The second-annual Valley of Lights Winter Wonderland within Wakamow Valley wrapped up on Saturday.
This year’s holiday exhibit displayed over 80 decorated Christmas trees and over 100,000 lights that shined bright from Dec. 1, until Jan. 7.
For Donna MacQuarrie-Bye this was her first Valley of Lights experience as she became the Wakamow Valley Authority’s newest general manager back in late November.
“It was a lot of fun!” says MacQuarrie-Bye. “There was a lot of good input and went very smoothly. I credit the team for rallying around giving my short stint with them at that time. There was really no stress when I went into it. The staff did a wonderful job of putting on this event and letting me fill in the gaps where I’m needed.”
The WVA was lucky to have Henry, the 17-foot illuminated moose that was revealed at this year’s Grey Cup, also on display.
Over the course of the event, MacQuarrie-Bye says that hundreds of Moose Jaw and area residents walked or drove through the exhibit and had a lot to say.
“We had a lot of positive responses. In addition, had some not-so-good feedback that always helps as well. We appreciate everyone’s input and it will help us plan for next year. Hopefully, we can make it just as big and improved in 2023,” adds MacQuarrie-Bye.
MacQuarrie-Bye says some of the feedback they received was to have a few more light features next year, which she notes was already in the works for 2023.
She couldn’t give an exact number of visitors to the Winter Wonderland throughout the event of the amount of money raised but could say that it was very successful.
The money that was raised from this year’s Valley of Lights will go towards funding different projects within the WVA and the overall operation to ensure that the park is kept up to a certain standard.
“Part of it is the operation of keeping our park going with our campground and the basic utilities. It also goes towards maintaining the park and helping with other projects that require funding. Whether it’s planting trees, cutting the trails, or equipment.”
MacQuarrie-Bye concluded by saying thank you to their Valley of Lights sponsors, volunteers, and the people of Moose Jaw for coming out and supporting this year’s event. She’s very excited about what’s in store for 2023’s Valley of Lights.
More information on the Valley of Lights or if you want to sponsor or volunteer for next year's event can be found HERE.