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Hundreds attend tenth annual Glenhyrst Art Gallery light-up exhibit

ChristmasHundreds attend tenth annual Glenhyrst Art Gallery light-up exhibit

The Brantford Lights illuminated the grounds of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery with thousands of colourful bulbs on Friday, December 2.

The City of Brantford partners up with the gallery for the annual event and together they are currently celebrating the tenth-year anniversary.

Cars filled up the parking lot early, and a large crowd gathered around the outside of the gallery waiting for the official “switch-on” of the twinkling lights.

The crowd cheer and clap as the lights officially light up the ground of Glenhyrst Art Gallery on Friday, December 2.

Many people stood by to watch the members of the École Dufferin ukulele choir perform a variety of holiday carols, while some grabbed hot chocolate from the Ugly Mug cart.

The Ugly Mug was selling hot chocolate to visitors in the parking lot of Glenhyrst on Friday, December 2.

Ana Olson, Gallery Director, soon stepped up to the mic and got the event underway as she spoke about the history of the event.

Olson thanked sponsors, as well as the Parks staff for the weeks of hard work they put into the designing and stringing of the lights.

“There’s a lot of moving parts – the actual hanging of the lights is just one piece of it, and the City of Brantford hangs all the lights and does the displays,” Olson said. “We usually have a meeting before hand to see if there are any special areas that we want to focus on and if there are new lights that we want to put up. Internally, we talk about opening night – who is here, who are the vendors, who are the performers, and what music is going to be here. We also have an army of volunteers that are here every night in the cold taking donations and opening the gallery.”

Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis was present, along with Brantford-Brant parliament members MP Larry Brock and MPP Will Bouma. The three took turns addressing the crowd before the mayor began the countdown with visitors.

The crowd cheered and clapped, and Santa jingled as the thousands of lights lit up the park. Visitors can enjoy a variety of displays – from Santa’s sleigh to red-and-white candy canes, a large peacock, and presents – there is no shortage of designs to view.

The main house at Glenhyrst Art Gallery twinkles in the background as visitors stood by to admire the work on Friday, December 2.
Candy canes lined the driveway that curves behind the Glenhyrst main house, many younger kids made sure to check out the displays on December 2.
A large peacock drew in many visitors as they took pictures in front of the lighting display on Friday, December 2.
Kids laughed and played tag inside of the large Christmas lighting display on Friday, December 2.
Large lighting displays were on either side of the entrance of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery grounds welcoming visitors arriving later on Friday, December 2.

The Salvation Army band began playing music as people dispersed to explore the grounds.

Members of the Salvation Army Band play the tune Silent Night on Friday, December 2.

Inside the main house, art from schools around Brantford showcased roughly 400 works of art for the Vibrant Youth Exhibit that runs alongside the lights display every year.

Visitors could also walk through to view the art or shop for handmade artisan crafts from the Merry Little Market. Upstairs, Dan McDonald and Kristen Vollick were performing music.

Santa Claus gave a big smile as he hugged a little girl during the event on Friday, December 2.

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