Simcoe Christmas Panorama


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COVID-19 UPDATE: Please check our updated dates, hours of operation and details for the 2020 season.

Drive Through Experience 2020

We are thrilled to announce that the Simcoe Panorama will be open with our signature River of Lights, as well as several iron light displays for a drive through event December 5th – January 3rd! Its FREE for anyone to attend!

To experience Simcoe Christmas Panorama in 2020, gather your family, your favorite Christmas tunes, jump in your vehicle and start your driving experience! This year, you can enjoy Panorama without even leaving the comfort of your vehicle. Once you arrive to downtown Simcoe, please remain in your vehicle and follow our recommended route to see all the lights around the parks. After enjoying our lights, make sure to check out the rest of the great light displays Norfolk County has to offer in our “Light Up The County” Tour!

Recommended Drive Through Route (as of November 22nd)

Please check back as the route may change due to ongoing construction on surrounding streets.

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Hours Of Operation

Lights and Iron Light Displays will be lit up December 5th, 2020– January 3rd 2021. 

Lights are on 6:00pm – 10:00pm every day. Yes, that includes the ALL holidays too! Lights are on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, etc.

You’ll find us at 50 Bonnie Drive, Simcoe, ON N3Y 3V6

It’s FREE to attend Panorama, but you can support us with a donations by CLICKING HERE!

******THE LIGHTS ARE ON EVERY SINGLE DAY******

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Panorama Open?

The Panorama is open with lights and iron light displays lit up December 5th, 2020– January 3rd 2021. 

Lights are on 6:00pm – 10:00pm every day. Yes, that includes the ALL holidays too! (Lights are on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day etc.)

You’ll find us at 50 Bonnie Drive, Simcoe, ON N3Y 3V6

******THE LIGHTS ARE ON EVERY SINGLE DAY******

How is Panorama Operating this year?

We are thrilled to announce that the Simcoe Panorama will be open with our signature River of Lights as well as several iron light displays for a drive through event December 5th – January 3rd! It’s FREE for anyone to attend!

To experience Simcoe Christmas Panorama in 2020, gather your family, your favorite Christmas tunes, jump in your vehicle and start your driving experience! This year, you can enjoy Panorama without even leaving the comfort of your vehicle. Once you arrive to downtown Simcoe, please remain in your vehicle and follow our recommenced route to see all the lights around the parks. After enjoying our lights, make sure to check out the rest of the great light displays Norfolk County has to offer in our “Light Up The County” Tour!

Does Panorama cost anything?

Simcoe Christmas Panorama is FREE for anyone to attend. We are funded by sponsors and donations. You can support Panorama with a donation by CLICKING HERE.

Here is a map of our recommended route as of November 22nd. Please check back as the route may change due to ongoing construction on surrounding streets.

Why is it a Drive Through Experience this year?

This year we have seen the global pandemic change our lives. When Covid-19 first impacted our lives in March we had no idea what state we would be in by November. Our small board of dedicated volunteers watched as beloved Norfolk festivals were, rightfully so, cancelled one after the other to keep our community safe. We knew that if the “River of Lights” was going to be possible at all this year, we needed to create a plan that took every precaution, as well as work closely with the County on whom we rely to put this festival on each year.

 

Trust us: we considered every scenario of how to manage social distancing, increase and introduce disinfecting protocols for all touch points, and ensure that visitors felt safe enough to come enjoy the lights and displays. This, paired with reduced resources from not being able to hold our fundraising events and the inability to work on our displays as a team, was a challenging task.

 

We know how much our community needs the spirit of the holidays in abundance this year, we feel it ourselves. So, we are delighted to share that the Simcoe Christmas Panorama, though different than what we are all used to, will take place in 2020! We are incredibly grateful to our friends at the County who worked with us to champion a plan all the way through the approval stages.

Although 2020 has been different in many aspects, one thing is for certain; our Christmas lights will shine on and the spirit of Christmas will ring through Norfolk County.

Can I walk through the park?

We encourage all visitors of the Simcoe Panorama to stay in their vehicles and enjoy our drive through light experience.

Why can’t we walk through the park and keep distanced from other bubbles?

It is in everyone’s best interest to remain in their vehicles to enjoy the light experience. Panorama is a widely celebrated festival and typically attracts around 60,000 guests each year from within Southern Ontario. It is with this in mind that we want to keep Norfolk residents and visitors safe and Covid-19 cases low.

Why are there less lights/displays in the park this year?

In a typical year, Panorama spends over $10,000 on lights, and our partners at Norfolk County put in countless hours of work installing displays and lights in the park. This year, we were not able to host any fundraising events to purchase new lights for the park, and since our friends at Norfolk County are actively working on ongoing current events, they cannot dedicate the same amount of time and man power to the park.

You can make sure we have more lights next year by donating to our GoFundMe! CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Are there Public Washrooms?

There are no public washrooms available in the park this year.

Will there be opening ceremonies this year?

No opening night ceremonies will take place this year.

Will there be trolley rides at the Panorama?

Trolley rides will not be offered this year.

Will hot beverages and donuts be sold in the park?

No vendors, of any kind, will be in the park this year. That includes the Scout Hut, as well as the Tumaini cider & donuts.

Will the Christmas Market be in the Park this year?

The Christmas Market will not be in Wellington Park this year, but stay tuned for an exciting update about our Christmas Market!

Will there be any activities in the park?

There will be no activities in the park this year.

This includes:
-Llamas In Pajamas
-Character meet and greets
-Trolley rides
-Live music

-Christmas Market

-Food vendors

Can I make a Donation to support Panorama?

We’d love that! You can make a donation on our GoFundMe CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Thank you so much for supporting Panorama!

Will there be guided motor coach tours of the park this year?

Guided tours of the lights will not be offered this year for safety reasons. Motor coach tour operators are welcome to follow the recommended drive through route and are encouraged to include the Light Up The County map on their routes. 

Will the Welcome Centre be open this year?

The Welcome Centre will not be open this year.

Can I volunteer for Panorama?

Of course! We are always looking for new volunteers. You can sign up and learn more by clicking HERE