Dresden set to ‘shine’ this holiday season

Christmas light photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / zoooom

Community groups in Dresden are hoping to make this upcoming holiday season brighter than ever.

Dresden Shines is a collaborative effort between several community groups and organizations that will be decorating homes and businesses with lights as well as hosting a series of safe, family-friendly activities throughout the holiday season.

Since most large events such as the Dresden Christmas Night Market were placed on hold during the pandemic, organizers said they were motivated to bring the community together with an ambitious goal to decorate as many buildings as possible.

Co-organizer Stuart Kiar said the idea came to him after the May 16th Miracle.

“Seeing the community come together so strongly and quickly during the food drive last May, I knew we could do it again during the holiday season,” said Kiar. “We have a huge list of volunteers and we work really well together, but there is a lot of work ahead of us.”

Organizers are encouraging Dresden and area residents to decorate their homes with lights as part of the Illumination Tour. The initiative will give residents and visitors the opportunity to drive throughout the community and enjoy the displays.

Co-organizer Liz Kominek said volunteers are on hand to help anyone who wants to participate.

“We want everyone to be able to participate in the Illumination Tour,” she said. “If you need lights or if you need help putting them up, get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.”

According to organizers, there will also be a scavenger hunt, a book trail, a race organized by the BIA and a door decorating contest as well as lights and decorations in the downtown area.

More information will be made available on the event’s social media pages as well as on Dresden’s official website. 

Anyone interested in volunteering can email organizers at DresdenShines@dresden.ca.