An annual favorite, the light display on Ohio Close in Oriole Park is a riot of colour and festive design. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Seniors light tour in Red Deer always draws hundreds

Kinsmen and Kinettes help show off season’s bright lights

The weather outside is frightful — but it’s unlikely to deter the many people, especially seniors, who always find joy in checking out Red Deer’s best and brightest lights during the holiday season.

The annual Christmas light tour that Red Deer Kinsmen and Kinettes offer free to seniors has at least 250 people already signed up, according to route mapper and Kinette Lisa Martin.

This is the 10th year she has planned the route, which is the same as last year, she said.

Seniors are able to pre-register for the tour through their various lodges, the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre, or by calling Martin at 403-848-3974.

This year’s tour for seniors is on Dec. 15 with pickup starting at 6 p.m. and returning to the Westerner at 7:30 p.m. Bus transportation is provided.

The seniors tour has grown in popularity over the years. When Martin first got involved a decade ago, there were just 50 people on the tour.

After the approximate 45-minute to one-hour tour, seniors are returned to the Westerner where they are treated with Christmas musical entertainment, and also snacks donated by local businesses.

Anyone else wanting to see the same lights can follow the route themselves any time during the season. Bringing along a map and navigator is recommended.

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