bright Lights Windsor Festival, bigger, brighter and more awe inspiring than ever before, at Jackson Park on December 6, 2019 to January 7, 2020.
This year, the spectacular backdrop of thousands of lights, stunning displays, the WE Made It: Holiday Market, and new additions are amazing.
A brilliant display of thousands of lights will illuminate the park each evening including a giant illuminated tree in the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens, iconic holiday characters throughout the park, and exciting sections throughout the park including Candy Cane Lane, Rainbow Lane, Polar Blast, Windsor Way, Kid’s Central Station, Santa’s Workshop, Proudly Canadian, Around The World, Bright Lights Windsor Train rides and more from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, nightly until the final day.
This is a free, family-friendly festival.
The Opening Lighting Ceremony takes place on December 6, 2019 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 enjoy special performances, giveaways, special guests, and that spectacular moment when the city illuminates the giant tree and the thousands of lights in the park around it for the third year in a row. Then visit again throughout the month, and create memories that will last a lifetime!
The turnout for the first two annual Bright Lights Windsor events was truly excellent, as thousands of people of all ages lined up to enjoy the show and opening ceremonies.
In total over 60,000 visitors experienced Bright Lights Windsor in 2017 and that skyrocketed to over 100,000 in 2018. This year is expected to match or exceed last year’s numbers.
WE Made It: Holiday Market on Fridays, Saturdays, and new this year on Sundays too
Enjoy shopping and browsing local artisans, designers, makers and local food/beverage vendors during the celebration of Bright Lights Windsor 2019.
As part of the festivities, the City of Windsor will be hosting the WE Made It: Holiday Market again this year sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and in partnership with Urban Art Market, Rose City Etsy Team, and Windsor Eats. 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. This year it features more booths and more hours of operation: the market will now be fully open on Sundays in addition to regular Friday and Saturday hours, and a partial market for food and beverages will be open during the week now as well.
Festive performances by local talent, programming and activities are also scheduled with details to be announced soon.
A newly renovated washroom building offering heated and accessible facilities throughout the festival.
Sensory Friendly Monday Nights
New this year, sensory friendly “Silent Nights” on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in partnership with Autism Windsor Essex. The lights will be on, but sound will be muted, strobe elements paused and light dulling glasses available, so the display can be enjoyed in a peaceful environment that is accommodating to sensory sensitivities.
Open to Walkers and Joggers on Sunday Mornings
Also new this year, the park will be open to walkers and joggers on Sunday mornings from 6am to 8am. This is a great opportunity for fans of daytime visits to enjoy the popular park simply as a park (with a little enhanced scenery, of course).
Supporting Local Charities
The city will also be hosting a number local charities, including Operation Keep Windsor Warm, Autism Ontario Windsor Essex, Windsor Essex Care for Kids Foundation (W.E. Care for Kids), Unemployed Help Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Salvation Army.
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