Downtown Burlington Lights Up and Kicks Off the Holidays

Get ready to light up the waterfront — Burlington’s annual ‘must see’ lighting extravaganza kicks off on Friday.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to bundle up their kids and bring their voices downtown to join in the fun as the city core lights up for the holidays.

More than 60 festive displays light up Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park through the holiday season.

You can wander through the park with family and friends, or get a full view of the themed displays while driving along Lakeshore Rd.

It’s a magical sight for the whole family, especially the young at heart.

The Burlington Festival of Lights is Burlington’s longest-running festival, lighting up the waterfront from dusk to dawn over Christmas.

This marks the 22nd year for the special seasonal festival.

It runs from Dec.1 to Jan. 8 at Spencer Smith Park.

Candlelit Stroll festivities begin on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in Civic Square and runs until 8:30 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy visits with Santa, Christmas music and more.

And there’s food: festive burgers are being served hot from the grill by the Works Gourmet Burger Bistro, along with free hot chocolate from Coffee Culture,

You can pick up your complimentary candle and route map.

The official lighting of the CHML Tree of Hope is taking place at 6:45 p.m., with local politicians leaving Civic Square as a group on the carolling procession following the Town Crier.

The stroll starts at 7 p.m. with musical stops throughout the downtown core, ending at the Festival of Lights in Spencer Smith Park.

Here’s the full breakdown.

Stop 1: Village Square

Lighting of the Village Square Tree with Ward 2 Coun. Marianne Meed Ward.

Warm chilli and lentil soup samples from The Hood (a new restaurant slated to open in 2018).

Victorian Carollers.

Stop 2: Pearl & Pine Retirement

Music from the Poacher Ukulele Band

Butternut squash soup with mint and truffle cream from Pearl & Pine Retirement

Stop 3: Lakeshore Coffee House

Carols from String Quartet, Christmas Carol Singers

Stop 4: Spencer Smith Park Entrance (Brant & Lakeshore)

Carols from Charles R. Beaudoin School Choir

Hot maple taffy from White Meadows Farms

Donations will be collected for local children’s charities.

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