What started as a family tradition turned into a display beloved by the community.
Doug and Yvonne Ruel started Leduc Country Lights over 15 years ago, turning the lights display into the largest in the community. When the family announced in 2018 that they would discontinue the display, the Leduc Kinsmen couldn’t bear to see the lights leave, and took over.
“It’s very important to us,” says Kevin Eklund, chair of Leduc Country Lights. “It’s kind of a staple in Leduc and we really wanted to carry that tradition on.”
Leduc Kinsmen partnered with Leduc West Antique Society, also the new location of the light display, which allowed them to increase the size of the display and incorporate new buildings into the attraction.
Leduc Country Lights features over 1,200 ornaments across 11 acres. It takes about half an hour to walk through the entire display and there are fire pits along the paths to stop and warm up along the way. The event is family friendly and dog friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends on a leash to take part in the festivities.
“The size of the attraction itself is really something to see,” says Eklund. “And it’s just something that’s different. It’s not a drive thru. You get to take the time to stop and talk with your family and be around the fire. It’s just a very country way of celebrating Christmas.”
Leduc Country Lights is located at 49541, Range Rd 260, Calmar, AB and is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 2, 2022. The attraction closes at 8 p.m. on December 24 and is closed December 25. Admission is $2 per person.