Bright Lights Windsor dazzled thousands throughout the holidays once again this year, the third year for the event, and this time with a strengthened focus on inclusivity ensuring that families and friends could share the experience like never before.
“From the start, Bright Lights Windsor has been all about celebrating Windsor’s diversity and ensuring that the whole community can share the experience,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Each year, our organizers find new ways to help us spread the holiday spirit and open this amazing event to more and more people. Thank you to everyone who visited and to all of the staff, volunteers and sponsors who helped make it such a success.”
Thanks to a number of enhanced services and new ways to enjoy the displays and entertainment at Jackson Park, the community packed our pathways and offered rave reviews. Our new sensory friendly “silent nights” on Mondays were a hit, as were our Sunday Strolls that opened the park to daytime visitors on Sunday mornings.
We estimate that close to 100,000 visitors took in the Bright Lights from December 6 to January 7, keeping pace with our impressive attendance in 2018.
Our newly renovated washroom building and expanded offerings in the WE Made It: Holiday Market ensured that accommodations and amenities were readily available throughout the Bright Lights season. One happy visitor on social media praised the event, saying, “It’s been great to see Bright Lights develop over the past few years, especially the addition of the WE Made It Market! Well done, Windsor ... thanks for helping the holidays be a little brighter for all!”
Everyone’s favourite photo op continued to resonate across social media channels too. Lineups at our various photo-friendly fixtures continued right up to the final nights. Some snapped selfies, while some enjoyed the generosity of the next people in line, who gladly offered to help out so the whole group could get into the picture. A quick search for #BrightLightsWindsor on social media proves that once again, everybody wants to see and be seen at Jackson Park during the holidays.
Visitor comments arrived by the hundreds on social media, showing appreciation for the displays, as well as the staff and volunteers who help make it all happen. Here are just a few:
“Excellent job. Everyone in Windsor should be proud.”
“My autistic son loved the sensory friendly experience. We all thought it was great!!! If you offer sensory friendly nights next year we'll be there!”
“Another great holiday season for Bright Lights Windsor!”
“Another Magical visit!”
“The staff and the volunteers who run this most excellent festival are to be commended! You all knocked it outta the park this year (pun absolutely intended LOL)”