This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Scurfield family stepping forward to revive the Lion’s Festival of Lights, Calgary’s largest free Christmas light display.
It will be celebrated Saturday at Confederation Park in Calgary, with the official kickoff, starting at 5 p.m. Each winter, from late November to early January, Calgarians come together to enjoy Christmas themed light displays at Confederation Park.
The Lion’s Festival of Lights is the largest free drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It is comprised of almost 100,000 lights along 14th Street Northwest.
When the Lions Festival of Lights needed a new key sponsor back in 1987, Sunshine Village and the Scurfield family donated $100,000 to ensure the festival was revived. It continues to be an enduring favourite.
“Sunshine stepped in to help save this Christmas light display for Calgary many years ago,” said Sunshine Village Vice President John Scurfield.
“Growing up as a child in Calgary, this was special treat for my family,” said John Scurfield, Senior Vice president Resort operations, Marketing and Sales. “This event is for the children and for the children inside each one of us. It is our way of saying, ‘Thank-you, Calgary.’”
The Festival is organized by the Lions Festival of Lights Society and Lions from Calgary and area donate their time to construct the displays.
The Lions Club maintains that aside from bringing Christmas cheer to the city, the Festival is their way of saying thanks to the community for “helping Lions help others.”
Sunshine Village remains a key sponsor and has donated well over $200,000 to keep the festival going annually.
In 2011, there is a distinctly green hue to Calgary’s largest FREE drive-by Christmas light display.
Volunteers have converted 50,000 light bulbs from the conventional incandescent bulbs to energy-saving LEDs for the 25th anniversary. The $40,000 investment means those new bulbs will consume a tiny fraction of the electricity used previously. In fact, one 25-bulb string will consume the power of one old incandescent bulb.
The display will be illuminated daily from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 27, 2011 until Jan. 8, 2012. Nearly 53,000 people per day are expected to