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Weyburn, Sask. campground turns into winter wonderland with holiday lights display

Local families, businesses and organizations helped decorate holiday light displays at River Park Campground in Weyburn, Sask.
Local families, businesses and organizations helped decorate holiday light displays at River Park Campground in Weyburn, Sask. Daniella Ponticelli / Global News

A southern Saskatchewan campground is fully booked this December, as sites have been transformed into beautiful holiday light displays.

River Park Campground in Weyburn, around 115 kilometres southeast of Regina, is hosting a free winter wonderland every night until Jan. 4.

Local residents, organizations and businesses were given 27 campsites to decorate with a different holiday theme for the inaugural River Park Sparkles.

“Everything from round straw bails to fire hydrants to used furnaces and water heaters,” said Twila Walkeden, executive director of Weyburn Tourism.

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“We’ve got small skating rinks, we’ve got lights on everything. We really encouraged the people that are displaying here to use their imaginations and they have done that.”

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Jon Michaud, owner of Rough Bark Greenhouses, was the first to sign up for decorating a large site near the park entrance. Together with his wife, Michaud created a Saskatchewan-themed scene over three weeks.

“We went with the snowmen made of wood, and then from there we went with a hockey scene and some ski-doos and a little bit of reindeers and some Christmas trees,” said Michaud, adding a friendly rivalry has already developed among the participants.

Weyburn resident Kathy Erikson came with her daughter to see the displays Wednesday.

“It’s amazing that people did take the time to do this,” Erickson said.

“There’s a lot of effort into this light show and I think it’s exciting to have it here.”

River Park Sparkles is open every night, with lights on between 5-11 p.m. While anyone can walk or drive through, Weyburn Tourism is encouraging vehicle traffic to come by Monday to Thursday.

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