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The Best Places To See The Holiday Lights in Ontario

Katherine Barnett, Broker

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Dec 4 4 minutes read

The holidays have arrived!

Not only do we love this time of year, but we love seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations all over Ontario.

1. Winter Festival of Lights | Niagara Falls, Ontario

This spectacular celebration dates back to 1982 and is Canada's largest illumination festival. Over 1.8 million people flock to Niagara Falls every year to enjoy 15 Canadian Wildlife displays, over fifty trees wrapped in lights, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, a light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the two-storey tall Zimmerman Fountain, and a visitor favourite, Noah’s Ark!

2. 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!

3. WinterFest- Canada's Wonderland

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.

4. Winter Lights at the Rock Garden

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.

5. A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle


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.


6. Burlington Festival of Lights

This years marks the 22nd running of the Lakeside Festival of Lights along Burlington’s waterfront. The entire family can enjoy over 60 displays that light up Spencer Smith Park every night until January 8, 2019. The Festival is outfitting many displays with LED lights in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and economical.

7. Toronto Christmas Market

A Christmas market is an outdoor event which celebrates the traditional sights, sounds and scents of the season in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Originating in Germany in the 1400s and now found in Toronto, it’s a place to gather with friends, share mulled wine, hear strolling carollers and find the Christmas spirit in abundance.

8. Aurora Winter Festival

The CNE is presenting this year’s Aurora Winter Festival. Toronto’s Ontario Place will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with a beautiful skating rink, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and plenty of other exciting activities. Experience Canada’s largest winter festival this holiday season.

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