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Morinville lights up for Christmas

Lite Up the Nite rolls into town November 24 to 26
Morinville Mayor Simon Boersma strikes a pose with Santa and Mrs. Clause during the Saturday night Lite Up the Nite Parade. This year the parade is on Nov. 25. DOYLE CMARKO

There is no snow on the ground, however Morinville’s quaint Main Street will shortly look like a picture-perfect Hallmark card. 

For more than two decades, the charming town has transformed into a festive wonderland each holiday season putting smiles on faces as it illuminates the darkness with Lite Up the Nite Christmas Festival

Taking place November 24 to 26, the three-day festivities are filled with community activities designed to spark seasonal enthusiasm among families, friends, and neighbours. 

“With the weather so mild, we expect a lot of people will come out to kick off the holiday season. And this event always spikes volunteer spirit to organize this beautiful, free event for the community,” said Kathleen Ducharme, events and programs coordinator. 

Throughout the weekend, there will be tons of activities for every age. Musée Morinville Museum is giving out pick-up kits to make an ornament while No Frills and Sobeys are hosting the annual Fill a Truck campaign. 

Kicking off the festival is Lite Up the Nite Dance Party at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress in Christmas jammies and sweaters. DJ Mike spins today’s popular hits while McDonalds sponsors free glowsticks, tattoos and a holiday photo booth. Tickets are available through the centre. 

Saturday is the weekend highlight with a Festive Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the centre. It’s an opportunity for kids to take a photo with Santa and write a postcard to the man in red. There’s cookie decorating, craft making, balloon making and face painting. 

This event also includes a series of performances: the Morinville Minstrels carol at 10:20 a.m. while Dallas Arcand, three-time world hoop dance champion, steps on stage at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Pianist Riley Quinn tickles the ivories at 11:45 a.m. and the Movement Dance Studio shakes up the dust with their finest dancers at 1:15 p.m. 

But the event everyone looks forward to is Saturday's Santa Claus Parade at 5:30 p.m. It stops in front of St. Jean Baptiste Park for the official Lite Up the Park ceremony that illuminates the square with Christmas cheer. Following at 7:30 p.m. is the spectacular fireworks show at Notre Dame Park 

“Morinville is so flat, you can see the fireworks from anywhere.” 

The entire festival is free. A complete schedule of activities is available at 

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