The Celebration of Lights will shine in Smiths Falls once again.
The lights under the water tower at Centennial Park will light up the sky until the New Year.
“We’re always looking for ways to enhance people’s experience in our downtown,” said Art Manhire, director of community service, adding the idea of lighting up the park is several years old.
The light displays start Monday, Nov. 29 and will continue until Jan 7. Decorated trees will be lit up from Nov. 29 to Dec. 19 when when they will be donated to families in need, said Manhire.
About 20 local companies are providing support for the Celebration of Lights and the money will go toward food security in the community. The companies also sponsor the trees that be donated to the needy.
“It’s an opportunity for companies and the community to get together and support people who are in need,” said Manhire. “It’s nice to take advantage of the natural beauty of being along the water and being able to access it there,” he said.
This year Santa will make his appearance on Dec. 11 during the return of the Santa Claus parade hosted by the Smiths Falls Legion.
Manhire said the Celebration of Lights is a great way for people to come together and “to create a nice festive experience for people coming through town and for people who are in need.”
(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times