The 33rd annual Celebration of Lights Event planning is well under way, we are optimistic to have an even bigger event this year and looking forward to having the entire Centennial Park open with the new stage area. As always we depend on the support of the community to make this all happen and we hope to build off some of the initiatives started during our rough times in 2016.
Display adoptions will be continued again this year, this model turned out fantastic last year and was very inspiring to see so many from our community working together to create an amazing display. The sense of ownership, pride and community was a great experience for all involved. 2016 turned into a fantastic display and we hope to continue with this to improve and make it bigger and better than ever.
The Iconic Road Arch has been a major project this year thanks to several very committed volunteers from our community and several great organizations. At this point in time we appear to be on track to have this display back totally repaired and revitalized. We are excited to have this display back and has been missed greatly over the last few years.
Several other displays have also been going through restoration thanks to the volunteers in our community stepping up to keep this great event in our community alive and well. We are truly inspired by the support that has come forward.
We are also working to try to bring back some things from the past as well, we are working at bringing back the scene displays with the cut outs for the kids from the past, having local schools and groups make decorations and decorate tree’s and get that feel back to our event as well.
We will also be returning the opening ceremony festivities as well this year, with a few changes. We will be moving our opening ceremonies to Saturday November 25th and starting earlier with some children’s activities, face painters, entertainers, etc, then to the traditional opening ceremony activities leading up to the turning on of the lights. The horse and trolley rides that have always been popular will be back, starting earlier and we are adding in a 2nd one to help alleviate the long lines of the past to this popular activity. We also plan to return the fireworks over Sarnia Bay as well.
We are still looking for sponsors for some of these activities, so if you can help out in any way please consider a donation to help make this event a success. Please reach out to us for any information, details or opportunities available. Our donation request letter for 2017 is also available with details, opportunities and how to donate.
Thank you to all in the community who come forward and make this annual tradition a success, without this we would not be able to make this all happen.
If you are interested in making a donation to Celebration of Lights, download this letter.
Displays moved from storage to Centennial Park, any help is appreciated, as many trailers, trucks and volunteers are needed.
Displays available at park for repairs, assembly and set up
Lighting Comp Entry Opens
Crane set up day, large displays to be lifted this day, any experienced people with crane lifts greatly appreciated to assist with this!
Community Set up day, finalize set up of all displays
Opening Ceremonies starting at 4:00 PM, details to follow
Lighting Comp Entry Deadline
Lighting Comp Judging Night