Windsor’s mayor says this year’s Bright Lights Windsor will be even bigger and better than last year.

Drew Dilkens says there will be three times more illumination and four times more displays.

Dilkens adds there will also be more parking.

“We've opened up the south end of the park, and we're removing the barriers that are currently in place underneath the expressway which will provide for a lot more parking and accessible flow through the south end of the park,” says Dilkens.

Dilkens adds the pathways lined with thousands of lights have all been paved, in response to a number of complaints about mud last year.

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island will also host a Christmas market on weekends.

“The city received over 70 applications for the inaugural year and the City of Windsor, in partnership with the urban art market and the Rose City Etsy team created a schedule that will include a variety of makers, artisans and of course delicious treats,” says TWEPI CEO Gordon Orr. “By purchasing the work of our local artisans, you not only support them but of course our community as well since the money stays right here and helps grow our local economy.”

The festival runs at Jackson Park from Dec. 7 – Jan. 6. Regular hours of operation are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be an opening lighting ceremony on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.