The 2023 edition of Bright Lights Windsor takes place from December 1, 2023 through to January 7 and there’ll be plenty for families to see, do and eat.
We’ve put together an ultimate guide for those heading to the festival to get all the information they need in one spot. So, for those that love taking in all the treats available during this festival of lights, here’s our ultimate guide on what you can enjoy while strolling through the winter wonderland of lights that is Bright Lights Windsor.
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WHEN & WHERE?
Bright Lights Windsor will once again illuminate Jackson Park (125 Tecumseh Road East) with thousands of lights and stunning displays!
The festival will take place December 1, 2023, to January 7, 2024 and is open nightly from 5:30pm to 10pm.
IS IT FREE TO ATTEND?
Absolutely! Admission is free to attend the festival.
WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?
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There will be few new things happening at the 2023 edition of Bright Lights Windsor. Here are a few of the more notable ones:
Chair Swings: New LED chair swings that bring enchantment to life as they illuminate the night with a vibrant array of colours.
Step n’ Lights: New mesmerizing light-tile area turns each step in your path into a magical experience. With vibrant colours and patterns responding to your every move and lighting your way, it’s a captivating spectacle for all ages.
New Train Station: This year, the children’s train ride is getting a charming new addition: a storybook train station. Make your family’s visit even more memorable as your little ones enjoy a whimsical journey through the magical light display with a stop at the brand new Libro Express Station.
Santa’s New Bench: Join Santa as he unveils his brand new bench! Step into a world of holiday magic as your little ones have the chance to sit with Santa in the most magical setting. This stunning new area is designed to make your child’s visit with Santa more special and memorable than ever before.
Singing Trees: Get ready to be enchanted by the new singing light trees. As you stroll through our wonderland, these trees come alive with harmonious melodies and dancing lights, creating a mesmerizing show that embodies the true spirit of the season.
Games Tent: Step into the Bright Lights Windsor world of LED-lit games. Inside our festive tent, you’ll discover a magical blend of traditional carnival fun, illuminated with captivating lights and colours that enhance the enchantment. It’s the perfect place for families and friends to share in the joy of play and embrace the magic of the season.
Adirondack Chairs and Fire Tables: Cozy up in our welcoming Adirondack chairs and fire tables. These inviting spots provide the perfect pause in your journey, offering a chance to relax, chat, and soak in the seasonal ambience.
WILL THERE BE SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHTS?
Yes! Sensory friendly “Silent Nights” will be offered on Tuesday evenings. The lights will be on, but sound will be muted and strobe elements paused so the display can be enjoyed in a peaceful environment that is accommodating to sensory sensitivities.
WHERE DO I PARK?
There are a few options for parking. First, you can try Kennedy Collegiate Parking at 245 Tecumseh Road East: This primary parking location has its entry in McDougall, south of Tecumseh Rd. E.
There is also parking available near Parkside Tennis and Windsor Lawn Bowling, accessible via McDougall through Parks Yard or Dougall Avenue.
Additional parking is available at Parks & Recreation Field House, 2365 McDougall Street, and Parks & Recreation Main Office, 2450 McDougall Street
WHERE DO I ENTER?
There are multiple entrances you can use:
- Tecumseh and Ouellette
- Tecumseh Road
- McDougall near Kennedy Collegiate
- Memorial Drive Parking Lot (near Parkside Tennis and Windsor Lawn Bowling)
GO SHOPPING FOR FOOD AND GIFTS AT THE HOLIDAY MARKET
The WE Made It: Holiday Market returns, sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in partnership with the Urban Art Market, Rose City Etsy Team and WindsorEats.
New this year, the market will be complemented by a convenient seating area where you can enjoy a sip or a bite and relax in the glow of the lively shops nearby. The full holiday market will be open Fridays and Saturdays, with a partial market for food and beverages operating during the week. Along with the market, several excellent local food and beverage options will be available.
WindsorEats will be in one of the vendor huts each and every weekend selling our popular gourmet waffles on a stick. This year we’ll be serving up Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Roll, and S’mores waffles.
Official Tree Lighting and Opening Ceremonies
Join Mayor Drew Dilkens and guest emcees Mike and Lisa from AM 800’s Morning Drive on December 1, 2023, in the Jackson Park Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens for the official tree lighting and opening ceremonies of the festival.
Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
ARE DOGS ALLOWED?
Yes, dogs are allowed, and regular park rules apply (e.g. dog must be on a leash; please clean up messes, etc.), but we recommend a little extra caution, as the heavy traffic, lively displays and noise can be stressful for some dogs, and dogs can be intimidating for some passersby as well.
Bright Lights Map
Find your way through our new themed areas and displays for 2023-2024.