Saturday, November 18th will kick off the 30th annual Festival of Northern Lights in Owen Sound.
The celebration runs from 3 until 9pm, with the lights going on and fireworks set off at 7pm.
Saturday promises to be busy in the downtown area of Owen Sound, with the 72nd annual Kiwanis Santa Claus parade at 10 in the morning.
The Festival of Northern Lights, which started in November 1987, is a yearly event that has grown from about 30 handmade displays on one block of the downtown area in its first year, to over 400 displays covering four blocks of the downtown core, the harbour, and into Harrison Park.
There are lights and figures across the Jubilee Bridge as well as the bridges at 8th, 9th and 10th Streets.
The Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library will host story time with Mrs. Claus, balloon animals by Klash the Clown, children and adult crafts and a carol sing at the fireplace in Carnegie Hall.
There are a variety of activities at the Farmer’s Market from 3:00 – 9:00 pm including crafts, face painting, caricatures, nail art and hot chocolate.
You can also take in the musical talents of the Owen Sound City Band, Deanne Hallman, Dickie Bird and Crossroads at the Queen’s Park Band Stand 5:00 - 9:00 pm and be entertained by Parsons and Brown outside the Market while waiting for a horse drawn wagon ride around the lights 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
The Festival of Northern Lights is a seven-week light festival in Owen Sound that has become a tradition for many to come and enjoy year after year.
The lights are on every night at 5:00 pm until January 7th, 2018!