The Town of Coaldale is extremely saddened to announce that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual Country Christmas Night of Lights Parade Event has been cancelled. The Night of Lights Parade Event attracts over 3,000 visitors and residents annually, making it one of Coaldale’s biggest event of the year and one that certainly would exceed the maximum capacity recommended by Alberta Health Services for outdoor events.
In lieu of the parade, the Town has arranged a number of safe activities that will help keep the Coaldale holiday spirit alive. Below is a list of upcoming holiday-themed community events to participate in:
Fan Favorite Best Decorated Business
Local businesses in Coaldale are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Fan Favourite Best Decorated Business contest. Go all out this year by decorating the inside and outside of your business by November 16. Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to submit their vote online for their favourite design from November 16 to November 21. The winner will be announced on November 24 and will receive an award and bragging rights.
Residents and Visitors:
During the week of November 16, visit as many businesses as you can and vote for the business that you think has done the best job of bringing a Country Christmas to Coaldale. Each submission will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Coaldale business of your choice. To submit your vote, visit the Town’s website or tinyurl.com/votebestdecorated, limit one entry per person. The winner will be announced Tuesday, November 24.
Coaldale Country Christmas Best Decorated Business Award
The festivities will continue into December with the Country Christmas Light Display contest on the 13th. Judges will be travelling throughout Coaldale looking at all the businesses from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to determine the winner of the 2nd Annual Country Christmas Night of Lights Best Decorated Business. Only your outside decorating and lighting will be judged for this award.
Country Christmas Night of Lights Best Decorated Holiday Home & Yard Award
Make the holiday season a little brighter by entering the 2nd Annual Country Christmas Night of Lights Best Decorated Holiday Home & Yard.
There are 3 categories you may enter:
- Best Traditional Display
- Best Small Display
- Best Large Display
More details on display and judging criteria can be found on the Town's website at coaldale.ca. Judging will take place from outside the residence from the street. Judges will not enter the property to view back or side yards.
Every decorated home in Coaldale will be viewed by a team of volunteers starting December 7. The best of the best will then be judged by our Country Christmas Light Display Judges on Sunday, December 13 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
To make sure your home is seen by the judges, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. Winners will be contacted by Tuesday, December 15.
Country Christmas Night of Lights Self-Guided Light Tour
Spend an evening with your family and get into the Country Christmas Spirit by visiting all the beautiful light displays throughout Coaldale. Drive the route with some of the Best Decorated Holiday Homes & Yards in Town. The driving route will be available online at coaldale.ca starting December 11.
Coaldale Winter Light Festival
Join us at the Winter Light Festival as we Awaken the Winter Spirit! Stroll through the Kin Picnic Shelter park and watch for the animal spirits as they come alive under the Northern Lights, then warm up beside the fire while enjoying a steaming cup of hot chocolate or apple cider or visit a local vendor for unique Christmas gifts.
The Winter Lights will turn on each evening from 5:30pm to 11pm between November 21 and January 9. The park will be open to the community each Wednesday and Saturday until December 30 (excluding December 23 and December 26). COVID-19 guidelines will be in place and a limited number of visitors will be admitted to the park at any one time.
“While this year’s festivities may not look the same as usual, the Town of Coaldale has been hard at work to deliver exceptional services to the residents and visitors of Coaldale,” said Cindy Hoffman, Community Services Manager for the Town of Coaldale. “We look forward to seeing everyone out supporting local businesses and engaging in the festivities”.