Festival of Lights makes the trip to Spencer Smith Park well worth the effort

News 100 redBy Staff

November 26th, 2015


It is a little difficult to get a sense of a holiday season with the weather as warm as it is – but the volunteers who put the lights up on the waterfront have made a valiant effort.

Season red coats guarding the shore

Are these “Red Coats” defending the city from the Americans during the war of 1812? There was a naval battle fought on Lake Ontario that decided the fate of this country. Great time for parents to pass along some history to their children as they take in the Festival of Lights

When evening has set in – take time to walk down to Spencer Smith Park and take in the lights that have been set up – it really is something to see, enjoy and appreciate.

Season - Naval promenade

A stroll along the Naval promenade while the weather is unseasonable warm is a chance to take in the many lights that bring a smile to the face of almost everyone.

Season - Mr Ho Ho Ho

The Ho Ho Ho man himself stands at the entry to Spencer Smith Park.

Season - lights with pier tower

A collection of lights along the pathway to the pier and a red glow from the pier tower begin any tour of the Festival of Lights in Spencer Smith Park.

Season - lights from pier

The Burlington shoreline from the pier.

The Festival of Lights has gone though some difficult days with their funding – but the work gets done and everyone can enjoy the work the new designs.

Best place to get a full sense is to be out on the pier and then to walk along the Naval promenade and see the individual pieces of work.

The tower on the pier changes colours – it was supposed to have a turbine at the top that would have generated the electricity for the pier – and perhaps all the seasonal fixtures – that didn’t happen – but we do have the pier – $14 million plus to put it in place.

Brant Street hasn’t seen much – if any – decoration. The Burlington Downtown Business association has a competition going on among its members – for some reason that association’s members just don’t seem to rise to the challenge of giving the street a festive feel. Right now their efforts seem to be on a sales drive tied into the Yellow Pages. Look for Yellow Bags – the retailer will tell you what the effort is all about.

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