Bright Lights Windsor
Bright Lights Windsor 2020 Suspended due to Pandemic
Based on consultations with local public health officials, the City of Windsor will be unable to proceed with the traditional Bright Lights Windsor event in Jackson Park this year.
In 2019, over 100,000 residents and visitors attended over the course of the month-long festival of lights. Despite the outdoor setting of the event, the overall nature of this celebration made it logistically too difficult to consider alternatives such as ticketing to limit congregation.
As an alternative, the City of Windsor is moving forward with a special 2020 pilot project in partnership with all local Business Improvement Areas (BIA's). Each BIA will be able to access up to $20,000 to support the installation of holiday lighting across business facades. If fully subscribed, $180,000 would be put towards this effort in support of local small businesses.
A look back to 2019!
Bright Lights Windsor dazzled thousands throughout the holidays once again in 2019, with a strengthened focus on inclusivity ensuring that families and friends could share the experience like never before. Tam offers thanks in our final video and introduces our highlight reel:
What makes for a great tradition is how it gets better ... every year. And Bright Lights Windsor is no different. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021 to a bigger and more awe inspiring event with its thousands of lights, stunning displays and holiday market.
Bright Lights Insider Map 2019-2020
Look back on the themed areas and displays from the 2019-2020 season.
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In addition to the new accessible pathways and the Bright Lights Windsor train, we introduced in 2018, our newly renovated washroom building offered heated and accessible facilities throughout the festival.
New illuminated signage helped guide you to the show from our main parking area.
The WE Made It: Holiday Market, sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in partnership with the Urban Art Market, Rose City Etsy Team and WindsorEats included more booths and more hours of operation.
in 2019 we introduced sensory friendly “Silent Nights” on Monday evenings in partnership with Autism Ontario Windsor Essex. The lights were on, but sound was muted, strobe elements paused and light dulling glasses were made available, so the display could be enjoyed in a peaceful environment that is accommodating to sensory sensitivities.
Sunday morning strolls were introduced opening the park to walkers and joggers on Sunday mornings from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
A number of local charities again joined us onsite including Operation Keep Windsor Warm, Autism Ontario Windsor Essex, Windsor Essex Care for Kids Foundation (W.E. Care for Kids), Unemployed Help Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Salvation Army.
Best of Windsor Essex Award Winner
2018 Best Local Festival – Community Holiday Event
2019 Best Festival – Community Holiday Event
2020 Best Festival - Community Holiday Event
Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors!