Bright Lights Windsor Expands The Magical Fun In Its Second Year

Bright Lights Expands the Magic

As hundreds walked around Bright Lights Windsor in the electrified Jackson Park Friday night (Dec. 14) their steps seemed a bit lighter, often in concert with the music in the air. But this wasn’t recorded music, it was live. The Myskow Brothers were in the house, actually they were performing in the dark which made their presence all the more magical causing one passing young girl to ask, “isn’t this just like Disneyland?”

With a $1.5 million upgrade, the City of Windsor has added new attractions – including a train ride – and pushed out the footprint of its popular free family-oriented festival.

Train Rides at Bright Lights Windsor

A mini-trackless electric train in the children’s area which takes the public on rides through Jackson Park is a new addition to this year’s edition of Bright Lights Windsor . Show here on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Throughout the park, wherever a glowing light fixture stood, visitors were shooting selfies, others could be seen asking passers-by to take a shot of them in front of the 64-foot tree in the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens – yes it’s back – or many more were standing in groups for photos in some of the multiple lighted tunnels.

Giant Red Lighted Maple Leaf at Bright Lights Windsor

A large red Maple Leaf light display,, and red and white lights tunnel, are new additions to Bright Lights Windsor, shown here on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

There seemed to be an almost unquenchable thirst to be photographed in the Rose City’s place to be in December. Favourite iconic holiday characters from last year had long lines including a tall white statuesque polar bear. Equally long queues flanked the Lights’ many new attractions, such as the eight foot tall letters spelling out Windsor on the west side of the park. Highly visible to motorists travelling by on Ouellette Avenue, it is reminiscent of the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square in the Queen City or the one in Detroit on Woodward Avenue, south of the new Little Caesar’s Arena.

City of Windsor sign at Bright Lights Windsor

Windsor spelled out in bright letters, and standing 8’ tall, is another new addition to Bright Lights Windsor. Show here on Friday, December 14, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Along with the music in the air, there was also the tantalizing aroma of fresh French fries near another new addition. On Friday and Saturday nights a market consisting of rows of huts will be home to artisans and food purveyors selling everything from those fries to pancakes and crafts. The WE Made It: Holiday Market is sponsored by the local tourist agency, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, in a partnership with Urban Art Market & the Rose City Etsy Team. The market will operate until December 28.

Patti Pancakes at Bright Lights Windsor

Vendors operating the Patti Pancakes booth, part of the WE Made It: Holiday Market sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in partnership with the Urban Art Market and Rose City Etsy Team, at Bright Lights Windsor on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

The Myskow Brothers were one a series of performers scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Abridged Opera singing during Bright Lights Windsor

Amelia Daigle (left) and Brianna DeSantis of Abridged Opera singing Christmas Carols during Bright Lights Windsor on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Editors note: Amelia Daigle and Brianna DeSantis of Abridged Opera sang Christmas Carols on Friday, December 28, 2018. They informed us that Abridged Opera will be presenting Jules Massenet’s Cinderella (Cendrillon), in a theatre in the round setting, with members of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra at Willistead Manor on March 27 & 28, 2019.

The event will continue nightly until January 6, 2019 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. Jackson Park’s main entrance is at the intersection of Ouellette and Tecumseh Avenues. Parking is nearby at Kennedy Collegiate, via McDougall Street, as well as the Parks & Recreation Field House and main office on McDougall. Jackson Park’s regular parking lot will be closed during Bright Lights.

Candy Cane light displays at Bright Lights Windsor

Candy Cane Lane near Jackson Park’s main entrance is a new attraction at Bright Lights Windsor, shown here on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

More information can be found at www.BrightLightsWindsor.ca or on the Eyes On Windsor Bright Lights Windsor event page.

Displays at Bright Lights Windsor

Light displays at Bright Lights Windsor shown on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Red light shining on tree at Bright Lights Windsor

Nature in all its glory was also on display at Bright Lights Windsor. Red lighting exposed the fascinating gnarly nature of this tree at Jackson Park shown on Friday, December 14, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Giant Christmas Tree at Bright Lights Windsor

64 foot high Christmas tree in the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens at Jackson Park during Bright Lights Windsor on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Snowflake light display at Bright Lights Windsor

Snowflake light display at Bright Lights Windsor shown here on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Santa's Sleigh at Bright Lights Windsor

A family looking at Santa’s Sleigh at Bright Lights Windsor on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Snowmen light displays at Bright Lights Windsor

Snowmen light displays at Bright Lights Windsor shown here on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Deer light display at Bright Lights Windsor

Lighted deer display at Bright Lights Windsor shown here on Friday, December 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Robert Tuomi

Article by Robert Tuomi

For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.