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Moonlight Madness and Festival of Lights kicking off the holiday season this week in Ingersoll

By John Tapley, Ingersoll Times

There was applause and oohs and ahhs when the lights on the big tree at the gazebo lit up during the Moonlight Madness and Festival of Lights celebration downtown Thursday, Nov. 20. JENNIFER VANDERMEER/INGERSOLL TIMES

There was applause and oohs and ahhs when the lights on the big tree at the gazebo lit up during the Moonlight Madness and Festival of Lights celebration downtown Thursday, Nov. 20. JENNIFER VANDERMEER/INGERSOLL TIMES

Christmas is coming to Ingersoll this week.

With lots of holiday events and activities lined up, things get rolling with the BIA's annual Moonlight Madness on Thursday, Nov. 16, when the switch will be thrown on the town's annual Festival of Lights.

Stores will be open late that day and there will be live music starting at 5 p.m. provided by the Ingersoll Pipe Band, IDCI students and the Ingersoll Choral Society. Students from the Diamond Dance Centre and the Oxford School of Dance will also be performing downtown.

“Warm up with a hot cider or cocoa and enjoy baked treats,” said Chelsea Jibb, economic development and tourism assistant with the Town of Ingersoll. “Santa and Mrs. Claus will be paying a visit and would love to meet all the good little children.”

The Festival of Lights will be lit at 7 p.m. Thursday and continue nightly between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. until January 1, 2018.

“The holiday season in Ingersoll is sure to be shiny and bright during the Festival of Lights,” Jibb said.

The Festival of Lights includes more than 350 festive light displays in the downtown core and in town parks.

The BIA will also be launching a North Pole Passport during Moonlight madness where shoppers can visit 10 participating businesses between Nov. 16 and 24.

“Once a shopper receives all 10 stamps, they can submit their passport for their chance to win one of several great prizes,” said Jibb.

Santa's Festival Village opens on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks at 7 p.m.

“The elves have been hard at work and holiday magic can be found everywhere in Ingersoll,” Jibb said. “Get a peek at what the elves have been working on and pay a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring the whole family.”

Santa's Festival Village will be open Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. leading up to Christmas.

A Canadian Christmas: Celebrating 150 is the theme for the Rotary Club of Ingersoll's 20th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 18, which starts at 11 a.m.

Tillsonburg and Woodstock will also have parades on Nov. 18, with Tillsonburg's event starting at 2 p.m. and Woodstock's at 6 p.m.

More information on Ingersoll's holiday events can be found on Ingersoll Tourism and Events' Facebook page.