The Christmas Lights Parade has become something of a tradition recently here in Ontario, and much of North America too, building on the Santa Parade and lighting up our houses like Christmas trees.
For me, the best parade of lights are those in the farming areas where the parade vehicles are agricultural ones, such as tractors and harvesters.
The photos on this page are from one such parade.
I think the best part of the best rural parade is when the vehicles, still blazing with lights, drive off into the darkness, away from street lighting, to form a colorful convoy of light.
It looks like a colorful caterpillar slowly progressing under a dark
sky lit only by stars and, with luck, a not too-bright moon. As always, click on any photo to see the larger image.
Many communities have a Christmas Parade of Lights now and you'll find the nearest by searching the internet. They're always free though they usually ask for donations of food, for food banks, or dollars for local charities.
As they're generally out in the country, and it's night time in December in Ontario, it pays to dress warmly because the parades last up to an hour (with some waiting before and after) so you're out in the cold and icy wind for long enough to get frost-nipped fingers and noses.
The good news is local people often set up coffee and hot chocolate stands to help keep out the cold.
The parade in these photos is at Clarington in Durham Region. The parade begins in the village of Enniskillen and ends about 2 kilometres away in the village of Tyrone. It's held early in December and draws a crowd from all over the neighboring counties for its country charm and all-round cuteness.
The best place to watch this parade may be away from the main street (Old Scugog Rd) for it makes a circle through town. First it heads south on Old Scugog Rd, makes a left turn onto Potters Lane, turns right at the end of Potters, which brings it back onto Hwy #3 before the parade lights head out into the darkness.
Potters lane is a quieter place to watch and has the advantage you can sit comfortably in your own car. However, you won't get any hot drinks here. For that, and the feeling of excitement that comes from a crowd, you need to be in town on the Old Scugog Rd part of the route.
So if you're considering a visit to Ontario in winter, join us in November and December for Christmas Markets, Santa Claus Parades and Christmas Lights Parade.
And if you stay to New Year, you can join those celebrations as well.
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