City of Red Deer employee Brock Smethhurst strings lights on a tree in City Hall Park onTuesday afternoon. Thousands of colourful lights will illuminate the park again this winter when the city turns on the display on Nov. 19. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

City Hall Park lights up to celebrate the holidays

Red Deerians invited to the Red Deer Lights the Night event on Nov. 19

The holiday season will get off to a twinkling start on Saturday, Nov. 19, with the Red Deer Lights the Night celebration.

The annual lighting spectacular will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in City Hall Park, on Ross Street and in the downtown public library.

Red Deerians are invited to stroll through the colourful light display in City Hall Park, visit vendors in the winter market, and “cozy up in the warming tent, while enjoying some free popcorn and hot chocolate.”

There will be crafts and games for kids and a visit from Santa.

The celebration, presented by Stantec, and hosted by the City of Red Deer, Red Deer Public Library and the Downtown Business Association, has become an annual family favourite.

“We’re looking forward to its return,” said Annette Scheper, the city’s community and facilities co-ordinator. “There’s something about those twinkling lights that sparks a joyful holiday spirit in kids and adults.”

Guests are reminded that pets are not permitted in the park or the event site. Parking is available at the Sorenson Station parkade, behind Gaetz Memorial United Church, and beside the Welikoklad Event Centre.

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