From spectacular illuminations that transforms the Niagara Falls area to enjoying evening stroll through picture-perfect postcard setting with close to one million lights at Upper Canada Village, Ontario is all aglow with magical lights. 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 3rd, 2018 to January 31st, 2019
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.
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.
December 1 to Sunday January 6th, 2019 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 30, 2018 to Saturday, January 05, 2019
Upper Canada Village – 13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg
Adult (13-64): $16.00
Senior (65+): $16.00
Youth (5-12): $12.00
Child (4 or under): FREE
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.
Thursdays to Sundays, November 17 to December 30
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.
Dec 17th to Dec 23rd 2018 | 5 PM -9 PM
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace , Toronto
Kingsville Fantasy of Lights
November 17, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2018
Lakeside Park, 315 Queen Street, Kingsville
Christmas Glow Barrie
Bring together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of nearly a million lights. Our playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while Glow’s illuminated sculptures are the perfect backdrop for selfies and holiday family photos. And you can pick your own Christmas tree at our very special Holly Jolly tree lot. Details
November 22 – January 6th, 2019
Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery,
4346 County Road 90, Springwater
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 17, 2018 to January 4, 2019. | 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Toddy Jones Park and Navy Yard Park, Amherstburg
Journey to Kingston to share winter’s wonder with your family this season. Inspired by childhood dreams and memories, an exceptional, night-time experience awaits your arrival at historic Fort Henry.
November 30 to January 5, 2019
Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, 1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston
(Adult / Senior (13 yrs +):$19.78
Youth (6-12 yrs) : $15.26
Child (5 yrs & under) FREE)
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. 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 p.m. to 11 p.m. from December 6, 2018 to January 7, 2019. .
December 5, 2017 to January 6, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m,
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 16th, 2018 – January 5th 2019
Wesley Clover Parks 411 Corkstown Road, Ottawa
$15 to $50 (RV)
Winter Wonderland London
December 1 – 31, 2018 | 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Victoria Park, London
City Hall Promenade Deck, 12th floor of City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue
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!
December 2 – January 5, 2019
Weekdays | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Weekends & Holidays | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener
Single Vehicle (up to 8 passengers): $15.00 to $20.00
Passenger Van, Limo or Mini Bus (9-19 passengers): $35.00 to $50.00
Bus or Limo Bus (20+ passengers): $90.00 to $115.00
Speed Pass: $5.00
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.
December 1 – 31, 2018 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Waterloo Park, 50 Young Street West, Waterloo
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 8th through January 5th | 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Elgin Park, Uxbridge
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 17 – January 6, 2018 | 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 23, 2018 until January 6, 2019 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
55 King Street West, Cobourg