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.

Photo credit: Destination Toronto

Prepare to be amazed because there really are some stunning Christmas lights in Ontario.

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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

Cavalcade of Lights

Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square transforms into an annual winter wonderland complete with spectacular light installations, DJ music ice skating party, ice sculptures, live entertainment and an enormous decorated Christmas tree.
Dates: November 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Location: Toronto

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

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 km 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.
Dates: November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Location: Owen Sound

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

First Light

Head 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.
Dates: November 19, 20, 26, 27 & December 3 - 4, 2021
Location: Midland

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.
Dates: November 13 – December 31, 2021

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.
Dates: November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

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 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.
Dates: December 4, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Location: Simcoe

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

Bloor Yorkville Holiday Magic

The beautiful holiday lights in the village of Yorkville, in the heart of Toronto, return for another spectacular, one-of-a-kind display.
Dates: November 27 – December 30, 2021
Location: Toronto

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

Magic of Lights

Take a car ride to London's Longwoods Road Conservation Area or Ottawa's Wesley Clover Parks and explore a drive-thru path to a winter wonderland featuring thousands of mesmerizing lights that showcase familiar holiday characters and stories.
Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 8, 2022 in London and November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022 in Ottawa
Location: London and Ottawa 

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

River of Lights 2021

Snack on local treats and tune your car radio to 88.1 to hear the festive tunes that will accompany the dazzling holiday light display featured in a nightly drive-thru tour of Blockhouse Island Parkway.
Datess: November 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Location: Brockville

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.
Datess: November 24, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Location: Burlington

Santa's Magical Adventure – Christmas Lights Experience 

Travel with Santa onboard a special train decorated with over 15,000 festive lights and enjoy holiday music and  fun games.
Dates: November 12 – December 19, 2021
Location: Waterloo

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

Light up the Holidays

From Smith Falls to Almonte, Tweed, Perth and Ompah, discover the festive charm of Ontario’s Highland’s villages and towns decorated in twinkling light displays and brilliant illuminations.
Dates: December 2021
Location: Ontario’s Highlands

Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain

The Village is wrapped up in garlands and bows and illuminated with the sights and sounds of the holidays with a 1 km Light Trail, caroling and warming stations.
Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Location: Blue Mountain Village

Downtown Belleville Enchanted

Experience the magic of the holiday season in downtown Belleville with light installations, local shopping, dining and selfies in the giant Santa Chair.
Dates: November 15, 2021 – December 31
Location: Belleville

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