Display Guidelines

Display Information Guidelines


Lights on the River would first like to thank you for being a part of our event.  We hope to provide the information & guidelines that you will find below to help in creating a beautiful display that will withstand the North Country weather.


During the event, we will provide you with the following resources for your display:

  • Approximately a 30’ x 30’ area to set your display up with
  • At least one power outlet
  • Ideas & suggestions based on experience, when asked for.

Lights on the River does not provide extension cords, power strips, tape, stakes, or other supplies.  Lights on the River, Inc. will do our best in making sure your displays are safe & stay the way that they’re setup.  Lights on the River, Inc. will not be held responsible for any displays/supplies/items damaged or lost.

Lights on the River is held outdoors along the St. Lawrence River during a time of the year that has rain, ice & snow, as well as a variety of temperatures.  Also, the Lisbon Beach & Campground where the event is held is in a location that is susceptible to high winds.  While setting up your display, we ask that you keep the weather, temperature & winds in mind.

While creating your display we ask that you follow a few guidelines that we have come up with as a result of safety & experience.  There have been things that we have learned that do not work well during the event, either due to weather, wind, &/or temperature.

  • Cover all open electrical outlets.
  • Check for broken light bulbs.  If found, please replace or cover them.
  • Please check all extension cords & power strips for any exposed wires.  If found, please notify the site foreman, and replace ASAP.
  • Due to safety & insurance reasons, standing at your display or walking around is not permissible.
  • Please do not include the following materials:
    • Cardboard
    • Paper
    • Tarps (unless staked into the ground)
    • Tents
    • Canopies
    • Please be sure your display is G rated
    • Displays need to have a holiday feel to them.

Lights on the River volunteers will review displays during the week of the event.  During this time we will make our best effort to ensure your display stays the way it was originally setup.  If at any time we find anything that may be off, we may need to contact you.  Please be sure that we have contacts for someone during the day, afternoon & night (during the event).

There is no need to set your display up with a timer or anything that will regulate when it turns on & off.  The Lights on the River volunteers will go around before & after the event each day to turn then on & off.  This also gives us an opportunity to inspect each one to be sure it looks just right.

During the hours that the event is running, 5pm to 9pm, Lights on the River will have maintenance staff available to make sure your display stays the way that you left them.  We ask that if there’s something wrong with your display that you’d like to work on, please do not drive out to it and park at it during the event hours.  This can cause traffic congestion & confusion.  Please check in with the volunteers at the booth, and they will direct you where you can park.  Our staff can then walk out to your display with you to ensure safety and also give you a hand with the display repairs.

Important Dates:

  • Setup starts the Saturday before the event, up to noon the day of the start.
  • Breakdown starts the day after the event is finished, and needs to be picked up before January 1st.

The Lights on the River contact would be our Site Foreman Hank Wilhelm, and he can be reached at 315-323-0201.  Also, you can contact Jon Santamoor at 315-244-2019.