Last weekend we took our annual drive out to Amherstburg, Ontario to see the River Lights Festival. It’s a great event to take kids to, well worth the drive if you’re anywhere in or near Essex County.
First find a spot to park (normally this isn’t too difficult, as there are plenty of lots and spot along the river). As you walk along the river front through the Navy Yard Park and then up the street to Toddy Jones Park there are over 100 lighted displays, including two large animated “fireworks” displays. There is also a large Christmas tree with lights. Music plays from nearby speakers and the lights are programed to move with the music.
|Pardon my rotten photos.
My camera doesn’t like taking pictures in the dark,
these photos truly don’t do the displays justice.
We’ve gone several years in a row and have always had a lovely time. It’s definitely something the kids look forward to and enjoy. I will warn you that it can get very cold along the river front. Expect it to feel several degrees colder with the breeze off of the water then it does on the sidewalk outside your house, and dress accordingly.
They are also different events each weekend. Past events have included the classic Grinch animated movie shown outdoors, Santa parade, costumed carolers, carriage rides, and Christmas concerts. Another cool feature is the “Gingerbread Warming House”, a cozy indoor spot to warm up which features a crafting area for the kids. (the warming house had limited hours, be sure to check the website to figure out when it will be open).
The light show runs until the beginning of January and the lights are on every night from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
You can check out their website for further info: River Lights Winter Festival.
Let me know what you think of it if you go!