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Taking a Look at The Lakeside Festival of Lights

Struggling to find a theme for your Oakville holiday lighting display this year? Well, what if we told you inspiration is just a short 20-minute drive away at The Lakeside Festival of Lights? Burlington’s longest running celebration, The Lakeside Festival of Lights illuminates the waterfront for 40 days over the holiday season. Now in its 18th h year of operation, The Lakeside Festival of Lights is one holiday event you don’t want to miss – especially if you’re trying to decide on a unique Oakville holiday lighting theme.

Attend the Opening Ceremonies
The Lakeside Festival of Lights kicks-off on November 29th, 2013 at 5:30 pm, before the annual Santa Claus parade hits the streets. While many of the downtown merchants participate in the festival, Oakville homeowners will be most interested in the displays located in Spencer Smith Park. Opening ceremony events also include The Candlelit Stroll through the downtown, live music, and holiday treats. Santa is known to make an appearance, along with CHML radio personalities, the Mayor, and other local dignitaries.

About the Festival
The Lakeside Festival of Lights features over 60 festive light displays, making it one of the area’s top holiday destinations. Located in Spencer Smith Park, the festival runs from late November through the first week of January. Recognized as a “must-see” lighting extravaganza, the festival has been known to attract visitors from far and wide. Oakville holiday lighting design lovers are encouraged to park their cars and stroll through the park in order to experience the light displays close up. Alternatively, you can stay in your car and enjoy the themed displays while driving along Lakeshore Road at the City’s waterfront. Either way, it’s a truly magical experience for both the young and the young at heart.

A Green Approach
Here at Christmas Décor, we’re always talking about the importance of energy conservation and efficient lighting technology. Turns out that The Lakeside Festival of Lights is also a firm believer in more efficient lighting approaches! This year, The Lakeside Festival of Lights is committed to replacing traditional lighting strands on its holiday displays with highly efficient LED light strands. So far, seven of the more intricate displays have been retrofitted with this energy-saving technology, including the 7-piece carousel, Santa and his sleigh, and the 15 toy soldiers that stand guard at the parks entrance. If you’re interested in improving the efficiency of your Oakville holiday lighting display, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Christmas Décor to learn more.

The Lakeside Festival of Lights relies on the generous sponsorship support of a number of different organizations, community businesses, and the City of Burlington. A dedicated group of volunteers help ensure that all of the displays are safely installed and maintained throughout the festival. For more information on this year’s event, feel free to log onto the official Lakeside Festival of Lights website at

Remember to bring your camera and to snap plenty of pictures while touring the displays. Our Oakville holiday lighting experts can then use these images as inspiration to help design a truly unique display on your property.

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