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Ontario's Festivals of Lights Shine Brightly

McGuinty Government Invites Families to Enjoy a Brilliant Holiday Season

Ontario is the place to be this holiday season to enjoy plenty of Festivals of Lights that unite communities and delight visitors of all ages.

Whether skating under the lights, strolling through Ontario's heritage towns, or warming up with a mug of hot chocolate, holiday lights help create meaningful memories your whole family will treasure. Here are just a few destinations with a Festival of Lights event:

  • Step back in time with First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland. Illuminated paths lead to children's activities, artisan crafts, First Nations drumming and Franco-Ontarian music. (Until Dec. 1, 2012)
  • The award-winning Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls continues its long tradition of holiday illumination of the falls. (Until Jan. 31, 2013) 
  • Alexandria's The Holiday Fantasy of Lights features a family scavenger hunt, a visit from Santa and fireworks on New Year's Eve.  (Until Jan. 5, 2013)

Supporting Ontario's tourism sector is part of the McGuinty government's plan to build vibrant local communities while strengthening the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to families - health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • Festivals and Events Ontario recognizes Sainte-Marie among the Hurons’s First Light festival as one of the Top 100 events of 2012 in the province.
  • Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy. Preliminary numbers indicate that in 2011, Ontario's tourism receipts reached over $23 billion and supported over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.
  • International border crossings are up 3.4% from January to September 2012 compared to 2011. US border crossings increased 3.3% during the same time period in 2012.

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“There is no place like Ontario to experience this magical season. I invite you to explore one of the many unique and wonderful Festivals of Light events that are taking place across the province. Events like these bring together family and friends to participate in the community and are a way to further discover Ontario.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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