There might not be snow on the ground yet but Canadians are already beginning to embrace the spirit of the Winter season. Churchill Square kicked off the beginning of a number of winter and Christmas-themed events that will be popping up all around the city for the next five months with their annual Holiday Light Up.
In the hours leading to the light up the square was busy with performances by special guests, food vendors, stilt walkers, clowns and mascots but everything slowed down as the countdown for the light up began.
Bundled up in scarves, toques and mittens, hundreds of people gathered around around to watch the Mayor light up the tree as the sun set and darkness engulfed the square. At 74-ft. tall and adorned with 14 thousand LED lights and decorations, it was a spectacular moment that left everyone in awe.
With cheers and claps from the crowd, the event was topped off with a beautiful fireworks display that illuminated the sky.
If you missed the action, don’t worry! Churchill Square will be lit up (minus the fireworks) for rest of the season. Head out when the sun has gone down, bundle up in your coziest winter attire and take a stroll through the square to get a first-hand view of the beautiful lights on display.
We continued to drive down the stretch of country road, the night engulfed in darkness apart from our headlights. As we went along, we turned a corner and there it was. The beginning of one of the biggest displays of Christmas cheer I had ever seen.
Every year for the past ten years, thousands of twinkling lights are set up on an acreage in Leduc, AB from the efforts of one family. What started out as something just for the family has grown into a popular activity for the entire community of Leduc and surrounding cities. Free of charge, guests are asked only to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank. If you’re feeling generous this Christmas, cash donation are also accepted.
People young and old gather at the acreage and begin their walk along a snowy path lined with Christmas lights that make their way throughout the five acre plot of land. From hundreds of glowing Christmas trees to reindeer, snowmen, and even Santa himself, this spectacle is a great event for all ages. If you are traveling through Alberta or in the area, I would highly recommend taking a quick trip out to see the display. This Christmas season is quickly coming to an end, but the display will be running until January 4th, 2014, with the lights going on at 4pm each day. If you miss it this season, it is expected to run again for it’s eleventh year in a row starting December 1st, 2014.
So, how do you get there? The Christmas display is located in Leduc County at the intersection of Range Road 260 and Township Road 492. Drive West from Leduc on Highway 39, left on Range Road 260. Drive along for a little while and turn left again onto Township Road 492. This place is impossible to miss, just keep an eye out for the lights!