FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite this year being “dark” with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fort St. John is making things a bit brighter for residents this holiday season.

Even though many seasonal traditions have been cancelled or altered, the City decided to lift the spirits of the season by increasing the presence of Christmas light displays throughout the downtown and recreational cores of the city.

According to City Communications Manager Ryan Harvey, one of the major light displays to have been set up is a lit-up archway located in front of the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

Harvey says this archway display, consisting of over 35,000 LED light bulbs, will allow residents the opportunity to take in the lights of the season while being physically distanced.

“It’s about just looking at different ways and different things we can do to get people out and enjoying our winter city and celebrating the holidays all while being safe.”

The archway was constructed by Sound In Town and will remain up for everyone’s enjoyment until early January.

Other areas with Christmas light displays include the streets of downtown and Centennial Park, with a large ‘I Love FSJ’ sign.