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Lethbridge’s Bright Lights Festival makes way for new Heart of the Holidays event

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The Bright Lights Festival is being retired as Downtown Lethbridge announces a new, extended holiday event.

Heart of the Holidays starts Nov. 15 and will encompass five weeks of activities instead of the one-day event of years past.

Executive Director of the Downtown BRZ, Ted Stilson, says the Bright Lights Festival has been great the past 18 years but it was just one night and very weather dependent.

He refers back to last year when a snowstorm hit early in the morning, putting a damper on the event.

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An extended festival, Stilson says, gives residents more opportunity to enjoy the downtown over the holidays.

Skating in festival square will be one of the main attractions as part of the new event as synthetic ice is installed in a small parking area for residents to use free of charge.

Some of the popular Bright Lights Festival attractions, like the horse drawn carriage and visits with Santa, will be carried over to the new event.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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