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 2018 – 2019 Holiday Season.
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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
Open Nightly November 16th, 2018 – January 5th 2019
7 Days a Week: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Wesley Clover Parks Campground
411 Corkstown Road, Ottawa
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 30, 2018 to Saturday, January 05, 2019
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 30 to December 23, 2018
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland
4. 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
Lighting Ceremony:December 05, 2018 | 7:00 PM to 08:00 PM @ Parliament Hill, 111 Wellingston St., Ottawa
Magical winter lightscapes show: Every night from 5:30 PM. to 11 PM.
Lights: until January 7, 2019
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.
5. Santa’s Carlingwood Parade
Santa Claus arrives with a walking parade, featuring a marching band, princesses and princes. Come dressed in your favourite costume or “Christmas Best”. The parade starts at Fetes en Boites, circles the inside of the shopping centre and ends in centre court. Details
Mall Parade-Saturday, November 17 | 1:00 PM
Leaves from Centre Court to tour the Mall and arrive at his chair.
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 17, 2018 @ 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. The theme for the 46th Annual Parade is CHRISTMAS MOVIES. Details
Saturday November 17, 2018 | 05:00 PM
The parade will begin at St Lawrence Intermediate and Secondary School and will travel west on Second Street until Augustus Street. The parade will end at Augustus and floats will turn south (Left) on Augustus St.
8. Help Santa Toy Parade
Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association Parade. Details
Saturday November 17, 2018 | 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
Santa Claus Breakfast – In the morning at St. Mother Teresa School. Tickets required. ($10 family/$3 single)
Sunday November 18, 2018 | 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. 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 24 | 6:00 PM
St-Joseph Blvd – Youville drive to Preston Drive, Orleans
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. Theme – This year’s parade theme is ‘A Christmas Carol, Christmas Parade! The parade starts at 5:00 pm. Bridge Street will be closed starting at 4:00 pm. On this evening we welcome many to our downtown, as it has been a Carleton Place tradition for many years. Let’s all hope for a warm evening! Details
Saturday, November 24, 2018 | 5:00 PM
The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Carambeck School and travels up the town’s main thoroughfare Bridge Street.
After Santa’s sleigh passes through the town spectators can congregate at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital for hot chocolate, caroling and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
12. Museum of History’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Join us for the first-ever 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 29, 2018 | 06:00 PM
outside the Museum’s main entrance, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau.
13. Lansdowne Christmas Tree Lighting
Special guests include Christmas carolers, REDBLACKS mascot Big Joe Ho Ho and his friends Sparky and Riley Raccoon, players from TD Place sports teams, the REDBLACKS Cheer and Dance team and, rumour has it, Santa Claus. Details
Friday, November 30, 2018 | 6 PM – 10 PM
Aberdeen Pavilion, 1525 Princess Patricia Way
14. Manotick Santa Claus Parade
Manotick’s annual Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration. From horse drawn wagon rides with Father and Mary Christmas to sunset carolling, this wonderful weekend is full of traditional events 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
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration: December 1 & 2, 2018
Main Street, Manotick
Donations for the Food Bank appreciated
15. Santa’s Parade @ Woodlawn
Don’t miss the annual CBBCA Constance & Buckhams Bay Santa Clause Parade; floats gather on Baillie Ave for a 10:00AM start. The Parade runs along Bayview to Len Purcell and winds up at the community centre around 2pm for hots dogs, Santa, and hot chocolate. Don’t miss the Christmas Craft Fair. Details
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Dr, Woodlawn
The parade starts on Baillie avenue by the Constance Bay Grocery.
Runs Bayview to Len Purcel.
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. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, our new Christmas Market in Village Square Park (5 pm to 9 pm), and to share in some hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit with Santa. In the spirit of the season, the Lions Club will be collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank, and volunteers from the Stocking Project will be collecting new gift items for families in our community. Details
Saturday December 1, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Stittsville. Route: The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street.
Christmas Lights: Village Square Park
17. 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 07, 2018 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mill St, Mississippi Mills
18. 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
Parade: Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 5:30 PM
Lighting: Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 4:30 PM
Royal York Street W. beside St. Philip School.Turn left (North) onto McBean St.
Turn right onto Perth St. Turn left onto Huntly Rd. and into the parking area at the Lions Park.
On Saturday, December 8, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, the following streets will be closed for the Richmond Santa Claus Parade:
Royal York Street between Maitland Avenue and Fowler Street
Fowler Street between Royal York Street and Strachan Street
Strachan Street between Fowler Street and McBean Street
McBean Street between Strachan Street and Perth Street
Perth Street between McBean Street and Huntley Road
Huntley Road between Perth Street and the Richmond Arena
19. Osgoode Parade of Lights
Christmas in the Village: December 7 & 8, 2018
Parade – Friday December 7, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Parade route is from Osgoode Main St and Nixon Rd along Osgoode Main St to Stuart Holmes Arena.
On Friday, December 7, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Osgoode Main Street will be closed between Taggart Street and the Osgoode Market Square Mall for the Osgoode Santa Claus Parade of Lights. Osgoode Main Street will also be closed between River Road and Nixon Drive from 6:30 pm to 7 pm in preparation of the parade.
Canned goods for the “Fill a Truck Challenge“ are appreciated
20. 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.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to visit with kids in the upper hall shortly after the parade returns. There will be free public skating, as well as free hot chocolate and hotdogs during this time thanks to Pakenham and District Civitan Club.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 01:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mill St., Pakenham, Ontario
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.
21. Almonte Christmas Night Parade
Celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with Almonte’s nighttime parade- an annual favourite for adults and children alike!
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to visit with kids in the upper hall shortly after the parade returns. There will be free public skating, as well as free hot chocolate and hotdogs during this time thanks to the Almonte Lions Club.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 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.
22. Christmas Tree Lighting
Join us for our traditional Christmas tree lighting, where friends and family gather to enjoy special treats and activities. Details
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 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
On Display Till Sunday, January 6, 2019.
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa
23. Carp Christmas Parade
Annual Christmas parade. Details
Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
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.
On Saturday, December 8, from noon to 2 pm, the following streets will be closed for the Carp Santa Claus Parade:
Carp Road between Juanita Avenue and Donald B. Munro Drive
Donald B. Munro Drive between Carp Road and Langstaff Drive
Langstaff Drive between Donald B. Munro Drive and Juanita Avenue
Juanita Avenue between Langstaff Drive and Carp Road
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 9 | 2 PM – 5:30 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).