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PHOTOS: Take A Look Inside Bright Lights Windsor 2022

Friday December 2nd, 2022, 7:39pm

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Hundreds of people came out to Jackson Park, Friday evening, for the lighting of the fifth annual Bright Lights Windsor.

The City of Windsor’s unique display features a giant illuminated tree in the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens, thousands of lights, and a Holiday Market.

Interested in checking out the displays? Here’s everything you need to know:

This year’s theme is “Take It All In,” and the path this year takes you through a series of exciting zones:

  • Wish Upon a Star
  • Winter Wonderland
  • the new Royal Promenade in honour of Her Majesty, the late Queen Elizabeth II
  • Santa’s Workshop
  • Peace & Love Around the World
  • W.E. the North
  • Children’s Enchanted Village, where kids can write letters to Santa from the comfort of our inflatable igloo, or ride the Holiday Train and enjoy our new scavenger hunt, sponsored by Libro Credit Union. Opportunities to be wowed at every turn and excellent settings for the perfect picture – including some fun new selfie stations – will be abundant.

Hours:

The park will be lit every night from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.

Sensory friendly “Silent Nights” are offered on Tuesday evenings. The lights will be on, but sound will be muted and strobe elements paused so the display can be enjoyed in a peaceful environment that is accommodating to sensory sensitivities.

Parking:

Kennedy Collegiate Parking

  • 245 Tecumseh Road East: This primary parking location is offered thanks to our friends at Kennedy Collegiate.
  • Kennedy Collegiate parking is available and can be accessed from McDougall Street.
  • A limited number of accessible permit parking spots are available at the south end.

Near Parkside Tennis and Windsor Lawn Bowling

  • Near Parkside Tennis and Windsor Lawn Bowling. A limited number of accessible permit parking spots are available.
  • Bright Lights displays extend right to the entrance from this parking lot.
  • Accessible via McDougall through Parks Yard or Dougall Avenue.
  • A limited number of accessible permit parking spots are available.

Additional Parking

  • Parks & Recreation Field House, 2365 McDougall Street
  • Parks & Recreation Main Office, 2450 McDougall Street

Entrances:

  • Tecumseh and Ouellette
  • Tecumseh Road
  • McDougall near Kennedy Collegiate
  • Memorial Drive Parking Lot (near Parkside Tennis and Windsor Lawn Bowling)

Holiday Market:

The WE Made It: Holiday Market returns, sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in partnership with the Urban Art Market, Rose City Etsy Team and WindsorEats. The full holiday market will be open Fridays and Saturdays, with a partial market for food and beverages operating during the week. Along with the market, several excellent local food and beverage options will be available.  Learn more here.

Charity Giving:

Encouraging Windsor’s incredible charitable spirit will be a priority once again this year, and each week we will have a designated hut for a Community Giving Partner to showcase. W.E. Care for Kids will be here with hot chocolate on weekends for the duration, and our weekly showcases will also feature Operation Keep Windsor Warm; Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation Inc.; Ronald McDonald House Charities – Southwestern Ontario; Feeding Windsor Essex; Sleep In Heavenly Peace – Windsor; and In Honour of the Ones We Love, Inc.

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