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December 17, 2021 through to January 28, 2022

Launched in 2020 during the pandemic, the Lights On Stratford annual winter festival will once again transform Stratford’s heritage downtown core and park system with luminous art and interactive light installations.

The Lights On Stratford 2021 theme is JOURNEY – “an act of traveling from one place to another.” As we find safe ways to emerge from the constraints of having to stay home, missing our friends, family or favourite places; the sense of wonder and delight experienced within a journey will be celebrated anew. This year, Lights On Stratford brings the adventure of travel to the public spaces of Stratford by showcasing exhibits of light that explore motion, transportation, worldly and other-worldly landmarks.

Market Square will be brought to life with Sky Castle – a dreamy, interactive sound and light installation, featuring a cluster of inflatable arches that span in colourful symphony across the square. As visitors move through the arches, their movement powers and expands the melodic xylophone soundscape stimulating colour changes in each arch.

The Festival also brings back Made-in-Stratford light displays which will include the Shakespearean Gardens of a Thousand Lights, and Journey to the Stars which transforms Tom Patterson Island into an interstellar journey of light. AS in 2020, storefronts and locations throughout the City will also participate with unique light displays and experiences.

Stratford is home to some of the world’s best artists, lighting designers, props builders and creative minds. Lights On Stratford will support and collaborate with these artists to harness this precious resource of local talent, crafting a truly unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else.

Free to the public and designed to be safely enjoyed with physical distancing and on-site staff, Lights On Stratford will light up this winter starting December 17, 2021 through to January 28, 2022.

Come see Stratford in a different light!

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