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Ontario's Festivals of Lights

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

There is a sparkling array of Festival of Light events in almost every community across the province, including in:

  • Amherstburg &emdash; River Lights Winter Festival &emdash; More than 100 lighted displays over 46 days set to holiday music. Take part in Dickensian activities and see costumed characters.
  • Burlington &emdash; Lakeside Festival of Lights &emdash; More than 60 outdoor illuminated and animated displays along the lakeside promenade at Spencer Smith Park.
  • Upper Canada Village &emdash; Cornwall &emdash; Alight At Night &emdash; Over 500,000 lights adorn the heritage buildings and trees. Enjoy a romantic horse-drawn wagon ride or take the kids on the toy train ride.
  • Goderich &emdash; Festival of Lights Celebration &emdash; Brighten your mood and delight your heart with yuletide joy, glittering lights, magical display and more.
  • Guelph &emdash; Sparkles in the Park &emdash; Walk or drive through Riverside Park to take in the large-scale light displays.
  • Georgetown and Acton &emdash; Light Up The Hills &emdash; Dominion Garden and Acton Sports Park continues its "Ignition" theme with better than ever displays.
  • Ingersoll &emdash; Santa's Festival of Lights &emdash; Take in Santa's Festival Village or tour the Festival of lights featuring more than 300 sparkling displays including Musical Dancing Trees!
  • Kapuskasing &emdash; Festival of Lights &emdash; Enjoy Riverside Park as it is transformed into a winter wonderland with brightly lit displays, or take in one of the winter activities.
  • Kenora &emdash; Ice Candle - Festival of Lights &emdash; A unique celebration of life and love. From Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, more than five thousand ice candles are lit in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.
  • New Liskeard &emdash; Festival of Lights &emdash; Horse drawn wagon rides, music at the Cenotaph, and treats are among the activities.
  • Thunder Bay &emdash; Parade of Lights for Children &emdash; A magical event hosted by the local trucking industry in support of children with special needs. A seasonal favourite among young and old alike with transport trucks elaborately decorated with lights.
  • Orangeville &emdash; Christmas in the Park &emdash; Illuminated displays and Christmas trees create a spectacle in KayCee Gardens.
  • Owen Sound &emdash; Festival of Northern Lights &emdash; More than 18 kilometres of lights illuminate Sydenham River from the Sound to the downtown core of the city.
  • Sarnia-Lambton &emdash; Celebration of Lights &emdash; A 72-foot arch over Front Street welcomes visitors and residents to the downtown core.
  • Simcoe &emdash; Christmas Panorama River of Lights &emdash; Thousands of lights and displays transform the downtown core into a winter wonderland. Stroll the Lynn River to view strategically placed displays as the lights twinkle in the reflection of the water.
  • Toronto -&emdash; Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront &emdash; Activities for the whole family! Ice skating, puppet shows, even a boat cruise with Santa and his elves!
  • Waterloo &emdash; Wonders of Winter &emdash; This holiday tradition features many new exhibits with more than 100,000 lights and 100 displays. Sip hot chocolate or cider while taking a ride in a horse-drawn trolley.

For additional listings, check out Festivals & Events Ontario.

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