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The Winter Lights Celebrations Program is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, neighborhood and heritage awareness, beautification through community participation and the challenge of a national competition. This program is the winter version of the Communities In Bloom program. Our main goal is to enhance the City during the winter months with decorative, spiritual and cultural programs, with the objective of attracting tourism from within Canada and abroad.
On September 19, 2003, a group of individuals including members of the business community, City staff and Council representatives met to discuss the possibility of forming a Winter Lights Committee. Brian Carruthers, General Manager of Community Services for the City of Williams Lake, presented a report outlining the Committee and its proposed function at the September 30, 2003 Council meeting. Council subsequently approved the creation of a Winter Lights Committee.
OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY
Since our formation in September, 2003, the Winter Lights Committee has replaced the old tree lights downtown with new energy-efficient LED lights, purchased winter banners for Oliver Street and decorated the downtown light standards with illuminated evergreen baskets. We organize the Santa Parade and Community Light-Up Event and help organize the annual Christmas Magic Weekend since 2003. Each winter season since 2003 we light up more trees in Herb Gardener Park and now have more than 20+ trees lit. The park is located along Oliver Street just below City Hall and is an ideal location for citizens and visitors to enjoy the winter season. In addition to lighting up Gardener Park, 48" decorated wreaths, 24 hanging baskets, 10 eight foot angels and 12 snowflake sprays are hung along downtown streets. In 2007 we focused on decorating the Tourism Discovery Centre to greet visitors to our City and region.