With December just around the corner, set-up for the Airdrie Festival of Lights is already underway in Nose Creek Park.

Starting December 1 and lasting until December 31, the largest Western Canada outdoor walkthrough light display will be open to the public.

Michelle Pirzek, the Coordinator for the Airdrie Festival of Lights talked about their newest event, the FortisAlberta Light Up The Night.

"This is something that's been on my wish list for a number of years."

Light Up The Night will take place on December 1, and the reason for it is so Airdrie will have its own Hallmark movie moment.

"It will involve a giant “switch” that will turn on the Community tree lights and then “magically” the rest of the park will follow and light up display by display," stated the Airdrie Festival of Lights website.

The Airdrie Community Choir will be in attendance singing Christmas Carols while Airdrie firefighters will also be in attendance to hand out candy canes to everybody that will be attending the first night, putting a new spin on the old Airdrie tradition, the candy cane run.

Some of the other events returning to the festival include the Holiday Train, Old Fashioned Skating Party, Emergency Services Night and Feel the Glow 2023 (18+ event). To see the full schedule for the full month, click HERE.

Before all of these events can happen, a lot of setup has to be done. The Airdrie Festival of Lights committee are looking for volunteers that are willing to help out.

"First call is November 18 to 19. If you're a new volunteer, we ask you to show up at 8:30 a.m. to register if you're a returning volunteer, we're going to be working from 9-5 that day setting up lights in the park."

The Airdrie Festival of Lights is purely run on donations, so feel free to make a donation if you plan on attending. The event is completely free.

Last year, around 80,000 people came out to take in the largest Western Canada outdoor walkthrough light display.

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