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Holiday light shows on display in Saskatoon and area

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WATCH: Kids and parents in and around Saskatoon many have been getting into the festive spirit with some dazzling light arrangements. This year, perhaps, more than ever before. Here are some of the favourite sights and lights on camera – Dec 24, 2020

Enjoying each others’ company and going for a drive to see Christmas lights are all essential things for people during the holidays, especially in the Bridge City and surrounding area.

One of the staples in the city is the drive-thru BHP Enchanted Forest, which features thousands of light displays.

Even jolly old Saint Nick dropped by earlier in December to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Director of marketing for the Enchanted Forest, Hugh Vassos, says this year, more than ever, people are looking for something to do.

“We expect to have about 25,000 people come visit the forest from outside of Saskatoon this year,” said Vassos.

Vassos says lineups on busy nights can have people waiting up to an hour. However, he says it is worth the wait.

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“We want to let people enjoy something that is unique to Canada and Saskatchewan.”

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For six-year-old Warman resident Ethan Sax, his family makes the trip to the Enchanted Forest whenever they can. However, this year, they ended up in a long waiting line.

“It was a long lineup and we had to wait about pretty much past our bedtimes,” he said.

He says the family instead went and checked out other light displays around Saskatoon.

“We found some blow up stuff with Baby Yoda, holiday candy canes and some other houses covered with lights.”

Like Sax, nine-year-old Mya Olson visiting the Forest is a yearly tradition.

“My favourite is Candy Cane Lane,” said Olson. “One of my other favourite things was the simple stuff like the trees that had lots of lights.”

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The Clinkskill Christmas Lights attracts thousands of visits a year as well. Located in the city’s south end, the display features roughly 80,000 lights.

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Scott Lambie has been running the display for nine years. He says the interaction with people and passion keep the operation going.

“I enjoy doing it, we (with wife Shelly) enjoy meeting the people every year,” said Lambie.

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“People come out of their car, take a picture, then go back to their car. It’s been busy.”

There have also been a number of light displays in nearby communities such as Pike Like. In Waldheim, there is the Light up the Park, and in Warman, members of their first responders decked out some of their vehicles with lights to bring their senior citizens some Christmas cheer.

Saskatoon Ward 1 councillor Darren Hill says he has noticed more households taking part in the festive spirit this year.

“Families have now grasped onto that bit of joy and happiness that comes with putting lights up as a family, displaying them for others to see,” said Hill.

“We all need a little comfort and a little happiness during these COVID times.”

The Enchanted Forest is open nightly from 5:30-10 p.m. until Jan. 9, 2021.

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