9 Ontario Light Festivals Guaranteed To Brighten Your Holiday Season

A pedestrian enjoys a stroll through a wintry urban park lit up by christmas lights wrapped around trees.

From downtown tree lighting events to the illumination of Niagara Falls, to the stunning Christmas light displays in Toronto, all corners of Ontario shine bright at these annual light festivals. Prepare to be amazed because there really are some stunning Christmas lights in Ontario.  

Bingemans Gift of Lights

This attraction is a family-friendly drive-through holiday light display in Kitchener. Cruise through sparkling tunnels of both animated and static light installations while listening to Gift of Lights Radio at 100.1FM.  

Owen Sound Festival of Northern Lights 

Owen Sound’s harbour, riverbanks, downtown and Harrison Park will be decorated with close to 400 displays and over 25 kilometres of lights, serving as a colourful backdrop for seasonal concerts, craft shows and horse-drawn carriage rides. This is one of the best holiday light displays in Ontario.    

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

This festival in Niagara Falls has become a beloved winter tradition, attracting millions of visitors annually with spectacular light displays (over 3 million twinkles along the Niagara Parkway alone), a winter fireworks series and a full calendar of entertainment. It’s no wonder that the Niagara Falls Christmas lights are known around the world.  

First Light

Head out to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland for a lineup of activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of 5,000 candles lighting up the famous 17th century mission. 

WinterFest at Canada’s Wonderland 

Canada’s largest theme park continues to thrill and delight through the season as it transforms into an enchanting experience with spectacular holiday lights, decorations, entertainment and more.  

Alight at Night

Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings and trees at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, making this eastern Ontario’s largest light show.  

Lakeside Festival of Lights

Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park, hugging the shores of Lake Ontario, will sparkle and shine this holiday season with 60 magical displays. The lights shine daily, 4 p.m. to midnight, with extended hours (all day and night) on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Orthodox Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. 

Christmas Panorama of Lights 

Themed displays and thousands of lights transform Simcoe’s downtown parks into a winter wonderland. Enjoy the view from a horse-drawn trolley on select weekends. 

Christmas Lights Across Canada

Just when we thought Ottawa couldn’t get any prettier, thousands of lights sparkle, shine, and reflect off the winter landscape of our nation’s capital. #Awesome. 

Some things to do may not be available due to COVID-19.

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