One of Canada’s Top 10 holiday light shows, as chosen by the travel experts at where.ca
Located in Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars worth of displays and other special features. Just to give you an idea, we have miniature trains which carry the whole family around our preset paths, as well as open bonfires where you can savour that cup of hot chocolate, and treats that are available in the park from several different food vendors.
The Airdrie Festival of Lights was proud to work in cooperation with The Airdrie & District Hospice Society and their Tree of Hope Campaign. If you’d like more information of their organization, please follow their link. Airdrie & District Hospice Society
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May 2013 – Rob Pirzek New President of Festival of Lights
Rob Pirzek is returning to the President’s position at the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society. He previously served as President from 2009 to 2010. Before that, he had been a director and volunteer for several years.
At the Society’s Annual General Meeting on May 15th, Pirzek succeeded Bob Abbott who has been President since 2010.
Pirzek says, “I want to thank the Board for once again entrusting me to the role of President. We have several fresh, new faces this season and I am excited for the initiatives that are already in motion or are soon to be… Especially in the addition of our Two New Youth Director Positions. I have always held firm to the belief that we need to be positive role models for our youth by encouraging and engaging them in positive citizenship within our community; after all they are the future volunteers and leaders! So keep your eyes and ears peeled as we Grow and Glow for another season!”
Other new or returning officers are Vice President Roger Helston, Treasurer Gareth Lewis, and Secretary Lydia Hill. All officers and directors of the Board are volunteers, including Youth Directors, Laidan Besler and Indervir Bhangoo.
Retiring President Bob Abbott says, “I’m very pleased to put the leadership of the Festival in Rob’s capable hands. I’ve enjoyed my three years in that role, and look forward to continuing with the Festival in a less demanding position.”
The Airdrie Festival of Lights Society is a local non-profit organization that has presented a holiday light show every December since 1996. It expects to welcome its one-millionth visitor in 2015.
Off-Leash at Nose Creek Park Open During Festival of Lights
The Airdrie Festival of Lights Society and the City of Airdrie plan to keep the off-leash area at Nose Creek Park available some hours during the Festival of Lights.
The plan will allow dog owners to use the off-leash area until 4 p.m., seven days a week through November and December. In the late afternoons and evenings, the area reverts to its regular function as a parking lot for the Festival of Lights.
Archie Lang, the City’s Operations Manager for Parks and Public Works says, “I’m pleased with this arrangement as it addresses everyone’s needs. We appreciate that the Festival, which is buying this land for the City, has opened the doors to dogs and their owners during the day.”
He adds, “While the Nose Creek Park off-leash area will not be available during evenings in November and December, Airdrie does have other areas where dogs can run free. They can be found on the City of Airdrie website or on the site maps at the off-leash locations.”
President Rob Pirzek, of the Festival of Lights Society says, “We thank the City for its constructive approach to this issue, and for making this plan possible. In addition, we remind everyone that the Festival is one of the few public events which welcome pets on leashes every evening.”