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Mayor Drew Dilkens outside Windsor City Hall in 2018 

December – 2018: Happy Holidays and Best Wishes

As 2018 comes to a close, I am so thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve as your Mayor for the next four years. The future of our City is very bright! I invite everyone to join us for the Inaugural Meeting of Windsor City Council on December 3 at 7 p.m. at the Chrysler Theatre, St. Clair Centre for the Arts downtown facility. The "Taste of Carrousel" reception will follow, with proceeds to benefit the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.

This month, I am pleased to see Bright Lights Windsor return for a second year. The free festival runs from December 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each night. We host the Opening Lighting Ceremony on December 7 at 6:30 p.m., and I invite everyone to come out and experience this magical moment. Last year, an extended run, rave reviews from guests of all ages, incredible social media buzz, and an estimated 60,000 visitors helped make our inaugural event truly unforgettable. From the giant illuminated tree in the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens and the thousands of lights and a host of iconic holiday characters ... to the holiday market and festival performances ... Jackson Park will come alive again this holiday season. The unifying theme of light, shared across holiday traditions of countless cultures and faiths around the world, is a perfect fit for a city renowned for its multiculturalism. This festival brings people together in a shared space where magic is possible and memories are made. 

Speaking of magic ... Willistead Manor’s Holiday Tours, with the Friends of Willistead’s holiday display, take place Sundays (December 2, 9, 16 and 23) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays (December 5, 12 and 19) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit for tour details.  

Visit Museum Windsor’s Chimczuk Museum this month for exhibits on Spanish Flu: The Windsor Experience 1918-1919; Remembering the Armistice 1918-2018; Canada’s Waterscapes: Yours to Enjoy, Explore & Protect; and all the permanent exhibits at our museum sites. On December 8, Rotary Club of Windsor 1918 generously sponsors a Free Admission Day at the Chimczuk Museum, with activities and guided tours. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the museum’s Christmas Canned Food Drive. The museum also offers scavenger hunts and holiday themed crafts during their special Holiday Break Schedule. For all the details, visit

Adventure Bay Family Water Park continues its own holiday tradition with Swim with Santa on December 1, while also celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Enjoy special admission rates, activities, free hot chocolate, and a visit and photo op with the big guy himself. $2.00 from each admission will support the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park. On December 31, the water park hosts New Year’s Eve at Adventure Bay with special rates, activities and much more. Details are at

Windsor Fire & Rescue’s Annual Teddy Bear Toss takes place December 16 at the WFCU Centre. Join the firefighters during the Windsor Spitfires vs. Saginaw Spirit home game to support this initiative, with all collected teddy bears being distributed to children and families in our community during the holidays. This month, the Windsor Firefighter’s Benefit Fund sponsors the annual Sparky’s Toy Drive Program, which has a long tradition of helping to provide local families in need with new toys for their children at Christmas. For all details on this generous campaign, visit

As winter continues, those looking to make a difference are encouraged to sign up to be a Snow Angel. This voluntary snow removal service for senior citizens and persons with physical disabilities attempts to match volunteers from the community with residents in their neighbourhoods requiring assistance. It is a great way to get some exercise and help your community. For more information, call 311 or email

Our friends at Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island ask: Where can WE take you? The possibilities are endless... Check out to see for yourself. To find our more about the events and activities coming to Windsor this December, visit,,, and the Activity Guide​.

Happy Holidays everyone.

Mayor Drew Dilkens,
City of Windsor