Health & Safety


The second annual Lights On Stratford winter festival of lights is about to unfold in Stratford: a sparkling celebration that will carry us through the long, dark nights of 2021 and into 2022.

Lights On Stratford is committed to the health and safety of its workers, contracted personnel, volunteers, and patrons. In order to protect its resources, both human and material, management will make every effort to provide and maintain a safe, healthy work environment and will continuously strive to eliminate any identified hazards.

This commitment will be fulfilled through the policies and procedures that follow.

Lights On Stratford acknowledges that safety is a personal commitment as well as an organizational commitment. Hazards in the work place and in event spaces can only be controlled by active involvement at all levels; thus, Lights On Stratford requires that all Festival personnel make safety their first priority.

The safety and health of the public and our personnel is our prime concern. There is no task so urgent that it cannot be completed safely and no event that cannot be postponed or rescheduled to limit risk.

Covid-19: Attention Visitors

  • Enjoy Lights On Stratford on your own or with your household bubble.
  • Stay 2 meters (or one 6’ string of lights) apart from others.
  • Help minimize the risk and wear your mask as you enjoy the self-guided tour through the display.
  • Capacity is limited to the outdoor gathering numbers currently recommended by HPPH within Provincial regulations.

If any of the following apply to you, please stay home and self-isolate right away:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue, sore muscles
  • Had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • Returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days

Market Square

Beginning December 17, 2021 and running through to January 28, 2022, this area will house Sky Castle – a dreamy, interactive sound and light installation journeying from Australia to Canada for its North American premiere at Lights On Stratford. Sky Castle features a cluster of 20 inflatable arches that evoke the joy and hope that rainbows bring after every storm. As visitors move through the arches, their movement powers and expands the melodic xylophone soundscape stimulating colour changes in each arch. The display will be open to the public from 10:00am to 10:00pm nightly.

This is a fully accessible display site.

Staff will be on hand from 4:45pm to 10:15pm to manage the space, reinforce the direction of travel, monitor crowd size and maintain physical distancing. They will also act as Festival ambassadors and engage, at a proper distance, with attendees throughout the visitor experience. Staff will be masked.

Shakespearean Gardens

Attendees will be welcomed to Shakespearean Gardens of a Thousand Lights nightly between 5:00pm to 10:00pm from December 17, 2021 to January 28, 2022.

Also a self-guided experience, visitors will enter by foot one-way through the Shakespearean Gardens gate on Huron Street, walk along the pathway of light and sound to the exit at the left of the Dufton Woollen Mill chimney. Visitors will exit through the Service Ontario/ Perth County Courthouse parking lot so there will be no pedestrian traffic crossover along the route.

This is not an accessible display site, but the exhibit can be viewed on foot or from a vehicle on TJ Dolan Drive as well as from the far side of Huron Street at the base of Ontario Street. (Please note that this is a busy downtown corner, attendees will need to be especially diligent about physical distancing.)

Similar to Market Square, staff will be on site for the duration of the exhibit hours to assist with direction of travel and monitor crowd size and social distancing. Staff will be masked while on duty.

Avon Theatre – in collaboration with the Stratford Festival

The theatre will feature light displays within the exterior windows, timed for 5:00pm to 10:00pm nightly from December 17, 2021 to January 28, 2022. These displays are designed to be enjoyed in passing from outside the theatre. Signage will be posted to encourage physical distancing.

This is a fully accessible display site.

Shareable Moments & Downtown Storefronts

Downtown storefront locations will feature lights displays inside their stores that will be visible from the exterior, timed for 5:00pm to 10:00pm nightly from December 17, 2021 to January 28, 2022. These displays are designed to be enjoyed in passing from downtown sidewalks. Each participating storefront will include health and safety signage.

This is a fully accessible display site.

Tom Patterson Island

The island will be open to the public from 5:00pm – 10:00pm nightly from December 17, 2021 to January 28, 2022, with the light displays also visible from the pathways and roads on either shore opposite the island. Signage will be posted to encourage physical distancing.

This is a fully accessible display site (from the riverside pathways and roads).

Lights On Stratford Contact Information

For enquiries about Lights On Stratford Health and Safety, please contact the Festival Coordinator at

Local Health & Safety contacts


Non-emergency: 519-271-4141

Emergency: 9-1-1

Fire or Ambulance

Emergency: 9-1-1

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH)


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