December 3rd, 2020

COVID-19 cancels Coaldale Night of Lights; other events to continue


By Jensen, Randy on November 4, 2020.

Youngsters in the crowd watch a decorated float pass by during last year’s Country Christmas Night of Lights in Coaldale. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of this year’s parade. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

LETHBRIDGE HERALD – COALDALE

The Town of Coaldale has announced that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual Country Christmas Night of Lights Parade Event has been cancelled. The event attracts over 3,000 visitors and residents annually, making it one of Coaldale’s biggest events of the year and one that certainly would exceed the maximum capacity recommended by Alberta Health Services for outdoor events.

In lieu of the parade, the Town has arranged a number of safe activities to help keep the Coaldale holiday spirit alive.

“While this year’s festivities may not look the same as usual, the Town of Coaldale has been hard at work to deliver exceptional services to the residents and visitors of Coaldale,” said Cindy Hoffman, Community Services Manager for the Town of Coaldale, in a news release. “We look forward to seeing everyone out supporting local businesses and engaging in the festivities.”

Planned activities include:

Fan Favourite Best Decorated Business

Local businesses in Coaldale are invited to participate in the third annual Fan Favourite Best Decorated Business contest. Businesses are asked to decorate the inside and outside of their business by Nov. 16. Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to submit their vote online for their favourite design from Nov. 16-21. The winner will be announced on Nov. 24.

Residents and visitors are urged to visit as many businesses as they can during the week of Nov. 16 and vote for the business that you think has done the best job of bringing a Country Christmas to Coaldale. Each submission will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Coaldale business of your choice. To submit your vote, visit the Town’s website or tinyurl.com/votebestdecorated, limit one entry per person.

Coaldale Country Christmas Best Decorated Business Award

Festivities will continue with the Country Christmas Light Display contest on Dec. 13. Judges will be travelling throughout Coaldale looking at all the businesses from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to determine the winner of the second annual Country Christmas Night of Lights Best Decorated Business. Only outside decorating and lighting will be judged.

Country Christmas Night of Lights Best Decorated Holiday Home & Yard Award

Residents can make the holiday season a little brighter by entering the second annual Country Christmas Night of Lights Best Decorated Holiday Home & Yard.

There are three categories to enter including: Best traditional display; best small display; and best large display.

More details on display and judging criteria can be found on the Town’s website at coaldale.ca. Judging will take place from outside the residence from the street. Judges will not enter the property to view back or side yards.

Every decorated home in Coaldale will be viewed by a team of volunteers starting Dec. 7. The best of the best will then be judged by the Country Christmas Light Display judges on Dec. 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

To make sure your home is seen by the judges, email commserv@coaldale.ca with your name and address. Winners will be contacted by Dec. 15.

Country Christmas Night of Lights Self-Guided Light Tour

Get into the Country Christmas Spirit by visiting all the light displays throughout Coaldale. Participants can drive the route with some of the best decorated holiday homes and yards in town. The driving route will be available online at coaldale.ca starting Dec. 11.

Coaldale Winter Light Festival

Coaldale will Awaken the Winter Spirit with its Winter Light Festival. Residents and visitors can stroll through the Kin Picnic Shelter park and watch for the animal spirits as they come alive under the Northern Lights, then warm up beside the fire while enjoying a steaming cup of hot chocolate or apple cider or visit a local vendor for unique Christmas gifts.

The Winter Lights will turn on each evening from 5:30-11 p.m. between Nov. 21 and Jan. 9. The park will be open to the community each Wednesday and Saturday until Dec. 30 (excluding Dec. 23 and Dec. 26). COVID-19 guidelines will be in place and a limited number of visitors will be admitted to the park at any one time.

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