Festival of Lights brightens Christmas spirit this week

The Festival of Lights has returned for the 12th year at Stettler Community Hall this week.
Continuing until this Saturday, the popular and colorful event opened Tuesday with a “Dessert First” Night and Seniors’ Tea on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Festival of Lights has returned for the 12th year at Stettler Community Hall this week.

Continuing until this Saturday, the popular and colorful event opened Tuesday with a “Dessert First” Night and Seniors’ Tea on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We have a variety of activities for everyone of all ages,” said Karen Phibbs who chairs the Festival of Lights committee that raises funds to buy equipment for Stettler Health Services Foundation.

“We will probably have 1,100 people come through the doors this week for the scheduled events,” said Phibbs.

This year, funds will be designated to buy colonoscopy equipment for Stettler Hospital and Care Centre, she said.

“Last year we raised over $65,000 and to date we have raised over $160,000.”

“We have tremendous support from the community and businesses,” said Phibbs.

Three major events close the week starting with the Sounds-of-the-Season concert Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.,

“This concert will feature an exciting mixture of the arts,’ said concert coordinator Sue Peterson.

Entertainment will feature Stettler Elementary Show Choir directed by Amanda Hugh, soloist Rhonda Newton accompanied by pianist Veronica Weber, music by LeeAnn Kinderwater and Anna Kinderwater, the Cantus Choir directed by Gordon Moorlag and a dramatic reading by Roe Desrosier.

Kids’ Day with Cocoa, Cookies and Santa Claus is set for Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. with real reindeer, face painting, gift tags and finger casting.

Final festivities are set for Saturday with the Gala Night Dine and Dance with entertainment by Jebb Fink and dancing to Big Fat Fun.

Over 250 volunteers will serve during the festival.

Tickets are available at Fran’s Flowers and Fudge, Panda Flowers and Lou’s Fashion.

For more information, phone Phibbs at 403-742-6326.