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The Peace Draft Horse Club’s 11th annual Northern Spirit Light Show goes Nov. 14 - Dec. 31 at Evergreen Park

The public will be able to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or drive their own cars, through over 200 light displays. The show goes 38 days this year.

It costs $15 to take a car past the displays and wagon rides cost $5 per person - except for kids 10 years old or younger, who get to ride for free. The wagons go 6-9 p.m. and the show is open 6-10 p.m.

Proceeds from the Light Show money are used to pay for the expenses and setting up the event, with the rest of the money going to local charities.

“This year there’s 12 different charities - plus we give to 21 schools for their hot lunch program," says Kathy Miles, one of the organizers of the Light Show.

The Draft Horse Club also uses the event to collect donations for local food banks. Last year they collected enough donations to fill 17 truckloads, and Miles is hoping they can raise even more this year.

She adds that though it may end up costing a bit more to take the carriage, it is very popular.

“If the weather’s good most people do jump out of their vehicles and get on a wagon. A lot of have started making it an annual tradition to come down to the lights with the family and have a cup of hot chocolate and apple cider around the fire.”

Sponsors and partners involved in the annual event always get a sneak peak at the show. The Peace Draft Horse Club is holds a gala dinner for their partners, and  then takes them out on the sleighs to see the lights before the show opens to the public.

Miles says there’s over 200 displays - including everything from stars and lights in trees, to decorated tow trucks, and even a giant tooth.

Miles says the Northern Spirit Light Show is probably the biggest of its kind in the region and possibly even all of Northern Alberta and Northern BC- especially now that Edmonton no longer hosts a light at William Hawrelak Park.

Here is the light show schedule:

November 14-17
November 21-24
November 28-December 1
December 5 -24
December 25 (closed)
December 26-31 

- with files from Liam Verster, Everything GP