AIRDRIE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

FAQs

25 Glowing Years of Family Tradition

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Volunteer? 

We LOVE our volunteers!  Visit our Volunteer Page for our Application Form, and our Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch you.

What Are Your Hours of Operation?

The Airdrie Festival of Lights runs every night, December 1st to 31st, from 6pm to 9 pm each evening. This includes, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Eve. Please note: On nights where the temperature is below -25 degrees Celsius, including wind-chill, the Festival operates "lights only", meaning no additional services or events offered. We appreciate your understanding that weather conditions are not in our control.

Is There A Cost To Enter The Park?

While there are no admission fees to enter the park, donations are gratefully accepted (suggested contribution is $10 - $20 per family, and $1 - $5 per person on a bus).  Festival ambassadors are located at our brightly coloured Guard Houses, as well as our various Mascots with Jingle Jugs to cheerfully accept your donations!

What Are the Donations Used For? 

Along with general maintenance and upkeep of the displays and other attractions, portions of our proceeds are redirected back into our Community, benefiting other local non-profit’s and youth groups.

Are Pets Allowed?

Pets on leashes are always welcome at the Airdrie Festival of Lights.  Licensed Service Animals specifically trained to aid a person are welcome throughout the park, however, please be advised that Pets are not allowed in the Festival Tent.  Please be a responsible pet owner, and kindly pick up after your pets.

COVID-19 Update

The AFOLS has been actively monitoring the incidence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have been asked how COVID-19 may impact upcoming events including the Airdrie Festival of Lights. AFOLS is following guidance from local health departments regarding large gatherings, including recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

When we started the season back in April, we had four solid plans in place;

Plan A - Everything runs as usual
Plan B - We run with modifications
Plan C - Lights Only
Plan D - We are closed for the season

We are disappointed to say that due to the latest restrictions announced by the Alberta Government on November 24, we are having to cancel all extra activities within the park. However, we are choosing to focus on the positives, and are grateful to announce that we have been given the green light to run "Lights Only", starting December 1 at 6pm, allowing residents to have a GLOWing opportunity to get out of their homes and enjoy some holiday lights. We are hopeful to be able to add activities back by December 15th, depending on how people react to these latest restrictions. Our goal is for everyone to remain safe and healthy during these trying times, and as an organization, wouldn’t want to do anything to compromise that.

Even though we will be running Lights Only, there will still be restrictions for those visiting the park, including one-way traffic flow, ten people maximum in groups, maintained physical distancing, no congregating, and face coverings are being encouraged, even though we are outdoors.

We are asking everyone to do their part now, stay within your family, wear your mask, practice good hand washing, and keep your distance from others.

We are in this together, and together we will GLOW!

However, if you are sick or feeling you are getting sick, we ask that you please stay home. Currently, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of underlying health conditions include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant. We recommend that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider about attending any large gathering.

If you do choose to attend the Airdrie Festival of Lights, please keep in mind local health authorities recommendations on how to keep yourself and others healthy:

* Practice Physical Distancing - Keep at least 2 metres (about the length of a hockey stick) distance from people outside your household or cohort group.
* Wear a Mask - Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Where Can I Park? 

We have parking available for vehicles, handi-cap (limited), and buses.  Follow the signs when you enter Nose Creek Park for your vehicle type.  We also have a convenient Drop-Off point just before the entrance to the park.  There is no charge for parking.