The Best Christmas Light Displays in Ontario

It’s time to add a little light to those cold wintery nights! Here are some must-see Christmas light displays for you and your loved ones to enjoy this festive season.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

This will be the 39th year of the famed Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. Niagara Falls will play its annual role as host to Canada’s largest free outdoor light festival with up to 3 million dazzling bulbs on display!

The festival is split into two parts: The first part will focus on the holiday season, and the second will begin in January and centre on themes of winter wonderland and love. You’ll be able to spot the lights across the city, allowing you to explore the festival on foot or by vehicle. You can take a peek at some of the displays that will be there and plan out your travel route here.

This year, the Winter Festival of Lights will be on for the longest it ever has: 101 days! You can see the twinkling lights in action between November 13th and February 21st.

Bingemans Gift of Lights

Located in Kitchener, Bingemans Gift of Lights is the largest holiday light display in Southwestern Ontario, featuring over 300 animated and static light displays!

Tune into Gift of Lights radio on 100.1FM to enjoy some festive music as you cruise through dazzling installations, including colourful tunnels and 3D sculptures. If you decide to post any photos from your experience, include the following hashtag; #GiftofLightsKW.

Admission prices range from $25-$45 per vehicle. On certain days, you can walk through the display for $10 per person. Children under 3 years old can enter free. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so be sure to check out the website for pricing on the day you plan to visit.

The Gift of Lights runs daily from November 13th to January 9th from 5:30 to 8pm, 9pm, or 10pm.

Ottawa Magic of Lights

The Magic of Lights show in Ottawa is proud to celebrate its 6th season in operation!

This family-friendly drive-through features the latest in LED technology and digital animations, making this a holiday experience to remember. Enjoy a game of Bingo as you explore the displays, checking off the holiday items you spot along the way.

Admission to the festival is $30+ per car at the gate. However, you can save money if you buy your tickets online in advance of your visit. You can also add a merch bundle to your order when purchasing online, complete with light-up accessories to really get you into the holiday spirit. A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

The Magic of Lights festival runs daily from November 19th to January 8th, between the hours of 5pm and 10pm.

Upper Canada Village Alight at Night

Take a trip to Upper Canada Village this winter to check out the 21st season of the biggest outdoor light festival in Eastern Ontario, Alight at Night!

Bundle up as over 1 million lights guide you through a stroll in a true winter wonderland in this one-of-a-kind display. In addition to the lights, you can hop on a horse-drawn carriage, go for a miniature train ride, enjoy some delicious treats, take photos with Santa, and much more!

General admission is $15 per person and children under 4 years old can visit free. Accessibility nights will be offered on December 1st and 8th. On these days, guests can reserve a time to enjoy the display from the comfort of their own vehicles. Alight at Night is on display from November 26th to January 1st, between 5pm and 9pm. Specific days of operation vary, so check the official website to plan out your visit.