I say “bah humbug” to all the nay-sayers, abstainers, and boy-cotters of Windsor’s Bright Lights. Cathryn and I had to wonder if any of the thousands of people we saw strolling around Jackson Park last night were some of the grumbers and groaners, or whiners and complainers who thought the City of Windsor’s latest attraction was a waste of taxpayer money.
We witnessed none of the above negativity when we visited the park. Instead, we saw hundreds of smiling faces on men, women and children, while they gawked at the magnificent display of Christmas ornaments and lights. Even groups of wandering teenagers who are usually glued to their mobile device screens were using them for the sole purpose of taking photographs.
Whole families strolled the colorfully-lit pathways, some singing along with the Christmas music that played over loud speakers. I’ve seen displays in Kingsville, Amherstbug, and even Niagara Falls and Niagara On The Lake that can’t rival what we now have in our own city. Kudos to the Mayor and City Counsel for making this happen.
There are still those who complain about the lack of parking, but it didn’t seem to deter the crowds we witnessed. The glow from the hundreds of thousands of LED lights slow down traffic for blocks. The ambiance of Christmas sounds and lights and admiring faces summoned a tear for Cathryn. For me, I swear it was a snowflake that land landed in my eye.