Town of Stony Plain moves and modifies winter activity due to COVID-19

Town of Stony Plain moves and modifies winter activity due to COVID-19


The Grinch and his faithful furry friend Max attempt to steal Christmas at a residence in Stony Plain Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. The Town recently announced details of its Winter Light Up programming which is modified this year due to COVID-19.

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Like everything else how the Town of Stony Plain closes out the calendar year is set to be different this time around due to COVID-19.

According to a press release published Tuesday the typical activities surrounding the Winter Light Up campaign which marks the start of the Christmas season in the community will be different for health and safety purposes. The lighting of the Town Christmas tree will be done virtually, the fireworks show on New Year’s Eve will be converted to a drive-in format and there will be some new safe items available, too.

“With everything going on we wanted to keep the holiday magic alive,” Tevra Graham, Town Community Services coordinator said. “We’re really excited to see residents participate in this year’s festivities. [This will end up being] not only fun for the community, but also safe.”

One of the additions for the public is a community-wide decorating contest set to run from Dec. 12 until Christmas from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. each day. Participants register their address with the Town and it is then added to a public map those who live in or visit Stony Plain can then use for a festive tour of lights. Voting for favourites is then done on the Town website before a draw is made for the top performing location. The top three entries will each receive a photo shoot session for their family with a photographer the Town will end up being providers of.

More information on available events and programming can be found on the Town website. The community is also inviting people to share their winter adventures in the area on social media with the #WinterLightUp! hashtag and reminds residents to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

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