It’s the most festive time of the year, and with that, there are a lots of places to see some incredible light displays. Here are a few Christmas light displays to visit inside and outside of the 905.
Winter Lights at the Rock – Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton
Discover holiday magic at the picturesque Rock Garden!
Thousands of festive lights lead you through a winter wonderland of charming Christmas melodies, festive sips and bites and the Escarpment Train Exhibit. This unique holiday experience provides a special evening for you and your loved ones to capture those perfect holiday memories! Enjoy a leisurely winter stroll through the historic Rock Garden at night.
Escarpment Train Exhibit
The Winter Lights at the Rock experience includes access to the Escarpment Train Exhibit.
RBG’s newest “G scale” model train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.This exhibit is located in the Stipe Garden House, in the lower level of the garden.
Lakeside Festival of Lights – Burlington
Celebrating 23 Years of Holiday Magic The Burlington Festival of Lights is the city’s longest running festival, lighting up the city’s waterfront for the holiday season. It’s a magical sight for the whole family, especially the young at heart.
The festival has gained the reputation in the region and beyond as the ‘must-see’ lighting extravaganza for the holidays.
Come share your holiday spirit with family and friends while strolling through the 60 magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park from November 30, 2018 to January 8, 2019. Keep the community tradition alive and visit Burlington’s Lakeside Festival of Lights this year!
Winter Festival of Lights – Niagara Falls
Niagara is a classic destination at any time of year, but did you know that over one million visitors come out to Niagara’s light display over the holiday season? The Winter Festival of Lights runs all the way until January 31, 2019 for this season, making it one of the longest running light displays just outside of the city. The lights cover the “Zimmerman Fountain, three dimensional Canadian Wildlife displays including Moose, Deer and Bison in Dufferin Islands, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, Noah’s Ark, the illumination of Niagara’s iconic Skylon Tower, over fifty trees in Dufferin Islands wrapped with lights in Dufferin Islands and the Toronto Power Generating Station Light Show.” The route spans a total of eight kilometres. Each winter the festival captures the magic of the holiday season, so be sure to attend their brightest season yet!
Alight at Night – Ottawa
Enjoy Christmas lights in our nation’s capital. Alight at Night has almost a million lights and even horse-drawn carriage rides – and, fun fact, it’s actually Eastern Ontario’s biggest outdoor light festival. You can also explore Ottawa’s epic Christmas Market while you’re there, and so much more. Shop, dine, take a walk, check out a museum, and definitely peruse Byward Market while you’re there.
Bingemans Gift of Lights – Kitchener
Head to Kitchener for this incredible light display – the massive light tunnel that is a must-visit this holiday season! Bingemans Gift of Lights features two kilometres of huge holiday lights and displays that you can drive through and snap some pictures. It’s the largest holiday lights display in Southwestern Ontario! Then, Kitchener has a few Christmas markets you can explore like the Rockway Christmas Market or the Christkindl Market, depending on which days you decide to go. They decorate some areas in preparation for the holidays. And when you’re done, stroll through the charming streets of downtown Kitchener for a quaint holiday experience away from the city.
River of Lights – Simcoe by the River
The Simcoe Christmas Panorama River of Lights display is laid out across Simcoe’s downtown core. The lights are on every night from 5:30-11:00 p.m. up until December 31, so you have a few weeks plus a week after Christmas to catch the stunning display. There are thousands of lights and themed displays to explore, and even a horse-drawn trolley that can take you through the spectacle most weekends in December. Enjoy Simcoe’s small-town vibe while you’re there!
Victoria Park – London, Ont.
Victoria Park’s Winter Wonderland runs until December 31 this year, and boasts more than 75,000 lights decorating the trees throughout the park. If you’re looking for a cost-free, quaint lighting display to check out, this one’s for you! There are lots of festive displays here for you to check out, and all of the lights are centred within the park. There’s even skating – weather permitting – if you’re looking to change it up and check out an outdoor rink outside the city. Tip: for a different vantage point for the lights, London’s City Hall Promenade Deck is open some evenings, and you can catch all of the lights from there, too!