With long winter nights come the beautiful festive lights that grace the outside of our homes throughout the Christmas season. This custom was borrowed from Pagan Yule rituals that celebrated the return of light from the sun as the days grew longer after the winter solstice.
In Red Deer, you can partake in this season of light by heading outdoors for a spectacular winter lights tour, self-driven or maybe by foot. You will want to check out City Hall Park’s fantastical display of100,000 lights or head to Capstone for all their festive decorations; look for a unique display on top of the Fountain Building in Canada 150 Square.
The Christmas Light Tour is compiled by AJ Elliot and his father Jim each year; it is another way to take in some of the city’s most eye-catching outdoor Christmas displays. Click on the Route links to the Google My Maps for seven individual tours:
Route A: Starts at Jordan Parkway at Johnstone Drive and ends at 189 Garrison Circle. Includes North Areas of Red Deer.
Route B: Starts at 40 Jamieson Avenue and ends at 19 Ockley Close. Includes the West Areas of Red Deer.
Route C: Starts at 5920 Gaetz Avenue and ends at NB Barrett Dr @ Molly Banister Dr. Includes the West Areas of Red Deer, including Riverside meadows, Fairview, Capstone, West Park and Bower.
Route D: Starts at 3209 Spruce Dr and ends at 4916B 48 Ave. Includes Central East Areas
Route E: Starts at 2 Selkirk Blvd and ends at 10 Lord Close. Includes the Southeast and East Areas
Route F: Starts at 4335 30 Avenue and ends at 46 Crossley St. Includes Central East areas
Route G: Starts at 5 Douglas Ave and ends at Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre Ice Sculptures
Why not hire a limo service like Arrow Limousine and Sedan Services for something extraordinary and take in these beautiful light displays in style.