• PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED

  • WINTER 2020/2021

    STRATFORD, ONTARIO

Lights On Stratford

Lights On Stratford

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

- Maya Angelou

With the City itself as a dramatic stage, Lights On Stratford winter festival of lights will transform the downtown core with luminous art and interactive light installations. Through the use of light and projections, City Hall and the new Tom Patterson Theatre will be dramatically brought to life. An interactive light exhibition will partner downtown storefronts in a coordinated streetside experience. These exhibits along with the creation of the Shakespearean Garden of a Thousand Lights and the illumination of Tom Patterson Island will bring light and joy to the winter streets of Stratford, Ontario.

Stratford is home to some of the world’s best artists, lighting designers, props builders and creative minds. Lights On Stratford harnesses this precious resource of local talent to craft a truly unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else.

Prepare to be dazzled.

Free to the public and designed to be safely enjoyed with physical distancing, Lights On Stratford will light up this Winter, starting mid-November 2020 and running through mid-February 2021. Come see Stratford in a different light!

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LIGHTS ON STRATFORD
EXPERIENCE

MARKET SQUARE

Located at the heart of the City and this festival, Market Square will host a gallery of #MadeInStratford outdoor light art installations (launches Nov. 19). The historic City Hall will come alive with projections and unique light features (launches Dec. 17). And for early risers, watch the giant sun rise up City Hall to meet the dawn. Winterfest lighted ice sculptures will start arriving on Jan. 8.

SHAKESPEAREAN GARDENS

In one of Stratford’s prettiest and most treasured gardens, prepare for an interactive light transformation. Filled with a field of tiny white lights, watch in delight as they follow your movement through the winter garden pathways with colour and sound. As you make your way to the old Dufton Woollen Mill chimney turned bird tower, your presence will be welcomed with a dazzling flash of colour. Launches Jan 2.

TOM PATTERSON THEATRE

The new Tom Patterson Theatre is an architectural jewel surrounded by an undulating glass and bronze curtain. The light that emanates from within has a story to tell. Projected on the lobby’s interior walls but visible from the grounds and river path will be a lighting experience that honours the Stratford Festival. Launches Nov. 26.

TOM PATTERSON ISLAND

There’s something special about islands that draw people to them. And with beacons of dramatic light, Tom Patterson Island will be sure to attract even more. Launches Dec. 10.

STOREFRONT DISPLAYS

Stratford’s historic downtown with its amazing variety of unique shops and restaurants will be all the more remarkable this winter with coordinated light art displays that meander across multiple storefront windows. Launches Dec. 1.

FOLLOW THE SNOWFLAKE STARS

The Lights On Stratford experience is best enjoyed on foot. Simply follow the lighted snowflake stars on the light posts to discover the different locations throughout the City.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NOTE: To maximize safety and minimize risk for both staff and attendees, Lights On Stratford will be launching each exhibit of its inaugural season on separate dates. If it is safe to do so, opening celebration considerations will be made for the final location launch on January 2nd, 2021.

Key Target Dates*

  • November 19 – Launch of Market Square light sculpture installations
  • November 26 – Launch of Tom Patterson Theatre light experience
  • December 1 – Launch of Storefront light displays
  • December 10 – Launch of Tom Patterson Island light installations
  • December 17 – Launch of City Hall projections
  • January 2 – Launch of Shakespearean Gardens of a Thousand Lights**
  • February 14 – Final day!
Timeline and Schedule

*Light displays will not be operating on December 24th, 25th or January 1st.

**Shakespearean Gardens of a Thousand Lights is not an accessible site (stairs, steps and uneven paths), but the light display is also visible from TJ Dolan Drive and from the far side of Huron Street at the base of Ontario Street.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Lights On Stratford is committed to the health and safety of its workers, contracted personnel, volunteers, and patrons. Visit the Health & Safety page for important protocols in place.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Stratford is famous as a cultural destination with unique accommodations, restaurants and shops! Visit the Plan Your Visit page to learn more.

SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS

This festival is not possible without Stratford’s amazing community support. THANK YOU! Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Visit the Become A Sponsor page for more details.

Interested in lending a helping hand? Please contact Mary-Ann Reid for volunteer opportunities.

GOLD SPONSORS

Downtown Storefront Lights Displays

Digital Main Street
Communitech

SILVER SPONSORS

Wightman
The Arden Park Hotel
Vancea Financial Group
Rheo Thompson Candies
Orr Insurance
Neumeister Motors
Tradition Mutual
Leon's
the co-operators
Mornington Communications
Stratford Electric

BRONZE SPONSORS

ED'S CONCRETE PRODUCTS
CLEANFIX
Famme & Co.
Festival City Glass
Stratford Crane Rental Ltd
Arden Park Dental
Magest Building Systems Limited
Uniac Insurance

COMMUNITY SPONSORS

Elliott Motors
Malt Management
MacLeods Scottish Shop
DMDS
James A Rutherford Funeral Home
inSites
Stratford Honda
Bag Supplies Canada Ltd.
Best Windows Doors Siding
Huron Family Dental
Cozyn’s Garden Gallery
Stratford Civic Beautification & Environmental Awareness Committee
Hudsons Stratford Kia
Drummond Brothers Landscaping
Sinclair Pharmacy
Burnt Brydges Wood Company

IN-KIND PARTNERS

Stratford Festival
Bespoke Audio Visual
Stratford Winterfest
IATSE 357
Festival Hydro
Festival City Rentals
Lightform
J. A. Porter Holdings

IN-KIND SUPPORTERS

Stratford Home Hardware Building Centre

STRATFORD

Junction 56 Distillery
TSC Stratford

STRATFORD

Lange Bros.
Feltz Property Care
Stratford Home Hardware Building Centre

WELLESLEY

Factory 163
Georgian Bay Fire & Safety
St. John's Ambulance
Ideal Supply
Hoffmeyers Mill
Allen Building Centre

FOUNDING MEMBERS

City of Stratford
Stratford Tourism
investStratford
Stratford City Centre
Stratford Economic Response & Recovery Task Force

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

FedDev
OCAF
This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

CONTACT

Festival Director

Zac Gribble

Email Zac for media enquiries and festival-related questions.

Festival Coordinator

Kaileigh Krysztofiak

Email Kaileigh for technical or logistical questions.

Strategic Partnership Manager

Rob Russell

Email Rob for business and partnership questions.

Sponsorships

Lindsey Martchenko

Email Lindsey for corporate sponsor opportunities.

Project Managers

MALT Management

Lesley Spencer-Cooper
Mary-Ann Reid