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 2019 – 2020 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 21st, 2019 – January 4th 2020
7 Days a Week: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Wesley Clover Parks Campground
411 Corkstown Road, Ottawa
$20 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
Friday,November 29, 2019 to Saturday, January 4, 2020
Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road 2
Adult (13-64): $16.00
Senior (65+): $16.00
Youth (5-12): $12.00
Child (4 or under): FREE
3. Vintage Village of Lights
Our beautifully illuminated village has more than 30,000 lights that transform what you see during the day into a magical night-time sea of sparkle. Tour the village by horse-drawn wagon ride, learn the history of letters to Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies, enjoy activities like street hockey and sledding, and even see the big guy himself – Santa Claus! Details
November 29 to December 22, 2019
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland
4. Glow Gardens
Glow is the largest indoor Christmas festival in Ottawa. Bring together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of half a million lights. Explore interactive light sculptures, Stroll under 50,000 lights, Shop for unique gifts from 20+ local vendors, Enjoy delicious treats from local food trucks and breweries. Details
December 5 to January 4, 2020
EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr, Ottawa
$16.99 to $22.99
5. 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
December 4 to January 7, 2020
Parliament Hill, Confederation Boulevard, Ottawa and Downtown Ottawa.
Taffy Lane Street of Lights– Visit Taffy Lane in Orléans during Christmas season to enjoy the neighbourhood lights.
6. 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
Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The 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
7. Cornwall Santa Claus Parade
The Santa Claus Parade Committee once again invites you to join us for the fun and excitement of participating in the parade. Details
Saturday November 16, 2019 | 05:00 PM
The parade will start from St. Lawrence Intermediate School 1450, Second Street East. It will then proceed west.
8. Help Santa Toy Parade
Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association Parade. Details
Saturday November 16, 2019 | 11:00 AM
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.
9. 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
Sunday November 17, 2019 | 5:30 PM
Route: The parade runs down Strandherd Drive, starting at Beatrice Drive and ending at the park n ride(Canadian Tire), Ottawa
10. 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
Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 1PM
Spratt Rd, Gloucester
11. 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
Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 5:00 PM
The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Carambeck School and travels up the town’s main thoroughfare Bridge Street.
12. 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 November 30, 2019 | 6:00 PM
St-Joseph Blvd – Youville drive to Preston Drive, Orleans
13. Museum of History’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Join us for the lighting of the Museum of History’s giant Christmas tree! Bring along your family, friends and colleagues to help with the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree. And then stay to enjoy Christmas carols from the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, along with Beaver Bites and hot chocolate! Details
Thursday, November 28 | 6:00 PM
outside the Museum’s main entrance, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau.
14. Lansdowne Christmas Tree Lighting + Ottawa Christmas Markets
The first edition of the Ottawa Christmas Marketwill launch with the traditional lighting of the Lansdowne Christmas tree November 29, and continue Fridays through Sundays until December 22.
It will all come alive under a canopy of thousands of Christmas lights, with vendors offering unique gift items, and seasonal food and drink from traditional market cabins. Details
November 29, 2019
Aberdeen Pavilion, 1525 Princess Patricia Way
15. 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
November 30 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Main Street, Manotick
Donations for the Food Bank appreciated
16. 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
November 30 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Stittsville. Route: The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road, and will end at Abbott Street.
17. Santa’s Parade @ WoodlawnDon’t miss the annual CBBCA Constance & Buckhams Bay Santa Clause Parade. Details
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The parade starts on Baillie avenue by the Constance Bay Grocery.
Runs Bayview to Len Purcel.
18. Light up the Night Almonte
This year the town will celebrate 28 years of bringing thousands of people from the Mississippi
Mills area and beyond to fill the main street of Almonte for one of the largest and most magical outdoor Christmas shows in Canada.
Help light up downtown Almonte during this festive event that draws thousands to Mississippi Mills each year! Head to Mill Street at 7pm and be delighted by a variety of performers providing entertainment for all ages. Details
Friday, December 06, 2019 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mill St, Mississippi Mills
19. Richmond Santa Claus Parade & Lighting of the Park
The Richmond Santa Claus Parade is a much anticipated event and we hope to see you there! A bowl of hot Chili and hot chocolate, available at the Community Centre following the Lighting. Details
Saturday, December 7 | 4:30 PM
The route starts at South Carleton and finishes at the arena.
20. Osgoode Parade of LightsGrab a seat along Osgoode Main Street and wait for the big guy’s arrival in the second annual Osgoode Parade of Lights. During the parade Santa’s helpers will collect “Letters to Santa” and drop them off at Canada Post on behalf of all the boys and girls in the village. Details
Friday, December 6 | 7 PM
Parade route is from Osgoode Main and Taggart to Osgoode Main and Logan Farm Dr, Osgoode
21. 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.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 01:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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.
22. Almonte Christmas Night Parade
Celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with Almonte’s nighttime parade- an annual favourite for adults and children alike!
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 5 PM – 7 PM
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.
23. Christmas Tree Lighting
Join us for our traditional Christmas tree lighting, where friends and family gather to enjoy special treats and activities. Details
Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Activities at 5:00 PM, Tree lighting at 7:00 PM
The Great Hall — Free admission from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa
24. 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, December 8 | 2 PM
The parade starts at the corner of Victoria and Johannes travelling down main street turning right on to 8th Line ending at the Metcalfe Community Centre (arena).
25. Carp Christmas Parade
Annual Christmas parade. Details
Saturday, December 14 | noon
Parade Route: The route starts at The Diefenbunker – 3911 Carp Road and follows Carp Road, turning left onto Donald B. Munro, left onto Langstaff Drive, left on Juanita Avenue and right on Carp Road, finishing at the Diefenbunker.