November 18th to December 31st, 2016 – 5 pm to 10 pm

The Celebration of Lights is a spectacular display in which Sarnia-Lambton is set aglow under a blanket of illuminated lights. Both local residents and the thousands of visitors who come here each year to view the Celebration enjoy this magical festival. Due to the revamping of Centennial Park, lights will be displayed in the south part of the park (by London Road).


The Celebration of Lights began in 1984 with 650 lights and 9 displays. As a result of the popularity of the event and the community participation, the Celebration has snowballed in the following years to thousands of lights and many displays.

New lights and music, animation was added in 2013.

Incorporated in 2002, the Celebration of Lights is run by a voluntary Board of Directors.


1988, recognized locally on the Mayor’s Honour List for outstanding service to the people of the City of Sarnia.

1988, received the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Presidents Award.

1991, received the Ener$en$e Award for energy conversation.

2000, recognized as one of the top 50 events from Festivals & Events Ontario.

2001, received the Website Award from Festivals & Events Ontario.

2002, recognized as the runner-up in the Canadian Government’s Canada Winterlights competition following the extensive judging of festivals across the country.

2013, nominated for the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award in the Environmental Category.

Photography – courtesy of Lou Sprenger – Celebration of Lights Photographer

Dinner Entertainment

On November 26th, we will be having a special event with Dueling Pianos at the Royal Canadian Legion on Front Street. We have more information on the poster below.


Special Award Winners

Outstanding Contributor Award – Matt Routley

Chairman’s Award – Rosewood Manor (Steeves and Rozema)

Outstanding Business Contributor Award – Can-Weld

Diane Evans Award of Merit – Greg McIntosh and Ken McKinnon

Ted Arnold Memorial Award – Cathie Blake

Awards Ceremony – to be announced (by invitation only)

6:00 p.m. Social – 7:30 p.m. Awards

Awards Ceremony sponsored by Ontario Power Generation

Opening Ceremony sponsored by TransAlta Energy Corporation

The Awards Ceremony is held to thank the Sponsors who have contributed in dollars and time to help make the Celebration of Lights a success. Five special awards are given to sponsors and volunteers who have shown/contributed extra time to help make the Celebration of Lights a special festival.