Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is there a cost to see the lights?
A: There is no admission fee to see the many illuminations, however donations are gratefully accepted. We are currently suggesting that you bring a 'toonie' to the Lights! Families may wish to donate more.

Q: What are the donations used for?
A: The money collected is allocated for improving programming and activities for next year’s festival.

Q: Who collects the donations?
A: All proceeds are collected by the River Lights Winter Festival, which is a registered not-for-profit organization.

Watch for 'Blinky the Snowman' throughout the Festival
and bring a 'toonie' to the lights!
Your donation will help ensure we can continue offering
excellent programs in the coming years - Thank you !!

Q: How long are the lights on?
A: The illumination of the displays in Toddy Jones Park, Navy Yard Park and along Dalhousie Street. The lights are on from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm from Opening Night to the end of the year.

Q: When are your various events occurring?
A: To see a complete list of events and activities visit our Events Calendar.

Q: How do I purchase event tickets?
A: Many of the Festival Events are provided free to our guests. However, some events do require tickets. The prices for these events are indicated in the listings on the Events Calendar. Tickets can be purchased at each event or, in advance at the Festival office in the Gordon House, 268 Dalhousie St. - phone: 519-736-4642.

Q: How do I volunteer?
A: We always have the need for volunteers and we’d love to accommodate you. .Simply call the Festival office at 519-736-4642 and we will be happy to help you find the best activity and the best time for you.

Q: Where are the lights and displays located?
A: The light displays are located in Toddy Jones Park (childrens’ , car and sports themes) and Navy Yard Park (nautical themes in NYP south, angel memory garden in central NYP, and historic and musical in NYP north).
The 4'X8' dickens//historic themed Christmas card displays are located in Toddy Jones Park, the Navy Yard Park Square and various locations within Downtown Amherstburg.

Q: How can my company become a River Lights Winter Festival
..... sponsor?
A: To discuss sponsorship and advertising opportunities contact the Festival office at 519-736-4642.

Q: How can an individual or a family become involved as a sponsor?
A: Usually individuals or families choose to sponsor a light display or a Christmas card display. Some individuals have chosen to participate in other ways. To discuss individual or family sponsorship/participation opportunities, contact the Festival office at 519-736-4642.