The Town of Blackfalds is hosting a winter wonderland that began with the lighting of trees on Nov. 20.
While the pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual Light Up Blackfalds event, the wonderland will be held in its placethrough Jan. 7.
In a normal year, the event would have hot chocolate, carolling and dance performances but that all had to be put aside to accommodate public health orders.
“Each year, I see more families walking through our winter wonderland – laughing, joking and enjoying the lights and the music. This year will be no different,” Mayor Richard Poole says.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the new event at their leisure and take in the music and lights whenever they want for the duration of the display.
Located in Tayles Park, the spectacle features some 120,000 lights.
Every year, Park Operator Shaun Knowles programs the bulbs to show a different light performance.
“In the season that we have had this year, with everything being so different, it’s nice to have some normalcy; having lights at Christmas time is a big part of the enjoyment of the season,” Knowles says. “I get comments upon comments just as we’re setting the park up about how excited the community is.”
Guests can enjoy both a static light show and a music show in the theme of the holiday classic Home Alone. Once the main theme performance is over the lights will continue to dance along to Christmas carols.
The light show runs Monday to Sunday from 5 p.m. until dawn, with the music show taking place Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Please note that current Health Protocols advise against travelling outside your region to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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