Christmas is on its way and so are the annual Santa Claus Parades and amazing Holiday light displays in the Capital region.
A list of Christmas Lights & Santa Claus Parades in Ottawa area during 2020 – 2021 Holiday Season.
1. Magic of Lights
Magic of Lights is a dazzling 2-kilometer drive-through holiday lights show featuring more than 300 spectacular displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Ottawa’s favorite holiday tradition. Details
November 13th – January 9th, 2021
Wesley Clover Parks Campground
411 Corkstown Road, Ottawa
$22 to $50
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2. Alight All Night
Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting!Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival…a true winter wonderland! Details
November 27 to January 2, 2021
Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road 2
3. Vintage Village of Lights – Drive-Thru
Relax and enjoy the festive scenery from your vehicle as you pass through a 1920s and 30s village illuminated by over 30,000 lights. Colourful vignettes will highlight Christmas traditions from the interwar years while an old-fashioned radio program will bring the sounds of the season to you. Details
November 25 to December 23 | 5 pm and 9 pm
The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road, Ottawa
$25 per vehicle.
4. Lights at Lansdowne
Experience Lights at Lansdowne and festive atmosphere including the presence of the largest Christmas tree in Ottawa, an impressive canopy of lights in and around Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza and other Instagrammable elements, opens November 27 and is free for all to enjoy. Details
November 27 to Early January 2021
Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne, Ottawa
5. Country Christmas Nighttime Drive-Through Experience
Visit our amazing Country Christmas Drive-Through experience through our beautiful 180-year-old family Farm and forest. Join Mazey, our young sapling, along the route as she explores the Farm in search of her own Christmas star. Details
Saturday, November 28 – Thursday, December 31
Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Munster Hamlet – Richmond
$25 / ticket for one vehicle admission
6. Christmas Lights across Canada
In Canada’s Capital Region, the winter landscape glows with hundreds of thousands of multicoloured lights during the holiday season. Throughout Christmas Lights Across Canada, the lights in Ottawa–Gatineau will glow each evening with Christmas lights at many sites along Confederation Boulevard. Details
November 30, 2020, to January 7, 2021
Parliament Hill, Confederation Boulevard, Ottawa and Downtown Ottawa.
7. Enchanted Drive Thru
Enchanted, presented by Richcraft, is a holiday drive-through experience like no other. While making their way through the nostalgic Karters’ Korner’s track, attendees will experience eight holly, jolly, festive scenes for the whole family to enjoy. Details
December 3 to 22, 2020
6336 Fallowfield Road, Ottawa
$40 for 1 vehicle
Taffy Lane Street of Lights– Visit Taffy Lane in Orléans during Christmas season to enjoy the neighbourhood lights.
8. Smiths Falls Celebration of Lights
Come celebrate the magic of the holidays and tour Centennial Park lit by thousands of holiday lights! Details
November 23, 2020 – January 7, 2021 | Dusk to 11:30 PM
Centennial Park, Smith Falls
9. Gray’s Creek Holiday Sparkle
During the holiday season in December 2020, we will be running a 1 kilometre, fun and magical light experience that winds through the road at Gray’s Creek. This is an event to bring joy and hope during the pandemic and which will promote one of our beautiful tourism assets for those who want to experience something different and safe during the holidays. Details
December 3 to 20, 2020
Gray’s Creek Marina, 18045 County Road 2, Cornwall
10. Holiday Light Tour
Go on a light tour of beautifully lit houses in Riverside South Community. Details
Riverside South, Ottawa
Other Events Yet to Be Announced (or Cancelled)
- Museum of History’s Christmas Tree Lighting – TBA
- Light up the Night Almonte – TBA
- National Gallery of Canada – Christmas Tree – TBA
Santa Claus Parades
1. Cornwall Santa Claus Parade
49TH Annual Parade is CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS. Drive- thru event. Details
Saturday, November 14th. | 5:00 PM
Cornwall Civic Complex Parking Lot, 100 Water St E, Cornwall
2. Santa Claus Parade of Lights – Pembroke
This year’s parade theme is Retro Christmas. Drive- thru event. Details
Saturday, November 28th | 5:00 PM
Riverside Park, Pembroke Street West, Pembroke
3. Richmond Santa Claus Parade
The Richmond Santa Claus Parade is a much-anticipated event. Different from previous years, the format will be a drive-thru type and held at the Richmond Fairgrounds. Details
December 5th | 5 PM
Richmond Fairgrounds. 6121 Perth St, Richmond
4. Santa’s Parade of Lights
Please come out and join us for the Parade of Lights hosted by Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association. Toy and cash donations will be collected by the Firefighters along the route. Details
Saturday December 5th 2020
OC Transpo’s Park and Ride
5. Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade and Food Drive
Annual Christmas parade followed by treats and photos with Santa and Mrs Clause in the Community Center. Details
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
6. Carp Christmas Parade – Drive Thru
Annual Christmas parade. Details
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7 PM
The parade route starts at the entrance of the W. Erskin Johnston Arena, exit at the Curling Club.
Other Events Yet to Be Announced (or Cancelled)
Hazeldean Mall Kanata Lions Club Santa Claus Parade
The Hazeldean Mall Kanata Santa Claus Parade Presented by the Kanata-Hazeldean Lions Club and Kanata Sports Club to benefit the Kanata Food Cupboard. Details
The 2019 annual parade begins at Terry Fox and Castlefrank, proceeds along Castlefrank and along Abbeyhill up to Hazeldean Mall.
Non-perishable food item for the Kanata Food Cupboard is appreciated
Help Santa Toy Parade
Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association Parade. Details
Cancelled for 2020
2019 Route: Starts at Ottawa City Hall travels along Laurier St to Bank St to finish at TD Place.
Fire fighters will collect new toys and cash donations along the route.
Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade
Today this volunteer-run parade sees entries including elaborate floats, marching bands, entertainers and costumed characters, all lit up to the delight of our 30,000 spectators. Details
Cancelled for 2020
Route: The parade runs down Strandherd Drive, starting at Beatrice Drive and ending at the park n ride(Canadian Tire), Ottawa
RSCA Toy Mountain Parade
This is the highlight of the RSCA’s toy drive in support of The Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain. If you wish, bring a new, unwrapped toy to help the less fortunate in Ottawa have a Merry Christmas! Details
Spratt Rd, Gloucester
Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade
Hailed the largest Santa Claus parade in the Ottawa Valley you can join thousands of spectators to watch hundreds of sparkling floats lit by LED bulbs as the BIA hosts its annual evening parade. Details
The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Carambeck School and travels up the town’s main thoroughfare Bridge Street.
Manotick Santa Claus Parade
Manotick Village Christmas annual celebration. From horse drawn wagon rides with Father and Merry Christmas to carolling, roasted chestnuts, parade, this wonderful event is full of traditional activities not to be missed. Refreshments and music everywhere! The Village is transformed into a Christmas of yester year. Wreaths are hung on lampposts, trees are lit and the Village shines brightly all season long. Details
Main Street, Manotick
Donations for the Food Bank appreciated
Stittsville Parade of Lights
The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Details
Stittsville. 2019 Route: The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road, and will end at Abbott Street.
Santa’s Parade @ Woodlawn
2019 The parade starts on Baillie avenue by the Constance Bay Grocery.
Runs Bayview to Len Purcel.
Osgoode Parade of Lights
2019 Parade route is from Osgoode Main and Taggart to Osgoode Main and Logan Farm Dr, Osgoode
Pakenham Santa Claus Parade
Don’t miss Santa’s favourite event with the Pakenham Santa Claus Parade! Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and head to downtown Pakenham at 1pm for an old-fashioned, festive parade.
2019 The parade leaves the Stewart Community Centre at 1:00PM and travels down Hwy 29. You can watch the parade from anywhere in Downtown Pakenham.
Almonte Christmas Night Parade
Celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with Almonte’s nighttime parade- an annual favourite for adults and children alike!
2019 The Parade leaves the Almonte Community Centre at 5PM. Heads up Bridge St. Turns left onto Mill St. At the end of Mill St it turns right onto Almonte St. and heads to Martin St. At Martin the parade turns Right again and follows Bridge St. back to the Arena.