The Best Places To See Spectacular Christmas Lights in Ontario This Year

Take a look at the best places to see spectacular Christmas lights in Ontario this year, and treat yourself to a good dose of Holiday cheer.

With the wacky weather these days, it’s hard to know whether or not we’ll be having a white Christmas… However, what you can 100% count on are our incredible light displays to get you in the holiday spirit (even with a potential lack of snow). Towering and massive installations can be found in more than one spot in Ontario, so don’t fret, there is more than likely a winter wonderland close enough that you don’t need to travel far. Take a look at the best places to see spectacular Christmas lights in Ontario this year, and treat yourself to a good dose of Holiday cheer.

Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls

Dating back to the early 1900s, the Ontario Power Generation of Niagara puts on a light festival that cannot be missed. The entire area around and including the falls is lit up with colourful lights between November 3rd to January 31st, 2019, from 5:00 pm to midnight making it the longest festival in the world.

Christmas Panorama

Simcoe

The scenic downtown parks look even better at night when they’ve been transformed into the Christmas Panorama. Take a stroll or jump on a horse-drawn trolley to see themed displays and thousands of lights starting on December 1st to January 6th, from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

Alight at Night

Upper Canada Village

Alight at Night is a one-of-kind Christmas spectacular as the display takes place amongst the heritage part of town in Upper Canada Village. Picture old buildings lit up amongst dazzling trees and fences creating a truly magical sight. The village is open for strolls starting November 30 to January 5th.

Christmas Magic

Cobourg

Cobourg’s Christmas Magic is back and better than ever with 180,000 lights, plus there’s a new initiative that will provide 8-foot trees to different charitable organizations within the town. Taking on a vintage Christmas vibe, the festival kicks off with a lighting ceremony on November 23 and will remain open until January 7th.

Parliament Hill

Ottawa

Visiting Parliament Hill over the Holiday season allows visitors to see the Federal buildings in a new light (pun intended). Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate, and culture, not only will the buildings be showered in light displays and multimedia shows, but so too will the surrounding landscape. The show will loop every night on December 6th to January 7th from 5:00 pm 11:00 pm.

Spectacle of Lights

Toronto

If you live in Toronto than you’re definitely familiar with the Waterfront BIA Spectacle of Lights. Taking place along the lakefront, three stunning illuminated displays including the Peter Street Basin, the Fire Hall, and Music Garden, will be lit up from dusk to dawn until April 2018. Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy the free displays on your own watch.

Distillery District Christmas Market

Toronto

Toronto’s most famous Christmas Market in Distillery has some of the best light displays in the city! Framed by the historic distillery buildings, the market isn’t only stunning but also boasts some of the most unique and fun Holiday shopping with vendors, activities, and beer gardens. Take a look at hours and admission fees here.

Winter Wonderland

New Market

Take a short trip North just outside of Toronto to New Market to experience their Winter Wonderland without the hustle and bustle of the city. The month-long festival kicks off on December 1st and along with spectacular lights, attendees can also enjoy outdoor skating, train rides, and a fire/LED performance. See details here.

Celebration of Lights

Sarnia

The celebration of Lights in Sarnia has been one of the longest held traditions dating back to 1984. With nearly 70 displays, residents compete in the annual lighting competition to see who will hold the title of the most spectacular installation – it’s judged on creativity and use of space so people go all out. See what else is happening over the course of the event and more on the competition here and here.

Festival of Lights

Burlington

Another amazing light display close to Toronto is the Festival of Lights in Burlington which illuminates the waterfront with multiple displays from 4:00 pm to midnight. Starting December 1st and running until January 8th, Spencer Smith Park will showcase 60 displays in total.

Casa Loma Nights

Toronto

A list of spectacular light displays in Ontario wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of Casa Loma Nights. Transformed into a winter wonderland, guests are invited to explore the grounds every Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm for a truly enchanting stroll. Along with the beautiful and shining garden display, a Holiday-themed magic show will take place throughout the event.

Lumina Borealis

Kingston

The Lumina Borealis in Kingston might be one of the most unique Holiday displays, taking place where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence at the historic Fort Henry. The attraction is a 45 minute, 1 km walking tour that brings you through a multitude of interactive elements. Watch the official video here and you’ll be dying to go.

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