History of The Christmas Lighting Display: THE FOSTER CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

This display is in memory of Billy Foster and Art “Sonny” Culloden – friends killed in the same Christmas Eve car accident, 1958.

From a senseless tragedy has come a testament to family love and the true spirit of Christmas.  Originally developed as a tribute to their son Billy, Don and Rita Foster poured the grief over the loss of their son, into building a Christmas display that would delight the young and young at heart.  The car accident also took the life of Billy’s friend Art “Sonny” Culloden and the Culloden family has generously donated to the refurbishment of this historic display in Sonny’s memory.  Over the years, this “Foster Family” display has grown and evolved and as Mr. and Mrs. Foster aged, was lovingly assumed by Bruce and Marjorie Nickle. The display now rests with the City of Belleville and has been skillfully restored in an effort to keep the history and spirit of the original display alive. 

May all who enjoy the beauty and sentimentality of this display find peace, contentment and the love of family and friends this Christmas season.

 

Our Current Sponsors

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

The redevelopment of the City of Belleville Christmas Lighting display at Jane Forrester Park has been a huge success and thousands of people from the region have started an annual tradition of visiting the display with their loved ones every year.  The sights and sounds of the display have delighted visitors and the Lighting Display committee would like to give everyone even more features to delight and surprise. Whether it’s the historic, sentimental refurbished Foster display, the beautiful new fountain or the dancing and singing trees, this display is a must see attraction.

 

City Council and the Lighting Display committee have worked to enhance this memorable display and you can help!  Your financial support will allow us to enhance the magical memories created by this display.

 

For more information on how you can sponsor this sentimental community attraction, please contact Karen Poste, Manager of Economic and Strategic Initiatives, City of Belleville, 169 Front Street, Belleville, Ontario K8N 2Y8.  (613)967-3273 or kposte@city.belleville.on.ca

 Sponsorship Levels:

Santa Level: $20,000

Elf Level: $10,000
Reindeer Level: $5,000

Candy Cane Level: $2,500

Stocking Stuffer Level: $1,000

Ornament Level: $500-$999

Holly Level: $100-499

 

Schedule for the 2018 Season

(poster provided with scheduled entertainment and bus schedule here)

 

November 16th, 2018

Bring your family and friends to Jane Forrester Park and  enjoy live music by The Stir starting at 5:45 pm
Ride on a  horse-drawn carriage and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus starting at 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Watch the Christmas Lighting Display come alive at 6:15 pm while you enjoy a hot beverage.
A truly memorable experience. All activities and snacks provided are FREE!

 FREE Franklin Bus Tour to  the Christmas Lighting Display

5:00 pm    Depart from Franklin Terminal
5:05 pm    Quinte Mall (Sheltered City Bus Stop South Side)
5:15 pm    The Richmond, 175 N. Front St.
5:25 pm    Quinte Gardens, 30 College St. w
5:35 pm    Quinte Living Centre 370 Front St. and McNabb Towers
5:45 pm    Belleville Bus Terminal 165 Pinnacle
5:50 pm    Arrival at Jane Forrester Park 

**Bus schedule changes weekly 

November 23rd,2018

Bring your family and friends to Jane Forrester Park and enjoy live music by Happy Harmony Women's Choir at 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ride on the horse-drawn carriage and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus starting at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
Enjoy a memorable experience at the Christmas Lighting Display. All activities are FREE! 

FREE Franklin Bus Tour Schedule

5:50 pm    Depart from Franklin Terminal
6:05 pm    Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre (City bus stop on Cannifton Rd.)
6:15 pm    Mayfair Apts., 190 Ann St. (Bridge St. Door)
6:25 pm    Parkwood Apts., 217 Bridge St. E.
6:35 pm    Bayview Mall (East side City bus stop)
6:45 pm    Prince William Apts. 165 Herchimer Ave.
6:50 pm    Arrival at Jane Forrester Park

**Bus schedule changes weekly 

November 30,2018

Bring your family and friends to Jane Forrester Park and enjoy live music by Class Act Trio starting at 7:00 pm -7:30 pm
Ride on the horse-drawn carriage and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Enjoy a memorable experience at the Christmas Lighting Display. All activities are FREE! 

FREE Franklin Bus Tour Schedule

6:15 pm    Depart from Franklin Terminal
6:25 pm    Aldersgate Village, main door, 7 Aldersgate Dr.
6:35 pm    Albert Park Apartments (97 Sidney Street)
6:45 pm    Belleville Bus Terminal, 165 Pinnacle St.
6:50 pm    Arrival at Jane Forrester Park

**Bus Schedule Changes Weekly 

December 7,2018

Bring your family and friends to Jane Forrester Park and  enjoy live music by Tim Hunt Trio starting at 7:00 pm -7:30 pm

Ride on the horse-drawn carriage and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Enjoy a memorable experience at the Christmas Lighting Display. All activities are FREE! 

FREE Franklin Bus Tour Schedule

6:00 pm   Depart from Franklin Terminal
6:05 pm   Quinte Mall (Sheltered City Bus Stop South Side)
6:15 pm   The Richmond, 175 N. Front St.
6:25 pm   Quinte Gardens, 30 College St. w
6:35 pm   Quinte Living Centre 370 Front St. and McNabb Towers
6:45 pm   Belleville Bus Terminal 165 Pinnacle
6:50 pm   Arrival at Jane Forrester Park 

**Bus Schedule Changes Weekly 

December 14,2018

Bring your family and friends to Jane Forrester Park and  enjoy live music by Robyn Scott starting at 7:00 pm -7:30 pm
Ride on the horse-drawn carriage and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Enjoy a memorable experience at the Christmas Lighting Display. All activities are FREE! 

Free Franklin Bus Tour Schedule

5:50 pm   Depart from Franklin Terminal
6:05 pm   Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre (City bus stop on Cannifton Rd.)
6:15 pm   Mayfair Apts., 190 Ann St. (Bridge St. Door)
6:25 pm   Parkwood Apts., 217 Bridge St. E
6:35 pm   Bayview Mall (East side City bus stop)
6:45 pm   Prince William Apts. 165 Herchimer Ave.
6:50 pm   Arrival at Jane Forrester Park

**Bus Schedule Changes Weekly 

December 21,2018

Bring your family and friends to Jane Forrester Park and enjoy live music by Ken Stapley and Dennis Baragar starting at 7:00 pm -7:30 pm

Ride on the horse-drawn carriage and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Enjoy a memorable experience at the Christmas Lighting Display. All activities are FREE! 

FREE Franklin Bus Tour Schedule
6:15 pm   Depart from Franklin Terminal
6:25 pm   Aldersgate Village, main door, 7 Aldersgate Dr.
6:35 pm   Albert Park Apartments (97 Sidney Street)
6:45 pm   Belleville Bus Terminal, 165 Pinnacle St.
6:50 pm   Arrival at Jane Forrester Park

**Bus Schedule Changes Weekly 

 

 

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