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.

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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.

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Lights on Stratford

Explore a light extravaganza with four walkable locations including the Sky Castle installation in Market Square, the interactive Shakespearean Gardens of a Thousand Lights, Journey to the Stars on Tom Patterson Island and Stratford Festival Avon Theatre. Come for the lights and stay for the bites. One of Ontario’s most prominent theatre, cultural and arts destinations is also home to inviting accommodations, unique shopping, gorgeous galleries and notably diverse food and drink experiences.
Dates: December 17, 2021 – January 28, 2022
Location: Stratford
 

Glow Guelph 

Guelph's famous covered bridge between Royal City Park and York Road Park is the site of a daily light show from dusk to 11p.m. In addition, Guelph's Market Square becomes Sparkle Square when it embodies holiday magic with ice skating, snowflake projections, decorative lights and a festive Christmas tree during the winter season.
Dates: November 26, 2021 – January 15, 2022
Location: Guelph
 

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.
Date: November 13, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Location: Kitchener
 

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.
Dates: November 13, 2021 – February 21, 2022
Location: Niagara Falls
 

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.
Dates: November 26, 2021 – January 8, 2022
Location: Burlington
 

Drive-thru Holiday Lights at Ontario Place 

Ontario Place is transformed into a 1.7 km winter-themed art festival inspired by land, water and air. Tune your car radio to the special soundtrack on FM station as you explore an interactive magical fantasy world filled with lights and holiday spirt.
Dates: November 12, 2021 – January 16, 2022
Location: Toronto
 

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.
Dates: December 8, 2021 – January 7, 2022
Location: Ottawa
 

Eclipse Walk with Light 

Huntsville will come alive in an animated and interactive outdoor sound and vision tour. Take a nocturnal stroll along a nature trail with brilliant light exhibition surrounded by the vibrant soundscape of music and spoken word that pay tribute to the seasons and lunar activities at Muskoka Heritage Place’ Rotary Village Station.
Dates: November 5, 2021 – May 1, 2022
Location: Huntsville
 

Rural Lights & Winter Nights

A self-guided tour of over 20 dazzling light displays at 14 unique locations in Clearview Township. Bundle up with your immediate household and be mesmerized by large 3D light displays at local parks and community halls in every hamlet and village in Clearview Township. With open spaces and lots of free parking, Clearview Township welcomes area residents to discover new rural routes to find the light-up stars, snowflakes and deer.
Dates: November 30, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Location: Clearview Township, Simcoe County


Holiday Lights Heritage Nights

The town of LaSalle will host the Holiday Lights Heritage Nights event at the Civic Centre, featuring an outdoor walk-through light experience with ornamental light displays and a giant Christmas tree.
Dates: November 26, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Location: LaSalle
 

Winter Wonders – Discover the Magic of Nature and Light  

Stroll along the 1.5 km pathway of the Royal Botanical Garden's Hendrie Park to see a tapestry of brilliant festive lights and 7 holiday art installments. During the day, the entire family can explore Hendrie Park on a holiday train ride aboard the RBG Express.
Dates: November 24, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Location: Burlington


Bright Lights Windsor at Jackson Park

Thousands of sparkling lights and stunning displays return to Jackson Park in Windsor as part of the 2021 festivities.
Dates: December 2, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Location: Windsor
 

Last updated: January 4, 2022

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