A parade to remember

Highlights from the 2023 North Dundas Parade of Lights. All photos by Mandi Westwell.

On December 2, the streets of Winchester were magically lit up with what has been universally regarded as the most stunning North Dundas Parade of Lights in years. Organizers and float-decorators outdid themselves this year, and the crowds heavily packed along the various streets surely made all of the effort worth it!

There were dozens of floats that followed the predetermined route, putting smiles on countless faces in an annual tradition that goes back decades. True to its name, this year’s Parade of Lights featured many very brightly decorated floats, as well as the usual assortment of participants on foot, and some four-legged friends as well. 

Probably the most “North Dundas-y” aspect of our cherished local parade is the presence of beautifully decorated farm tractors. One tractor dazzled many spectators with its attachment that resembled Santa’s reindeer team, rising and falling to the delight of onlookers. 

Local siblings Liam and Lucie enjoying the parade.

The Parade began its journey at the Township office and journeyed down to the Sam Ault Arena, with a slight detour onto Albert Street. Beginning at 7 pm, the Parade took approximately 30-40 minutes to pass any given point along the route. The weather was tolerably chilly, and spectators came well dressed for the weather. The usual assortment of candies was handed out along the way, and donations for good causes were sought en route as well. 

No Parade of Lights would be complete without the festive sight of Santa Claus himself! Santa took up his usual position on board a fire truck this year, his presence simultaneously signaling the end of the Parade, and the beginning of a Christmas season sure to be filled with joy, generosity, family, love, and peace. Don’t worry, kids, Santa will be back later this month, although if you’re asleep on Christmas Eve as you should be, you won’t see him the next time he’s in town!

As is tradition, there was a Float Contest this year to honour best efforts and crowd favourites. See a Letter to the Editor in this issue with all of the winning floats named!

A big “thank you” to the organizers and participants for putting on an excellent Parade! We look forward to next year’s event!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here