They’re celebrating their 60th year and the display is brilliant for the Simcoe Christmas Panorama – River of Lights which has been running all month long. Thousands of lights and dozens of themed displays transform Simcoe’s downtown parks into their own winter wonderland. Taking a stroll around the parkland or stepping aboard one of their horse-drawn trolley’s both seem like excellent ways to take in the lights. Just a word of warning that if you are going to be strolling on your own time you will want to wear boots!
Simcoe Christmas Panorama
By: Richard Huskisson
There are literally thousands of lights twinkling in the trees to light up the night but the themed displays are what will draw you up and down the park and off of the path to get a better look at. They included a wide variety of subjects like traditional Christmas or Wintertime scenes such as this one.
Naturally there cannot be a Christmas display without including the manger scene in it. This was only one of the displays of this tradition which are available for viewing.
But there were also displays that were much less traditionally Christmas themed, such as the fairy tale adventures of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs and yet it drew the younger audience to have these familiar characters in attendance.
But among our family on our little trip there was one particular display that stood out and grabbed our attention; not only because it was a figure we were all familiar with at work doing his dastardly deeds but also because of who happened to be the sponsor upon its front! Perhaps as a message to those who might spot their own Grinch this Christmas season? You call Crime Stoppers!
Then of course you must also have the big man in red and his reindeer. One can almost hear Santa calling “Dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
If you are looking for a fun way to spend an hour or two with the family then there are far worse ways to do so than taking a trip to see the lights on display; wander around, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or warm apple cider (Do highly recommend), and take in the lights and displays in Simcoe. Just remember that the lights turn off on January 6th, 2019.
If you need more information you can find them at www.simcoepanorama.ca
Images by Richard Huskisson of Jewel 92.