Christmas Lights Across Canada

December 5, 2018

January 7, 2019


Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa



Events Description

Bundle up, grab your family and friends and head to Parliament Hill for the Illumination Ceremony of the 34th edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada.

The ceremony officially starts on Wednesday, December 5 with an illumination ceremony at 7 pm but you’re encouraged to arrive earlier to enjoy free BeaverTails® pastries and hot chocolate — while supplies last — as well as live musical performances and colorful pyrotechnics.

Enjoy performances by Ariane Moffatt, laureate of multiple Félix awards, and Julie Bourgeois, a local indigenous artist, in addition to colourful pyrotechnics! Enjoy delicious free BeaverTails® pastries and hot chocolate, while supplies last, and more cool free stuff!

Get the most out of these precious moments with family and friends, in an enchanting winter setting, as hundreds of thousands of lights shine bright in the heart of Canada’s Capital Region.

The magical winter lightscapes multimedia show follows the exciting journey of Grizzli, Fox and Snowman through imaginary landscapes on their quest for light. Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate and culture, this fairy tale combines digital projection technology, lighting, and an accompanying original sound track with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings. The show will be presented every night in loop from 5:30 pm to 11 pm, from December 6, 2018 to January 7, 2019.

Who is it for?

All ages – Family

Free Event


Illumination Ceremony: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 | 7:00 PM to 08:00 PM @ Parliament Hill, 111 Wellingston St., Ottawa

Magical winter lightscapes: Every night from 5:30 PM to 11 PM, from December 6, 2018 to January 7, 2019. @ projected onto Parliament Hill’s Centre Block – Weather dependent. Check social media feeds for status in case of inclement weather, before travelling.

Confederation Boulevard will be illuminated daily from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. until January 7, 2019


In Canada’s Capital Region, the winter landscape glows with hundreds of thousands of dazzling holiday lights that brighten Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route circling the heart of the Capital. The Boulevard encompasses Wellington Street, Mackenzie Street, Elgin Street and Sussex Drive in downtown Ottawa, as well as Laurier Street in Gatineau and the Alexandra Bridge.

Some of the best places to experience the lights include the front lawn of Parliament Hill, Confederation Square and the Alexandra Bridge.

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