Another year of the Northern Spirit Light Show will kick off on Friday. The Christmas tradition takes place at Evergreen Park and is put on by the Peace Draft Horse Club. Club Vice President Lynndon Barr says the event helps people in the community get into the Christmas spirit.
“I think it’s something special. There isn’t many things you can do where you can spend $5 and have an evening with your family. If you go to the movies, you’re going to spend $80 for tickets and food. Here you can go and there is always something new every year. The lights are always arranged differently and there is always new display.”
Proceeds from the event go to charities around the peace country including School Lunch Programs that helps children in schools not go hungry. The Club also supports Stewart Vance Memorial Fund,
Community Foundation for County of Grande Prairie No. 1, Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society, Aurora House, Tiny Hands Hope, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Seniors’ Outreach, Make-a-Wish- Northern Alberta, 3D Charities, and Grande Prairie & District Victim Services. Last year, the event raked in $28,000 for charities.
Barr says his favourite part of the display is the big rocking horse because the tail wiggles and adds that everyone has their own favourite.
“One of the better parts is at the part of the beginning of the ride. There is an alley way that’s called Heaven Sent. There is angels, clouds and stars. All of them have been donated by people who have lost family members. It is a way to remember them year over year.”
The Show goes November 18 to 20 and 25th to 27th. It continues for most of December with access on the 2nd to the 4th then 9th to the 24th. The volunteers from the horse club will have Christmas day off but the display will be open again from December 26th to 31st. Doors will open each of those days at 6:00 pm and close at 9:00 pm.
The cost for a sleigh ride is $5 with 10 and under free. Vehicles can also ride through the trail and are $15 each.