Thousands of people packed downtown Summerland for annual Christmas light up

Bright return for light up

Casey Richardson

It is Summerland’s biggest and brightest night of the year when thousands of people flood into the few streets of downtown for the Festival of Lights.

The festival often draws well over 10,000 people to the community for live musical acts, food vendors, fireworks and a “light up” of downtown businesses. The event was full-on cancelled in 2020 and greatly scaled down in 2021.

New mayor Doug Holmes kicked off the countdown to the light up alongside local elected officials on Friday night to an eager crowd.

The Main Street area of Summerland was completely filled up in the early evening leading up to the official light-up, with businesses welcoming in attendees and the main stage featuring live music all evening.

The Summerland Fire Department attended, gathering donations for Toys & Toonies for Tots & Teens, Summerland’s annual toy drive while showing kids their fire trucks.

The Festival of Lights was launched more than three decades ago by four Summerland businessmen and continues to be a favourite in the community.

The next light-up series event begins on Saturday, with Summerland’s lighting up the vines, along Bottleneck Drive.

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