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Vernon Winter Carnival launch Carnival of Lights

A musician plays at the 2018 Vernon Light Up.
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The once-popular Vernon Light Up will be back this year after the Vernon Winter Carnival stepped up and relaunched the event.

The Vernon Light Up has now become the Carnival of Lights and is scheduled to be held Nov. 26.

"Vernon Winter Carnival had committed to taking on this community event two years ago after the Downtown Vernon Association decided to not host it anymore,” Vernon Winter Carnival executive director Vicki Proulx said in a media release. "After two years of COVID restrictions, we’re thrilled to be able to finally host the event we had envisioned."

In 2019 the Downtown Vernon Association held the final Vernon Light Up before announcing that after 25 years it wouldn't be continuing with the event.

The new Carnival of Lights will now take place Nov. 26 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Spirit Square and Civic Plaza outside of City Hall.

"The Carnival of Lights will be a great mix of holiday light up traditions as well as features that will allow our newer residents to connect to this amazing community," Proulx said. "The Carnival of Lights is a free community event that will feature entertainment, food vendors, crafts, games, and local vendors. For those looking to get a jump on their shopping, there will also be holiday gift ideas available for purchase."

Organizers say that Vernon Winter Carnival will decorate Spirit Square with thousands of lights and light features, that will stay on each night from Nov. 26 until Dec. 31.

The lights will then be on for the duration of the winter festival, from Feb. 3 to Feb. 12, 2023.

Businesses, community groups, and vendors wanting to take part in the Carnival of Lights can contact the Vernon Winter Carnival here.

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