Candlelight Stroll through downtown Burlington kicks off thee festive season.

News 100 redBy Staff

December 1st, 2018



It’s a weather dependent event.

When it rains – even a light drizzle the crowds are smaller.

When it snows the mood in Civic Square is different.

When the weather is what we got Friday evening the annual Candlelight Stroll is a total delight.

Burger line up

The line up for the free burgers ran along Brant street up to the Cenotaph.

The lineup for the free burgers stretch from outside the door to city hall around to the Cenotaph further up Brant Street.

This year we had two Mayors on the podium – Mayor Goldring doing his last formal act as the outgoing Mayor and Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor Elect, talking to the audience that packed the Civic Square with the confidence and energy that got her to where she is today.

Strollers with children were all over the place while the older kids were scooting about with small fixtures that glowed in the dark attached to their coats.

Brian Dean, Executive Director of the Burlington Downtown Business Association, organizer of the event, was buzzing about checking in with people grateful that the weather worked.

Candles for the stroll

Candles to light the way and add a sense of occasion to the evening.

Candles were available to the Strollers to light the way and add a sense of occasion to the evening.

The Stroll had six stations along a route that started at city hall, along James Street, a place that in five years will have two 24 storey towers on either side of the James Brant intersection- continues to Elizabeth for a stop at Village Square where Victorian Carollers performed – then on to the Pearl and Pine Retirement Home where the Poacher Ukulele Band performed then down to Lakeshore Coffee House where the Glad Tidings Kids Choir perfumed.

Town crier

Town Crier Dave Vollick poses for pictures.

Then across Brant street to the entrance to the Park – in five years will we see a new Waterfront Hotel soaring 30 storeys in to the sky and shuffled to the eat allowing for a wider open space to the park?. Hot Maple Taffy and Carols by the St. John Elementary Catholic School.

The Stroll ended at the Gazebo where the Burlington Concert band performed and people munched on popcorn provided by Cogeco.

An evening that was enjoyed by the hundreds that took part.

People also got a chance to have their picture taken with the city’s Town crier.

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1 comment to Candlelight Stroll through downtown Burlington kicks off thee festive season.

  • Susie

    Thank you for the info on the next five years of planning to see a 30 storey Waterfront Hotel soaring into the sky. Another unpleasant concrete monstrosity surrounding our beautiful lake. $$ And yes the Candlelight Stroll was lovely, and “thank you BDBA and your workers” for making this evening a delight for all.