North Dundas Display of Lights returns this weekend, in South Mountain

SOUTH MOUNTAIN — Once again tweaked because of the pandemic — but still set to twinkle — the North Dundas Display of Lights occupies the South Mountain fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday evening (Dec. 3-4). Admission is free.

Say the organizers in a Facebook post:

Get ready to twinkle with delight! The North Dundas Display of Lights is coming up on December 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., and December 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. People can take in all the festive fun at the South Mountain Fairgrounds (2967 Lough Road).

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the parade will once again be stationary, with spectators driving by the floats in their vehicles. The event also includes a Vendor Show, which is a great way to get some Christmas shopping done while supporting local makers.

And while Fries for Charity won’t be able to take part this year, the Winchester location of Southgate Church has stepped into the breach with free hot chocolate at the end of the display.

And in the spirit of Christmas, the North Dundas Christmas Fund and Community Food Share will be collecting donations at the entrance of this year’s display.

Organizers have also explained a number of key questions around their decision to again conduct a stationary event rather than the traditional Parade of Lights through Winchester:

Why not a traditional parade?

Although we were given the go-ahead by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to hold a traditional parade, it came with a strict set of restrictions. The most difficult restriction is to enforce masking and social distancing in the crowds. We love our volunteers too much to ask them to handle this impossible task, and we ultimately decided that the risk is too high to move forward with a traditional parade at this time. This was a very difficult decision, and we thank you for your understanding.

Why South Mountain Fairgrounds?

Last year’s event, held at Rideau Auctions in Winchester, was a massive success. But with that success came a traffic backlog through a major intersection. Because of this, both the OPP and the SD&G County Roads department have urged us to consider a different location. The South Mountain Fairgrounds is a prime choice, not only because of the gravel track and optimal amount of space, but also because it allows us to build on the success from last year by giving more of our amazing township a chance to join and celebrate with us.

Why not cancel?

That is certainly a growing trend as we’re seeing more and more parades throughout the province cancelled. But our small committee of three is very passionate about this event and our community, and we are determined to give you something to celebrate during these strange and difficult times.

To register a float for the event, and for further details, visit: https://northdundasparadeoflights.ca/

Also check out the organizers’ Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/NorthDundasParadeOfLights/

See footage of last year’s even, below:
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