Did people in your neighborhood decorate with lights? Did some people really go “all out” when decorating? Yes people in our neighbourhood decorated their homes with lights. Some had great displays.
One of our family's favourite activities during the Christmas seasons was going for a drive to see the lights around the city and sometimes out into the country. I still enjoy travelling around to see the festive displays -- not only on the buildings but about also in the yards. (can't say lawn because often they are quite snow covered).
For many years, lights were strung across the main street at Christmas time. Christmas lights were made in Owen Sound by Noma Lights. This custom of lights hung high above the street has been revived. In our city, we also have the Festival of Northern Lights. Many volunteers work on these displays.
Check out the photo gallery to see a view of some of the displays in Queen's Park. e. Bus tours come to see the lights throughout the city. This year it is a little difficult to do a round tour of the river as the 9th Street Bridge is still out as it is under construction. First Avenue West in front of the Library from 8th Street to 9th Street is currently a dead end and the work likely will not be finished in time for this year's festival.
The Christmas lights certainly make things cheerier on these cold winter nights. I only have a string of blue cord lights. Our street is not highly decorated but all I have to do is drive around the corner and there I can see many beautiful displays.
updated from 2009
© 2010 Janet Iles