Red Deer Lights the Night this weekend

  • Nov. 18, 2015 4:09 p.m.

A festival set to happen this coming weekend will kick of the holiday season in Red Deer.

Red Deer Lights the Night will take place in downtown Red Deer on Nov. 21st. The festival, which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in City Hall Park and on Ross Street is presented by Stantec and hosted by the City of Red Deer and the Downtown Business Association.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this event this year as it’s become a fan favourite for Red Deerians,” said Annette Scheper, community program facilitator for the City of Red Deer. “There’s something about those twinkling lights that sparks a wonderful holiday spirit in kids and adults alike.

“We do kick off the holiday season, we get the community together and we have a great time. It’s a great family event.”

The event will include the officially lighting of City Hall Park and Red Deer’s biggest Christmas Tree at 5:15 p.m. followed by a fireworks show. Families can take in the live entertainment, a winter market, crafts and games for the kids, free hot chocolate and popcorn, and of course, a visit from Santa.

“People can expect similar events to what has happened in the past. We haven’t overly changed anything, but we have added some more components to it to up the value of the event to our community,” said Scheper, pointing to the fact the festival has previously been run by the Fesitval of Trees. “The DBA is planning on bringing in a 30’ by 60’ warming tent that will include a stage and a beverage service as well. There will also be a quaint winter market that will run and there is a Santa booth that is being created and it is one of our environmental components where 95 per cent of it is reduce, reuse, recycle.

“Santa will be on site from 4-6 p.m. so all of the kids will have a chance to visit with him. And we’ll have the Overdue Blues Band who will be performing some lovely Christmas songs that everyone can enjoy.”

After the event City Hall Park will be lit up until about Jan. 11th and Red Deerians are encouraged to take in the site as nightly from 6-8:30 p.m. there will be a light show timed with music.

“It is a lovely walkabout in the park and the tree on the corner of City Hall Park will have this light show going on so you can enjoy some Christmas music over the holidays and after Christmas it will switch to some classical music to keep us going through the frivolities of the winter,” said Scheper.

Anyone that wishes to volunteer for the event can call 403-309-4091. For more information on Red Deer Lights the Night, check out www.reddeer.ca/reddeerlights.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Thurber Raiders snatch season opener from the Lacombe Rams

Red Deer game saw 44-8 win for the Raiders

Snowfall warning in effect for Red Deer

Around 10 to 15 centimetres expected

Red Deer RCMP arrest man in stolen vehicle after collisions

Man arrested after the stolen truck he was driving collided with several vehicles

City council responding to social and safety issues

Mayor Tara Veer releases statement on City’s ongoing social and safety challenges

WATCH: Grey Cup was in Red Deer to support military families

Money raised will go towards the Military Family Resource Centre

VIDEO: Inside an eerily empty mall in Canada

Only seven of 517 retail spaces are open for business as the grand opening postponed to next year

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Hydro Ottawa says more than 170,000 customers were without power early this morning

BALONEY METER: Do Liberal policies mean a typical family is $2,000 richer?

MPs took to Twitter to talk how ‘typical’ Canadian families have more money due to Liberal policies

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

Tilray Inc sees $10-billion in market cap go up in smoke

Tilray’s share price closed at $123 US on Friday, a decline from its intraday peak of nearly $300 US earlier in the week

Canada to boost support for riskier forms of renewable energy: minister

A $30-million contribution to a $117-million tidal project hopes to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy

Browns beat streak, win first NFL game in 635 days

Baker Mayfield erased any doubts about why the Browns selected him with the No. 1 overall pick

Most Read