A light show to brighten your spirits

Families looking to get out this fall might want to check out Illumi in Laval, a three-kilometre stretch of various sculptures all lit up 

Laval shines bright this fall and winter with its second edition of Illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights.

Reinvented and with physical-distancing measures in place, this year’s edition is three times larger and features 17 colourful scenes, with 15 million LED bulbs illuminating more than 30,000 glittering sculptures.

New for October is a special Halloween display of monsters, ghosts, and thousands of pumpkins; before the site transforms in November to a fantastical winter celebration.

“We’ve changed sixty percent of what we had last year, and added more worlds which is always fun for the audience,” said Alain Gauthier, a member of the Illumi creation team.

New scenes include The Magical Forest, The Cavalia horses — a herd of 200 horses made of lights — and The Garden of Wonders where flowers blossom amid a carpet of 500,000 LED bulbs.

“Some of the worlds that were the most popular last year were kept and we enhanced them with different elements,” Gauthier said. “This version will be a whole new experience for those who saw it last year but it will be just as mesmerizing. Each of the worlds have their own beauty and magic. It’s really phenomenal”

Illumi’s three-kilometre route can be experienced by car, on foot, or aboard specially designed mini trains. For visitors’ safety, the walking and driving routes are separated.

Tickets are available exclusively online and must be purchased in advance. Tickets cost $15.50 for children 3-12 and $19.50 for those 13 and up. For the mini train experience, tickets start at $19.50 for children 3-12 and $28.50 for those 13 and up. A family package is available, and the site it is free for kids 2 and under.

Illumi runs from Oct. 9 to Jan. 10 and takes place along Highway 15, between St. Martin and du Souvenir Blvds. The address is 2805 du Souvenir Blvd.

For more information, visit illumi.com (it has a good FAQ section that covers parking, food, accessibility and more).