From spectacular illuminations that transforms the Niagara Falls area to enjoying an evening stroll through picture-perfect postcard setting with close to one million lights at Upper Canada Village, Ontario is all aglow with magical lights during the Holiday season. Although every village, town, city, and community has at least one or two house or buildings worth stopping to check out, the following light shows are definitely worth travelling to see (in no particular order).
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Niagara Winter Festival of Lights
A historic festival dating back to early 1900’s, the Ontario Power Generation Niagara Winter Festival of lights is a must see event of the region. The spectacular illuminations transforms the Niagara Falls area into a true winter wonderland.
November 16th 2019 to January 12th, 2020
5:00 PM – Midnight
Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Island, Light displays along Niagara Parkway, Skylon Tower, near Fallsview Casino Resort, along along Fallsview Boulevard and Stanley Avenue, and Murray Hill aka Snowflake Hill.
First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see Ontario Top 100 event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles.The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission.
November 21 to December 7, 2019
Saint Marie Among the Hurons, Midland
Simcoe Christmas Panorama
Thousands of lights and themed displays transform Simcoe’s downtown parks into a winter wonderland. Stroll the parkland at your leisure or step aboard our horse-drawn trolley! Enjoy Winter Wonderland activities that are sure to delight the whole family.
November 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020 from 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Wellington Park – 50 Bonnie Drive, Simcoe
Alight at Night – Upper Canada Village
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!
Friday,November 29 to Saturday, January 04, 2020
Upper Canada Village – 13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg
$12 to $16
Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk
Get ready for a mindblowing experience this winter in Scarborough. Enjoy an immersive experience along a 1.5 km walking path that travels into the future and back. Terra Lumina takes visitors on a journey through a luminous vision of our planet’s future. Passing through a portal, travelers will be transported to a fantastical vision of the year 2099, a time where humans have learned to live in harmony with nature, protecting our planet and the wildlife that calls it home. Details
From December 13, 2019 to Easter Monday
Toronto Zoo, Scarborough
Adult (13-64): $29.99 + HST
Child Rate (3-12): $24.99 + HST
Senior Rate (65+): $27.99 + HST
During WinterFest, the park will be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, dozens of Christmas trees, millions of spectacular lights, ice-skating, live entertainment, savoury treats, exceptional artisans and craft vendors and hands-on family activities. More details.
Friday November 22, 2019 to Tuesday December 31, 2019
Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
$21.99 + HST
Winter Lights at the Rock
Festive lights lead you through a winter wonderland of charming Christmas melodies, festive sips and bites and the Escarpment Train Exhibit. This unique holiday experience provides a special evening for you and your loved ones to capture those perfect holiday memories! Enjoy a leisurely winter stroll through the historic Rock Garden at night.
December 6, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Royal Botanical Gardens – Rock Garden, 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton
$10 to $15
Casa Loma Nights
This December join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma during A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle.
Wander through the dazzling lighting display in the gardens and experience all of Casa Loma’s holiday festivities as well as our outdoor holiday Christmas Market.
December 15 to 30th, 2019
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace , Toronto
Kingsville Fantasy of Lights
November 16, 2019 and ends January 8, 2020
Lakeside Park, 315 Queen Street, Kingsville
Amherstburg River Lights
Enjoy beautiful light displays during this 6 week long Festival. Horse and Carriage Rides throughout the downtown core and more!
Saturday November 16 to January 5, 2020| 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Toddy Jones Park and Navy Yard Park, Amherstburg
Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa sparkles and shines during the Christmas season with Christmas Lights Across Canada. From early December to early January, thousands of colourful lights illuminate the National Capital Region’s winter landscape.
December 4 to January 7, 2020
Parliament Hill, 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.
The Magic of Lights
The Magic of Lights is comprised of festive and vibrant LED illuminated displays celebrating the joy of the holidays. A 2 KM drive through experience.
November 21st, 2019 – January 4th 2020
Wesley Clover Parks 411 Corkstown Road, Ottawa
$15 to $50 (RV)
Winter Wonderland London
Victoria Park is lit up for the holiday season with more than 75,000 lights decorating trees in the park. There are a variety of festive displays and weather permitting, free public skating. Details
December | 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Victoria Park, London
City Hall Promenade Deck, 12th floor of City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue
Optimist Fantasy of Lights
Visit this magical light display in Uxbridge. There will be Hot Chocolate – every Saturday, Horse & Wagon rides on select days.
December 7th through January 4th| 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Elgin Park, Uxbridge
Gift of Lights Kitchener
Gift of Lights is a family-friendly 2 kilometre drive-thru holiday light display featuring a 200+ foot light tunnel, over 30 full light static & animated displays!
November 16, 2019 – January 4, 2020
425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener
$15 – $20.35
Wonders of Winter – Waterloo
The Wonders of Winter (WOW) has been a beloved holiday tradition in the Region of Waterloo. We have over 100,000 lights and more than 100 displays. Come and join us and be a part of it – bring the family! Look for our new displays. See the Nativity Scene at the Wonders of Winter which has been a highlight for many years.
November 30, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Waterloo Park, 50 Young Street West, Waterloo
The Owen Sound Festival of Northern Lights
Enjoy the beauty of Owen Sound in the Winter season each evening from 5pm to 11pm, as nearly 400 displays and 25+ kilometres of lights illuminate the harbour.
November 16 – January 5, 2019 | 5pm to 11pm
Sydenham riverbanks, the downtown core, and Harrison Park., Owen Sound
Christmas Magic – Cobourg
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Enjoy over magical lights 130,000 lights anchored by two Christmas trees over 20 feet tall in the centre of the Esplanade.
November 22, 2019 until January 5, 2020 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
55 King Street West, Cobourg