The City of Fort Saskatchewan is lighting up for the holiday season.
This year, Lights Up is back as an in-person event after going virtual in 2020, but with a bit of a twist. Typically, several of the event's activities take place indoors; however, this year, Lights Up will be a completely outdoor affair in front of city hall on Friday (Nov.26) from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The city's community events and tourism specialist, Arthur Lewandowski, told MIX 107 the event will have all the usual things people like to see out of Lights Up, plus some additional pieces.
"So, you're still going to be able to do pictures with Saint Nick; you'll still be able to grab your cookie or hot chocolate. We're going to have fire pits for people to warm up at. We'll still have a photo booth where you can do a take-home photo with you," he detailed.
Mayor Gale Katchur will do her reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at 7:15 p.m., right before the countdown to lighting up city hall.
After the event, the Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of Commerce's Reverse Santa Claus Parade will get underway downtown.
There will be COVID-19 guidelines in place, hand sanitizer will be available at each activity, and physical distancing measures will be in place. City staff will be masked and although masking is not required outdoors, people are encouraged to if they feel comfortable doing so.
In addition to the holiday fun, the city and Dow Canada will again run the Light Up Your Home Contest; details on that can be found here.