Lots to see and do at Light Up The Night Festival

Lacombe’s annual event a family favourite

HOLIDAY SPIRIT - There’s lots to see and do at this year’s Light Up The Night Festival in Lacombe.file photo

HOLIDAY SPIRIT - There’s lots to see and do at this year’s Light Up The Night Festival in Lacombe. file photo

Lacombe’s annual Light Up The Night Festival is back for its 7th year.

And it has continued to be loved by the community according to Guy Lapointe, community economic development manager with the City of Lacombe.

The festival began Nov. 22nd and runs until Nov. 26th, and has increasingly grown since its inception.

“When we started it, the idea was that we should have one night where we brought in a parade and lined it with what was going on at that point, which was the Farmer’s Market and the Moonlight Madness that was happening in town,” said Lapointe.

He added that because they received such positive feedback, the festival went from being a three day festival to a five day one.

“It’s a big kick off to the whole holiday season,” said Lapointe

Tonight the Tim Horton’s Santa Claus Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place.

There will also be some ice sculptures available for people to observe and take some photos. That has been moved to Nov. 27th due to the forecast of warmer weather.

“On the Friday we have the Black Friday sale,” he said, adding that they’re doing the family Christmas skate that day too.

He said a new item added to this year’s event is a radio play of It’s A Wonderful Life, offered by Homegrown Theatre. The performance will take place Nov. 24th and 25th.

On the Saturday the annual Lacombe Christmas Faire will take place at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, which will feature lots of tables with homemade crafts, gifts and more.

There will also be a free movie of The Polar Express in 3D on Nov. 25th.

“That’s new. You actually get to see it in it’s original 3D format, which is not very common, and it’s all free,” said Lapointe.

On Nov. 26th the festival closes off with a Christmas Brunch. There will also be Selfie with Santa, a photo opportunity for families and their children, hay rides and an entertainment performance in the evening.

For a list of dates, times and locations visit www.lacombetourism.com.

todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

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