10 Incredible Holiday Light Displays In Ontario

The holiday season is in full swing and it’s bigger and better than ever. Every year, Canadians continue to step up their game, showing love for the season in every way we can. To celebrate, lots of parks in Ontario are decked out for the holidays with stunning light displays, extravagantly decorated Christmas trees, and tons more. 

The majority of these are free or by donation, so make sure to double check as there are a few that will require tickets.

(1) Brampton Lights

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Until early January 2019, visit the illuminated 65-foot spruce tree decked out in flashing lights, and skate through their circular paved rink for the ultimate holiday experience. Skate and helmet rentals are available from Thursday to Sunday.

Location: Gage Park (45 Main Street, Brampton)
Hours: Check Here
Admission Price: FREE

(2) Light Up The Hills

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Three different communities in Halton Hills highlight the beauty of the area this season at this yearly festival. Each location offers different entertainment and experiences which will continue until January 3rd, but all will feature the Tree Of Hope, which is covered in over 1000 LED lights.

Location: Georgetown | Acton Sports Park | Glen Williams (Halton Hills)
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Admission Price: FREE (Donations Accepted)

(3) Lumina Borealis

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Lumina Borealis is a multi-media, multi-sensory experience that you should definitely check out this winter. This walking tour will take you on a dazzling adventure through spectacular installations. Treat yourself to some homemade fudge, cookies, popcorn, or a pretzel available in Mrs. Henry’s Treat Shop.

Location: Fort Henry National Historic Site (1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston)
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm | 
Sunday to Thursday: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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(4) The Burlington Festival Of Lights

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Enjoy the spectacular sights of the entire waterfront, lit up from dusk to dawn at Burlington’s longest running festival, which lasts 40 days! Get into the holiday spirit with over 60 magical light displays that will be up and running until January 8th.

Location: Spencer Smith Park (1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington)
Hours: 4:00pm to midnight daily
Admission Price: FREE (Donations Accepted)

(5) River Lights Amherstburg

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This six-week festival has lots of activities that are well worth the visit, from a lifesize gingerbread house to hot chocolate, crafts and, of course, view the beautiful light displays. 

Location: Toddy Jones Park & Navy Yard Park (Amherstburg)
Hours: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Admission Price: FREE

(6) Niagara Winter Festival Of Lights

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Explore 8km of glowing lights in all shapes and forms to create the most festive atmosphere across the entire area. The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has become a yearly tradition in the Niagara area and includes special features like the Fallsview Sound and Light Show, Holiday Lights Tours and over 3 million sparkling lights displayed along the Niagara Falls, Dufferin Islands, and Niagara Parkway. The festival ends on January 31st, which gives you plenty of time to go check it out. 

Location: Multiple Locations (Niagara Falls)
Hours: 5pm to midnight 
Admission Price: FREE 

(7) Winter Wonderland

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This month-long display is the perfect activity for all ages with light displays and outdoor skating on the Tim Hortons Skating & Water Feature. Special features include Frozen Fridays which include free hot chocolate, a DJ spinning beats, outdoor train rides on Friday and Saturday evenings, and lots more.

Location: Newmarket River Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket)
Hours: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Admission Price: FREE

(8) Magic Of Lights

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Drive through 2-kilometers of dazzling holiday lights, with over 300 incredible LED displays and unique digital animations. Enjoy the magical path from the comfort of your car and drive down windy roads to enjoy Ottawa’s favourite holiday tradition. The event will be going on until January 5th. 

Location: Wesley Clover Parks (411 Corkstown Road, Nepean)
Hours: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
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(9) Christmas Glow

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There’s so much to see and do here, such as listening to live music, exploring the Light Gardens’ intricate displays, hanging with Santa Claus, swaying on the LED swings, picking out the perfect tree from their lot, shopping the Christmas Market, indulging on treats and beverages, and lots of other family-friendly activities. 

Location: Bradford Greenhouses Gardens (4346 County Road 90, Barrie)
Hours: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Price: Check Here

(10) Simcoe Christmas Panorama Of Lights

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Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland with thousands of glittering lights on the water in downtown Simcoe. Until January 6th, enjoy over 60 light displays, take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, browse the gift shop featuring merchandise from local vendors, and sip on hot beverages. 

Location: Wellington Park (50 Bonnie Drive, Simcoe)
Hours: 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Admission Price: FREE (Donations Accepted)

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