An annual Christmas celebration is moving forward with its light show, but its holiday statue stop will remain closed.
Following the announcement of new Public Health Orders, the Red River Ex's Winter Wonderful drive-thru light display will be opening for the first time this year on Saturday.
"Because of you and your calls, emails, posts & petitions our 21-year holiday tradition continues. This year is dedicated to all of you. But first, we must do our part to keep our community safe!" the organizers posted on Facebook.
The annual light show, which usually occurs in December, was paused due to a circuit breaker put in place by the province to halt the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this week, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced drive-thru experiences would be allowed.
In order for the event to be allowed, attendees are not allowed to exit their vehicles for any reason.
"Please use your home bathroom before you arrive. There will likely be many cars in front of you when you get here and no one is to leave their vehicle, so take the time to send everyone to the “loo” before you come to “loo-k” at the lights."
Only household members are allowed to be in the vehicle.
Other changes include the cancellation of sleigh rides and the holiday statues photo stop is closed. There will be no ice skating.
Food sales will not occur this year.
Even with the light show cancelled, Winnipeggers craved the light experience. A Winnipeg woman, Carol Cassell, created a map of all the houses in Winnipeg that are decorated for Christmas. One neighbourhood in Lindon Woods was particularly popular, creating a long lineup of cars on some nights.
"I had already decided that I would make a Christmas map to just bring a little extra joy into people's lives," Cassell told CHVN.
The Knights of Columbus have been driving their Christmas float around Winnipeg to spread cheer despite the annual parade being cancelled.