Bright Lights Windsor 2019 Just Around the Corner
The tradition continues, as Bright Lights Windsor returns to dazzle and inspire visitors from December 6, 2019 to January 7, 2020. Our first Bright Lights Windsor was a huge success, and the second was even bigger and better, and it was visited by thousands more: 60,000 visitors in 2017 skyrocketed to over 100,000 in 2018.
“Once again, we reviewed the many great suggestions from visitors and staff to make the experience better for everybody involved,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “With all of that excellent feedback in mind, we have some great things in store to ensure that this year’s event will be the best yet!”
Here are a few highlights of what’s in store:
In addition to the new accessible pathways and the Bright Lights Windsor train we introduced last year, our newly renovated washroom building will now offer heated and accessible facilities throughout the festival.
New illuminated signage will help guide you to the show from our main parking area, which can be found in our south side parking lot, accessible from either Dougall or McDougall. We’ll once again offer parking as well at Kennedy Collegiate and our Parks Field House and Main Office on McDougall.
The WE Made It: Holiday Market, which is sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in partnership with the Urban Art Market, Rose City Etsy Team and WindsorEats will have more booths and more hours of operation: the market will now be fully open on Sundays in addition to our regular Friday and Saturday hours, and we’ll offer a partial market for food and beverages during the week now as well.
New this year, we’ll offer sensory friendly “Silent Nights” on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in partnership with Autism Ontario 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.
We’ll also be opening the park to walkers and joggers on Sunday mornings from 6am to 8am. This will be a great opportunity for fans of daytime visits to enjoy the popular park simply as a park (with a little enhanced scenery, of course).
We have some gracious sponsorships with AM800 CKLW, Tim Hortons, CTV, Libro Credit Union, WindsoriteDOTca News, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, Allstate Insurance, Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island, University of Windsor and YourTV Windsor. We are thankful for their generous contributions.
Sparking Windsor’s well known charitable spirit will be a priority again this year, and we’ll 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.
Opening ceremonies take place this year at 6:30 p.m. on December 6, after which the event runs every night from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. until January 7, 2020.
To learn more, contact 311 or visit www.brightlightswindsor.ca.