The Festival of Lights was conceived 32 years ago by 4 Summerland Businessmen, Jerry Hallquist, Art Sewell, Allan Fabbi and Bruce Hallquist under the umbrella of the Downtown Business Improvement Area of the day. It was originally started to help showcase the businesses of downtown Summerland and it certainly has over the years.
To get the event started, the committee sold strings of Christmas lights to every merchant/building owners in the downtown area, to decorate their buildings and approximately 25,000 lights were sold that first year. The District of Summerland became involved and decorated the light standards on the streets and other public buildings in the downtown area.
At the time, it was the only festival of its kind in the Okanagan and has been well attended every year! Out of all the festivals that were done over the early years in downtown, no one had any idea that the Summerland Festival pf Lights would be the only one to survive 32 years later. Festival of Lights was an instant success with an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in attendance for the first event. It continues to thrive today and is not only a premier holiday event for Summerland, but for the whole Okanagan
– 2 nights for 2 at the Summerland Waterfront Resort
– Spa Couples Treatment at iKhaya Day Spa
– Light Up the Vines Tour for 2 with Ogopogo Tours
– Bottleneck Drive Gift Basket
– $75 Gift Certificate for Dinner at Zia’s Stonehouse Restaurant
Contest ends on November 20, 2019 at 2pm. Please see contest rules for further details. Summerland’s Festival of Lights.