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Bright Lights Windsor Festival 2017

December 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 9, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

Bright Lights Windsor Festival of Holiday Lights

This holiday season the City of Windsor is hosting the inaugural Bright Lights Windsor Festival at Jackson Park on December 8, 2017 to January 9, 2018.

Bright Lights Windsor Extended Two Days!

Due to ongoing popularity and requests from the community for more opportunities to visit beyond the current severe cold snap, Bright Lights Windsor will now continue until Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (closing at 10:00 p.m.).

Temperatures are forecast to remain extremely low on Friday and Saturday, but relief should begin to arrive on Sunday. This extension will hopefully give visitors another chance to enjoy the display with weather that’s seasonably wintry but not quite so bitter.

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 on Tuesday.

The turnout for the first weekend of Bright Lights Windsor was truly excellent, as thousands of people of all ages lined up to enjoy the show. To allow families to arrive a little earlier and enjoy the display each night, gates will now be opening (and the lights will be on) at 5:30 p.m. (changed from 6:30pm).

Enjoy thousands of lights and a host of iconic holiday characters throughout the park.

Programming and activities will take place at the Welcoming Gates in the Sunken Gardens at Jackson Park.

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.

Festive performances happen on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

This is a free, family-friendly festival.

Please note: the horse and carriage rides that were offered on opening night have been discontinued for the remainder of the event dates due to safety concerns.

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)

Bright Lights Windsor Parking Map

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

Emily Hayes sings during opening ceremony of Bright Lights Windsor.

Bright Lights Windsor is a Signature Event in the Celebrating2017 Initiative – helping to mark Windsor’s 125th birthday, along with the 150th anniversary of Ontario and Canada in 2017.



December 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
January 9 @ 10:00 pm
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City of Windsor


Jackson Park | Windsor, Ontario
125 Tecumseh Rd. E.
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3N5 Canada
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